Saturday, June 7, 2014

June 2, 2014 Austin, Minnesota

 hermana maravilla,me, lorenzo, and megan

cool tiles by someones house- very creative

Haz Lo Justo!!

       So this week has been amazing! The weather is beautiful and a wonderful 80 degrees! The humidity has begun to set in but I am not complaining! My hair is set on curly for the summer, there really isn't a use for straightening any more because it just goes back to curly within 20 minutes of being outside. We had a lot of fun this week as well! We had the opportunity to go out and help one of our members out on their farm! If any of you know me, that is like the best type of service you could give me to do! Well really and honestly I love any type of service, it's become something I really love to do.
But, we went out into the country and helped them plant strawberries and fertilize the tomatoes and help them set down rows of cloth so that they could plant squash and pumpkins and watermelon and what not. As we helped them their children wanted to show us everything there is on a farm including the 30 baby chicks they had and the rooster hanging out under the pine tree. Oh! I caught a frog! well, actually I think it was a toad. we found it while watering the tomatoes and their daughter put it in a box and I told her if she kissed it, it might turn into a prince and she giggled said she wouldn't kiss it because that's gross. Her parents are raising her right. Hermana Maravilla and I had a good talk about how we are raising our kids on a farm because well for one, it's a lot of fun. and two that it teaches your kids a lot and gives them a lot of good life experiences. We really enjoyed it over there! 
Now on to the good stuff. Last week we were knocking doors around one of our members houses and on one of the blocks we saw a woman sitting on her steps watching her son play while her spouse was mowing the lawn, and we decided to go talk to her, as missionaries do of course! We ended up having a very good conversation with Tiffany about the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ and at the end she asked us the question of why do some people seem to have it easier than others? We LOVE questions like that, we also love to answer them (This is why the restored gospel of Jesus Christ is so awesome)

But that is a very valid question, why do we have trials? why do some seem to have it easier than others? We told her that we would explain more of this the next time we came and visited and at this time her friend Tony arrived and said that he wanted to learn more about God as well.

The next time we came we explained to her the reason behind trials, and we explained that trials are for our growth. 

They are experiences that Heavenly Father puts us through so that we can be like Him. We also went through the Plan of Salvation with her and explained that we are all here to be like our Heavenly Father, and to be like Him we have to have an imperfect body, to live in an imperfect world, and to make mistakes, to know good and evil- we had to have pain and sorrow to both have, and understand true joy. I asked her about her trials and if she's learned anything from them. She said that is where she learned the most about herself. And then we asked if she would take back any of those experiences she had and she said no, because it would make her a different person than she is today. Those bad experiences have made her better. Talk about blessings in disguise. 

So why do we have different trials than others? The reason behind having different and unique trials is because those trials are tailor made by our Heavenly Father specifically for us to utilize our agency to bring about our fullest potentials, to help us realize our divinity, and in seeing that we can overcome what God puts before us- and not only to overcome and succeed, but to excel!  Trials are not a burden but a blessing. It all depends on your perspective and your understanding, and overall, your attitude.
It helps us realize who we are- Sons and Daughters of God, and who God really is, and our relationship with Him. 

He really does know us better than we know ourselves.
I will point out though that the actions of others can create trials in our lives that are very difficult to overcome, but they are not impossible if we use the gift of the Atonement of Jesus Christ in our lives- the blessing of repentance and baptism give us the healing and cleansing power and process to be freed from these feelings of hate, anger, and pain. 

How awesome is that to know?! That our trials are not meant for us to suffer, and be miserable forever. They are meant for us to find and have true and everlasting joy. The Lord indeed works in mysterious ways. 
So Tiffany and Tony are doing awesome and they love to learn. It's cool to see how excited they are about learning and trying to explain the feeling of the Holy Ghost. They've told us every time we've taught them that it's funny we are teaching them because usually they turn away the missionaries or hide from them, but they felt like they needed to talk to us and after we spoke with them they had to have us come back. But I know it's because our Heavenly Father knows them personally and wants them to receive the gift and blessing of having the restored gospel of Jesus Christ in their lives, and I know that this is going to bless their lives eternally, which is the best thing ever! Happiness all around! 
So needless to say, tracting is not as bad as it seems and the Lord leads you to those who He knows both need and want the gospel in their lives.
I also just want to share with you some cool things I learned about prayer this morning.
I've had my own questions about prayer and how I can make my prayers better because I've been reading about king David and Solomon in the Bible and I like the psalms of David. They are very meaningful, and personal and powerful. I've also been wanting to explain to others better why we end our prayers in the name of Jesus Christ. and the question of why do some prayers go unanswered?

 The Bible Dictionary is awesome. These are some things it explains:
"-As soon as we learn  the true relationship in which we stand toward God (namely, God is our Father, and we are his children), then at once prayer becomes natural and instinctive on our part. Many of the so called difficulties about prayer arise from forgetting this relationship. Prayer is the act by which the will of the Father and the will of the child are brought into correspondence with each other. 

-the object of prayer is not to change the will of god, but to secure for ourselves and for others blessings hat God is already willing to grant, but that are made conditional on our asking for them. 

-Blessings require some work or effort on our part before we can obtain them. Prayer is a form of work, and is an appointed means for obtaining the highest of all blessings.

-We pray in Christ's name when our mind is the mind of Christ, and our wishes the wishes of Christ-when his words abide in us. we then ask for things it is possible for God to grant. Many prayers remain unanswered because they are not in Christ's name at all; they in no way represent his mind, but spring out of the selfishness of mans heart."

so lots of thoughts today and really cool experiences! I love this gospel!
I hope that everything is going well for all of you and that you find peace and joy! 
Love you all! 
Hasta luego! 
Hermana Ficklin

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