Sometimes becoming is more important than achieving

Hey everyone!

Another week gone! It’s crazy how fast time goes here most of the time. I hope you all are doing wonderfully, and enjoying life and being happy. 🙂

So we had a crazy awesome week with great lessons, but then Sora Weaver got super duper (is this even a word???) sick and we had to stay home for a bit. But before that, here’s my week:

Wednesday we had a lesson with our new investigator, Aurelia, which was actually kind of hard cause she’s really closed off to learning about the Church. But we’ll just keep working with her and she’ll come around eventually! We also got bunged that day by another investigator but ended up making the most of it by going to get a journal for the son of a less active who is so eager to read The Book of Mormon and write things down he learns. We took Ema, a member of the Branch here who’s our age, to our lesson with this little boy and his mom and it was SO GOOD! I love visiting with less actives. As we visit with them and get them coming to church again, we get so many more referrals and have more lessons with other people. It’s amazing.

Thursday was the best!! After our district meeting, we headed out to Feldioara with the entire district. Story here real quick: So ever since the other sisters have moved into our apartment, it’s been a little crazy with all of us getting ready in the morning and when we have to leave and all. So after our DM, we headed home as quickly as we could because we only had about 30 minutes to get home, change, and then be back at the train station to catch a bus to Feldioara. So we changed real fast (or relatively fast, haha), and then I was almost running to a cab. The cab weaved in and out of traffic worse than they drive in Mexico, or so I’ve heard. When we got to the gara we ran and saw the bus leaving. Right as it pulled near us, I flagged it down and we made it! Haha, let’s just say that we’ve gotten really good at just barely making things lately. Anyway, we got to Feldioara and walked to the member’s house there where we were going to do service. Their kids are our investigators so it was great for us! Their grandson took us all on a wagon ride after I told him we’ve never been and really wanted to, and they even let me comb down their horse! I was in heaven. It’s been incredibly warm here for November! I don’t even know that we’ll get snow for another month or so. We helped them saw wood and stack it for the winter and then they fed us, which was so nice of them.

Friday we had lessons but had to cancel most of them ‘cause Sora Weaver got super sick. That gave me a lot of time to study though! I read about 8 talks and had some great time in the New Testament and The Book of Mormon. That night, we went on splits so that I could still go to one of our lessons. We took Elders Cloward and Bateman with us to go see the Filip boys in Harman. The elders are going to start meeting with them to help them learn to read and help them with homework, and also just to be good male role models ‘cause these boys have none. It was amazing to watch them all together and I’m so happy and excited for the boys to have the elders meeting with them!

Saturday we had lessons planned and they all happened but totally not how we were expecting. Halfway through our day, we get a call saying that one of our investigators is in the hospital with her son. We had a lesson planned with her for that night so we went instead with Carmen, who we also had a lesson planned with, to the hospital. We had our lesson with Carmen in the car on our way there, haha, and then our lesson with our investigator in the hospital. You could tell it meant a lot to her that we came and were there with her for a while.

Sunday morning, Sora Weaver and I were up and gone by 6:30 to catch a train to go pick up an investigator to make sure she got to church. Long story short, she missed the train, we had to go back to get her by hitching a ride (yikes!), and ran after yet another bus to bring us home. But we made it on time for Sacrament, and she enjoyed church. So it was all worth it! The Lord makes everything possible when we do all we can.

This week I had a really awesome study in Alma 32. I especially loved verses 41-43.

“But if ye will nourish the word, yea, nourish the tree as it beginneth to grow, by your faith with great diligence, and with patience, looking forward to the fruit thereof, it shall take root; and behold it shall be a tree springing up unto everlasting life.

And because of your diligence and your faith and your patience with the word in nourishing it, that it may take root in you, behold, by and by ye shall pluck the fruit thereof, which is most precious, which is sweet above all that is sweet, and which is white above all that is white, yea, and pure above all that is pure; and ye shall feast upon this fruit even until ye are filled, that ye hunger not, neither shall ye thirst.

Then, my brethren, ye shall reap the rewards of your faith, and your diligence, and patience, and long-suffering, waiting for the tree to bring forth fruit unto you.”

I loved those verses! I learned totally different things than when I’d read them before too which was cool. I love the principle I learned of waiting. With this tree, we nourish it, care for it, etc. But the fruit on a regular tree obviously doesn’t appear overnight! We have to wait, having faith, diligence, patience, long-suffering, etc. to finally be able to partake of the fruit of this tree we have nourished and cared for. I love also how we partake of the fruit “by and by.” Just like fruits in their seasons, we don’t partake of them all year long. We have to wait. But the waiting and the nourishing help make the fruit “most precious,” and all that.

Now take those verses and what we can learn, and then read Alma 33:23

“And now, my brethren, I desire that ye shall plant this word in your hearts, and as it beginneth to swell even so nourish it by your faith. And behold, it will become a tree, springing up in you unto everlasting life. And then may God grand unto you that your burdens may be light, through the joy of his Son. And even all this can ye do if ye will. Amen.”

SO COOL. The scriptures are awesome.

I also read an awesome talk by Marvin J. Ashton called “Carry Your Cross.” My favorite part I’ll put at the end of this email. 🙂

Love you all!!! I pray for you and you’re often in my fasts as well. Miss you guys 🙂

Love,

Sora Marcheschi

P.S.  Here’s the part of the talk I love!

“There are days when people who have been called to positions of responsibility, …have to humbly say ‘God, I’m weak, but with your help I can do it,’ and give him the chance to help lift that cross of inadequate strength.

It is a fact of life that God can make our crosses easier to bear if we are but willing to admit we have them and then seek his help….

A willingness to take yourself as you are and build from there is pleasing to God. If you have more than one cross – three or four – maybe you could build a ladder out of them and use them to climb to new heights. Sometimes becoming is more important than achieving or arriving. I’m not talking about self-indulgence. I’m talking about self-acceptance. All tomorrows can be in our favor if we carry on in a spirit of commitment and self-encouragement.”

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