Monday, June 19, 2017

Week 20 - June 19, 2017

OLÁ de São Jerônimo!

This week was pretty darn fantastic. We had a branch activity (that we planned) on Thursday where we played games using the scriptures. Sounds lame saying that out loud, but it actually turned out great and the members got really into it. We also had a whopping attendance of 12 people- which also sounds really lame, but considering the average attendance for activities is 4 or 5 members, it was a miracle. 

Also, this girl that we helped reactivate a few weeks ago, D., is preparing to go on a mission at the end of the year. I know it wasn't an easy decision for her because her family isn't super strong in the church and there haven't been any other youth to go on missions from this branch in like 30 years- so she's full on relying on her personal testimony. She's such an inspiration to me, and I'm low key hoping she gets called to North Carolina so I can see her when I get home :)

This week has also been a lot lighter on the rain and a the temperatures have been rising just a little- enough that the weather was absolutely perfect all week. I'm hoping that continues...but from what people say about fall and winter here in the past, it's doubtful.

Other than that, it's been a fairly normal week. So I'll just end here with possibly my favorite scripture of all time. 
Moroni 8:16- "For perfect love casteth out all fear."

Like seriously, how perfect is that? And it applies to everything on my mission and in our lives otherwise. There's no reason I should be nervous to talk to a stranger on the street or invite someone to be baptized or tell someone that they need to repent of something, because if I really love them (and if I really love my Savior), I know that those things can only help them. I know that this gospel will give them everything they need in this life, and my own personal fears should never get in the way of that.

This also greatly applies to repentance. I've made some hecka big mistakes in my life, and confessing and repenting of them was something that took a lot of time and a lot of courage, because I was afraid to face the consequences. But: perfect love casteth out all fear. I love the people I'm teaching, so I know I need to be worthy in order to be led by the Spirit to help them. I love my life, so I want to live it the best I can, which means without sins weighing me down. I love my family, so I want to live with them forever, which means being worthy to be in an eternal family. I love this gospel, which means I'll live it. And, most importantly, I love my Savior, which means I'll show gratitude for His atoning sacrifice and try harder to be a better person so I can live with Him and my Father in Heaven one day.

Love yourself, your family, and your Savior enough to be the best person you can be!

Todo do amor,
Sister Coleman

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