Monday, January 5, 2015

I hope that everyone had a Happy New Year!! We spent ours sleeping and doing the same things that we always do... but it really was so great, and I am so grateful for the new start that we get every year. One thing that is so important to remember, especially during this time of year where a lot of us are making new goals and trying to better ourselves is to not forget to look at how far you have ALREADY come. No, we are never going to be perfect, but every accomplishment and change is significant!!

This week was full of a lot of really awesome experiences and miracles!! As a zone, we had made a goal to invite 500 people to be baptized this week, meaning that with every single person we met, we had to invite them to be baptized! Now I know that this sounds pretty crazy, and you are absolutely RIGHT. But, it allowed us to have so many amazing experiences. When we invite people to be baptized, especially in the first contact that we ever have with them, it allows them to see our faith in the message that we share. We know that this church is true, we know that baptism is the door to the strait and narrow gait back to our Heavenly Father. We know that if they will open their hearts, this message will change their lives. People might think that we are crazy, but when we remember these basic truths, inviting everyone to be baptized and learn of our message becomes simple, if not natural. 

We also had a miracle!!!!!!! So remember Cecilia? The woman who loves every single thing we teach her, is reading the Book of Mormon from cover to cover (she is in the middle of Alma right now) but wont come to church? SHE FINALLY CAME TO CHURCH THIS WEEK!!!! All morning, my cosompanion and I were running around trying to invite everyone to come to church with us. It is so super important to get all of our investigators to church so that they can feel the Spirit there, and lately it has been super hard to get them there. Things come up, they are too tired, they are sick, etc etc. So we knew that we needed to do everything in our power to get SOMEONE to come to church with us. By the time we needed to be at the church, we still hadn't found anyone. We were disappointed, but felt at peace because we knew that we had done everything we could to get everyone there. Then, in the last 5 minutes before church started, while we were greeting everyone, we see Cecilia and her brother walk in to the chapel!!!!! Oh my goodness, my heart felt like it was going to burst! She had finally come to church after 3 months of praying for her to come!! Basically it was amazing, and I know that Our Heavenly Father is so aware of us, our desires, our struggles, and our efforts. When we do all that we can, and put our trust in Him, He will provide miracles in our lives.

I am so grateful for all of you. I am grateful for the amazing examples you are, and the strength and love you have given me throughout my life. I know that 2015 will be a year of miracles! Let us never forget our own personal divine potential. When we remember that we are children of God, nothing is impossible. Trust in Him, Trust in His Son Jesus Christ. 

I hope you all have an amazing week! LES QUIERO MUCHO!!
-La Hermana Brooks

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