25 de Abril

Hello Everyone!

This week was a little rough. We still had fun and I know that not a single effort we make is ever in vain.

We’ve been trying to find new people to teach, but for some reason we had a difficult time this week. We are preparing for a movie night on the 1st of May. We’re going to show Meet the Mormons.  So I made some invitations for that and so far we’ve printed 400 of them. We’ll probably have to print more. So we’ve been inviting everyone to that.

One of the things that was a little difficult this week was that we had a lot of really good appointments lined up, but almost all of them fell through. We are very used to this as missionaries, but it was happening at an abnormally high rate. I’m sure the Lord had a very good reason for this. I had a lot of time to do some self-reflection.

One of the interesting things about faith is we can logically reason that if God does not lie, then his promises are sure; which means if we knock, then we receive. One of things I’ve learned is there are actually some conditions on that promise. One is our own personal worthiness, another is whether it’s in accordance with the Lord’s will. Sometimes I wonder why things don’t happen the way I ask for them to. But then I remember that the Lord will try our patience sometimes, as a kind of test of endurance, but I figure as compensation we will be rewarded with far more than we asked for. In the meantime, we can try to improve our personal worthiness as much as possible, to be qualified for even more blessings. This process is very tiring and if we are not careful we can get dis-animated. That’s where faith and hope meet. Hope gives us the endurance to have faith; and charity should be our motivation.

So that is what I learned this week. Some interesting things that happened this week.

  1. We had lunch with the Marinhos for the first time in forever; because sister Marinho is feeling better now.
  2. We had a lunch with the ward on Sunday. It was great!
  3. We have been getting some nicer weather this week:) Soon it will be unbearably hot.

Also, today is 25 de Abril, a very important day in the history of Portugal. The day the dictatorship regime ended. Less than 50 years ago!!!

Love you all!!

Sister Runyan

PS  Guess What!!!!!! Elder Bednar is coming to our mission on the 19th of May! He will do a meeting especially for the missionaries!!!


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