April 28, 2014

All:

i’m glad that your activity went so well. sounds neat! you know, it was activities like that that seemed to make a huge difference in my testimony. not at the time but now looking back. but i guess that is always how it is right? the little things affect us the most, now.

i’m glad that everyone is feeling better! it’s never fun to be sick and it’s not fun to see someone sick and not be sure how to help them. it reminds me of the mini exchange this week and i got to work in mt. vernon with hermana miller (from smithfield, ut) and we went to teach a woman who had just received a priesthood blessing from the elders. she lives in the other sisters area so they couldn’t stick around to teach her but we biked as fast as we could:) i love being on bikes:) but i am very grateful for our car too! anyway, she has really bad arthritis and something else but i couldn’t tell what she was saying because she is from el salvador and has an accent that i’m not used to…point is, she was in a ton of pain. she would try to sit up and just cried. i tried to help her but i just didn’t know what to do. it made me realize though, that there are things in this life that we just can’t control. there are doctors, medicine, priesthood blessings, prayers, support, ways to receive help and so much more but really there are things that only the Savior understands and can take care of. we were able to testify of that to her and she knows it.

we were able to play soccer this past thursday with a member, the elders, a family who may possibly be interested in the gospel, and an investigator. it. was. so. fun. gosh, i love being a missionary!

some of the boring stuff…we eat a lot of rice, beans, tortillas, cheerios, bananas, peanut butter, apples, i had been making smoothies but our blender broke…sometimes we make pasta if we have time, meals with members are always super delicious. we have to stay in our areas and we don’t have a lot of members in ours. like 3. but sometimes the english ward members invite us to dinner and that’s always nice. i hope my table manners have been improving;) yesterday i went on a mini exchange with hermana lyman so i got to stay in mt. vernon and we ate with a sister from the 1st ward. it’s just her and her daughter, they are from new york so she had the craziest accent and i loved it. i try not to eat a lot of sugar because we don’t get enough time to exercise but i find it’s best not to deny members the opportunity of giving the missionaries dessert. oh well:) it always tastes good! oh, and i love to eat salads. washington and missionary life has taught me to read labels…

it’s nice to have study time for sure! living with three other hermanas though makes time in the bathroom real crunched. i shower last and i usually end up late to my studies but that is something i am working on this week! i don’t know what i would do without time to study the book of mormon or preach my gospel. i feel like we don’t have enough time! but just like we teach our investigators, any time we give to the Lord is accepted and will always be for our good.
the youth conference sounds amazing! that is such a good idea too, to read and mark all of the names of God. it truly testifies that this is His book and that it really is another testament of Jesus Christ. i think it’s also special that you all will be looking specifically for God. rocio, who was recently baptized, bore her testimony yesterday in Sacrament meeting and that’s something that really stood out to me -she talked about looking for God in her life. it’s like when a dancer is turning, they have to have a place to spot otherwise they just get dizzy. well, i get dizzy every time, but the point is, we can turn and turn and turn and turn if we have something to focus on. something that is constant and still so that we don’t fall.

let it shine

paz y bendiciones

love,

hermana bain

alma 36:27

And I have been supported under trials and troubles of every kind, yea, and in all manner of afflictions; yea, God has delivered me from prison, and from bonds, and from death; yea, and I do put my trust in him, and he will still deliver me.

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