Wednesday, January 28, 2015

I Feel Like the Wicked Witch of the West, "I'm melting!"

January 26, 2015

Hey guys! Happy January! 

Hope things are not too cold and dreary where you are. Here we are melting. I feel like the Wicked Witch of the West. But we kind of get used to it. 

These past few weeks, at the end of the day, we have been recording and sharing with each other the Tender Mercies of the day. This is something I learned from the sisters in Goiana :) It's been a great way to remember and recognize the hand of the Lord during the day, and reenergizes us. Even at the end of a long or hard day, there are still things to be grateful for. I love Nephi 1:20 and Alma 34:38. 

1 Nephi 1:20
“But behold, I, Nephi, will show unto you that the tender mercies of the Lord are over all those whom he hath chosen, because of their faith, to make them mighty even unto the power of deliverance.”

Alma 34:38
“That ye contend no more against the Holy Ghost, but that ye receive it, and take upon you the name of Christ; that ye humble yourselves even to the dust, and worship God, in whatsoever place ye may be in, in spirit and in truth; and that ye live in thanksgiving daily, for the many mercies and blessings which he doth bestow upon you.”

Tender mercies of the week-

WATER! Bucket showers are no more! For now, at least. It is such a blessing to have running water.

Leadership Council in which President Bigelow gave a training on how to teach using 1 Nephi 11. WOW, I never realized how that chapter is packed with hidden treasures. It shows us exactly how we should teach. We learned soooo much and have put those things in practice in our teaching, and have seen a difference in our investigators, and an increase in our unity and sensitivity to the Spirit. The biggest thing we've done is to ask more questions, and have the investigator participate more, because this invites the Spirit to work in them, as they respond, and we know better how to help them. 

A lady who almost was baptized a few years ago, but didn't commit to make necessary changes, stopped us in the street a few weeks ago, and asked if we could come visit her one day. We taught her a couple times, and she is fantastic, very intelligent, and has a good memory of what the other sisters taught her (years ago). She came to church yesterday, and many members remembered her. She's awesome, and loved the classes, and knows what she needs to do. We are praying for her to have the courage to make the necessary changes. 

Another less active family came to church this week.  The ward is becoming so excited seeing these lost sheep return to the fold, and are having more desire to visit and rescue other families :)

Damião received the Aaronic Priesthood yesterday! He is looooving church, and loved the family home evening we had with him and a family in the ward. He wants to learn everything he can :)

This week, honestly was kind of rough, because a lot of appointments fell through like 3 days in a row, even with our solid investigators. But we saw it as a test of our faith. We want the Lord to know he can trust us with his sheep. And we saw tender mercies at the end of every day, and we know this week will be better. 

Well we have to go, but I send muitos abraços e apertos de mão para todo mundo onde quer que vocês estejam! :) [many hugs and handshakes for everyone wherever you are. ]  Love you all!

Sister Hicken

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