Tuesday, March 8, 2016

It’s Good To Be Alive – March 8, 2016

Hellooooo again!

We had a wonderful morning of Deep Cleaning our Apartment (this means under, over, around, and through ever single nook and cranny......) in preparation for General Conference which will be happening shortly!! I can't wait! I love Conference and the inspiring messages that are shared throughout those two days! (It is also a time of non-stop work so I'm pumped!)

These past couple of days the Utah has been messing with us as on Sunday we had, as Sister Gs has put it, "all seasons in the day". It was sunny, it was rainy, it hailed, and then it snowed. I don't understand what was going on and I will tell you I was not dressed for the occasion!

Then this week we have also found so many new, wonderful Brazilian investigators. This one couple we had met on the square and contacted them for about five minutes. They were so sweet and said they were coming back later that week for a tour. So we said good-bye and figured that was it. Two days later some other sisters told us they had met the Brazilian couple so we booked it to the Visitor's Center looking for them! And there they were waiting for a tour!!

As we went around it was clear that they both had such a strong relationship with God and with Jesus Christ as the spirit filled each spot. They began crying as we walked through the Tabernacle and up to the Christ Statue and were touched by Joseph Smith's first vision and the restoration of Christ's church.

It was a little comical as through the whole thing both the wife and husband spoke Portuguese. The wife actually spoke a lot of English but guess who I was talking with the whole tour.....not the wife.... But the spirit worked and helped me communicate. With the little Portuguese I knew and the little English he knew we talked about God and how much He loves each one of us.

If there is one thing I have learned this week and throughout pretty much my whole mission is we can choose to be happy. Life is not easy, missions are not easy. There is rejection, culture barriers, anti's (we had the first big group of them come through as they are training for their summer season) and through it all it is easy to start to feel sorry for yourself, get frustrated or discouraged. But, that is something that we can choose. Do we wallow in our trials or sing a song and make pancakes instead? Well I choose pancakes. And I hope each of you are able to choose pancakes as well (because seriously who doesn't love pancakes?). It is the hope and faith that each day gets better than the last and through Christ all of our weaknesses will become strengths.

Love you all and remember
"Adam fell that men might be, and men are that they might have joy"
Church is true, Sky is still Blue
~~Sister Eging~~

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