Monday, February 24, 2014

February 24, 2014

I got 'heart-attacked' by my family. 14 awesome letters for Valentine's Day!!


Writing in the snow

 Winter storm service


escriturettes- i made this for one of our investigators who smokes, every time he felt like smoking he would take first one of the escriturettes (scripturetes) and they were rolled up peices of paper with a scripture written on them and to read that before they smoked which would help him to stop smoking (: 

this is my gold plates, haha its great

hermana pelaez wrote my last name and all of the qualites i have in spanish according to the letter (:

Buenos Tardes!
This week has been great! I think I am becoming a pro at talking to strangers. Mom always taught me not to, but instead I devote a year and a half to talking to strangers all day, every day. haha Just for your comfort mom, I haven't taken any candy that's been offered... oh wait. someone gave me a chicken flavored sucker the other week, does that count? dont worry im sending you some to test and make sure that they are okay (; 
well, this week has been really busy, and really adventurous! This weeks focus has been knocking doors and finding people. And we've had a lot of people try to escort us out of the apartments... I don't know what it is about asking people if they want to be more happy, that makes them so unhappy. It's a mystery to me. haha but it was great, the other day we knocked a door of a woman who we told that we were missionaries and that as missionaries we share a message about the Restored gospel of Jesus Christ and the love and comfort that comes from it. She gave us the politely weirded out face (it's a look you get used to on a mission, it's fun haha) and she said she wasn't interested, so we said okay and asked if there was any service that we could help her with at that moment and she said no, but thanks. and then we said okay have a nice day! and we went on our way to the next door. well we could hear her talking on the phone to the manager saying that two girls from a church were up here knocking doors and that we needed to be taken out. haha so I looked at Hermana Pelaez and I said "we have to go!" so we ran down the hallway to the door, which leads to the front entrace, which is where the managers office is, and to the door the the other side (the back way, which is where we wanted to go to get out) so when we got to the door, we heard the managers footsteps coming up the stairs, so I said "hurry quick!" and we ran to the other door and in our big snow boots tromped down the hallway and down the stairs to the back way to get out without being "escorted". Ha! beat you to the punch! haha talk about an adrenaline rush. Now, for clarity, we are allowed to be in these apartment buildings and we aren't doing anything wrong, but if we want to save souls more in these apartments, it's better to be like the Holy Ghost and to not be seen so much as we are heard with the management (; 

Anyway, that's the adventure story of the week. We made it out alive and unseen, so we will be back again for round two probably tomorrow. Missionary work is the best! 
I want to talk a little bit about happiness (: since we are on the subject. what is happiness? or maybe a better question is what is true happiness?
"Happiness is the object and design of our existence; and will be the end thereof, if we pursue the path that leads to it, and this path is virtue, uprightness, faithfulness, holiness, and keeping all the commandments of God. But we cannot keep all of the commandments without first knowing them, and we cannot expect to know all, or more than we now know unless we comply with or keep those we have already received." 
-Joseph Smith
True happiness is knowing what our Heavenly Father has in store for us, knowing who we are, what our purpose is in life, and knowing how to go about it. And that all comes through the gospel of Jesus Christ. 
Happiness is knowing who we are. The only way of finding out who we are is seeing ourselves the way God sees us and not get caught up in the way the world thinks that we show who we are through temporary things, such as clothes, or money, or the brand new smart phone.
"When we choose to define ourselves or to present ourselves by some characteristic that is temporary or trivial in eternal terms, we de-emphasize what is most important about us and we overemphasize what is relatively unimportant. That can lead us down the wrong path and hinder our eternal progress." -Dallin H. Oaks
What is really important about us is that we are children of God
here are some quotes from a talk I found on

Truth, Lies, and  your self-worth. -Mindy Raye Friedman
"Instead of trying to be what the world wants you to be, try living your life by the standards the Lord has set. His ways never change, and you will never be unpopular to Him."

Ask yourself this question:
"Who determines what success is?"

And then ponder this:
"The Lord uses a scale very different from the world to weigh the worth of a soul" -Deiter F. Uchtdorf
Here is a video: Our True Identity, by Deiter F. Uchtdorf:
If we can come to understand and recognize our eternal worth, we can come to know true happiness in this life. This is what we teach. This is our gospel of Jesus Christ. We are all missionaries spreading happiness to all who will hear, whether we get the managers called on us or not, we can't keep what we know is eternally true from those willing to hear! woohoo! 
I hope you all have a great week and if I forget a great St. Patricks day as well! 
Le Quiero!

Love, Hermana Ficklin

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