Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Savior's Love Is a Perfect Love

On Sunday I went to "Music and the Spoken Word."  When you are companions with a departing sister you get to sit on the bottom floor closer to the front.  It was a phenomenal performance!  They had special guests.  I don't remember the name of the group, but they were a men's A'capella group and they were really talented!  The Spirit in that program was very enjoyable and heart warming. 

We now have a recent convert in Liberia as of Sunday!  We have been teaching him for a few months now and he had been waiting for quite some time before we taught him.  Because of the Ebola virus, there are no missionaries in his area that could teach him so we were his missionaries.  He has such a strong testimony and love for Heavenly Father.  He taught me the importance of the principle, "endure to the end."  Even though he was unable to be baptized for a long time he still stayed faithful and patient, and continuing to share the gospel with others so that they could be blessed.

Sister Chayama left Wednesday to go back home to Japan.  I have been very blessed to have her this past transfer.  She taught me how to be patient and the importance of being open with your companion, even if it is the "littlest thing" that bothers you.  I know that we were able to be happy and enjoy the work so much more because we were always open with each other.  We were always laughing and joking around.  We were always happy!  Tuesday night I had the opportunity to meet Sister Chayama's parents and what a treat that was!  They were adorable and very sweet!  I am grateful to their sacrifice for sending their daughter on a mission.  I absolutely do not like goodbyes, but I know that I will have more opportunities to make new friends and have more wonderful experiences. 

I have been asked to be a "mother"(a trainer) for the next two transfers.  I am really looking forward to learning from Sister Hampton.  Sister Hampton is from Maryland.  I know that she has the Spirit of Jesus Christ with her.  I can see how much Heavenly Father loves her.  She will continue to be an amazing missionary not because of anything I have done but because she loves the Lord.
My "daughter" Sister Hampton

"And I am filled with charity, which is everlasting love;  wherefore, all children are alike unto me; wherefore, I love little children with a perfect love; and they are all alike and partakers of salvation." Moroni 8:17.  Now that I am a trainer I have been constantly thinking back to the experiences I have had with my past two companions and especially with my trainer, Sister Palmer.  Everything that Sister Palmer did for me was because she loved me.  She desired to help me continue to move forward towards my eternal salvation.  I now have the opportunity to serve another sister and and pass on those same blessings.  As I meet with all different types of people on Temple Square I experience opportunities to love these people as the Savior does and see them as individuals and precious children of our loving Heavenly Father.  I hope that I can have this feeling for the rest of my life.  I challenge each of you this week to serve every single person you come in contact with.  You could simply give them a smile or you could make them a meal or write them a letter.  Anything that is showing sincere love is Christlike love.  Pray to have these experiences and then see how you are answered.  I promise you that it will be very rewarding and you will be able to see miracles in others' lives.

The love of the Savior is real.  The Saviors' love is testimony to me that Heavenly Father knows me personally.  The companionship of the Spirit is something I hope everyone will have because it such a peaceful and desired feeling.  I know that the Spirit will never mislead me.  He will always protect and warn and teach me so my testimony will be safe.  I know that the Spirit loves me because He has always helped me to keep my covenants with God.  I know that this missionary work I am doing right now is the work of salvation; the greatest work that could ever be done.  I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

I love you all!
Sister Aquino
Lunch at the COB (Church Office Building)

My District

East 1 Zone-Beehive House
East 1 Zone

Last day in the Beehive house

On exchanges with Sister Haight

Good-bye, Sister Menken! :-(

Good-bye, Sister Richardson! :-(

Good-bye, Sister Ma! :-(

Good-bye, Sister Chau! :-(

Good-bye, Sister Garcia! :-(
Andy was here for work and came to visit again!

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