Nov 14, 2016

Week 24 - November 14, 2016

Hi Family!

I can´t believe that I am already writing you all again. The weeks are passing by so quick, I cannot believe it. The good news is that I am loving every second of my time here. I love being a missionary, and I love serving my Savior. As it is transfer week the news came that I will be leaving Ataco. I love the people so much, and my heart is aching. However, I know that there are a lot of beautiful and exciting things to come in Santa Ana Central. And a lot more sun.. A lot more sun.

The happy news is the Johanna passed her baptism interview and is going to be baptized on Friday! I wont be here to see it which is a little sad, but what is important is that my beautiful friend is going to make very special promises with her Heavenly Father. It is funny.. Because before my mission and in the MTC I always thought about how great it will be when someone that I had been teaching will be baptized! The photos, being able to see it, all of that. And now that I am here, my heart is only filled with joy that Johanna is going to be baptized. I feel that I truly am only the Lord´s hands here. I am not doing the work.. He is just doing the work through me, and it is the most special thing. I told Johanna yesterday that I was probably going to be leaving Ataco this week. We cried, haha. Because I always cry.. But she told me that she would never forget me, and that me bringing the gospel into her life has changed her forever. You guys! I don't know if I will ever fully understand completely the significance of missionary work.. But how thankful  I am to be here! 

My favorite thing from my mission happened this week. We were going to visit Fernando, and when we got there his grandma opened the door with a scowl on her face. Side note- Maria is maybe my favorite 85 year old person in Ataco, and she loves her coffee. More than anything. Anyways, I asked Maria what was wrong to which I got the reply. "Sister Houston I have been cursing your name for the last 48 hours and I do not want to let you in my house." Eventually she let us in, and Maria related a story that I will never forget. For the last 4 months I have told Maria that she needed to stop drinking her coffee so that the Lord could bless her a little bit more. After leaving a few nights earlier, Maria went to make her nightly cup of coffee. As she began to drink it she felt so sick, and was sick for the rest of the night. And it is all my fault. My sweet friend Maria told me that she has yet to pick up another glass of coffee, and never will again. The Lord works in mysterious ways:)

I ate a full fish yesterday. Yes, the eye was staring at me the whole time. I think I can eat just about anything now. 

I found a quote this week that I absolutely loved. "The commandment to seek perfection implies that we start where we are and seek the Lord´s help to lift us to where he wants us to go" Ronald A. Rasban. We aren't perfect, and that is okay! What matters is that we are trying, and becoming a little bit better everyday. Our Heavenly Father loves us perfectly, and as we put our trust in Him and his beloved Son, all will work out for our good.

I love you guys, 

Hermana. Houston

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