Friday, October 23, 2015

4th Month - October

Fam & Friends!   

This week was a lil slow! There is a joke here that every door knocked in Spain is a baptism in South America.  Haha....ha....mmmm.  However, we are incredibly blessed.  This week I worked on trying to listen and follow the soft and quiet whispering of the spirit.  Although the Holy Ghost is a gift, we need to be worthy of His presence.  Being completely submersed in everything gospel on the mission, it's incredible to me how strong I have been able to feel Him in my life.  

Pre mission I wouldn't say I didn't live unworthily to have him, but I realize more clearly now that the world (sometimes unknowingly) dulls our senses and in those moments the spirit can leave.  We need to work to keep ourselves clean and fill our minds with the positive! We need the spirit with us at every moment.  I hear a song, I would have jammed to before and now I flinch hehe.  Again, not bad music (because the jovens are playing it now in the gym at the church lol) it's just not edifying, it's empty.  Pick something spiritually you want to be better at. Allow yourself to change.  It's incredible.  We don't need the music, movies, books, clothes, shoes (okay maybe shoes..) of the world anyway. We are different, embrace it, love it, live it! The spirit can enlighten and edify when we listen to him and trust him. 

An extra tidbit if you haven't fallen asleep already:

More or less I was talking to my mom this week about social media, but I thought it would be good to share with you guys as well! 
President Bednar said (more or less) "you will never come across anything on the Internet without a warning from the Holy Ghost first." This should be the case if we are doing what we should to keep the spirit with us! 

We also talked a little about all the things the world bombards us with. We shouldn't except a worldly status and freely be fed the ugly words and sinful visuals of the world.  Although we should ignore them we shouldn't just do nothing.  We need to fight back.  Even if we are unaware, the things of the world dulls are senses, and the spirit can reside from us if we are not careful.  When you get the chance review the talk in General Conference by Devin G. Durante!  He talks more about this and how we can fight back. Take his challenge!  Every week find a scripture, any scripture.  You don't have to memorize it, just put it somewhere where you can read it daily.  When the things of the world come creeping into our minds we can think of the scripture and ponder its words.  I think this idea is fantastic because it takes are minds to a higher place of thinking!  As we do this our knowledge is deepened and light fills our minds. 

Love you!  Study the scriptures on the daily!
Iré y Haré y Seré

Hermana Charlesworth 

Hola Familia y Amigos! Sorry this letter is super short!

This week was a lil tougher!  Hermana Hill has been sick and the weather is getting colder.  We also got a new schedule and a bundle of new rules we've had to adjust to.  Just when I thought I was getting everything down!

Quick short story:
Last night we were on our way to a lesson and we got lost, the more we walked the darker it got, and the more tangled in a forest of pisos we became.  As we rushed trying to find the building number we passed a lady on a set of steps, she looked a little sad.  Hermana Hill knows the sad (and the homeless) people get me!  It makes me sad to see other people sad!  As we hurried past her I slowed my pace and Hermana Hill stopped in front of me to look at her watch with a "we're late!" face!
"Ahorra!  It can't wait." I said.
"Pues vale"

When we went back to our friend on the steps, she had big tears in the corner of her eyes. When we introduced ourselves she started to cry.  Every day I am reminded how blessed we are, and how the Lord continues to prepare his children and guide them to us (sometimes in ways unexpected).  And that he loves all of us, every single one, and he has commanded that we love one another as he loves us.  Eso es un amor super fuerte!  The love our older brother has for us is unimaginable!  And as we are told, we should have this same love for our brothers and sisters.

Sorry story cut short, gotta run!  Keep reading your scriptures

Iré y Haré y Seré
Hermana Charlesworth

Our District at Parque Europa.  Scaled size Tower Bridge and other European Icons

When the heat doesn't work you wear all the old sweaters in the piso... when the hot water doesn't work you boil water to wash your face!

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