Hello my lovelies!!!!
Weird facts about me these days hahaha
1. I craved flamin hot Cheetos the other day, bought them, and loved
them. Enough said. Everyone LOVES them here and it's not weird to go
to be teaching someone with red stained fingertips hahaha
2. I put hot sauce on EVERYTHING. And love things to be super spicy. I
used to be a mild kid (haha Hermana Piggott) but the other day we had
breakfast at a less-actives and I loaded my eggs and potatoes with hot
sauce. I all of the sudden realized what was happening and was weirded
out by myself. Haha
3. I am obsessed with top sheets on my bed. Haha mom, you'll
understand this change
4. I love doing laundry and am obsessed with my clothes when they
first come out of the drier... The smell... I feel like Caroline.
Hello most beautiful people. Every single person I sent this email
to... I love you all SOO much and you are all so wonderful and special
to me. But so where to begin. I do not know. This week has been
amazing!! And I have been thinking and pondering A LOT. I wish so
badly I could share with you every thought that has come into my mind,
all of the inspiration, personal revelation, etc. I have received...
But something I have been pondering a lot about has been what Brad
told me to think more deeply about. That being PATIENCE. Brad shared
with me James 1:4 (not 1:5 hahaha) and I want to share what my
thoughts originally were regarding this scripture and then want to
share Bradley's as well.
"But let patience have her perfect work. That you may be perfect and
entire. Wanting nothing." James 1:4
I have pondered over this for weeks now and I still have many many
thoughts on it. What does it truly mean to let patience have her
perfect work, being perfect and entire... Wanting NOTHING? Well...
Let's start with patience. Patience is something very fascinating to
ponder about. What it truly means to be patient and what all we need
to be patient with. Well, for me personally.. I have to be patient
with many things. I have to have patience in myself, my teaching
abilities, my Spanish speaking, my knowledge of the gospel.. I have to
be patient in those I teach.. patient in them receiving their answers
from Heavenly Father, them gaining a true desire to be baptized,
changing their habits (often addictive ones), changing their
lifestyles, cultural backgrounds, etc. I have many things to have
patience with. But as I have been serving my mission I truly have come
to learn how IMPORTANT be patient truly is. When we are patient we are
able to sincerely obtain greater faith, hope and PEACE. When someone
is patient they are able to hold their peace and with that, be
completely content, perfect and entire... WANTING nothing. And who are
the most peaceful beings? God, our Heavenly Father & Jesus Christ, our
Savior. They are also absolutely perfect and entire, without flaw.
This means the only way we can become patient, full of peace, perfect
and entire.. We must be LIKE them. We must follow the example of our
Savior, Jesus Christ and try our hardest every single day to be like
Along with obtaining this sense of peace in our hearts, we must TRUST
in our Savior and in Heavenly Father, knowing that things will happen
according to their will. People will change, we will change, blessings
and miracles will be poured out... According to the will of God. This
is something that I have thought much about as well. What it means to
align our will with the will of God. Because that is what we must
truly do. When we align our will with the will of God, we WILL be
patient... letting God's work take place.. and with that, while
waiting, we will be trying our best to be perfect and entire. WANTING
NOTHING but KNOWING and TRUSTING that whatever happens is according to
God's will. I love this scripture Cynthia Haller wrote down somewhere
"Wait on The Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thy
heart. Wait, I say, on The Lord." Psalms 27:14
I love that so much. We must obtain that courage and trust in The
Lord, and WAIT on Him. But be completely content and happy waiting.
This also makes me think of prayer. Often when we pray we expect
direct and immediate answers. Well, this isn't how it works out.
Always at least. God works in mysterious ways, as we often read in the
scriptures and will grant unto us our desires according to his own
will. It says in the bible dictionary under prayer...
"Prayer is the act by which the will of the Father and the will of the
child are brought into correspondence with each other. The object of
prayer is not to change the will of God but to secure for ourselves
and for others blessings that God is already willing to grant but that
are made conditional on our asking for them."
Also, after James 1:4 it talks about praying in faith, as we all know
from James 1:5 being the well known scripture our wonderful Joseph
Smith read before praying to God about his significant question...
However, after it talks about praying in faith and having enough faith
in receiving A answer it says....
"For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the
Lord." James 1:7
That is so profound to me. When we pray, even in faith, we should be
humble and meek enough to not expect the exact answer we want to come
to us.. Of course we have to have very strong faith that we will
receive A answer but that doesn't always mean we will receive THE
answer. THE exact answer we're looking for. What I am saying is that
we need to have enough faith to know that God will grant unto us what
we NEED according to His will. God knows what we need and he will give
us all that we need as long as we have FAITH in Him, TRUST in Him, and
FOLLOW Him.. As goes with our Beloved Savior. This takes me to another
"And I do this for a wise purpose; for thus it whispereth me,
according to the workings of the spirit of the Lord which is in me.
And now, I do not know all things; but The Lord knoweth all things
which are to come; wherefore, he worketh in me to do according to his
will." Mormon 1:7
As a full-time missionary I am a servant of The Lord. This is His work
I am doing and He is working through me every single day to teach
Heavenly Father's children and bring them unto Him. How does He work
through us? Through the spirit. I know for a fact that I could not do
this work without His help, without the spirit. And I love how it
says, "I do not know all things; but The Lord knoweth all things which
are to come; wherefore, he worketh in me to do according to HIS will."
It's all about aligning our will with God's. And we must be patient
while doing so. Brad mentions this in his thoughts.. But perfection
and patience appear to work alongside one another. So on top of that,
perfection takes time however we must be patient in the process.
And we must be patient in the process of others perfection and
progression as well. I know as I have strived to be more patient in my
life, in this work, I am having a greater sense of peace inside of me,
inside my heart... I am watching my own faith grow exceedingly, I am
trusting my Savior and God with ALL of my heart and I am becoming
completely content and entire while waiting for the will of God to
take place. I am trying my best every single day to align my will with
His and do all I can to become as He is. Even perfect.
I want to share with you a piece of Michael's email from last week...
I hope he doesn't mind that I am sharing it but it inspired me A LOT.
And what made me just think of it is that we must
"We are changed people when we feel the love the Lord has for us
through the Holy Ghost. I believe in change very much. Constant
change is something that comes from obedience, diligence and offerings
of charity. We are all in need of change and if we don´t believe that
we are able to change, then we don´t believe in the Atonement of Jesus
Christ. I love so much when the Lord asked, (I don´t have it down
perfectly in English) What kind of men should you be? Many of us have
our role models or people we look up to and admire. However, even
these great people have faults. The Savior who doesn´t have faults and
has never sinned answered His own question by saying that we must be
like Him. This is a commandment! Did he really mean it? With all of
our shortcomings, weaknesses and sins how can we possibly be like him?
Yes there is a way! What does Nephi say about fulfilling the Lords
commandments? He never gives a commandment to us without preparing a
way for it to be achieved. Alone we cannot be perfect. But the Lord
has shown and given us a way through the Atonement. It is the only
way. The gospel is true! We must recognize our many weaknesses but
not accept them. Some people say, I am just not a good test taker or I
just am not a patient person and never will be. I can´t forgive her
after what she did or that is just the way I am. NONSENSE! We must
change our nature and become as Christ is. Only then may we live in
His presence for eternity. We will be like Him and see Him as he
really is. Allow your weaknesses to make you humble enough to rely on
Christ because you know you can´t do it alone. Only then can your
weaknesses become strengths. With our faith and humility he can change
us." - Elder Haller (haha)
I love that so much. He talks all about change and how in order to be
changed, we must rely wholly on our Savior, Jesus Christ and His
Atonement. We must also have faith and PATIENCE that that CHANGE will
come with time. I know I need to have more patience and trust in this
and also in those I teach. Change is REAL and POSSIBLE. Through and
ONLY THROUGH our Savior, Jesus Christ. And even when we don't see
these changes happening right away.. Within ourselves or other
people.. We must continue to press forward, be PATIENT and allow the
will of God to take place. We must have faith, patience, humility,
peace... Etc. Which all compliment one another.
So anyways, I am truly working on being more patient with this work,
with myself and with everyone I am teaching. I know on Christmas when
we skyped I got a little teary eyed when I talked about how I am often
hard on myself.... I sometimes am not PATIENT enough with myself,
wanting to be better at this or that, or expecting things to happen a
certain way.. But I have truly been having a different mindset on
everything and it is bringing so much peace into my heart. I also
could get frustrated all of the time because of people not keeping
commitments, not acting on things, not progressing at a quick pace,
etc. but I KNOW that all will happen how they should. According to
God's will. And as long as I do my very best, am obedient and diligent
at that... I have nothing to worry about. I can be perfect and entire,
wanting nothing. Knowing that God's will will take place.
I also want to share Brad's thoughts.... They are so brilliant.
......."Something I've noticed in the scriptures is that there's a
relationship between patience and perfection, a theme that is
highlighted not only in the New Testament, but also in both The Book
of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants (if you look up patience in
the glossaries, you'll find the verses I'm talking about). "...Let
patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire,
wanting nothing." That last part of the verse - "wanting nothing" - is
a phrase I've thought about a lot. I think it reveals what patience
really is - the absence of anxiety. Anxiety comes from temptation, but
becoming "perfect and entire" means that temptation no longer has
power over you, that you are "wanting nothing" or 'anxious about
nothing' or 'tempted by nothing' - make sense? In this context, I
think perfection is worked toward very similarly to how maturity is
worked toward - becoming more and more and more patient, or "wanting"
less and less and less.
Another way to think about this is a framework Michael's late grandpa
used: he talked about agency or free will being the space between
stimulus and response. Every day, throughout the day, we are the
recipients of all sorts of stimuli. Most people forego that
intervening space and proceed straight to response. Over time, they
develop strong emotional habits that correspond to the many stimuli
they experience on a recurring basis. For example, getting cut off
automatically corresponds to a honk and the bird. Getting stressed out
automatically corresponds to a bad mood and a night in the bar.
Hearing a companion eat cereal disgustingly automatically corresponds
to annoyance and being cold toward her. Being called in to a meeting
with a boss automatically corresponds to fear, paranoia and dread. The
space, on the other hand, represents the capacity to deliberately,
thoughtfully choose your response to the given stimulus. Being patient
- "wanting nothing" - is what enables the utilization of the
- Bradley C. Barth (An ORIGINAL Brodle quote)
So I know this may have made zero sense and I have typed my thoughts
out so quickly that even I don't know if I understand all that I said
or not.. Haha I don't have time to look over what I have read. But
what I am trying to get at here, is that we all must be patient in our
lives and in the lives of others. We must have faith in change and
have faith that WE can change as well as OTHERS. And while we wait for
these things to happen we must be PATIENT and whole heartedly trust in
The Lord, the Atonement, and the will of God. We must all work every
day on aligning our will with His. Wanting nothing yet having strong
enough faith to know that He is aware of every detail of our lives,
this work and all of His children. I know that the Lord is involved
with every detail of His work as well and we must keep putting our
trust in Him.
Also.... For QUICK UPDATES!!!!!!!!!!
1. Raquel's baptism date is unknown at the moment because he husband
is being hard (more details later)
2. MyGabriel her son is progressing a ton and is old enough to do what
he wants haha
3. Lorenza is progressing a ton and LOVES Joseph Smith, says she knows
everything we teach her is true but now we just have to get her to ACT
and move on from her Catholic upbringing
4. MARGARITO CAME TO CHURCH!!!!!! He hasn't come the entire time I
have been here and HE CAME!!! It's a miracle and I know Hermana
Piggott is going to die when she finds out. More info on him later but
we should have him on date this week. He's SO ready. Also, we had a
breakfast with his wife whom I had never met and all of her sisters...
Are you shocked Hermana Piggott????? Haha I'll write more about it to
you in my letter today my ebbp.
5. Jesus was called to be 1st counselor in the Elder's Quorum and is
SO honored and excited for the responsibility. He's adorable. Also, he
went camping with the young men and it was his first time ever
camping... LOVED it. Also, Brother Orme took him to Wendy's on the way
up.. Said he went inside and Jesus didn't know how to order and said
it all looked so expensive..... He had never been there before....
REAL LIFE. My heart is so touched by that boy.
6. The Elizondo's keep saying how they cannot wait to come to my
wedding and are already planning out how they will come.... Who knows,
they may forget about it if I don't get married for years hahaha but
they think I am going to have such a fun wedding and they say I am
part of their family so they're already planning on how they can see
me after my mission haha. Also, Brother Orme is already planning a
trip to Utah to bring Yamara with him to visit Hermana Piggott and I.
And we want Yamara to go to BYU. She's dreaming about it.
More to come next week... Hahaha
Okay... OFFICIALLY OUT OF TIME!!!!