Thursday, August 22, 2013

Tender Mercies of the lord: Hit you like a rock.

My life feels like a huge pile of blessings!
Now I will share a few big ones here.
May seem small to you but they mean the world to me.
  • I got a new job! After looking for months and applying for over 30 nanny jobs I found one! Heavenly father blessed me with the perfect job watching two boys after school almost everyday of the school week.
  • I have the worlds best home teachers right at the time I truly needed them.
  • My home teacher Brian, went out of his way to buy me a sweet root beer float bottle for my bottle collection. It made me so happy, I realized how much he cares about me. I know I can trust him.
  • I got to spend a ton of time with one of the missionaries who helped me join the church, he was in town this week. His name is Elder Snyder.
  • I was able to watch the Testaments. I am so grateful for the savior, I know when he returns at the second coming I will recognize his voice. Even if I couldn't see him I would know without a doubt, just like the blind man in the movie.
  • I'm grateful for the hour I get to email my best friend who is currently serving a mission in Peru. 
  • Every Monday I get an email from my favorite missionary in the world, and good friend Elder Morgan.
  • On Tuesday I noticed I had missed two emails from Elder Okerlund, they made me smile.
  • I went to my first ward missionary meeting, I was set apart in my blessing there were things said that I needed to hear. (Like about missionary work in the ward and about my own personal time management)
  • I went to institute. For the first time in months, I was personally asked to some by my teacher. That invitation was a blessing. I realized I need to be there more, it's not only for me.
  • I was able to concur the seemingly impossible on Wednesday at the park. I felt liberated.
  • I had my first home teaching visit last night. I realized they will be very important to me all I need to do is let them in. Just visiting them and the joy they gave me was a blessing.
  • I was able to attend an amazing lesson with the sister missionaries today, we have a new baptism date for an awesome guy. Speaking to him made me remember the feelings I had as an investigator and I am grateful for my baptism.
  • I got an email today from my really good friend who actually baptized me he's in the Mexico mtc.
  • Elder Szabo (a missionary who taught me) texted me today, I haven't known his number since he was transferred so it made my whole day to hear from him!
  • And I'm finally healthy enough to do yoga again!
Just needed to tell the world how blessed I am! I challenge you to write down everything you're grateful for!

Patience Patience my loves...

Hi ya'll!
I finished my mission papers!
Three weeks ago my bishop sent my paper work to the stake president, all I needed was my stake president interview then a few weeks later I would have my mission call! I was expecting to have the location of the place I would spend the next year and a half of my life, I was so excited. It has since been three weeks, and still no stake president interview.
After a week and a half I was getting impatient, everyone was telling me to call and bug my stake president but I decided to ask my bishop first if it was normal. My bishop said "When I delivered the papers to Brother G, he said that it would probably be a couple weeks. Be patient, it will come quickly". Two weeks after that I asked my Bishop again, he told me he would go ask Brother G but he was sure it would be any day now.
(Seriously my face when I spoke to my Bishop)

Let me tell you girls it has been really hard to wait, but I took it as an opportunity to develop the Christ like attribute of patience. I'm still waiting but it isn't hard anymore, I know my call will come at the perfect time and this wait is just necessary. Rather than being upset I decided to be happy and excited and it has made all the difference.
However ever since I spoke with my bishop I have had the word Patience on my mind. What is patience and how do I cultivate that patience?
Patience is knowing all things happen in god's perfect time.
"Patience is the capacity to endure delay, trouble, opposition, or suffering without becoming angry, frustrated, or anxious" -Preach my Gospel page 120.
Patience is the ability to accept God's timing.
Patience is facing adversity calmly and hopefully.
Patience will make you into a good example for others. Alma 17:10-11
Patience will make you into a success. Alma 26:27
Patience develops faith.

I heard once when you're tempted to loose patience remember how patient god has been with you. I know that through developing patience my faith has been strengthened. It is still hard to be patient sometimes I just want to scream WHEN WILL I GET MY INTERVIEW. However since I have been studying patience it has been on my mind all the time! In those moments the things I study come into my mind and I am able to deal with it in a way I know my father in heaven would be pleased with.

Sometimes I feel like my call will never come. If that is the case so be it, because I know it's god's will and that get's me through those long days.
Develop patience in your life! Pray often, read your scriptures, and just remember heavenly father wants us to succeed and we will if we are continually trying to be righteous and please him. I've been blessed in so many ways these past three weeks for bring positive and patient, in small ways and big ways.
Send me when you want lord!
I'll be ready!
-Marisa Juarez