Monday, April 1, 2013

Letter # 29 04/01/13

Querida Familia y Amigos,

This week has been awesome! It started out with interviews with President Armstrong, which was really uplifting. Our mission president and his wife are amazing. Hermana Armstrong is sick and the doctors don't know what is wrong with her, nor how to help; she can't sit or stand for very long. She went back to the States for more medical exams and testing and to hopefully recover, but she stays the same. Finally last week Elder Russell M Nelson said, "Hermana Armstrong has been away from her family far too long. It's time to send her back to Uruguay." And so Hermana Armstrong has the promise of an apostle. We pray for her every day. Also this week we had a conference/training at the mission home for only the sister missionaries. Since so many sister missionaries will be coming in the next few months, we are working hard to prepare to train them. The conference was so helpful and uplifting. I love all the hermanas in the mission. Part of the conference was directed by Hermana Armstrong. She was moved to tears when she expressed how grateful she is to be back in the mission and with her family, and with her missionaries. We are so grateful to have her back as well. She is an amazing woman, and above all else that I learned at the conference I left inspired by her example and her sacrifice. She is so physically weak but willing to give her whole heart, might, mind and strength to building the kingdom of God.

This week the mission set the goal of finding 6 new investigators per companionship. Our zone decided that we could do better, and our goal as a zone was 7 per companionship. Hermana Ocampos and I were so inspired by this week that we've had, and we've been working hard for this goal. Sunday night we found ourselves in the street with 6 new investigators and fifteen minutes to find the 7th before we had to report our numbers to the leaders. We said a quick, fervent prayer, telling Heavenly Father how much we wanted to obey and to meet this goal, and asking for help, for a miracle, and that either He would send to us or send us to this last person who was waiting. After finishing the prayer, we walked half a block and stopped a young couple in the street. The contact went poorly at first, but as we kept talking I started to feel the Spirit testify. Neither of the two believe in God, so we taught them how to pray, scheduled a return appointment, committed them to pray on their own, and said a prayer right there on the street corner. 2 new investigators! When Heavenly Father sees that we are diligent and faithful in doing His work, and that we have a desire to keep His commandments, He often blesses us more than we have reason to expect.

Also I'm super excited for General Conference! ¡¡¡¡VAMOS ARRIBA!!!!

I love you all so much! We are so blessed to be alive in a time when the gospel is in its fulness! Enjoy every minute!

Hermana Phillips

PS - Give Ethan and Ryker a HUGE hug and a kiss from me. I miss them so much!

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