This week was amazing. After a long time in the refiner’s fire, I feel like I have personally changed. This video does a great job of illustrating this analogy of the refiners fire.
Watch it if you can, but I will try to explain In order to bend the metal he wants to shape, the refiner has to heat it in a flaming fire, then he bangs the metal with tools and hits it repeatedly until it forms into the shape that he wants. This is exactly what God does with us. He puts us through fire, he bangs us, and twists us until we are who he wants us to become, until we take the shape that he wants us to be. Enduring the fire and the shaping is difficult, we have to be willing to submit to the will of God but in the end it is all worth it when we become stronger, more compassionate and closer to God.
I love working with the Hermana Lopez, my new companion because she is amazing! Even though she is new in the field, she has so many desires to work. Sometimes I feel that I am learning more from her even though I am the trainer. This week we had a work visit with the sister trainers and honestly it was kind of boring. The sister leaders tract people down in the street and are robotic in their teaching style. Part of being a missionary is that you have to be able to relate to people, to understand their needs and read them. If you just go up and start talking about prophets and Joseph Smith most people shut down or it goes right over their head. But With hermana Lopez I don't feel that way. Teaching with her is the best because she relates to people and cares about their needs. A really special moment this week was with the family L. M had a husband who died and now shes is living with a new boyfriend but they are not married. Many privileges have been taken away from her in the church and she broke down the other day when we went to visit her. She started crying and asked us to help her repent and to be able to enter the temple again. It was a really spiritual experience because she recognized the need for repentance. She wants to change her life for the better. We made a plan and now we are working on her wedding. Wahoo!
Love you all and see you in the summer,