Monday, October 29, 2012

This isn't possible!

Wow hardly any time to write today!! Don't´know where time escaped to. yes escdaped. This week started out really good we got lost in the center of Lima and bought awesome new wrap skirts in an Indian store and a member who works in an ice creme store there invited us to ice creme!! The people here are so amazingly kind. We even exercised this week a bit. but then my companions foot swell up huge like it has been doing for the past few months and she can´t walk and the doctors don´t really know what´s wrong. She does not have diabetics or riniones or NADA!! She is so healthy it´s shocking. So we tried to visit a few people this week when she felt that the pain in her foot that looks like a basketball was less and we had one family who we have been teaching just drop us. She answered the door and gave us her book of Mormon and said that she can´t change her religion...and slammed the door.....This week has just been a roller coaster ride of CRAZINESS! So Friday we went to see what the doctor says other than ¨no more monkies jumping on the bed¨. We were thinking he was going to give her more pills and such but he decided to put her in the hospital to give her strong antibiotics to her veins to help her heal some sores that popped out on her legs due to her swollen foot. So i am temporarily working in a sector called the Brisas with sister C and the new sister S. They are really nice and even let me borrow pajamas. I am working with them and they are really fun. but its a bit odd to be separated from your companion. 
This week i have really seen how hard Satan can work when he knows how powerful we can be as companions to push forward the work of God with his children. All i can think is THIS ISN'T POSSIBLE!! Just makes me laugh a little bit like that no good horrible awful very bad book. Where everything that can go wrong does and we are just ready to burst out laughing cuz its pretty ironic and a bus could probably run us over right now and ya normal. Its really just an adventure we have to pass through in order to make even better things happen! I am really missing working in my sector we finally have a baptism this weekend and can´t visit our investigators cuz we are´t there, but the BEST THING is GOD can´t loose. This is his work and really it is moving along really well. He is the ultimate victor so COME WHAT MAAAAY!! God will love us and we can just grin at the devil because he is loosing and we know we are the victors!! but a week normal in the life of a missionary ba ha ha! 
God just really knows me  perfectly its mostly hilarious because I was put with the sisters here JUST IN Time to help them move from one house to another........I take this as a very strong sign that God knows how much I love to clean, move, organize ect ect!! I am so loved. Thanks for your awesome letter and know all is well here jsut fighting for the right. sounds like your week was crazy too! 
love you tons sigan adelante!! love sis Atkinson

Monday, October 8, 2012

Future Missionaries

Happy birthday FUTURE MISSIONARIES MATI, BROCK and FUTURE MISSIONARY (for two years) CONNER!!! Woot fiesta!!
Oh boy did we ever watch general conference!! We were just so happy and things really are just super charged and spiritually overflowing with happiness! After the Sunday session we had the GREATEST lessons in the world! We just held on as the spirit literally gave the lessons through us and the feeling that the investigators were really receiving the personalized message they needed to hear. At times as missionaries we teach the same thing so many times it becomes automatic and fails to meet the individual needs of each recipient. But like a speaker said in conference we need to learn how to teach the gospel like Christ would have taught it. With the needs of the investigators in mind and what they need in their lives. WE may teach about the restoration but we could focus in so many different points that it could actually turn out as a lesson about prayer (like Joseph Smith) or about the life of Christ and the atonement or baptism, or we could focus on the authority to be healed is again restored to the earth, or focus on how we are children of God and he knows each of us personally. Really the lessons aren´t set or memorized, but free flowing with the spirit to reach the hearts and inner most problems and desires of our investigators! Needless to say general conference is just MIND BLOWINGLY AMAZING!! I may have more or less literally called the whole world on Friday to invite pretty much EVERY SINGLE investigator to come and listen to at least ONE SESSION. How disappointing that not one could make it. Something happened with every single one so they couldn´t make it.....WE work hard but the world works just as hard to distract us from what will help us most in our lives sadly enough sometimes we win and sometimes the world wins, but we can´t stop fighting every day to repent and like another talk said live in the world but not of the world.
This week we were teaching our GOLDEN family and they currently are looking for a job but are very humble and just prepared and accept everything we teach them. They have a burning desire to have a remission of their sins through the waters of baptism. With a good desire we can DO ANYTHING!! God lives and loves us so much! Never forget we are so precious in his eyes and general conference is a time to remember how individually we are loved!
Love you all and thank you for all your support everyone!! LOVE SISTER ATKINSON.
Mati and Brock missions!! WOOT How amazing!!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Ah the things that happen the the mission!

We have a phrase here in the mission, goes like this, ¨Ah the things that happen in the misison!!¨. PROFOUND!!! i know. But really just the things that happen at times we just have to sit back and laugh. This weekend was a bit rough and stressed with an AMAZING baptism for the elders and so the sisters hunted down the keys for the font and we were filling it up, but didnt´now how to plug up the bottom so the water would stop running out.... Turns out there was a valve outside the church that needed to be turned, but we only realized this after we had filled the baptismal font two times and kept wondering where all the water was going....and after we had called our leader missional like five times to try to explain the problem and at what time was the baptism and we needed other keys than the keys we borrowed from the stake president (WE live behind the stake presidents house HOW COOL!! they are always worried for us and give us food and its just a great family!!). All in all the baptismal font was full and we went to look for our appointments and EVERY SINGLE ONE THIS WEEKEND FELL THROUGH!! Every single one. I think they are all somewhere together cuz ouch. But the bueno is that we were able to attend the baptism. and this young man is of GOLD! He saw the example of a co'worker who is a member and she didnt´smoke or drink in the meetings. which lead him to ask why and then started coming to church and BANG baptism! His testimony was just so wonderful and i think everyone in the room could feel the spirit reminding us of our own baptisms, just that spirit of peace, comfort, a newness and purity. In a way the same way we feel during sacrament meeting when we renew our covenants. The baptism was just perfect and then after we were able to go to the relief society session of confrence. Yes in spanish. then as the 6 sisters in our zone we went out for PIZZA!! Woot just like home. THen came Sunday (for my family who wonders exaclty what i was doing when they were eating dinner). In the morning calling all sorts of people even the ancient investigators to at least have one at church today. (turns out not everyone is awake at eight in the morning like the missionaries...) but I called everyone possible and we ran to find the family we were teaching and they weren´t home even when we called fifteen minutes earlier and she said we could pass by to come get her. So we came to church thinking we had failed the world. But we were blessed with 5 investigators in the church that day. The class for priciples of the gospel was just what our sister who we went looking for needed to progress to baptism hopefully this month and another man came all on his own. Till we had a mother come with her two children to do a project and talk specifically with the missionaries to know more about our religion and why all are so different. It was a really cool project they had to interview every church to see what they believed and why. WE were more than happy to oblige!! Taught about the restoracion and i think it made a REALLY good impression and the spirit was so strong there!  This was all before one in the afternoon! Then after lunch at about 4 taught a lesson to a man who magically contacted us this week who had a date for baptism with elders six years ago and he invited us to his house and presented his wife and everything! We have lots of hope for him and his progression! just a great little family. Then we came back to the church at about 6 o clock to have correlation missional and there was a woman and a man who were having financial problems due to a loss of a job and came looking in desperation for spiritual guidance and just happened to get to the curch in time for mission meeting. HOW PERFECT! God really plans things so well. The elders were able to give them a blessing of comfort and we were able to give them books of mormon and invite them to read ether 12 about the faith. and the husband isn´t a big believer in faith but we were albe to see his change as we were talking with him and he was able to feel the spirit and accept our teachings. They are so wonderful! This lasted to about seven o clock and then had a short meeting to coordinate the members helping us out this week and we helped the bishop clean the church and booked it to a lesson with our leader missional. We taught the man who came to church all by himself about the plan of salvation and invited him to baptism!! 
Needless to say after all the trials and a really rough weekend GOD ANSWERS OUR PRAYERS. At times amidst the waves and winds and what seems to be the biggest storm of our lives and we think Christ has abandoned us then comes the light and we realize that Christ has been the whole time with us in the boat and he comes to calm the storm and deliver the promised blessings to strengthen our faith. WE look back at the waves and winds and realize that God was just growing us a bit and streatching us to our limits to mold us into who he needs us to be.   
Love you all! Just keep moving right along because Christ is with you always and just keep plugging (dont try to translate that phrase in spanish) and know He will never abandon us.
Happy birthday TALYSA AND DAD! hope you passed an aweome day and that there are a million smiles in your day!