So it is transfer week but I won't be transferring. My new companion will be Sister Tio! We are very close so I am excited for the transfer ahead!
So I would like to share a spiritual experience that I had this week. We went to a member’s house for lunch. They have this book and there is a lot of deep doctrine in it. We had a bit of a look. We were reading about the pre-existence. When we read it, there was this part that talked about how animals have souls. But then it said that the difference between animals and humans is that animals are Heavenly Father's creation and we are His offspring. As I read this it really hit me. Obviously, I know that I am a child of God. But at this point as in I REALLY came to understand who I am. I really came to understand that He truly is my Father and there is a part of Him in me. I knew this before, but now I guess I truly felt it. It's hard to explain. Ever since this, my prayers have been better. I feel like I am actually talking to Him. I feel like I am having a conversation with my Father. I also feel and understand more of what He feels for me and what He thinks about me. It is hard to express. It was an amazing experience.
One thing I want to share with you before I go is a quote.
"Those who are deliberate about doing the small and simple things, obeying in seemingly little ways- are blessed with faith and strength that go far beyond the actual acts of obedience themselves and, in fact, may seem totally unrelated to them."
- Elder L. Whitney Clayton
He is talking about the simple things, like our prayers, scripture reading, and attending church. He knew a Bishop who was counselling with people. They were telling him they had these problems. He encouraged them to do those small things. They felt as though he wasn't really listening because those things weren't related to fixing their problems. But what they didn't really understand was that those are the things that in the long run are going to help. They are the basis of everything. Sometimes we need to focus first on being good at doing the small things before we focus on the big things. I have a testimony of these "small and simple things". I promise if we do them we will be blessed. It helps us be more protected from the temptations of the world! If we are 'in the world' we don't feel the spirit as much, and we start to feel like the things we are doing are not that bad because the spirit ceases to strive with us.
Anyway, that's all I have for you for this week. Oh, and if you're away from the church, come back. There's always a way back, no matter what you have done, no matter how bad. I promise. I have really felt the love of my Heavenly Father this week. He loves all His children, even if they make mistakes. He knows we're not perfect and He is willing to help us!
Love you all!!