Albania ♥

Albania ♥

Monday, March 14, 2016

Simple Things...

 God answers our prayers in mysterious ways. I'm amazed by the love and the direction God has in every single one of our lives. I know that the direction He gives us is completely and surely out of love for all of us as his children.

     One example of this happened later in the week when we met with a friend we are teaching. She opened up to us this week and told us/ explained that she wasn't really "looking for the Mormons" She said she actually was lacking spirituality in her life.  She had some friends which are Protestant so she went to the church one day looking for Protestants.  Before she knew it, Mormons pulled her in, taught her the Restoration and gave her a Book of Mormon. She said she was too shy to shut them down and tell them the truth so she took the book.  She has now been meeting with us for a couple of weeks.  We all found the story quite hilarious, but when we stopped laughing she said "It was a complete coincidence and accident that I found you..."  and then she continues "or maybe it was Gods plan all along."  We smiled at each other, knowing that we all knew the answer.  I think some times in life we go searching for the things we think we need.  In the end we find something different believing that we never actually found what we were looking for, but in the end God is going to show us the right way. We don't have to worry and we don't have to stress when things don't turn out the exact way we imagined them in our minds. I'm thankful for the promise that Heavenly Father has given us that he will always show us the way and lead us down the right path. Of course we have to keep the commandments and do the right things, but I know that Heavenly Father wants (even more than we do) for us to be happy. We just have to trust in his plan for us and ask for his help.
     Another experience in relation to answered prayers and direction was told to us by one of our awesome members. We hadn't talked to her for a couple of days because she was out of town for work and a simple thought popped into my head to send her a scripture.  We did that unknowingly, but it turns out that she had been having a rough time and had went to a forest alone to kneel in prayer for guidance and strength from God. When she finished her prayers and saw our text she was filled with Gods love and support.  It was a little thing. All we did was listen to a small prompting and it gave her all that she needed in the moment.  Its service in the little things that allow us to fulfill our full potential.
     “I have learned that it is by serving that we learn how to serve. When we are engaged in the service of our fellowmen, not only do our deeds assist them, but we put our own problems in a fresher perspective. When we concern ourselves more with others, there is less time to be concerned with ourselves. … So often, our acts of service consist of simple encouragement or of giving mundane help with mundane tasks, but what glorious consequences can flow from mundane acts and from small but deliberate deeds! … God does notice us, and he watches over us. But it is usually through another person that he meets our needs. Therefore, it is vital that we serve each other in the kingdom” (“Small Acts of Service,” Ensign, Dec. 1974, pp. 2, 5).
     I love being a missionary. I love serving others and being able to make someones day. There is nothing that brings more happiness than being a servant of the Lord and the good news is that we can do that all of our lives.  I love the Albanians with all of my heart and I'm so happy I get to serve them. 

"Book of Mormon challenge round 3??
Bring it on! ♥"

"My gifts for Nation Women's Appreciation day. ♥
We need to have one of those in America! ;)"

"Happy smiles right after I got my flower :)"

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