|"Me and Sister Jenksy" (:|
Dear family and friends, I just love you(: thank you all so much for your encouraging words and your sweet Valentine's Day cards and letters. It's such an awesome opportunity to be out here spreading the best and most charitable kind of love during this holiday, the love of Jesus Christ(: I hope you were all able to share some "I love you's" with the people who matter most.
Heavenly Father is so amazing. He showered us with a lot of blessings this week, and I'm so thankful. We got to start the week off with an amazing girl named Jenna(: she got baptized back in January, and she is so full of the Spirit and just radiates the love of God, it's awesome. She is such a good example to everyone around her, and she has been such a good influence on her friends. In our lesson, we had her teach us about the Plan of Happiness, and it was really cool to see how much she understands and her perspective of everything. The gospel really is so simple(: I love the hope and the happiness that she exudes, she has a great love for the Lord.
We got to have interviews with President Brown this week. I love that man. He really is inspired and I know he loves all of us so much. I am so thankful for his counsel, his love, and his confidence in each of us(: he is wonderful.
We had an awesome lesson with Tara and Lexi. Tara is a less active member who has had lots of different ideals come into her life over the years. She's very confused about religion, and really about God in general. Her daughter, Lexi, is trying to decide if the church is right for her and if God is even real. We had a very powerful lesson with them on faith, repentance, and the Plan of Happiness. Tara was in tears as the Spirit witnessed of the hope and peace that comes from the knowledge that our loved ones aren't lost, and that we can see them again some day. Her daughter asked lots of wonderful questions, and we were able to testify of the fact that God does know us and love us as individuals, and that He will answer our sincere prayers. He lives, He is real, and He wants to help us through this life. Lexi is now planning on being baptized in March(:
Okay, coolest miracle ever. So Dalene, this awesome lady who we are teaching, was living in a hotel for a while. She has really been progressing and immersing herself in the Book of Mormon, and we are so excited. We went back to the hotel to teach her again, and she was gone :( we tried calling her and the phone was disconnected. We remembered that she mentioned that she and her daughter might move to this one apartment complex. So we went there and we had a very pleading prayer with Heavenly Father, telling Him that if He needed us to teach Dalene, we needed Him to lead us to her. This apartment complex has three floors, each with 20 apartments on it. After the prayer, Sister Jenks felt like we should knock a door on the third floor. No one was home, so we worked our way back down the stairs, knocking a few doors as we went. We met a man named Brenton who is a new investigator(: we were about to leave the complex, and the Spirit made it really clear to me that we should knock the last two doors. I told Sister Jenks, and she said "okay, I feel like we should knock the one with the floor mat,". We did, and Dalene answered!!(: Heavenly Father is so awesome. We had a great lesson and we were all so happy to see each other. God is so good, all the time.
We were also able to teach the Matechak's. We taught about the Plan of Happiness, and the Spirit brought so many inspired questions into my brain, which I was so grateful for because that's something that I've really been working on. Sister Matechak bore her testimony so many times in the lesson, it was really cool. Brother Matechak's heart is definitely being worked on by the Spirit, you can see it in his eyes. After the lesson he said, "Hey, we should have you guys over for dinner sometime," (:
"the cutest itty bitty baby cacti that the Matechak's gave us!(:"
In our journey through mortality, I think each of us has a time where we ask, just as the Apostles did, "Master, carest thou not that we perish?". (Mark 4: 38-40) In response to His apostles plea, Christ answers, "Peace, be still....Why are ye so fearful? How is it that ye have no faith?".
I was thinking a lot about Christ's response. I know the Apostles had faith, and I know that Lehi did, so why would Christ say they had none? It's because in that moment, they didn't. Fear and faith cannot coexist. One cancels out the other. In life, we have many opportunities to exercise one or the other. We can respond to life's challenges with self pity and pessimism, or we can hold fast to the joy and the peace that we know we receive through acting on our faith in the Savior. Even if it's just a small particle of faith, it makes all the difference.
In 2 Nephi 2:2, it says, "..Thou knowest the greatness of God; and he shall consecrate thine afflictions for thy gain,". This week, I hope we can all remember to place our faith in the One who knows what is best for us, and that we can respond with positivity and great trust Savior throughout our experiences.
I love you all!(:
Love, Sister Allen