Okay, so first things first. I MET A DEAF MAN!! I REPEAT I MET A DEAF MAN AND WE SIGNED WITH HIM! Yup, last week one of my mission goals was accomplished by riding bikes and this week my other mission goal was accomplished as I met a Deaf person and signed with him. And you will never believe it. One of our wards in our stake has an interpreter and he said he was going to come to church. Yup. My life is complete. It was seriously one of the best things in the entire world. What was even more cool was that Sister Markus knows sign language and so we would sign all the time to each other and then we both could sign with him and if one of us didn't know what he said the other one did and so yup, it was a power house team. (:
ANYWAYS...We were teaching this lady and randomly she quoted Hillary Clinton (I think....) and she said, "when someone shows you their true colors believe them." The lady we were teaching was talking about her crazy ex-husband, but the thought that flashed into my mind was the Savior and His true character. Some times I think that we forget the many might miracles we have witnessed because of Him, or the tender mercies, or the little ways he has led us out of the darkness of our own trials. We are so grateful for them in the moment and then when the next hard thing comes around the corner we forget and say "Why hast thou forsaken me?" When in reality He hasn't. It is not in His character to abandon us or leave us helpless.
Elder Holland says it best, "No matter how serious the trial, how deep the distress, how great the affliction, [God] will never desert us. He never has, and He never will. He cannot do it. It is not His character [to do so]. … He will [always] stand by us. We may pass through the fiery furnace; we may pass through deep waters; but we shall not be consumed nor overwhelmed. We shall emerge from all these trials and difficulties the better and purer for them.” (Elder Holland, Tomorrow the Lord Will Do Wonders Among You.)
When those hard times come we cannot be like Laman and Lemuel who was miracles right and left and then, with their short term memory loss, forgot all that the Lord had done for them. The Savior wants to help us and He will if we let Him. If we continually remember who our Savior is and remember his true colors. He is the one who loved us so much that he suffered for us in the Garden of Gethsemane. The one that went through everything we have and will go through because He wanted us to know we don't have to go through it alone. The one that knows you perfectly, flaws and all, and still He wants you to come home.
In your hard times remember the true colors of the Savior, then turn to Him with full purpose of heart.
Love you all lots! Have a fantastic week!!
|Old town and torquoise doors.|
|I love to see the [Albuquerque] Temple|
|Chilis for days!!|
|Only in NM do you find Spanish Aliens|
|Old town and some fun patios|
Some times our car breaks down so we walk everywhere
and then we find random abandoned canes
and use them because our feet hurt haha
|Taking family names to the temple is my favorite thing to do|
Sister Markus and I at the temple|