Wednesday, April 4, 2012

"Give Me Mountains, Give Me Challenges"

I think God is a pitcher…. because he loves to throw curve balls my way. Can I just say that I have gained such a testimony and deep deep appreciation of our Savior and his infinite atonement this week?

We find ourselves as we forget ourselves and focus on serving others and rid ourselves of the natural man. That is when everything just falls into place. I have learned so much about myself in these past couple of weeks, just by focusing my attention and love on my companion. What a blessing from Heavenly father!

Oh my goodness! I am so overwhelmingly blessed. I feel our Savior’s and Heavenly Father’s love. I think when we come to a realization of their love for us as individuals, then nothing else matters. That is when we can truly love all of Heavenly Father’s children.

Heavenly Father answers prayers! I just cannot say it enough!!! This week was leadership training. SO all of the zone leaders, sister coordinators, trainers and district leaders get together. I knew Sister Banks would be going, because she is a trainer. Sister Banks is like my comforter out here. I just prayed that I would be able to see her, like pick her comp up and do exchanges for the day. It was a LONG shot, but somehow I knew heavenly father would answer it. Honestly, 5 minutes after I got off of my knees, the sister coordinator calls and tells me I am invited to the leadership training. What the heck! I am a junior companion, I did not belong there!! So I went and got to spend alll day hearing such inspiring and uplifting messages and be with sister Banks!!! Turns out, I wasn’t supposed to be there so I didn’t get to go back the next day. What a tender mercy!

THEN all of my questions in conference were answered right away! It was crazy. I asked how I could better prepare myself to be the best mother for my children. UM HALO! Those talks were amazing for children and it directly connects with investigators. I want to convert my children to the Lord and help them make good choices, and that is what I want to do for my investigators! I feel like this mission is preparing me to be the best that I can be for my children.

My companion was realllly down this week. I felt myself slumping into it. I have never had to be strong for someone else before, but I knew that I couldn’t show her how I felt, so I just relied on the Lord and knew the feeling would go away. I just pushed through it and I felt happier immediately! I encouraged her to go tracting with me and I pleaded with the Lord that we would see a miracle from tracting. Twenty minutes in we found a girl who was atheist and searching for happiness. We told her of God’s love and the restoration and asked her to pray. She DID! And we have a return appt with her for Tuesday night!!! Oh my goodness. Praise the Lord.

I loved conference! Oh how blessed we are!! When the prophet speaks, you know without a doubt that he has a personal relationship with the Savior! Amazing :)

I love you guys. Be happy. Push through. Life is SO good :)

Love, Sister Mahaffey

1 comment:

  1. My dearest sweetest Mara,
    Your letters are so inspiring and sweet!! You were already an amazing woman before serving and now it sounds like you're blossing into the most amazing woman EVER!!! I love you, I'm so glad you're having a wonderful time on your mission. And it's funny that you saw my cousin Dan (Rachael's husband) a couple weeks ago. So proud of you for being the best sister around. Love you <3
    Ashley (James) Keller