I am serving a mission as a sister missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for a period of 18 months. I am serving in the Spain Barcelona Mission and I am speaking Spanish. I reported to the Madrid Missionary Training Center on May 13th, 2014, and I will return home November of 2015. I love each of you with all my heart and I hope to hear from you throughout this life-changing experience and journey.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Stay Tight, Don't Crack

TRASLADOS! Today we had transfers! Wow, time is seriously flying! Every single week, month and transfer is getting faster! Sadly, Hermana Moser will be leaving (she is going to Logroño with Hermana Stilson). I have been so blessed to spend these past 6 weeks with Hermana Moser. She has taught me so much and I know she is going to go on and continue to be an exceptional servant of the Lord. I just got my new companion, Hermana Steinfeldt! She just seems so great! I am excited to get to know her and work with her!

Last Monday when we had preparation day, the hermanas in our piso and I went to PARK GÜILLE! It is a very famous place in the city that looks out over Barcelona! It was breathtaking! We loved it and took tons of pictures! It was so fun! The week was a good one and we had a lot of funny stories and neat moments with people.

Do you remember Rafael? We met him on a park bench about a month ago? He has been in the hospital, and we were finally able to see him. We met him in the church and gave him a little bit of tour. He really seemed to like it. We taught him in the sacrament room with one of our members, Nestor. The Spirit was so strong as we talked about how we partake of the sacrament every week, that there are talks, hymns and prayers, and how everything worked. We sang, read and prayed with him. He is excited to come back!

Imilse is doing a lot better. She had been sick for a while, but she is finally to the point where she can walk around and do different things without being in pain. I feel like our relationship with her has been strengthened a lot. We were able to see her this week and she told us about her two daughters that live in the Dominican Republic. They are members of the church and want to serve missions. I think their father is a little against it, because he doesn´t really understand what it all entails. She invited us to come over this next week to talk with him and give our perspective. I´m excited! We are a little biased, but that´s the mission!

She, along with many other of our investigators, actually came to church and different activities this week. We had a stake talent show, and it was awesome! People of all ages participated and they did all sorts of stuff from Frozen, Lion King, Thriller, Grease, High School Musical, Annie, Tangled … you name it! It was so fun to be there with all of them and see how much they loved it!

It was crazy trying to see all sorts of people in our area, but while Hermana Moser and I were going around to different people´s houses to say goodbye, she shared this scripture which really hit me. It is in The Book of Mormon and says:
 "And it came to pass that the Lord God caused that there should be a furious wind blow upon the face of the waters, towards the promised land; and thus they were tossed upon the waves of the sea before the wind.
 And it came to pass that they were many times buried in the depths of the sea, because of the mountain waves which broke upon them, and also the great and terrible tempests which were caused by the fierceness of the wind.
 And it came to pass that when they were buried in the deep there was no water that could hurt them, their vessels being tight like unto a dish, and also they were tight like unto the ark of Noah; therefore when they were encompassed about by many waters they did cry unto the Lord, and he did bring them forth again upon the top of the waters.
 And it came to pass that the wind did never cease to blow towards the promised land while they were upon the waters; and thus they were driven forth before the wind.
 And they did sing praises unto the Lord; yea, the brother of Jared did sing praises unto the Lord, and he did thank and praise the Lord all the day long; and when the night came, they did not cease to praise the Lord." - Ether 6:5-9

As I read that I thought about how many times in our lives, when we have trials or problems, we are figuratively under the water or "buried in the depths of the sea”. But our Savior will ALWAYS lift us back up again. He will direct us to our promised land … a better, more fruitful and joyful life. Our part, while we "under the water”, is to keep our vessels tight … sealed tight! We must leave no room for harmful water to seep in and eventually sink us. It is in our times of trial that we need to show our faith, show our strength, and let no crack or weakness show. We just need to hang on for a little bit, trust in the Lord, and before we know it, we will be back on top. We need to be patient, stay tight and give thanks for our salvation through Christ. I know He loves us and wants to help us.

Hermana Vance

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