Monday, September 24, 2012

Plans Are Meant to Be Changed

Each week we make very... very extensive plans for all of the people we teach each week.  Starting on Thursday going through the following Sunday (ten days) it's a true test of faith for me.  In Argentina, many don´t think farther ahead than 24 hours... therefore, planning appointments with someone for the following week is 100% faith that the Lord will help that appointment follow through, and if not that another plan will emerge.  This week I was able to see the blessings of preparation.  We made plans.... a ton of plans, with members to go with us, and what we would be teaching to whom, and how we would help them increase in faith.  Most of those plans fell through, but as we trusted in the Lord, and went forward we ended up helping a lot more people than we had imagined.  It's comforting to me that plans can change, and that God plans too.  He see´s the big picture.  So when my limited understanding see´s the disintegration of a very planned out day, its ok:) because God has a better plan.  The key is that we put in our part.  We receive blessings as we prepare, and act.  He takes our preparation and our forward movement and directs where it will be most effective for His purposes.  I love you all. Stay safe and make preparations.

smile - Hna. Milmont  

P.S.  your homework - read and apply:)

Monday, September 17, 2012

My missionary profile stuff

On our way to the cultural event for the dedication of the temple

Officially my favorite temple

Silvie!!!  Who I was teaching in my previous area, Vicente Lopez, got baptized 4 weeks ago!!!

Moving Day

Elders Gonzalez, Hollad, Manjarres, McNab, yo, and Hna. Kapp

Temple trip with our zone

The tracks we cross each day

On our way to the farewell of all the missionaries who finished their two years of service yesterday

Monday, September 10, 2012

Come to the Lord

This weekend has been incredible.  Friday and Saturday night I got 7 hours of sleep total.  But it was worth it. In Buenos Aires there are 3 missions,  and in each mission are approximately 200 missionaries.  We had the incredible blessing to have a special meeting with President Henry B. Eyring, Elder M. Russell Ballard, and Elder D. Todd Christofferson.  These three men are called of God to Share the Gospel with all of God's children.  We as missionaries have been entrusted in helping that same work of the Lord move forward.  They shared with us that the Gospel is the key to happiness within the family, everything that we do is done with the knowledge that it will bless our family, including those who have come before and those who have yet to arrive in this mortal experience.  God is our Father, we are His Family.  His divine plan was created for one purpose, just one: to teach us how to come home.  I cannot imagine my life without my family.  Think about it for a minute.  Pause,  ponder , ask yourself, do I know what happens after this life?  Do I have the assurance that I can be with my family forever?  How do I gain that assurance?  I promise you that there is a way to receive that sure promise of an eternal family.  It is through the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  He taught the steps necessary to return to live with God.  That though Faith in Christ and His sacrifice, Repentance and the desire to become more like Him, Baptism by one holding the Priesthood Authority of God, Receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost which purifies us, and Enduring to the End by keeping the commandments of God, we can make it home.  Jesus Christ, your elder brother is inviting you every day to come unto Him, that through Him you can return and live with your Father who loves you specifically.  This is the testimony that I share with you because I know that He loves you.  Have a beautiful week.

smile - Hermana Milmont

Monday, September 3, 2012

What gift do you have that God wants you to be grateful for?

I had a great conversation with my companion this past week about the opportunity we have to develop personally.  Many times I catch myself thinking on what I can improve.  But this can be dangerous.  If you try to change everything at once then all of a sudden nothing gets done, no progress happens.  And then you get frustrated.  But the truth is, we learn step by step, line by line.  Hermana Kapp and I did an experiment.... well, not really an experiment, but we wanted to see if we could describe each other in 3 words.  I described her, after much pondering, as - powerful - direct - sincere.  a few hours later we had just gotten back to our pension.  She said ¨its interesting how you described me, because those are things that have struggled with all my live¨ after that experience we really could see ourselves on a path of progression.  God gives unto men weakness so that they might learn to humble themselves and let the Lord make those weaknesses strengths, make us - the weak things of the world - into something and someone superb, that we could not have become on our own.  I love how the gospel helps us grow and the opportunity to continue growing and learning.  Our Weaknesses are gifts.

We are teaching a young man named Rafael who is in a wheelchair.  But he is incredibly independent.  What impresses me most is that when he needs help, he recognizes it, and he asks.  I asked him if he had ever not been helped.  He looked at me and replied simply ¨the people are good¨ My testimony of many things grew with those 4 words.  I pray that all of us can recognize when we need help, and when those around us need help.  He is right, the people are good, let us loose the fear to show it.  I love you all - stay safe

smile - Hermana Milmont