Monday, March 21, 2011

OH MY GOSH, ANDRÉS GOT BAPTIZED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OH MY GOSH I did not even know anything about Libya! I heard something a couple weeks ago about something in Egypt, but this is insane! People ask us (me) if we (I) know what's going on in the world (with the US). And I had no idea! I was in the house of one of my converts the day of the earthquake and her TV was on when we came. I still can't believe the destruction. It's like those apocalyptic movies like Dante's Peak and Volcano. I can't believe it. My eyes deceive me. Yes, we are in the last days! Everybody cites a scripture that I still don't know where it is, but that in the last days the times goes by faster and I believe it!

We start transfers today again, and I'm still here with my refuerza Hna. Sancé. This transfer and one more. I can't believe how much time has gone by.

The last days indeed. I believe it. Let it be a warning that we really do have to prepare ourselves spiritually, for it's true. Following the prophet means so much more now. Have I said it before? I LOVE THE PROPHET! How I gained my testimony of him? I applied what he counseled us to do and I know I have been blessed. I know the prophet is called of God because my blessings have come from Him. I will follow the prophet. And what he says is true. Families are central (see Hna. Beck's message in Ensign from March). CERNTRISIMO! Which means really central.

I don't have much time to write, because I spent a lot of time writing my president my miracle story.

OH MY GOSH, ANDRÉS GOT BAPTIZED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I couldn't even believe it! No, I could, but the moment was so surreal. We know it was a big difficult step for him, but oh how great the blessings will be. Okay, I think this ciber is closing, but just know that it was a miracle. A fight. But he made a covenant with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, and now he is cleansed from his sins. He showed that he believes that the Lord will not guide him through wrong paths, and now how he will be blessed. We bawled our eyes out because it was such a beautiful moment. I know what we do now is so much more important than just having baptisms. I know that Heavenly Father was really pleased with his decision. He had been waiting to bless him for at least 15 years. His moment came. It was beautiful.

I love you all, and take care! Don't go too crazy on me!

Tell Adam Matt 15:17-18. I thought it was kind of funny.

Love you all lots!
Hna. Georgeson

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Thanks a lot Alto 1!

(Okay, this one is late too! Sorry.)

I can't believe that they dissolved the branch! (They didn't.) Wow! The boys should drive out to Pocatello one Sunday and see how it is, just for kicks! I can't believe it! But maybe when I come back I'll have a calling in Primary or Young Women's just like every other sister here! :)

Whoa.

I really wish I could tell you that a bunch of stuff is going on, but now that I think about it, a bunch of stuff has been going on!

We now are preparing two to be baptized! Andrés this Saturday, and Juana the Saturday after. Juana has been a roller coaster. The first visit we invited her to be baptized, and she said for right now, no. And then we challenged her again the second visit, and she said yes! We were so happy! And then she went to a baptism and said that she felt good. And then she went to church and she seemed to enjoy the classes and meetings, and the next day she said that baptism just isn't for her! Imagine our surprise! We talked to her, listened to what had happened, and then we invited her to read the Book of Mormon and pray about it. We had invited her to read and pray before, but she stopped reading after the initial reading. We told her that's why! We told her that the key to knowing if she needs this baptism is knowing that the Book is true! The next visit she said that she will keep her baptismal date. That was a great relief to us, and a great answer to our prayers in her behalf. She didn't come to church yesterday, and she felt really bad. She had a really bad headache and didn't even wake up when we came knocking at her door. We taught her Keeping the Sabbath Day Holy, and I don't think she'll miss another Sunday, because at least she now knows why it's so important to come to church.

Andrés has been investigating for the past 15-20 years. Everybody in the ward knows him. He's never really received an answer to his prayers that this church is true. He's read the Book of Mormon, but he's not reading to get something out of the experience. There's a lot of confusion about his experience investigating. Everybody says something else. We're just taking everything for his word for right now. This baptism is a step of faith for him. It's hard for him to exercise his faith. He's agreed to get baptized as a sign of faith. That God will let him know if this baptism is an abomination before Him. I believe he's already started panicking, but Hna. Sancé and I will be giving him tough love. He's just being silly. He needs to get over obnoxious fears and trust the Lord to do something.

We had a ward missionary activity. Almost half in attendance were not members. There were only about 10 or 11 people. We planned everything with our ward mission leader, and he couldn't even come! Hna. Sancé and I did almost everything ourselves. The bishop's wife supplied the refreshments :) It turned out into a half disaster, but whatever. Now we know a little more of what we're dealing with in the ward. We called a bunch of people to invite them, but nobody showed up of those whom we called.

Thanks a lot Alto 1.

I love these people desperately, but I think they're trying to kill me.

I didn't get to give my talk because the stake asked the Bishop to assign talks to get the youth revved up for Seminary. I'm sure the one youth that was in attendance really enjoyed it. Where are the others? What can I do for these people? They're driving me nuts. The Bishop was about to cancel ward council again until I gave him my "what" look. You know, the one that says "please tell me that that's a joke." If Hna. Georgeson has anything to say about it, we will have ward council, even if it's the missionaries, the bishop, and the bishop's wife representing the R.S.. We will have it. I say it's a call to emergency leadership. In the war chapters in the BoM Moroni, because of the wars, was appointed a type of emergency leader of the Nephite people, because basically they weren't capable to govern themselves normally during times of war. If these leaders don't step up, I say that the Bishop should take charge of everything and maybe reassign. That's way leftist/extremist, isn't it? I've gone crazy! In a thoroughly normal way. But all is well! We shall see change!

By the way, I still haven't given my talk. There we see once again the progression in the ward. Hopefully this next week.

I just remembered that I forgot my trunky papers again, so I'll have to write and ask you to send me the info next week. Oops. The mission secretary is going to hate me. No he won't, he loves me, but I won't be his favorite sister :}

Haha, I love you all! Take care and have a great week! Pray for us that we'll have success and inspiration, and Andrés that he'll make it to baptism!

lots of love, Hna. Georgeson

The Love of God

(This was sent March 7th. Sorry I'm late once again.)

The situation with the ward... I didn't give my talk. A member from the High Council came so I didn't have to speak, but this upcoming Sunday they're going to give me a huge block of time.

We have an investigator, Andrés, who really doesn't like the war chapters of the BoM. Every time we ask him about his reading he says "still no wars." But to be honest, I believe that he's not really reading to get something out of the BoM, because I've been in the war chapters this past week in my reading and I LOVE them! I feel like I have learned so much. This morning I read the epistle of Moroni to Pahoran, and it made me think a little about myself.

I'm so willing to lay it into the members because from our point of view they're not doing anything- like lazy bums. But they have another point of view. Therefore there is something else going on here in the ward. It's not just that they're not fulfilling their callings. There's something deeper.

We met with the YW presidency this week to talk about the girls that have basically gone inactive. They give us excuses right and left. The purpose of the meeting was to make goals and plans to help them come back to church, but as soon as we began explaining what we've learned they began with the excuses. They blame it all on the parents (all of their mothers are inactive members), and that they can't do anything without the support of the parents. I wanted to just disappear. I hate excuses. I really don't like them. They were killing me. Pres. Benson said "Any excuse, no matter how valid, weakens the character."

We didn't get anything done in the meeting. We wasted our time that could've been used finding more people to teach. But now we know more. These people have so many ridiculous problems. Back-sliding, back-biting, two-timing, any kind of two-facedness you can think of is creeping in. And now we know more about the situation and now we can help them more. But I know that God loves His children, He loves His church, therefore He will not let them slide off into apostasy. I know that He will work a miracle in these members.

For happier news, I've had a stellar weekends worth of studies. I've loved my studies and they have helped me to change some attitudes and points of view that I've had. First of all I would like to encourage all of you to learn about patience in Preach my Gospel. Family home evening, scripture study, whatever it may be, do it! At the end of Chp. 6 there's an attribute activity- a type of self evaluation- and I encourage you all to look at it. It opens up minds and helps to understand the purity of the doctrines of each attribute. Not the way man sees it, but the way God sees it- the way it really is. It's helped me a lot to remember that patience really is a divine attribute of God.

Also I read for about the fifth time the talk by Pres.Uchtdorf from the Oct 2009 conference about the love of God. After reviewing the doctrine of patience I read that talk, and I testify that through this gospel God shows His love to his children. It strengthened my testimony that the leaders of the church have been called of God and really are His servants. Strengthened my testimony that God lives and truly loves us, and that through the blessings of this restored Gospel we see and feel the love of God. Through the Book of Mormon, the priesthood, the organization of His church- and all this after learning about two principles.

A couple other things- this morning we climbed Campanario Hill- again. That thing is a beast. BUT! On the bus to get there there was a guy that I could've sworn was Chris Martin from Coldplay. I internally freaked out. I didn't get another glance at him because he got off the bus and began climbing the hill right away, and I didn't see him again. ¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡Oh my gosh, ¿¿¿¿what if I saw Chris Martin!!!!!!!!!!!!!?????? Worldy thought for today (note to self: how do you spell world? Is it really like that?)

Besides that.... I've received the dreaded "trunky papers"! But because we went to the hill I forgot them at the pension. The only questions I can remember are where you want to pick me up, or what airport you prefer me to return to (Salt Lake City I would imagine, right?), and some other questions that I don't remember because the last time I looked at them was about two weeks ago. I'll let you know in the next email.

Take care and love you all lots! Thanks for all that you do for me.

xoxo, Hna.Georgeson