Monday, April 11, 2016

Week 32 - After All That We Can Do

Familia y amigos, 

Hope y’all had an awesome week! I sure did! It has been a lot of work, but with our efforts, we have seen the blessings. I have never been so tired in my life. It is unreal how exhausted I feel when the alarm goes off before 6:30 every single morning. But understanding my purpose as a missionary and as a child of God helps me get the strength, and the desire to get up each morning. This week, our Zone of missionaries put a certain goal to achieve all together, and it was a high goal, something we hadn’t achieved in a long time. But we all went to work in our areas. Elder Wright and I worked so so hard, looking for as many new people to teach as we could, striving to bring more people the glorious message of the Restoration of the gospel of Christ. At the end of this past week, we sent in our report to our Zone Leaders, and we found out we didn’t reach the goal as a zone. I was a little sad at first to hear that, but then I thought of all of the incredible experiences and miracles we had seen during the week, and I was amazed. 

I am so grateful for the opportunity that I had to put this strong effort into the work. I have never been so tired, but I have never been so happy. I know that I am putting my heart into this work, and I am really starting to love all of the people we come into contact with. I feel so blessed to be able to be a representative of Jesus Christ. This work is not easy, but it isn’t designed to be easy. It makes me sad sometimes when people reject even listening to us for just one minute, because there is so much happiness that I want to share with them. But I know that I am doing my part in striving to bring people closer to our Savior and Redeemer. 

Elder Wright and I saw so many miracles this week, it was crazy. Ill share a couple of them quickly. On Friday for example, we had several appointments to teach people, but within a couple of hours, all of them had been cancelled. We went through the rest of our plans for that time, (even the Plan B´s!), and found nobody. We decided to say a prayer right there, to be able to find someone that would accept us so we could share the message of the Restoration. Within ten minutes, we were able to talk to a few people, and one man let us in. We had a wonderful lesson with him and he is super excited to meet with us more and learn more about what we believe. The next day, the same thing happened. We had lessons planned for every single hour of the day, and all but two were cancelled. It came more towards time to go home, but we decided we had to work a little bit more. We said another prayer for help, and we decided to visit a reference we had gotten. After not being able to find her for a while, she was home! We were able to teach her, and her parents! It was so cool. 

And then yesterday, we were heading to an appointment with a family we are teaching, and we had plans to teach about Resurrection, but as we were about to start the lesson Elder Wright changed it to reading 3 Nephi 11, a chapter from the Book of Mormon, and I just about peed my pants with excitement because that is exactly what I was thinking to do. It was such an amazing experience. When we got there, they seemed a little down, but by the end of the lesson they brightened up so much and were so loving to us, it was a clear difference, and I know the Spirit guided us in that moment to know exactly what they needed. 

I had so many wonderful experiences that I cant even share them all, but I just love this world so much. I love all the wonderful people in it and all of the wonderful blessings God has given me. I love being a missionary and I love this Church. I love Christ´s gospel and I know it is true. I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God, and I know it can answer prayers, because it has answered mine. 


Elder Daines

"Love me some good mountains"

"The Set-up"

"Creativity in the kitchen."

"My loyal friend."

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