Monday, October 26, 2015

As Sisters in Zion

Feliz dia de la Madre from ARGENTINA! It's the only country that celebrates mother's day October 18th so I just wanted to send a shout out to all those mothers, daughters and grandmothers, especially my mom.  Happy Mother's Day!!! I love you!!  Thanks for being such a great example, idol, and mother, you mean so much to me and I send lots of hugs and kisses.  Because yesterday was such a special day, I wanted to share a story from Elder Bradley D. Foster:

My good friend Don Pearson shared an experience that highlights this influence. One night his four-year-old son asked him to read a bedtime story. Eric had picked out his favorite book: The Ballooning Adventures of Paddy Pork, a story about a family who lived on the isles of the sea and traveled from island to island by hot-air balloon. It was a picture book that had no words, so Brother Pearson made up words to the story. “Paddy is in a hot-air balloon. He is landing on an island now. He is dropping a line over the side of the balloon.” Eric stopped him. “Dad, that is not a line. It’s a rope.” Brother Pearson looked at Eric and back at the picture book, and then he continued: “Paddy is getting out of the balloon and climbing down the tree. Oh no! His coat is caught on a limb!” Again Eric stopped him. “Dad, that’s not a coat. It’s a jacket.” By now Brother Pearson was somewhat perplexed. He said, “Eric, there are no words in this book, just pictures. Why do you insist that it’s a jacket?” Eric answered, “Because Mother told me.” His father closed the book and said, “Eric, who do you think is the last word, the ultimate authority in this house?” This time Eric thought carefully before he answered, “You are, Dad.” Brother Pearson beamed at his son. What an exceptional answer! “How did you know that?” Eric quickly responded, “Mother told me.” As President James E. Faust said: “There is no greater good in all the world than motherhood. The influence of a mother in the lives of her children is beyond calculation” (“Fathers, Mothers, Marriage,” Liahona and Ensign, Aug. 2004, 3).
Alma 56:48 
48 And they rehearsed unto me the words of their mothers, saying: We do not doubt our mothers knew it.

My mom has been such a great influence for me, in so many ways.  One of the biggest is that she has always taught me to walk in the light of Christ and she shows it by her love.  She has helped me shape my life and has helped make me who I am today.  Love you mom :)

Okay, I also just want to say my companion is awesome!  We work so well together and we have great communication.  She's such a great example and works hard!  I've learned so much from her and thanks to her these last few transfers have been marvelous.  It's been super funny because EVERYTIME we answer the phone, we got, "Who is speaking? Hermana Palma or Hermana Chesler?" It has now happened with our district leaders, zone leaders and members!  We have now become "ONE VOICE" or she now has a Gringa accent or I've got a Chiliana accent, or a mixture of both! haha 

This week we had a DANGEROUS DOG ATTACK.  But we survived and nobody got hurt.  As we finished a lesson with a family, we started walking home and we had 3 dogs following us.  In order to get home where there is light, we had to walk close to the jail wall.  As we began to walk (in front of the jail), out of the corner of my eye, I see a "Pit Bull" running across the road that had broken away from its chain.  My heart drops because we've got 3 dogs next to us and here come the Pit Bull to attack! "We're Dead!" Well to make the story short, the dogs fight right at our feet because they think we are there to protect them.  They fight in 3 different spots, but with us right next to them. They first fight on the sidewalk, second in the middle of the street and have stopped ALL traffic, and last on the grass.  The last time, I couldn't hold the scream in, so I let it OUT, as my companion and I are holding onto each other for dear life. I'm not sure how we got out of the situation but all I remember was the cops came out because we had stopped traffic and everyone stopped to watch. The Pit Bull ran away from my "fierce, but frightful scream", I think.  I thought I had confidence in dogs but there went all my self assurance. ha  Anyways, we are safe!

Besides that, we did have an AWESOME EXPERIENCE with Brisa this week.  WE taught her the restoration to help her strengthen her testimony a little more on prophets.  At the end of the lesson, as she is super young and has been attending church for almost 2 years, I asked, 2 simple questions.."Why do you like going to church?" and "Do you still want to be baptized and why?"  She sat back and said, Yes! and she began to have tears in her eyes and said, "Because it's the only place I can feel different.  I feel good there and I like to learn the things they teach."  She began to continue to share her feelings and it was a moment that the three of us could feel the spirit had taught our hearts.  It was a soft tender moment.  One that I will never forget.  This experience made me think of how grateful I am for this wonderful gospel that I know is true and to trust in the Lord and His divine plan of happiness.  It is based upon eternal, unchanging principles that help and guide us to that correct path we need to be walking on.  I know with all my heart that as we obey His commandments, God will show us His light, His hand, and His heart.  As we live those principles of faith, obedience and the proper use of agency, we will be lead to personal revelation and inspiration.

Homework:  Set a goal to lend a hand to someone in need -  SERVICE :)

So our pday changed today!!!! We had a super pday and we went to the beach!!! I'm a little toasty red but, Oh well. We caught a fish!

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