I love the photos you send!! KEEP THEM COMING!! and you are all such an inspiration!! you have had a great week, which i love hearing and you know whats coming...i have had an amazing week too!! are you ready...HERE WE GO....
so first i FOUND AN EPIC scripture that i wanted to share with you its. 1 Peter:3:15 - read it!! Always be ready to defend the gospel, always be ready to answer why there is this hope in you? if someone asked you that...could you answer???
So i have some buddist inspiration for you this week haha! spice it up a little bit! haha! we met him on monday and everything he said was literally life quotes etc!! but i managed to remember a couple. he was so cool. so he said : `` life is a choice, do you want to be ONE or become ONE?`` - i loved it.- its our choice to become one with those we love, become one with those we have around us, or be one, and just think of yourself. we need to remember we are all brothers and sisters, we can be one!! just love everyone! it took me coming on a mission to realise how easy it is to love everyone you meet!
so....sister faggs weekly embarrassing moment coming up. i think i am going to decide to no longer tell you these things. because its not even funny anymore!! haha so this is the last!!! But this moment i shared with sister camus. i was not alone. So we were contacting and A HUGE GUST OF WIND came and YES!!! our skirts came right up!!!! and across the road was LOADS of people at the bus stop and YES they all saw!!!!!! we made a quick escape. hahahaha!!! so i hope you have enjoyed sisters faggs embarrassing moments so far!! haha why is it always me!! haha anyway....
this week i studied courage again. and i watched the mormon message about queen esther and her courage. its such an incredible video. and they say how being brave does not mean you are not afraid, brave is just acting in faith. i think we have all had times in our life where we have found that being brave is all we could be. I can think of a long list of people in my life who are brave. A lady in the video says ``i know that gods plan is normally different from the plan we have for ourselves, its not always easier but it is always better.`` - we need to trust that whatever comes in our path that it is part of the pan for us. We need to look at the future with faith. and with hope. we need to be brave!!
I was studying in nephi when he goes to get the plates from Laban. and my favourite verse is ``behold he is mightier than laban.`` - it made me think that any ``labans`` we have in our life. anything we have which we are afraid of, or what stands in our way of recieving more light and progressing. we need to remember who is stronger. And that gave me so much comfort, how lucky we are to have the knowledge of who is stronger.
I read ``peace at home`` from a general conference about creating a christ centred home always, and it says how `satan is no match for the saviour, stay on the lords side and you will win every time.`` I LOVED THIS. we are on the winning side. we know who wins and we know who is stronger. How lucky are we. just think about that! it makes me smile everytime!!! sorry i kinda of just put all my studies into one big chunk!!!
Example of how inspired our leaders truly are!!!:
Our bishop asked us to visit a member, who if he didnt ask us to that week we probably wouldn't of gone to visit because we had others in mind that week etc. But he asked us so we went to visit her. and we turned up, after being there for 5 minutes, she was in tears, as she explained how recently her faith is failing, she doesnt feel like her prayers are being answered .as we listened, the spirit really was there, and i know that what we said was not coming from us, it was truly inspired and heavenly father knew what she needed to hear. I said things in french i have never learnt before. But she needed to hear it. It was a lovely experience to be an answer to her prayers. and how inspired our leaders are. Our bishop had a feeling she needed to be visited! and now we are working very closely with her to build her faith!!!
Ok this is random, but i would like to introduce you to the new love of my life....NECTARINES!!! hahahaha!! i am in love!! ...ok glad we got that out...moving on ...
I wanted to ask you...have you ever just took a step back and just looked at all the incredible things you have in your life and thought wow i am so lucky, i am so happy. Well that happened this week. i have truly come to see how truly blessed i am to be here. how truly blessed i am to have all the things i have in my life, i am so happy. And i read a talk by boyd k packer ``things every missionary should know`` SOMETHING like that...and that talk has truly changed my mission. Even though im just starting...what it has taught me has changed the way i see everything!! its so great!!
Its so great how on a mission you sees miracles emerge from the smallest of actions!! we contacted a lady 4 weeks ago and got her number. have been calling her but havent had a reply. we finally got hold of her and we arranged a day to go to her home. We taught her and she was thinking ALOT about our message you could just see it in her eyes, and when we introduced the Book Of Mormon..she said ``ok i need to read this, i need to think about it and i need to pray about it to know if it is true..`` it was truly amiracle. from speaking to someone on the bus. we are now helping her come to know that our message is true. That the book of mormon is the word of god, that joseph smith is a prophet!! etc! i love it so much! Her heart was truly prepared. ive said it a million times but you never know how far your testimony will reach someone, but you will never know if you do not share it.
We got a new ami this week. it was actually a very humbling experience. because we taught him, and we started with God and then we were moving ont o speak more about jesus christ. But as we were teaching he stop us and he told us to stop. because he has this idea about god, he thinks there is a force but he has no other knowledge about anything, who god is. why etc!! And he asked if we could go back to the beginning. and once he understands that then we can move on. It was a great experience. because it really hit us, how important it is to teach to the persons level. and to teach simply and to their understanding!! so it was a great learning experience for me anyway!!
So i have to give a talk this sunday!!!! AHHHHHH!! wish me luck! it is on how the scriptures are our liahonas, everyday"so its a great topis!! But i must admit i am a little nervous!! BUT ca va! its ok!! i will let you know how it goes!!
MISSION CONFERENCE!! IT WAS SOOOOO EPIC!!! so we said goodbye to president and sister roney which was very sad. i have some pictures to send you!! But their message was so great. He really focused on how much he wanted us all to know how we can be happy today and forever. And sister roney shared a little story about the BYU school in Jerusalem and how when they signed the papers to be able to build there, the church had to promise that the students would not share the gospel. and the man said ``i know you will keep this promise, but what are you going to do with the light that is in the students eyes!!`` i loved this!! the light of the gospel cannot be hidden. We shine it through our eyes, our smile, our actions. it cannot be hidden!! so we didnt actually meet the new president he comes in a week so we will meet him when he does the mission tour.
But it was so great to see evryone again. elder spoors!! and everyone else!! it gives me such a boost when all the missionaries get together!!
We had a great sunday yesterday!! our ami brought an ami!! it was a mircale and now she is an ami!! haha so many uses of the word ami!! soryy i probably confused you! But it was so great!!
also we have a meal tonight with a member and she has told us we are eating shrimp...so would you please pray for me..hahahah just kidding!! BUT SERIOUSLY though!!! HAHA
SO that was my week!! it has been a verrrryyyyy great week!! you know i love what i am doing!! i hope you do anyway! but know i love you a lot!!
I know this true is the true church on the earth today, i know it so much to be true. we were discussing this morning how i have learnt so much on my mission, things i would not of learnt otherwise. I have found weaknesses i didnt know i had, i have found strengths i didnt know i had, i have come to realise how much i knew and how much i didnt. My testimony is growing evry single day as i am serving here. and i would not change this opportunity for anything else. It truly is a blessing.
I LOVE YOU!! you are amazing!!! HAVE AN INCREDIBLE WEEK!! THANK YOU FOR YOUR EXAMPLES!!
LOVE YOUR ONE AND ONLY..
SISTER FAGG XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
p.s Also i need to you to thank katie and claire chell for their letters!!!! I LOVE YOU!!!