Sunday, February 16, 2014

Another week gone by again...ahh too fast! Some interesting things happened this week. One of the volcanoes really close to Malang erupted on Friday, so we had to stay in the house THE WHOLE DAY...it was no fun, I felt like a failure of a missionary haha. I got a lot of studying in that's for sure and read many conference talks which was good! How awesome is it that we have a living, modern day prophet and apostles to lead and guide us in these latter days? Luckily the next day we were able to go and work like normal! 
Last week I told you about Pak Hartono, who takes us to all his friends houses, Muslim and Christian, and yesterday we were following him on his bike to his friends house and he took us into a big red zone (Malang has a lot of red zones...places where we are supposed to avoid because it is dangerous..aka lots of fanatic Muslims), we just kept following him and when we got to his friends house, they couldn't meet! Pak Hartono's brother lived really close so he took us there and we met his family. His brother is really strong Muslim and has been to Mecca, and to our surprise he has read some the Book of Mormon and asked us for one! We had a Liahona magazine and he was loking through it, asking about temples and prophets haha, it was awesome! We want to go back and share more with him. Lia is all ready to be baptized next week!! She had her interview yesterday and is so awesome!! Unfortunately Ibu Diah didn't come to church yesterday...she says whenever she wants to be serious about getting baptized, she gets sick...I told her that is Satan trying to stop her from making to best decision ever haha. Ahh I love her so much and know how much she will be blessed because of this gospel, she just needs more faith than fear! Last week we shared a talk with her called Mountains to Climb, by Henry B. Erying, I read it and thought it would be perfect for her. It talks abut trials, and how throughout our whole life, we will have trials, big and small, but God allows us to be tried, to make us stronger, and strengthen our faith. Sometimes we have this notion in our heads that when we are doing what's right, life will be perfect and we won't have those trials, but that's not how our Heavenly Father works. When we keep his commandments, He WILL always bless us, but that does not mean we won't still be faced with trials and challenges. It talks abut the Savior and his life, he was perfect, without sin, but look at everything he went through. Look at everything Joseph Smith went though. We will be faced with challenges throughout our whole life, but this gospel gives us strength to overcome those challenges and make us even better than we were before! So bring on the trails and challenges :). Don't just survive, but thrive! A mission is full of them, but I'm ready for them, I know with the Savior we can do anything! He loves us and knows us better than we know ourselves, he knows our potential! Like I say every week, I love this work!! There is nothing better, I love these people and I love the gospel!! Thank you all for your support! I love you all!!
Love,
Sister Reilly















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