Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Start of A Great Year!

Buenas tardes!

What a wonderful week we have had--one full of the Spirit as a result of fasting, MLC, and Zone Meeting. So many good things in one week. MLC is always incredible--after every single one I leave feeling very humbled because I recognize how much I need to work on. It's so great to be able to counsel with President and the other leaders in the mission, there is so much revelation that comes in those meetings. I learn so much and I am always drained afterwards. It's hard work! haha but it is so worth every moment. The Spirit is so strong and we are uplifted and edified! As Zone Leaders and Sister Training Leaders we base our Zone Meeting off of the topics discussed in MLC. The Zone Meeting we had went so well, and we were so grateful for that! We had a lot of people share their testimonies of specific questions like "How has your mission changed your life?" or for a convert "How did missionaries find you?" We are working a lot on finding effectively in our mission right now so we talked a lot about that and also a lot about consecration and sacrifice. The Spirit was very strong, and I think we were all pumped up to work after that! There are going to be some really good things happening!
Here's a funny story for the week....
So there we were....knocking doors. Something kind of uncommon to missionaries right? haha We had to go, but I decided that we should knock one last door. As we stepped onto the porch, there was an eruption of barking--probably about 8 dogs barking from inside. I saw there was a pad lock on the door too and thought, they're probably hiding something inside...but I knocked anyways. A guy looks through the little window on the door and says "What do you want?" So I start saying, We're missionaries from the Church of...and then he cut me off and said something I couldn't understand because of all of his dogs. So I said "Sorry I can't hear you, what did you say?" Then he said it again...still couldn't hear him. By the third time I finally understood what he said--"Don't trespass again or I'll loose my dogs on you." hahaha I was cracking up as we walked away. 
                           Dinner with D and her beautiful children

Good news for the week--we set a baptismal date with D. Yay!! We went to dinner with her on New Years Eve and had a lot of fun with her and her two kids. They're so cute. They picked us out necklaces--mine was an angel because I was the angel in the nativity at the church Christmas party. haha We got some good fortunes though! These were mine...words of the wise here.
"Impossible is a word only to be found in the dictionary of fools."
"Love lights up the world."
"You're not afraid of storms, for you're learning to sail your ship."
Who ever said you were limited to just one? 
Then, today was awesome because we got to go to the temple! Yay! It was so wonderful to be there, to be spiritually nourished in the house of the Lord. I love the feelings of peace and love that are always there when you enter. The temple is definitely one of those places where I want to be a lot. That was actually one of my New Year Goals--to go to the temple weekly (well I guess when I'm not a missionary anymore), so y'all are free to join me when that happens! But missionary work is the greatest. It's fulfilling as a full time set apart missionary, but you can receive that same fulfillment from doing temple work as well. It is the same great, redemptive work. Never forget that! I want you all to know that I know that this church contains the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and that I am so grateful to have it in my life! Even more so, I am so grateful that I have this opportunity to dedicate to the Lord to share it with others. Do the same!! LOVE YOU ALL!!
Con amor,
Hermana Hoj

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