Hello dear family!!
This week has gone by so fast! I can't believe that I'm leaving the CCM next week! Ahh! So soon! This week has been so hard, amazing, short, and long all at the same time.
I started reading Jesus the Christ this week and I absolutely love it! I have been craving a way to get to know my Savior better, because it has hit me this week--I need to know Him better, I have a deep yearning for it! It's absolutely amazing. I have never felt closer to my Savior than I do right now.
On Saturday I had the opportunity to practice teaching with Hna. Anway to a sister who was struggling with an addiction to pornography (it was all role-playing). So, we prayed beforehand, and planned out a couple scriptures to share, like Isaiah 1:18 ( I think? It was about sins becoming white as snow) and the story of the lost sheep in Matthew. I bought a book with gospel pictures in it at the tienda the day before and so I had a picture of the Savior holding the lamb in his arms ready to show her. When we started, we talked a little bit about why we were there and what she expected from us. As we were about to start with a prayer, Hna. Anway asked what her name was--she said Kristina. I was shocked for a second, but after the prayer, I had a super strong impressions to ask her this:
Me: Hermana, do you know what your name means?
Inv: Mm, no.
Me: It means "follower of Christ"
At this point, I was tearing up and so was she, and in that moment I felt the spirit like I have never felt it before--Like my soul was on fire. It was incredible and the lesson from that point on was, hands down, the best lesson that I have ever taught--and Hna Anway said the same :)
Later that day, I was having a hard time--probably because it was so amazing in the morning! I was praying for my angels to come and take the feelings of sadness and anxiety from me and I saw and felt, clearly, multiple angels surrounding me, but three specific angels were right next to me. Then I felt someone else--It was Grandma Tycksen. She was the one holding me up, and she had an arm around my shoulders, supporting me. It was an incredible feeling.
I read in Nehemiah 8:10 that says something along the lines of "In the joy of the Lord is your strength". It was something that described exactly how I felt in that moment, how I felt when I decided to serve a mission, and how we feel when an investigator says yes to baptism! Happy feelings!!
After this, on Sunday, pretty much everything was on faith--r.s, sacrament, and sunday school. and something that stood out to me was that Faith is a Sign of Trust unto the Lord--and also that "We don't need to see the whole staircase--Just take the first step." This has helped me so much this week--I can really feel my faith, small as it is, increasing.
Well, I'm out of time! I love you all and I hope you're all doing well!
The next time I write, I'll be in Texas!!
Love, Hermana Tycksen