I'm doing just splendid! I'm officially 21. Now that's weird! Anyways, this week!
First thing, we had transfers. Hermana Bennett left and is now training and I stayed here with Hermana Valdivia joining me in Concepción! I only have 6 weeks here and so we have been finding our way around ok.. haha Hermana Valdivia is from Peru. She is just the sweetest thing on this earth. She has so much love. I have never felt so loved be someone that I've only known for 5 seconds. She is amazing and she is already teaching me so much.
So Tuesday was a crazy day with changes. After district meeting we were running (it felt like) from house to house to say goodbye. We were told in the morning and then we had to leave that night for the bus ride to take us to Asuncion. We got to Asuncion at about 4 in the morning and then we hung out in the stake center until 8. Even though transfer days are always a bit hectic, I love seeing my friends every once in a while! And then I received my new companion and we left for another 8 hour bus ride back to Concepcion. We arrived and a few hours later I was left with the activity for the branch that I had planned with Hermana Bennett. I think everything turned out fine! It was the first noche de rama that we have had since I've been here. I really feel that it's important that the members are more unified and that during the week the members have a place here in the chapel too. It's so important that as members we are building each other up! And so I am hoping that we can keep this going every Wednesday!
These past few days have definitely taught me a lot about myself and about what I am doing. It's been a bit of a struggle to not be able to rely on Hermana Bennett. It has definitely humbled me in a lot of ways, showing me my weaknesses! But I am trying to do all that I can do (there is a lot to balance here on the mission) to do the Lord's work here in Concepcion! I know that if I work my hardest, Heavenly Father can use me as a tool for his children!
One more thing that I want to share, this week I was reading in Mosiah 23. There is a part that talks about the good people of the Lord. The followers and believers. The members of the church. And a part says that God allowed that they be tried. Their faith and their patience. And even though they were faithful and did what they had to do, they still had struggles and trials and challenges. But then in the following verses it talks about how these people were blessed and had so much joy after. I know that even though we may be doing the things that are righteous, we will still have trials. I know that Heavenly Father wants us to grow and this is how. If we can get through them with faith and hope, we will have joy, we will have learned what we needed to, and we will grow. I know that we can follow this example in the scriptures and have hope during our struggles!
I don’t have too much more to report on for this week, other than thank you all for the birthday wishes! I definitely feel so loved! So thank you. And I hope you all have a wonderful week!
con mucho amor, Hermana Liesel Wiscombe