Monday, August 11, 2014

Aug 11

One week more, one week less.

We have had some adventures this week...such as going to the emergency room at about 10:20 at night and leaving at almost 1 in the morning.#lifeofthemissionnursescompanion.  We were rather sleepy the next day, hahaha, but we made it through.  We also experienced walking on the Honduras streets at about 11 at night as we crossed the road from the hospital to the pharmacy, hahaha.  I could not believe how quiet and calm everything was when we went home at about 1am.  As we sat in the emergency room, President Dester came and joined us.  I then proceeded to lean over to him and ask permission for to stay up past 10:30, hahaha.  And no worries, President gave us a ride home, so we didn't walk or take a bus home.

Saturday, I had divisiones, woo! I had a chance to work with Hermana Zelada again - love that girl.  She is hilarious, enojadita, loving, and just a wonderful person.  Her example taught me a lot of how to be a better missionary and how to help our investigators.  We also could not stop laughing...for the entire day...We had to stop several times, actually, because we were laughing so hard, we couldn't walk.  Hermana Zelada will finish her mission in about 3 weeks.  I will miss her so much.

Lately, we have had an investigator named Vilma.  Vilma is a lovely young lady, and was going to get baptized before I got here, but one thing led to another...and we're still teaching her.  Well, it has been a while since we had a lesson with her, and we decided to make our lesson this week make it or break it. We thought long and hard about what we would share with her, and we finally decided to share part of the life of the prophet Joseph Smith, namely JSH 1:21, 23-25:

21 Some few days after I had this vision, I happened to be in company with one of the Methodist preachers, who was very active in the before mentioned religious excitement; and, conversing with him on the subject of religion, I took occasion to give him an account of the vision which I had had. I was greatly surprised at his behavior; he treated my communication not only lightly, but with great contempt, saying it was all of the devil, that there were no such things as visions or revelations in these days; that all such things had ceased with the apostles, and that there would never be any more of them.

23 It caused me serious reflection then, and often has since, how very strange it was that an obscure boy, of a little over fourteen years of age, and one, too, who was doomed to the necessity of obtaining a scanty maintenance by his daily labor, should be thought a character of sufficient importance to attract the attention of the great ones of the most popular sects of the day, and in a manner to create in them a spirit of the most bitterpersecution and reviling. But strange or not, so it was, and it was often the cause of great sorrow to myself.
 24 However, it was nevertheless a fact that I had beheld a vision. I have thought since, that I felt much like Paul, when he made his defense before King Agrippa, and related the account of the vision he had when he saw a light, and heard a voice; but still there were but few who believed him; some said he was dishonest, others said he was mad; and he was ridiculed and reviled. But all this did not destroy the reality of his vision. He had seen a vision, he knew he had, and all the persecution under heaven could not make it otherwise; and though they should persecute him unto death, yet he knew, and would know to his latest breath, that he had both seen a light and heard a voice speaking unto him, and all the world could not make him think or believe otherwise.
 25 So it was with me. I had actually seen a light, and in the midst of that light I saw two Personages, and they did in reality speak to me; and though I was hated and persecuted for saying that I had seen a vision, yet it was true; and while they were persecuting me, reviling me, and speaking all manner of evil against me falsely for so saying, I was led to say in my heart: Why persecute me for telling the truth? I have actually seen a vision; and who am I that I can withstand God, or why does the world think to make me deny what I have actually seen? For I had seen a vision; I knew it, and I knew that God knew it, and I could not deny it, neither dared I do it; at least I knew that by so doing I would offend God, and come under condemnation.
I love those words: "I knew it, and I knew that God knew it, and I could not deny it."

To my great surprise, these words also impacted Hermanita Vilma.  And she decided to be baptized.  I am so grateful for the tender mercies of the Lord.  I also feel as the prophet Joseph Smith, that I know these things are true, I know that God knows it, and I cannot deny it.

I love you all!

Hermana Grondel :)

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