As a mission, this week we have been studying the faith and how it is much more than something that we believe in but that we don't see. We have been able to talk with a lot of missionaries, and it is such a privilege to hear the different things that they have been learning this past week about faith and how it has changed their perspective.
Here in the mission, we have the opportunity to exercise our faith in a unique way: finding people who will accept the baptismal covenant and the restored gospel. We have to look at the people with the eyes of faith, as people who have eternal potential, and as people who the Lord loves very, very much. After studying about the Atonement last week, and how he suffered for EVERYONE, because he loves everyone without exception, I have been able to see a change in my attitude towards the people, because sometimes you just want to not love them and punch a tree or something...haha, not really, but it is interesting sometimes. If we look at people how the Lord does, they will be able to feel our love and if they choose, they will want to always feel that. Looking at them with eyes of faith makes a big difference.
Haha, my comp and I were talking about how using faith in the mission as compared to real life is kind of different. But...to not be too trunky....we will just leave it at that;)
The scripture that we all ponderized this week was Alma 32:40:
40 And thus, if ye will not nourish the word, looking forward with an eye of faith to the fruit thereof, ye can never pluck of the fruit of the tree of life.
I really like it because it makes faith into an action word, and becomes something that we live every moment, not just in the bad ones. I love this gospel, and really, from what I have been able to learn in the past yearish, faith is what sustains us and is a precious gift from God that we receive according to our desires and works (1 Nephi 2:16):
16 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, being exceedingly young, nevertheless being large in stature, and also having great desires to know of the mysteries of God, wherefore, I did cry unto the Lord; and behold he did visit me, and did soften my heart that I did believe all the words which had been spoken by my father; wherefore, I did not rebel against him like unto my brothers.
Nephi didn't rebel against his father like his brothers did because he had gained the necessary faith. He wanted it, and did what was needed to be able to get it. I have a lot of work to do in this area!!!
I do have to tell you the most awkward moment of my week. I was so just like....what....? We went to an investigator's house, but she wasn't there so we contacted the house in front and they let us in. The lady told me, "I've seen you walking in front of my house for a while now, you have lost a lot of weight!! You were a little fat before, and now not so much!!!" I was like...well, at least someone is noticing #onlyinlatinamerica. I am going to miss these people. And then she told us that she is lesbian...we were like...WHAT...yeah, Atonement much.
But anyways, I love you all so much and I am grateful for your good examples!!! Have a wonderful week!!