Monday, November 23, 2015

Another Short One

This is going to be another short one today! (Sorry everyone!)  But we have great news this week---Huanchaco finallly has a bishop!! Our ward mission leader was called to be our bishop this week and we had to stop ourselves from leaping out of our pews and shouting for joy. I know he's going to be great and our ward will be in great hands. 

Talking to a friend about developing more patience and Christ like attributes this week led me to a scripture that I love. In 1 Nephi, when Nephi was conversing with the angel in the dream and he was interpretating Lehi's vision, the angel asked him a question to which Nephi didn't know the answer. The angel asked: "knowest thou the condescension of God?" to which Nephi replied:

 17 And I said unto him: I know that he loveth his children; nevertheless, I do not know the meaning of all things.

I loved what my friend said about this verse. He said that even though we don't always know why things happen in this life or even the small things that happen day to day, we can still know that God loves us and we are His children. Knowing our identity helps us handle the day-to-day trials with more patience and control  and it helps us have a more eternal perspective. Don't forget who you are as they say!

Herana Furness

5 minutes or less

literally have less than 5 minutes of internet time. 

We had our talent show this week and it was AMAZING. 

We had a charla fogonera or fireside, in English, in La Esperanza and it was INCREDIBLE. 

One of the local ward members, Ritzy, received her mission call to Arequipa and will be leaving on December 15th. CRAZY!!! 

I attached a photo of the mission call letter opening. My comp was in Lima so I was with a mini missionary. 

So sorry I don't have more time today everyone! Have a great week and I'll try to write more next week (:

Sister Furness

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Lion King Doctrine

Hey all! 

I'm happy to report that this past week I learned so many incredible things. Granted, there were some huge trials, but I have overcome them and learned something more incredible. I actually learned a lot of incredible things, but because of short time and lack of photos (sorry, I was boring and didn't shoot anything 😝), I want to share 2 things I learned from a great helper this week:

1. "The past can still hurt, as Rafiki told Simba, but you can run from it or learn from it." And he could return to the pride land because that was were he was meant to reign as king. We can let our pasts hurt us or learn from them. If we choose to learn from those mistakes we can prepare ourselves to take on the challenges that face us on our return to "The Pride Land" or Celestial Kingdom. :) 

2.  D&C 46:8-9
Wherefore, beware lest ye are deceived; and that ye may not be deceived seek ye earnestly the best gifts, always remembering for what they are given;
 For verily I say unto you, they are given for the benefit of those who love me and keep all my commandments, and him that seeketh so to do; that all may be benefited that seek or that ask of me, that ask and not for a sign that they may consume it upon their lusts.
This verse helped me in my trials this week. I didn't ever feel deceived by anyone--but perhaps by Satan. These spiritual gifts are tools and talents that many have and can FIND in order to more effectively seek the kingdom of God. What bought me was the line in verse 9 that says: "and him that seeketh so to do." We are not able to obey all the commandments perfectly, but there is a division between those who seek to obey the commandments and those who simply don't. I know I am far from being perfect but I know that right now, I TRY and DESIRE to obey all the commandments. And that's all we need to qualify for these spiritual gifts! (:

Yeah. Enough writing. 

Heavenly Father loves you. I love you too! And that love needs to be spread to all. Best of luck to each of you this week!

Hermana Furness

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Short but sweet

Don't have much time to write today, but in short--this week was AMAZING! We saw many miracles and found a good number of new people to teach. The ward seems to be changing here in Huanchaco, especially with the ward missionaries. It seriously goes to prove that working in a team is so much more efficient!! 

A verse that I found in this week's studies:

For behold, I say unto you that as many of the Gentiles as will repent are the covenant people of the Lord; and as many of the Jews as will not repent shall be cast off; for the Lord covenanteth with none save it be with them that repent and believe in his Son, who is the Holy One of Israel.

I found this verse while I was preparing for the Gospel Principles class that I had to teach on "el recogimiento de la casa de Israel." It's such a great topic and I highly recommend a read on that chapter in your gospel principle books. No matter what kind of family we come from or how righteous we have been in the past, the Lord will covenant with NONE except we repent and actively believe in Christ. When we choose to sin and not partake of the sacrament weekly, we are breaking the baptismal covenants that we have made, and the Lord cannot promise us the blessings that were awaiting us. When we DO partake of the sacrament and are ready to take it because we have already repented the days before that, we covenant AGAIN to take Christ's name upon us and we are forgiven for all that is past--including those things being forgotten as well. How lucky we are to be a part of God's people who are able to be forgiven and covenant with him so frequently! 

Ah! Got carried away. Love you all and sorry for the short email!!

Hermana Furness

oh and this is a photo of our carrot cake we made and the other of us with Enrique, the recent convert. Adorbs :3