Thursday, February 4, 2016

Satan Is Tricky

January 11, 2016
How many times can I tell you that missionary work is amazing and you not get tired of it?! I LOVE THE LORD AND HIS WORK!!! There is literally no better thing! I just wish that everyone could realize the goodness of the gospel as well! I feel like I can't get enough work done fast enough (if that makes sense). There is SO much to do but so little time!!!

Yesterday at one of our ward councils we were given so many assignments of people we needed to see and I was getting overwhelmed because we hadn't even been able to accomplish seeing all the people we needed to see the week previous!! I have never had this problem of so much work and not enough time to do it in! I love it!! IT also doesn't help that we have been trying to get over sicknesses too so we haven't been as productive as we could be. But we are going to get things done this week!

So we got to meet with the medium lady again this week and she had a lot of crazy experiences to share! Some of them getting into borderline crazy stuff but it was really interesting! She was talking about how she would have out of body experiences where she would go and rescue spirits that didn't know they had passed on... And how she talked to Jesus and saw God. It was pretty interesting but then we were reading in the Gospel Principles book the next day and it said that mediums were associated with the devil. So we called our mission president and he said we probably shouldn't teach her... Which was sad because she is a super sweet lady but I guess it's for the best. I have been really curious about the spirit world now though. 

We also had another amazing lesson with a less active who has committed to live the "mormon" life style for 6 months and is now coming to the end of that time. He says that if he hasn't found that it is true by the end of 6 months then he will never try it again. So he only has two more weeks left until he decides if he has a testimony or not and right now he is claiming to still not have one even though he went and bore his testimony on Fast Sunday... So he is a little frustrating because we can totally see that he has a testimony he just either doesn't want to admit it or doesn't want to recognize it. But we had an awesome lesson where he felt the spirit SO strong he started crying 5 different times and Sister Jensen even got really bold and told him that the church needed him and he was being stupid. It was pretty great but nothing is clicking within him that all those feelings are from God. He is a pretty awesome guy though and has taught us a lot!!

Other than those crazy lessons we met a potential on the street that we will hopefully be able to meet with this week. We went to ESL (English as a second language class) last night and met a really awesome lady from Iran that possibly wants to learn more! And we have a few potentials we are waiting for to get back to us. So I would say it has been a pretty successful week!!! We also realized that we have more than 200 less actives in this area!!! 200!!!! That is absolutely insane!!! We will never be bored here!! I will definitely be ok staying here the rest of my mission. Plus if I do stay here I will have more of a chance of going to the Topleys sealing in May because I am the closest to the temple I have ever been my whole mission!!! It is great how the Lord works!!!

I love you guys!!! Thank you for all the love!!! Keep being a light to others!! They need it in this Satan infested world!

Sister Hatch

"Everyone says love hurts, but that is not true. Loneliness hurts. Rejection hurts. Losing someone hurts. Envy hurts. Everyone gets these things confused with love, but in reality love is the only thing in the world that covers up all pain and makes someone feel wonderful again. Love is the only thing in this world that does not hurt." -Liam Neeson

"For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light." (Ephesians 5:8)

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