Monday, February 17, 2014

February 17, 2014

Feliz Dia del amor y amistad! Happy Valentines Day!!

I hope that you all felt love from one person or another. Always know that you always have at least 1 Valentine, that's our Savior Jesus Christ! 

This week I've definitely felt the love of our Savior. He is the best! 

Okay so I had a ton to talk about today, but I'll have to be brief because today is Presidents Day and the libraries are closed so we are using the mission offices computers.

But! I just wanted to tell you really quick that we had an AWESOME Valentines Day. We went tracting an apartment building where we were looking for some hispanics that we found in the directory, and we ended up finding totally different people who Heavenly Father had prepared to hear and accept the gospel. It was one of the best days of my mission (: I could just feel the love of the Savior for all of these people that we met, and taught, and I know that we made a difference in their lives. They were all english speaking so we pass them off to the english Elders, so sometimes we don't get to hear what happens to them, but I always hope the best for them. That's the hard part sometimes is that you want to keep teaching them and seeing how they progress, because even in just 40 minutes at the door with them, you grow a love for them. There's something about the gospel that makes you see people for who they really are, which are sons and daughters of God, and you really see them as brothers and sisters. It's so awesome. There really is nothing like the mission.

This week we had zone conference as well and that was all about repentance.  I need to make a tee shirt that says I heart repentace haha because I do! I really do love the fact that we can repent each and every day. I'm so grateful for the Atonement of our Savior. That's another act of his infinate love. He has given us the opportunity to make mistakes, and fix them. We need to use repentance daily, so that we can live happier lives.
Who wants to have guilt and shame weighing them down for the rest of your life... or for the rest of eternity for that matter? No one. 
That is why our Savior is central in the plan of happiness and central in our lives. Because He suffered for our sins, we can be happy (: and that's what makes Him happy.
I'm going to talk more about the zone conference next week because it had some great insight on repentance and we had some great speakers. sorry to leave you with a cliff hanger... 

I also had the opportunity to go to my first Presidents fireside. We got to translate the whole meeting. It was nerve wracking a little bit, but we both did great! That was a very spiritually uplifting experience for me. The Presidents fireside is a meeting where we have people who were recently baptized share their testimony of their conversion experience, and these recent converts are just amazing. You really come to see how this gospel really does completely change peoples lives for the better. They talked about how much happier they are now and how they feel so different. They have peace in their lives. And just hearing their testimonies brought tears to my eyes in knowing that this really is the true church. this is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. We have happiness! 

It's so cool. 

I love you all! I will write a better letter next time. promise! Unless there's another holiday coming up...

Love Hermana Ficklin

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