Let Go and Let God

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Man oh man, do I have a ton of stuff to tell you guys!

First, mmm mmm mmm my body is so sore but it feels sooooooooooo good! We played softball with the crew yesterday :') oh it's been so long since I've played! I've been like begging our crew leaders to have a softball pday and yeeeeuhs we finally did it! I seriously have the best zone ever! I also have the best district ever. I can't wait for you to see pictures of my district's awesomeness. But spiritual stuff first!

So on Wednesday I got sick, again, and I was just hurting real bad. So I got another blessing. This time from Bro Johnson, the YM president. In the blessing I was told to, "listen to my body and get the rest I need so I can teach people about the Plan of Salvation". I found that interesting because A) I was pretty sure he was going to say 'Restoration', and B) last week when Elder Weight gave me a blessing, I was told, "you are here to teach people of eternity.

I didn't think much of it after Elder Weight's blessing, but after Elder Johnson gave me one and I made the connection I did some serious thinking of why I was counseled to do that. When it comes to the Plan of Salvation, the two things I have a strong conviction of is 1) The Atonement of Jesus Christ, and 2) Who I am as a daughter of God and what role I play in the plan. Anyway, I've kept that the focus of our teaching this week and it has just been SO great! Why? Well to explain myself, I will use a scripture:

"Therefore God gave unto them commandments, after having made known unto them the plan of redemption" (Alma 12:32)

I read that scripture months ago with this quote from President Boyd K. Packer: 

"Young people wonder 'why?'--Why are we command to do some things, and why we are commanded not to do other things? A knowledge of the plan of happiness, even in outline form, can give your minds a 'why'...Most of the difficult questions we face in the Church right now cannot be answered without some knowledge of the plan as a background."

Ever since I read those two, I've always referred back to it for the reasons 'why'. But during comp study I'd be like, "ughhhh if they would just understand the plan of salvation then they'd know why that's it's important". And sometimes explaining the plan of salvation can get frustrating because sometimes people just don't get it. But this week, after really thinking about what I was counseled to teach people according to the blessings, I've tried to apply it more in the work and have tried bringing it back to basics of the plan of happiness. And it has just been SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO GOOD! No matter what, we always brought it back to Heavenly Father's plan and His love for them, and lessons have just gone a lot smoother. Things are actually clicking, and you can tell by their face expressions!

So the first person we tried it with was Nancy May. We street contacted her in Wal Mart a few weeks ago. The good thing about most people here is they love to talk. And that can get a little hard during lessons, but it's GREAT when they say "I don't have time to invite you in today", yet they continue to talk at the door anyway :] haaaaahaaaaaa, squeezing in lessons at the door works for me! She clearly had been reading the Plan of Salvation pamphlet because she said, "I just don't know if I can believe I was living with God before coming to this earth." What came next was all the Spirit, I tell ya, cuz I can't remember a thing I told her. Or even the analogy I gave her. It just came out so smooth and you could really tell the Spirit was working with her. Nancy keeps telling us she's Baptist and that she's set in her ways, yet you can see the Spirit working with her, slowly but surely. She'll say, "I'm not saying you're not right! I'm just saying I grew up learning something else". Oh man, I just loved the lesson we had with her. And right after the prayer she said, "I know I keep saying I'm Baptist, but who knows I might become Mormon". Hahahah oh Nancy.  

Ron Robertson (Tim's dad) is our only progressing investigator right now. This week we spoke to him about commandments, and then later on in the week we taught him the law of chastity. I've never really had an awkward law of chastity lesson before, but this one was just extra good and the Spirit totally guided it. We brought things back to 'The Family: A Proclamation to the World' to help him understand why  keeping the Law of Chastity is so important to Heavenly Father, and why Satan tries so hard to tempt us to break it. I don't know what it was about the lesson, but it just felt good and the Spirit was like "that is teaching people and not lessons". So get this, Ron says that he is at the point where he can actually say he has a testimony of the church and that he wants to keep learning the rest of his life. He also says, "nothing is going to stop me from getting baptized and getting the Priesthood and going to the temple". YES YES YESSSSSSSSSS! So he knows he has to change his living situation. But he also knows that he's willing to do whatever it takes so he can get baptized. Oh, but there's more! The ex-communicated member he's living with, Michele Barragan, was talking to the Elders about the Plan of Salvation while we were teaching Ron. They had told her she really needs to talk to the bishop because she just really wants to get baptized. The next day at church she went straight to the Bishop's office (oh my goodness, she acted!!!! yeeeus!) After church she told us, "Ron's gotta move out". Oh my gaaaaash. I am just so excited to be watching this family progress!!!! You don't even know!

We met with David Thorn this week and his granddaughter in-law Felicia. They came to church last Sunday, but they had to leave right after sacrament so we had no idea what they thought. David just left saying "He didn't tell me anything". I just got super disappointed cuz I kept promising that if he comes to church then Heavenly Father is going to give him what he's searching for. Anyway, we met with him and Heavenly Father was totally talking to him! He just didn't realize it. While we had our lesson he was making connections of things he started to figure out, and we had to help him by saying, "hey they talked about that at church!" hahaha. We told them we'd go over the Plan of Salvation again next week, but I bore testimony about it right before we left. After the prayer David was actually smiling! Haha i grabbed his hand and shook it and I'm like "look at your face!!! You're smiling!" Oh that makes me SO happy, you don't even know!

Why did those two situations make me so happy? Well, on my mission there have only been two people that I have--to say it nicely--sternly chastised (I would say yelled at and called to repentance, but that sounds a lot more harsh). One is Michele, the other was David. Every lesson was just the same thing over and over again--them complaining about the situation they are in and talking about what they used to be. I just got tired of it did the stern chastising about you can talk all you want about how much your life sucks, but if you don't ACT, then you're pretty much stuck there. If life sucks then do something about it. Like, it scared me how sternly I talked to each of them just because I don't normally do that. And by the time we left their house I was just so exhausted and was just not looking forward to our next visit with them. But lessons learned: I shouldn't feel that way. Because the two times I've ever done that, happen to be the people who started acting and started doing something, as little as the steps may be. But they are progressing! Slowly. But heck, who cares! Them progressing and wanting to do what Heavenly Father wants, no matter how small the steps are, is progression nonetheless. Sometimes you just gotta let go and let God.

Next investigator is Lavette. She was a media referral and this time we brought Sis Gratton, the YW president, with us. It was SO inspired (by Bro Bassett) because Lavette and Sis Gratton just had sooooooo much in common. We did the Book of Mormon lesson with her and taught part of the Restoration. Right when we got there, Sis Gratton shared her conversion story (which I didn't even know about!) and it was just so perfect for Lavette to hear. The Spirit was super strong. Lavette told us again her stories about how she was trying to overcome her drug addiction. It came to the point where she knew she couldn't do it alone and she just begged the Lord to help and strengthen her. The next day, she didn't take the drugs and she's been clean for a looong time. She has such a strong testimony of the Lord can do for us. And it was a huge example to me that sometimes we do just have to let go and let God!

That is probably one of the most important things that I've learned out here: Just let go and let God. Sometimes you have to let go of things. But you have to be willing--willing to trust that Heavenly Father will take care of it if you put it in His hands and just let go. And when you let God take care of it, things ALWAYS work out :) I think that's the number one thing we have to learn, knowing that God will take care of it; He'll take care of you. And when we take those baby steps to put our trust, faith, and hope in our Saviour, we'll see Heavenly Father has shaped us into who He wants us to be. We are the Potter's clay. Trust in the Creator.

Sum up, listen to this song because it's one of my favourites!

When all is said and done
as the season slips away

when I've taken steps beyond my sight

will I find my strength in greater light

will my courage grow with every passing day
and will my faith be constant as the setting sun 
when all is said and done

When all is said and done
and the years have turned to gold
will my life become a legacy
of the things that matter most to me
will the fire of faith burn bright as I grow old 
and will I want to be the person I've become
when all is said and done

When all is said and done
when my eyes can finally see
will I glory in the sweet release
and will mercy fill my soul with peace 
will I kneel in wonder at the Savior's feet
will I hear him say 'well done'
when he sees who I've become
will I live with him
when all is said and done

Think about that one:)
Love you all! Hope you have a fantabulous week!
Sister Limas

At Elephant Rocks last Monday with my district (or Sis-trict haha) :)

Miracles? Yes, thank you very much!

Monday, May 19, 2014

This week has been FABULOUS. Minus the fact that my body is like breaking, but that's ok. That's part of the story, so I'll get to that in a sec.
On Tuesday we had Zone Conference. Our zone was combined with the O'Fallon Zone (aka I got to see Sister Sudweeks and Sister Rouse! Yeyeuh!) I felt sooo sick during all of conference. We have just been going at one thing to another, pushing super hard and my body has been pretty much begging me to take a break. BUT I CAAAANT. There's just no time for that! Well sitting in conference gives the body a break, but then that means its time for all the extra aches and pains to get out because now you can pay attention to them. So I was pretty much on the verge of crying all of conference cuz I hurt that bad. But of course tears eventually came. The missionaries going home after this transfer stood up to bare their testimony and I'm sitting their bawling my eyes out. The majority of the Elders leaving are Elders I've become really good friends with. Elder Stewart (who is going to beat-box for me when I rap now?!), Elder Dahle (what am I going to do without my fake Canadian??), Elder Sims (wait, so I'm not going to get into trouble anymore?) and just a bunch of other Elders that I've been privileged to serve around during the beginning of my mission. As I'm sitting there watching them get up one by one, it just killed me to think that every transfer after this one, almost all of my mission friends will be going home. And then me. I'm such a baby, I know. But it makes me so sad!!
Anyway, during one of the trainings the Zone Leaders from O'Fallon thought it'd be fun to do a bunch of role plays (groaaaan). I don't even know who this Elder is, but he's like "Sister Limas, do you wanna do the last one?" I look at Sister Craig and I'm like "you ready for this?" and she's like "I don't know!". So of course I have to set a good example to help her not hate roleplays, so I get up there with a yeah-we've-totally-got-this! attitude. What's our assigned roleplay? Street contact a group of guys and bare testimony to them. Cool, we got this, right? NO. The Elders acted like disrespectful, obnoxious teenage boys. And because they are missionaries, they knew what lines were the worst to throw at us. OH MY GOODNESS. So the whole point was that we had to bare testimony even if they didn't want to listen to us and even if they were being mean. I sat down and I'm thinking "wow, I clearly still have things to work on". Put me in a pastor's home, put me in a minister's home, put me in a home of someone who knows the Bible better than I doesn't scare me. I just do it. But a group of teenaged boys....ugh. They always make me so angry! Doing that roleplay brought memories and feelings that I forgot were still there. I avoid groups of boys like the plague because growing up in the middle school that I went to, most guys were super obnoxious and disrespectful. Someone says the word "hot" or "sexy" and you'll be sure to get the look of disgust from me. But those were the people I was associated with and so it was always in my head that was how all guys looked at girls and I just had a huge dislike for their attitude. It also puts your self worth down. When I gained a testimony of who I am as a daughter of God and the role I played in His plan, none of that stuff mattered anymore and I made sure I didn't associate myself with people like that. No one needs to listen to cat calls that put down your worth as a daughter of God. Anyway, but like all other aspects of the gospel, just when you think you have a certain trait down, Heavenly Father puts you into a situation and reminds you you still have things to work on. For me at that point, just when I thought that I was able to love people easier--BAM--i get put into that roleplay and Heavenly Father reminds me that I still get feisty and contentious when I am around people like that...aka you still gotta work on your charity. SO, the next time I'm around a group of guys on the street, I'll try not to get contentious and just love them (as hard as that is for me to say).
ANYWAY, the next day was exchanges. At first I was super excited, but I had just been so tired and is so much pain I just wasnt feeling it. Which worried me. So Sis Craig and I got blessings from the Elders. Man, I felt more chastised than comforted! In the blessing it was just reiterated what my purpose was as a missionary. So pretty much, "suck it up princess! This is not about you. No one cares if you're hurting or if you're body is about to break. You have work to do". Gah.
So we're about to begin exchanges and I'm freaking out like crazy. But the moment Sis Sabey gets into the car, I knew what we had to do. THANK GOODNESS FOR THE SPIRIT! I don't have enough time to say everything that happened, but to sum it up...FOUR NEW INVESTIGATORS, BABY! It was so amazing. One of them, Heather, was crying as Sis Sabey and I were baring our testimonies of how we came to know the Gospel is true. The Spirit really touched her and she wanted to so badly want to feel more of God than the adversary. Another investigator, Lavette (media referral!), who was so thirsty for more of the word, said the closing prayer and was thanking God for answering her prayers and for us giving her the Book of Mormon. It was so amazing. I was just so shocked at everything that was happening. We got 2 more new investigators in the next two days. Seriously, when we're about to sum up the week on Sunday night, most of the time I'm like "did we even do anything??" and then we find out that this area has just been progressing week by week. Heavenly Father just loves His children! I know that it's only through the Spirit that we are able to be placed in the paths of the people who are searching for truth. I know that no matter what we do, no conversion happens without the Spirit and without the love of our Savior.
AAAAND we had a baptism on Saturday!!!!! Tim finally got baptized. I cannot even express what a blessing it has been to watch him and his whole family progress. Tim is 9 and has autism which makes him super shy and not so interactive. His mom is an excommunicated member, his siblings are less active, and his dad isn't a member. The moment we set a baptism date with Tim, he wasn't the only one who started to progress, but his whole family started too as well! They are saying prayers with being too hesitant, they are coming to church, they are coming to activities, etc. It's just so great to see! They have just been trying to be the best example to Tim and in the process are coming unto Christ themselves. I just love them. When you hear a youth say they want to go to the temple after they've been less active for some time IS THE BEST THING YOU CAN EVER HEAR.
Anywhoozers I have to go. We are hanging at Elephant Rocks today.

Oh, one more story...and tender mercy. We had 30 mins before our dinner appointment, so we planned to go tract the nearby street. We are walking up the road and I hear Sis Craig scream. I'm like frantically looking around and I see this tiny pug dog on the lawn across from us. At first i'm thinking no big deal, and then I see that this dog is starting to run towards us...AND IT DOESN'T HAVE A LEASH. So Sis Craig's scream turns into a shrill shriek and I have no idea what happened but I just started booking it down the road faster than I've ever run before, thinking "get baby girl out of there, get baby girl out of there!!!". And so I'm telling her to unlock the car so she can jump into it. This dog is chasing us down the street, barking at us. .......And turns out the dog was trained to NOT get off the lawn. So he stops chasing us after we hit the intersection. Aaaaand the tender mercy is a) we didn't get eaten by this dog and b) i didn't get hit by the truck that I didn't see was coming. We told the story to the member who was feeding us dinner and she was like, "oh you mean cute little Pugzly(or something like that". Sis Craig and I were laughing the whole night every time we thought about what happened. Goodness gracious.

ANYWAY i really gotta go. But HAPPY VICTORIA DAY!

Mucho Love!

Sister Limas
The Bassett girls love the bracelets Arielle made for them!
Tim's Baptism!
They don't have them here *sadface*


Monday, May 12, 2014

Hey all!

This is so weird writing updates considering I just Skyped you last night haha. But there's tons of stuff I forgot to share!

1. I hit my year mark this past week! Elder Weight is probably one of my best buddies on the mission. And he is the best district leader everrrrr. He threw me a surprise party! Well, first we get to district meeting and he thinks its hilarious to make me feel useless and not allow me to play the piano or participate in anything during district meeting. I was sitting in the chair so antzy! He thinks it's even funnier to put "eh" after every line on our program bahaha. After district meeting we go into the gym for my "initiation". Sis Minyard and Sis Lynch had made me a cake :) and there were party hats everywhere lol. And then there was an onion on a candlestick. EW. We ended up going outside and they gave me a slingshot and some marbles to shoot at the onion. BAHAHAHA they know me too well!

2. We got two new investigators this week! One is Leah Saxon. She was a referral from the Crystal City Elders. We talked to her twice on the phone and she finally agreed to let us come see her this week. She wanted to know about the church, and she kept telling us about her experiences with the churches she's been to and I didn't think she was retaining anything we said. But she told us she needed to buy a dress so she can attend church with us! YEEEEUS! She's going through chemo right now, so pray for her please! Our 2nd investigator is Nancy May. We met her in Wal Mart as I was trying to teach Sis Craig how to street contact in stores. It was sooo funny Sis Craig was like nudging me to talk to this one guy and I'm like NO WAY. Then I see this little old lady in the frozen food section (and of course you can imagine the usual sneaky smile that comes onto my face). So we walk over to her and I start talking to her about the variety of frozen food, and she starts talking up a storm about her family. We ended up talking there for 30 mins! We shared the Plan of Salvation with her. Then she told us we should go visit one of her neighbours. So later on in the week we visited her neighbor who wasn't interested in talking to us at that moment, so we went to visit Nancy to follow up. Oh man, turns out Nancy used to live in Utah and her daughter is a Mormon!!!! Whaaaat? So we gave her a Book of Mormon and started talking about its history. She was so into. And she had a ton of questions about why she didn't understand certain things about other churches. But she totally believes that the Restoration happened and the Book of Mormon could be true. But she says, "BUT IM BAPTIST". Le sigh. But she offered to say the closing prayer and she says, "help me learn more about the Mormon church". YEEEEUS!

3. Timothy Robertson is getting baptized on Saturday!!!! YAY! Pray for him too, please! He has autuism so he gets super shy and wont talk sometimes, but he's super smart and loves to read. It's taken a while for us to figure out what was the best way to teach him. With the Lord's help, we were finally able to figure out how. SKYLANDERS work like a charm! And interactive game lessons do too. Yeyuh!

4. Last Sunday when Elder Weight asked for our key indicators, he told us we needed to set a baptism date with Ron Robertson (Tim's dad). So that night I had a dream about Ron and how we needed to do it. It all had to do with Ether 2-3 and the Brother of Jared's faith in the Lord. Coincidentally, my Book of Mormon reading happened to be on Ether 2-3 the same day we were planning to meet with Ron! So we read the story with him, shared the scripture about being anxiously engaged and being agents who act. And then bam, we invited him to be baptized. He has a date for July 19! That's the weekend after I should be getting transferred from this area. But hey, the Spirit directed that day, so that's what we did.

I don't really know what else happened this week. It was a little rough. There were a few times this week where I just wanted to drop in the middle of the street and cry in prayer because we just weren't getting anywhere. But I'm looking back and realized we had a lot of success this week and a ton of potential investigators. Wow, humidity and a broken body really does stuff to you hahaha.

Anyway, I just want to say again
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to mom, lola, and grandma :)
Mom, thanks for being a good example to me growing up. A lot of the spiritual gifts I've been blessed with has come from just being able to watch you and learn from your example. Thank you :)

Sacrament meeting was great! Bro Urling (haha he's one of my favourite dads in the ward!) gave an awesome talk about mothers and said something really cool.

He said something along the lines of how the world doesn't perceive women to be sweet, caring, kind people anymore. They think that when women have those attributes, they aren't what is to be perceived as 'strong'. But it is in our divine nature to have that nurturing characteristic. It is the job of the fathers to protect that in the women. Husbands protects their wives, fathers protect their daughters, so that the sweet, caring, kind attributes can stay with them.

I thought that was really cool. Best thing to describe the above is this video:

So dad, I am also grateful for you and your example of how you treat mom. Thanks for showing us how we should be treated by treating mom the best.

"May each of us treasure this truth; one cannot forget mother and remember God. One cannot remember mother and forget God. Why? Because these two sacred persons, God and mother, partners in creation, in love, in sacrifice, in service, are as one." --President Monson

Everybody, love and respect your moms. To every man entrusted with a wife, love and cherish her. To every man entrusted with a daughter, protect and show her the way. According to Gordon B. Hinckley, you can't offend a daughter of God without offending Him.

BUUUUT I'm preaching to the choir, haha.

Other quotes to ponder on:

1. "This is the principle in action. If you want the blessing, don't just kneel down and pray about it. Prepare yourselves in every conceivable way you can in order to make yourselves worthy to receive the blessing you seek". --Harold B. Lee

2. "The devil has no power over us only as we permit him; the moment we revolt at anything which comes from God, the devil takes power" --Joseph Smith Jr.

3. "Every time you try your faith--that is, act in worthiness on an impression--you will receive the confirming evidence of the Spirit. Those feelings will fortify your faith. As you repeat that pattern, your faith will become stronger" --Richard G. Scott

4. "Preparatory faith is formed by experiences in the past--by the known, which provide a basis for belief. But redemptive faith must often be exercised toward experiences in the future--the unknown, which provides an opportunity for the miraculous". --Jeffrey R. Holland

5. "Charity is expecting the best of each other" --Marvin J. Ashton

Last but not least: "Faith is not belief without proof, but trust without reservations." Think this week about why Faith, Hope, and Charity go together :)

Have an awesome week!
Sister Limas

"Declaring my gospel with the sound of rejoicing"

Monday, May 5, 2014

I'm going to try to keep this short and sweet because I don't have much computer time left.

This week has been SO AWESOME! I don't even know where to begin, but I'll tell you my tender mercies later. But I will just share the experience we had at Zone Leader Training this week.

Sister Sheppard and Elder Dingman (my foster children) both gave trainings. I'm so proud of those two. They have just grown so much since we were all in the same district together. They are both amazing missionaries.

Elder Christensen (one of our zone leaders) was the last person to give a training and all he said was, "we're going to go around the room and take turns bearing testimony. No stories, no experiences. Just the most simple and powerful testimony you can give." I obviously was not paying attention because at first I thought he just meant the Elders sitting in the back. But then it started snaking around the room and I'm like OH, I have to say it too. By the time the Elders behind me were bearing testimony, I start getting emotional. I'm like great, I have no hope of not crying. Sister Ash was sitting beside me and she looks at me and she's like "oh gosh! Some things never change!" Bahaha. So I get up to bear testimony and of course I'm the first one to start crying -_____-" Then Sister Ash gets up and she totally broke down. She sits down and she's like "it's all your fault!" Baha. Elder Christensen bore his testimony last. It was so powerful! He kept telling, practically begging, us to bear simple testimony to everyone we see because they NEED to hear it. Man, I wish I had a tape recorder. He just spoke so powerfully! After the meeting I went to hug Sister Minyard and Sister Lynch (the sisters in my district) cuz they were the only other sisters that cried too. Sister Minyard said she was ok until I started to bear my testimony, then she got emotional. Sister Lynch agreed with her. Seriously? I didn't say much. But I will bear testimony to you too that I know that each of us are sons and daughters of a loving Heavenly Father. I know that through the Atonement of Jesus Christ we can have our weaknesses becomes strengths. We can do hard things because of Him. And through Him we can return to our Father in Heaven again. I bear you that simple testimony in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

I don't really know what to say about this week except I've come to realize how much joy I take out of sharing the gospel with others. As we tract, I get so much and happiness and joy by just saying "Hi! My name is Sister Limas and I am a missionary from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints!" When I came to realize that I laughed. I flashbacked to the time I told y'all about the last time I was tracting with the last sister I trained and that I no longer hated tracting, but I wasn't in love with it either. But now I just LOVE telling people who we are and what this Gospel has to offer. I feel so lucky and privileged to represent the Lord in the Farmington area. Being called to train Sister Craig is such a tender mercy because as we are going back to basics. It's great because I am coming up on my year mark, and the Lord has been showing me things that I've improved on and what else I can still improve on from the basics with the 6 months I have left. I don't think I've ever been happier sharing what I know is true and baring testimony of what is most important to me. It kinda makes me laugh to think how scared, nervous, and whiny I was when I first came out. I'm glad the majority of that is gone haha. I know that these changes couldn't have happened without my Saviour. I will admit that for a time it was hard for me to say my "slogan": 'I believe in Christ so come what may; Life--bring it!' For a while I DIDN'T want life to bring it because I couldn't handle what life was bringing to me anymore. But I know the experiences, the trials, the challenges, the sicknesses, the heartaches, were all just building blocks Heavenly Father needed to throw at me to make me stronger. And I will be forever grateful for that. I know that through the Saviour I was able to overcome those challenges and find strength when I was at my lowest and weakest. I know that because I believe in Christ I CAN do and deal with all the things life throws at me. I know that the works of miracles, both in the area and in myself, are only possible through the Lord. This is HIS work! Of course He's going to make the miracles happen! And I am a daughter of the Almighty King! Of course He's going to make the miracle changes within me; I'm His daughter and we wants me to become like Him.

I just want to share a few quotes I'm come across during my studies this week. They all tie in together with what I just said. Here we go:

1. "We must change anything we can change that may be part of the problem...We thank our Father in Heaven we are allowed to change, we thank Jesus we can change, and ultimately we do so only with Their divine assistance. Certainly not everything we struggle with is a result of our actions. Often it is the result of the actions of others or just the mortal events of life. But anything we can change we should change, and we must forgive the rest. In this way our access to the Savior's Atonement becomes as unimpeded as we, with our imperfection, can make it. He will take it from there." -- Elder Holland

2. "The word disciple comes from the Latin [meaning] a learner. A disciple of Christ is one who is learning to be like Christ--learning to think, to feel, and to act as he does. To be a true disciple, to fulfill that learning task, is the most demanding regimen known to man. No other discipline either requirements or rewards. It involves the total transformation of a person from the state of the natural man to that of [a] saint, one who loves the Lord and serves with all of his heart, might, mind, and strength" -- Chauncey C. Riddle

3. "The Saviour said He would no longer accept burnt offerings of animals. The gift of sacrifice He will accept now is 'a broken heart and a contrite spirit' [3 Nephi 9:20]... You can offer the Lord the gift of your broken, or repentant, heart and your contrite, or obedient, spirit. In reality, it is the gift of yourself--what you are and what you are becoming. Is there something in you or in your life that is impure or unworthy? When you get rid of it, that is a gift to the Saviour. Is there a good habit or quality that is lacking in your life? When you adopt it and make it part of your character, you are giving a gift to the Lord." -- Elder Christofferson

Just some quotes for y'all to probe on :) I know that just because I'm a missionary doesn't give me any special permission to change. We're all supposed to do it. In the Book of Mormon it says that if Adam hadn't eaten of the fruit, then the plan would have been frustrated because there would be no need for repentance. Repentance is just a big word for change. Can you imagine? The Lord's plan requires repentance; it requires change! And that's because the purpose of us coming to this earth is to learn and grow so we can become like our Father. We were sent here to become like Him. Make the most of the time you have on this earth. Make the most of the gift of a body Heavenly Father has given you. What are you doing today to change? What are you doing today to influence others?

ANYWAY, I don't have time for all the tender mercies haha. Just know that this week was great, but then the past couple days we just had setbacks and dropped appointments...but we still prospered anyway! We were still lead to people that needed to hear from us as we stayed anxiously engaged. The Lord keeps His promises of prosperity when we do what He asks!

Hope you have an amazing week!
Sister Limas

PS I apologize to any missionary that I ever asked, "how much time do you have left?" or said, "woah you're going home soon". Now that I'm in the missionary spot, I know what getting told that feels like. It stinks!

The Cape Girardeau Crew (Zone)!!!
Elder Dahle: Why does Sister Limas get to be in the driver's seat?
Me: Because I don't have a license!
Elder Dahle: Canadians...

I'm not in this photo but I have to share it because AJ SCHEINER GOT BAPTIZED!!!! He was one of the investigators I was teaching in Paris, Illinois! GAH. I am so stinking happy right now!!!! (But the Sister on the right is my niece hehe :p)

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