Monday, February 23, 2015


Dear Everyone,

This week was kind of different.  Like it rained.  A LOT.  4 out of the last 7 days were just a strong, hard rain.  In our area, it is really really bad, because the drainage systems here are really clogged and just neglected, so a lot of people had about 3 or 4 feet of water in their homes.  Brings a new meaning to having your house flooded.

On Saturday, we were able to go to the temple with some of the youth from our ward.  We went to the Family History Center last Sunday, they found some names and completed their books (My Family), and we received approval from the mission president to be able to take a group to the temple to do baptisms and start this process of saving souls.

Also on Saturday, we had the privilege to go to a training for the ward councils of this area.  We started to walk to take a bus and then it started to RAIN, like so crazy.  Luckily, we were close to our house so we grabbed umbrellas and coats, and I ended up giving mine to some girls from the ward, and we got SO wet.  When we finally got to the stake center, we walked in and naturally the first person we see is an area seventy, and we are standing there like drowned rats.  We were like...there goes our pride!;) We walked into the bathroom to dry off and we found the other sisters in there as well, and it was fun to just laugh it off.  It brought to my mind the quote, "life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it is about learning to dance in the rain."  That quote comes to my mind a lot:)

The training was amazing, even though we lost the signal.  The area seventy, Elder Krasnoselsky spoke to us about the importance of ministering to the people according to their needs.  That it not be something mechanical, something that we are obligated to do, but something that we do because of our love for our Savior and our gratitude for what he did for us.  Really, that is what our focus is now,  to minister in such a way that we gain the trust of the people and they can see and feel the love of our Savior through us as members and our service.  Really, this is for everyone, in every calling, in every ward.  Minister to the people for whom you are responsible, and you will be able to feel that your perspective is changing and that you are becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ. (Moroni 7)

Something else that we laughed about was afterwards, there weren't any buses because of the rain, so we had to walk back.  On the way, we received a call from some girls from the ward, who were stuck on the wrong side of a huge flood zone thing.  They needed to get home, but weren't able to cross the river, because it was deep and fast, really, it surprised me how deep it was.  So, at 9:20, we walked to where they were, and then we had to walk to the other end of our area with them to enter the street where they lived on the other side, and all in the about 10, we finally got to their house, dropped them off, and booked it home, until we  were walking in the water and we saw a flipping snake in the water with us...we almost died.  Seriously, I don't think I have been so startled for a LONG time.  The SWAT team...hermana missionary style.  Kind of frightening.

Anyway, the moral of the story is, even when you know that there are creepy things swimming in the water with you...don't be afraid, pray really hard and walk really, really fast:)

I hope you all have a good week!:)

Hermana Farish

Youth at the temple

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