Monday, February 3, 2014

Week 27 / Love Makes the World Go Round

The Loves of My Life, The Ones Who Make Me The Happiest Person In The World,
Holly and her New Companion
Hello Babes,

Slovenia has turned into an ice skating rink! I keep on telling myself I should have let Ivy teach me how to ice skate before I got out here! It has been a blast sliding around and falling over. I kid you not every where, I mean every where is sweet slick ice. I have to hold onto my companion as we shuffled our way to houses. I fall over and yell out the life alert commerical '' I have fallen and I can't get up,'' in a old Granny voice. All and all Sister F has helped me a lot this week. 

This week I really wanted to do a bunch of secret services, or just little things to help out someone. We would go to peoples houses and I would make sure to do the dishes or made cupcakes and delivered. I wrote letters of encouragement to the down trodden and have given someone a hug (this week I got a bunch of hugs). Which was really the best and made me super happy. I miss them (hugs). But it's so good to serve others, to our best ability and maybe even a little more. It's good to hope and pray for others to wish them happiness, but its another thing to make it happen. We are in the Lord's hands, instruments in each others lives and we can move through him to help others. Helping each other is such a blessing, such a duty, we need to always look for opportunities to serve. When I get a prompting whether it sounds like me or I know for sure it's the spirit. I go. I go and do because I know that whatever is of good is of God. If you feel ever prompted to go up to someone or do something like a good deed. Do it. I have been really trying to listen to those promptings more and not let them slip past me. I feel happier than ever when I am serving my brothers and sisters. When I simply love those around us and  treat them like the kings and queens they are, it is ever so rewarding. Try it out. I dare ya! 

Speaking of promptings I was prepping all week for a lesson, gathering scriptures and things that just felt so right to share. On Friday, we went and as I was showing them what I had for them but it just wasn't right... I had the prompting to change the lesson and instead of just going with what I prepared (and took so long to do), I immediately changed the lesson to fit the need of what I was being told to do. It was an amazing lesson! A very unprepared but perfect lesson that worked wonders. I love that our faith is tested. That we work, and work for it and at the right moment the answer comes shooting in and whether we let it hit us or not- is up to us. I am glad I had the Spirit to prompt me which way to go, because the Spirit is the best teacher and we really most always rely on Him if we want to get any where with our investigators. 

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I got a phone call this week with one of our investigators crying. I talked on the phone with them for an hour. I remember listening a lot. By the end, it was quiet and I didn't know exactly what to say. There was no words of advice flooding into my head or beautiful phrases I could conjure up so I spoke from the heart. After I was done, my dear investigator told me how better she felt and how grateful she was to have someone listen to her to know that someone cared for her, that showed compassion.  I was shocked. I was just doing my job. Loving. Jesus Christ is only but that. He can heal any of our wounds, melt any and all of our hardships away. Jesus Christ is our healer, He converses and listens. Jesus was the best example of ''He that is greatest among you shall be your servant.'' I love serving these people, I love listening to them, I love seeing them happy. If they are not I want so badly to change that and make it the best it can possibly be. I know through this gospel, through having faith in our beloved Savior we will find this ultimate happiness. We can look around and try to find something else but the happiness doesn't last. I know Jesus Christ is our everlasting happiness, how much He wants us to love His brothers and sisters. How much God wants us to be like Him and serve our fellow men. All my life, I thought I was doing good at that, but I didn't push myself to help to my greatest ability. Out here you are shown and pushed to become even a greater helper. It's hard work but such a beautiful process. I realize how selfish I was not sharing my fullest self, maybe not being as patient, or the best of distributing love. I have a to do list but I know through this Gospel there is no missing pieces, there is no reason to look around but realize we are filled because of this great church. I love it whole-heartedly and am excited to serve for the rest of my life to come. 

I feel your goodness, my beautiful family. It's so good to hear you every week and know that things are always looking up. This life isn't meant to be looking to the ground but realize up is the only direction. We can fly. Do you believe it? You are my angels. Thanks for all you do. I can look and I can gaze at the wonders of this world and all it does is just leave me amazed. 

I have a lot of work to do and I want to find a lot more people these coming weeks. I pray and hope they will get in my path and I can serve them well, love them well. I want to give my all and more. I want to love more because I know we can always have a little more. I am grateful for Heavenly Fathers love the great love He had to send His only begotten son to us. That Jesus Christ loved us so much that he gave us His life so we could be received again into the most highest loving home. I love you. I can't help but tell it to anyone that brings up families. Yesterday was fast and testimony meeting and no one was getting up. President F's wife nudged me to go up and I walked up gladly. Everyone started to laugh because they saw President's wife nudge me and say it's my turn and I hustled up there fast. I was ready. I told them I was happy to bear my testimony, I was happy and grateful for them. I bore my testimony and talked about my favorite people, which is you dear family. I talked for a good amount and then I sat down, and realized I just spoke Slovene without a stutter. It flowed and I was me. The language is coming! Huzzah! I am happy and I am much loved. 

I love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love you. 
Sestra Cuthbert

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