Sunday, April 13, 2014

A Beautifully Perfect Tapestry

     When I wrote last week I was under the impression that we were not going back to visit Anita, and I didn't share the part of the experience that changed both Anita's heart and my companion's mind. We were wrapping up the lesson with her and I felt like I needed to share a scripture with Anita. As soon as the thought crossed my mind I got really nervous and worried. I was terrified that I wouldn't have the words to explain what I felt I needed to explain, so I kept quiet. We closed and stood to leave, but the feeling was still there and I knew I needed to share. I did it. It was a lot scarier than it should have been, but letting faith take the place of fear. I was crying, my companion was crying, and Anita too. She looked up at us and said, "I didn't realize that you guys cared so much." She told us she wouldn't be able to come to church that week, but she was going to try to make it the next. Honestly, I didn't believe her until we saw her this week. She was soooo happy to see us and assured us that she would be ready and waiting Sunday morning if we would come to pick her up.

 AND SHE CAME!

     She was ready and waiting just like she said she would be! I was on the verge of tears because I was so happy! Anita was happy to be there and the messages of General Conference touched her heart. She told my companion that the messages about covenants and baptism gave her something to think about and that she's already got plans to come next week! We still have a ways to go with her, but at least she is making progress! Conference was fantastic! We got to watch all four sessions, and I got to watch them in English.

     Side note: All of the North Americans and anyone else who wanted to, all watched in a separate little room. This little room had the air conditioning on full blast and I was positive that it was no more than a balmy 45 degrees. Turns out it was 73... 73 is supposed to be room temperature, but it felt like a freezer. I guess that gives an idea what the weather is like here...

     Back to conference... I heard a lot about how important it is for us to strengthen our faith and be prepared to defend the truths we stand for. It was all exactly what I needed, and brought answers to prayers! I heard messages meant for the investigators that we brought, and I know that it was so very inspired. I know that the Lord always weaves every talk and every song into a beautifully perfect tapestry that is exactly what we need. It never ceases to amaze me how perfect His plans are! He knows us so perfectly on a very individual level and is able to use the Spirit to touch our hearts in ways not expected. Heavenly Father loves us! And I am more convinced now than ever that ''The gospel is beautifully simple and simply beautiful.'' It really always comes back to faith, hope, and charity.

    Well, that leads to today. For the last p-day of the transfer we went with our zone and la Zona Miramar to Pico Bonito. The real thing!

      It was truly hiking through the jungle. Well, at some times it felt a little more like rock climbing, but we made it! I think knowing that I made it was worth more of the 45 lempira entrance fee than the actual falls, but it was pretty masizo!

     Then as a district we visited a butterfly museum. Also quite fascinating.

     And I held a tarantula... in case you have doubts that I actually did, here is a picture...

     It was terrifying, not going to lie. Between the giant eyes and giant fangs...I was glad the guy didn't make me hold it for long. As ugly as they are, turns out they eat cucarachas. My respect for them grew today.

     Well, I think that's all...

 Hasta la próxima!
 Hna. Thacker

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