Tuesday, March 31, 2015

March 15th Luau Dance and Elder Nielson

Kia Ora Whanau (family in Maori) 
This week has been magical! Last week of my first transfer! so crazy! it's been raining the the past three days and i absolutely love it. i love wearing my rain clothes and walking around in the rain talking to as many people as we can. we realized that if people are willing to walk in the rain they will be willing to listen to our message. so we've talked with heaps of people the past couple days. it's been great. we asked Heavenly Father to give us heaps of people and i was like "uhh dude it's raining how is that going to help?" but it did and we were able to meet so many amazing people.
Barbara is getting baptized this week!! i think she might be even more excited than we are! she is so cute and i love her dearly. She asks us everyday if it's her baptism day yet and we have to keep reminding her that it's on sunday, because she just wants it to be now. she even has her clothes already folded up and ready. She told us when we were reviewing the baptismal questions with her that the reason she wants to be baptized is because she wants to follow the commandments and she knows that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are there for her and will help her no matter what. she has the strongest faith i have ever seen and she keeps it strong no matter what.  
We also met Sammy. We taught her the Restoration the first time we came to her house and she loved it. she wanted the lesson to be over so she could read the Book of Mormon. She just recently heard that her Grandfather had a stroke while he was in Samoa and he was the one that raised her and he's on life support so it's really hard for her. She's having a really hard time coping and she doesn't know what to do. We shared with her about the Atonement and how the Savior can help her feel comforted as she's going through this alone. We invited her to pray and ask Heavenly Father to give her comfort and help as she is going through this hard time. we shared some spiritual experiences when we have used the atonement during hard times and as much as those times were difficult for me i am SO glad i went though them so that i could help someone who needed it. 
This week we met with Elder Nielson of the Seventy for Zone Conference. it was so wonderful. Him and his wife are such great teachers and they care about missionaries and this gospel so much. i learned so much from them but one thing that stood out to me was Elder Nielson's message on how the Lord loves broken things. he shared this saying with us: 
Broken Clouds to make rain 
Broken ground to make grain
Broken grain to make bread
Broken bread to always remember Him 
And a Broken Savior to pay the price for all of us. 
This is such a powerful message and when we are broken we can turn the the Lord and He will ALWAYS help us. What a blessing it is to know that no matter what we are going through The Savior has felt our pains and all of our emotions so that we don't have to go through it alone. Just like with Sammy, the Savior felt what she is feeling and she can ask Him to take it away. And he will. I know it. 
I hope yous had a fun week and you were safe! have a wonderful week and always remember that you're never alone. 
Kia Kaha
Sister Judd

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