Sister Baker! I love her soooo much.
Yesterday was a super hilarious day for some reason, because I got to stand up and speak again in Sacrament meeting without any sort of warning haha. A member in our ward, who doesn't speak any english, was asked to give a talk. SO as he was starting his talk, he called out for me, Hermana Duvall, to come up and translate his talk for him. I HAD NO WARNING AT ALL. I just got up kind of freaking out, but I had to do it because he called me out. It turned out okay and there were only a couple of words that I didn't know what he meant. It was funny because I've translated for him multiple times over the pulpit and I just laughed thinking that it wouldn't be a goodbye from the Rochester 3rd Ward if I didn't at least get one more chance to do it :) THEN right after translating, they stopped me as I was walking down and asked if I and Hermana Tietz would both be willing to speak because the other person who was supposed to give a talk didn't show up. So, I basically was standing up all of sacrament meeting and talking. Hopefully no one got sick of me speaking haha.
beautiful sunsets and a beautiful companion
my last lesson with Francisco.
Debora, Cesar,Mia and Camila
"Wherefore, whoso believeth in God might with surety hope for a better world, yea, even a place at the right hand of God, which hope cometh of faith, maketh an anchor to the souls of men, which would make them sure and steadfast, always abounding in good works, being led to glorify God."
My favorite Hermana López. SHE has helped me
As I was sitting at church yesterday, I was reflecting back on the time that I picked this scripture. How much I have changed, grown, and become closer to my savior Jesus Christ- I don't think I really ever took the time to realize before my mission what an amazing, wonderful privilege it is to be a representative of Christ. These last 18 months I have worked my hardest to give my ALL to God and Jesus Christ because they deserves nothing less. My heart has been changed and I have a deep desire to continue to steadfastly serve them for the rest of my life. Jesus Christ is my anchor. He is the one who has kept me going, in the good times and in the really tough times. My faith in Him has grown stronger. There is a scripture that says that Christ is the author and finisher of our faith, however, in Spanish it says He is the "autor and perfeccionador". I LOVE THAT. He is the one who perfects our faith. How beautiful is that? I know that this church is true. I know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is a gospel of action that helps us become like our savior Jesus Christ. I know I am not perfect, but I am grateful to know that as long as I keep trying, He will help me. I know Jesus Christ lives and this knowledge provides me with so much peace, happiness, and JOY. I will forever treasure all of the things I have learned, the wonderful people I have met, and the memories I will take with me! I'm so grateful for this privilege I've had, and I'm ever more grateful that I've learned that I can still represent Him everyday as I strive to be like Him.
The Howard Fam. Their kids are awesome and
I'll see you on Wednesday! Until we meet again, I LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH. More importantly, Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ love you all so much more.
Con mucho amor,
Martha Stewart :)