Monday, April 11, 2016

I love Spain

Hi y'all!!
This has been a good week. A great week. Imma just share a couple things real quick.
First of all, we had zone meeting! And one of our zone leaders, Elder Wagner, gave an awesome taller and I've been thinking about it a lot. First of all, we read in Luke 14:28-31. Please go look it up in your bible and read it.... Okay, so it is talking about building a tower right? And how when you build a tower, first you want it. You have the desire. That's easy enough - check. Then you have to sit down (easy) and calculate the cost (a little less easy, but still manageable) - check. But then, you actually have to finish it! We have to build the tower, starting at the foundation, and actually finish it to make it useful and valuable like we intended it to be, right? Well such is the mission and really, such is life. As missionaries, we have three hours on one day a week to do weekly planning. This is
where we plan how we are going to help the people we are teaching, what we are going to teach, how we are going to help the branch and where or how we can find new people. THREE HOURS to plan. And then, we have a full week to act, but sometimes we just let the planning go out the window. Maybe we get distracted by other things, we forget the goals we have set or we don't accomplish all that we planned. Now people have their free agency, but sometimes we just aren't finishing our tower.
I loved this! And it applies to all y'all too, whether or not you are in the mission! It doesn't make sense to spend so much time planning or making goals or preparing ourselves for something if we never even finish it or accomplish that which we have set out to do. So.... My invitation for y'all is to finish building your towers. Don't be the man that gets mocked because you got distracted or lazy or lost interest. Ask the Lord for help and then get to work. (:
Alright, the next cool thing from this week is that we had an awesome first lesson with a new investigator. My sweet trainee and I of course practiced during comp study and then proceeded to teach this woman. The lesson went really well, she had a lot of interest, and then we were just finishing up when my companion asked her a simple question. I kind of wondered why she did it, because it was kind of random, but Silvia just opened up. She told us more about her situation, her struggles and we really came to know her better and it was amazing! It was so cool to see my companion follow the promptings she received from the Spirit and in acting on it, see the blessings from the Lord. It was so cool. This truly is the Lord's work and I know he is with us in every single aspect and in every moment.
Okay, one last thing. So lots of you already know or probably have at least noticed that I have been in the same area for my whole mission! Just like 6ish months since I left the CCM, but that's a fair amount. And sometimes I just worry. I get down on myself and think, man, I have been here for 6 months and what I have I done to help these people? And well, we had interviews with President Andersen this week and as I expressed to him my feelings and what was worrying me, he told me this "Hermana, let the Lord measure your work." We had a good talk about how this is the Lord's work. I'm not here for me, I'm here for him and truly He is the only that can know my true effort and value here as a missionary. It doesn't depend on baptisms or how well I speak the language or numbers or what the members say or anything. The Lord knows and that's all that matters. I am so grateful for President and Hermana Andersen - they really are the greatest.
Also, just a little thing for you all to know is that I love Spain. I love the people and the members and the food and it's beautiful and also I LOVE SPANISH. This is a wonderful place and if I didn't also love America, I might just live here some day.
Bueno, pues now that I have gone on and on... I just want to leave you all with my testimony that this gospel is true! This work is about bringing others to Christ and helping others receive the gift of eternal life. Our Savior is Jesus Christ and He lives and loves everyone of us. I know it, I know it, I know it with every fiber of my being.
I love you all and I hope you have a wonderful week!
Love from your favorite almost-spaniard,
Hermana Hauber 😘

My selfie game isn't all that great, but we had a barbecue!

Spanish salad and Brazilian cheese bread #imlearning

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