Semana de Pruebas/Week of Trials

ENERO 12, 2015

¡Hola mi bella familia!

¡Gracias por todo el amor que nos dan!! Bueno, esta semana fue interesante. Difícil emocionalmente. Muchos de nuestros investigadores no están progresando como quisiéramos. Les dejamos compromisos, y luego no actúan.

Tenemos una investigadora “G,” y la enseñamos con Presidente Nuckols y su esposa. Es la primera vez que salí con ellos a enseñar, entonces estaba muy nerviosa. Pues “G” ya tomó todas las lecciones, ella sabe que la iglesia es verdadera, su esposo es miembro, y hasta tuvo un sueño del día de su bautismo, pero no quiere poner una fecha. Ella dice que no sabe que el Libro de Mormón es verdadero, y no tiene ese amor por él como los demás. Pero no quiere hacer el esfuerzo de leerlo. El presidente usó escrituras de Isaías que se comparaban a la historia de Jose Smith, y estas escrituras enseñaban de la veracidad del libro, y la comprometimos que ella leyera el Libro de Mormón con su esposo. Íbamos a terminar la clase cuando era mi turno de testificar y terminar. Tenía muchas emociones. Estaba conmovida para compartir mi testimonio y también estaba frustrada porque ella nomas no quiere intentar. El presidente me dijo que compartiera mi experiencia de como llegue a saber que el Libro de Mormon era verdadero.

Mi vista cuando voy a correr/My view when jogging

Les dije de que cuando me fui a la universidad, estaba tan sola y era tan difícil de poder encontrar felicidad tan lejos de casa. Y tuve que tomar una clase de Libro de Mormón en la universidad. No era hasta ese punto que empecé a realmente leer el Libro de Mormón. Le dije que desde el momento que yo empecé a ver el libro como un libro testificando de Jesucristo, pude encontrar consuelo en Sus palabras. Pude entender que no estaba sola, y que cuando leía el libro con un deseo de saber de Él, con un amor por las palabras de Dios pude saber de su veracidad. La invité a cuando leyera con su esposo que empezaran con una oración, pidiéndole a Dios que le ayudaran a ver este libro por lo que realmente es, otro testamento de Jesucristo (lloré un poquito). Pero yo sé que ella sintió el Espíritu porque nunca me quitó la vista, porque con todos ella volteaba a ver otra cosa. Su esposo dijo, “wow, estoy tan conmovido.”

Y esta semana, en el mensaje del presidente, el presidente mismo me dijo:

“Era maravilloso escuchar tu testimonio a “G” y nosotros AMAMOS poder tenerte aquí. Algunas personas sueñan del éxito… mientras otros se levantan y trabajan duro en ello.

Que tengas una buenisima semana,
Pte Nuckols”

Fue difícil porque no le pudimos poner fecha, y ella no habla, entonces no sé lo que pensaba de todo.

Luego el Sábado fuimos con la muchacha que está casada y se ve feliz con su esposo. Le enseñamos el plan de salvación. Sentimos la necesidad de invitarla a bautizarse (nos dicen que en las primeras dos lecciones deberíamos invitarles al bautismo porque es importante que nuestros investigadores entiendan la importancia de hacer convenios con Dios). Pero antes de llegar a eso, ella dijo que nos quería pedir algo. Dijo que ella ha sido tan buena con nosotros, y nos invita y nos escucha para poder pedirnos esto. Nos pidió que le prestáramos 200 pesos. Se me quebró el corazón un poco. Prácticamente nos dijo que solo quería la amistad para pedirnos ayuda financiera. No podemos ayudar de esa manera, pero le ofrecimos ayudarle con cualquier otra cosa. Y fue tan raro que no sabía que decir. Mi compañera continuo y la invitó a bautizarse, y ella dijo que no se quería bautizar. Ella le encanta escuchar de Dios pero no se quiere unir a la iglesia. Le dijimos que toma tiempo, y que no de un día al otra va saber todo. Ella respondió que está bien y que le sigamos compartiendo. Pero no quiere un compromiso así. La obra ha estado lenta. Y no sé… es un poco frustrante.

Ayer vimos a una conversa reciente, ¡y su novio quiere aprender! ¡No pierdo la fe! Sé que esto no es fácil, y tengo que mantenerme firme y con el Espíritu.

Cuando tengan chancita lean Alma 44:3-4. Lo leí ayer en mi estudio personal. Es tan lindo.

¡Los AMO TANTO TANTO TANTO!

Hermana Tamayo
(Teresita, Tacita, Tere)

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JANUARY 12, 2015

Hello my beautiful family!

Thank you for all of the love you give us!! Well, this week was interesting. Emotionally difficult. A lot of our investigators are not progressing like we’d like them to. We leave them with commitments, and they don’t follow through.

We have an investigator “G,” and we are teaching her with President Nuckols and his wife. This is the first time we went out with them to teach, so I was very nervous. Well “G” has already taken all of the lessons, she knows the church is true, her husband is a member, and she even had a dream of her baptismal day, but she doesn’t want to set a date. She says that she doesn’t know if the Book of Mormon is true, and she doesn’t have the same love others have for the book. But she isn’t putting in the effort to read it. The president used scriptures from Isaiah that compared to Joseph Smith History, and these scriptures talked about the book’s veracity, and we invited with her to read the Book of Mormon with her husband. We were going to finish our lesson when it was my turn to testify and close. I was so emotional. I was excited to share my testimony and was also frustrated because she simply didn’t want to put in any effort. The president told me to share my experience of how I came to know that the Book of Mormon is true.

Hermana Garrido (de Guatemala) cumple 4 meses/ Sister Garrido (from Guatemala) is four months into her mission

I told them that when I went off to college, I was alone and it was super difficult to find happiness so far away from home. And I had to take a class about the Book of Mormon at school. It wasn’t until that point that I began to really read the Book of mormon. I told them that from the moment I began to see it like a book that testifies of Jesus Christ, I could find comfort in His words. I could know that I wasn’t alone, and that when I read the book with a desire to get to know Him, with a love for God’s words I could know of their truth. I invited her to start her readings with her husband with a prayer, asking God to help her know the Book of Mormon for what it truly is: another testament of Jesus Christ (I cried a little). But I know she felt the Spirit because she kept staring at me the entire time, even though she looked elsewhere when others were speaking. Her husband said, “wow, I am so moved.”

And this week, in his president’s message, the president himself told me:

It was wonderful to hear your testimony to “G” and we LOVE having you here. Some people dream of success… while others wake up and work hard at it.”

Have a great week,
Pres. Nuckols

It was hard because we couldn’t set a date, and she wouldn’t speak, so we didn’t know what she thought of the whole thing.

Then on Saturday we went with the young woman who is married and she looks so happy with her husband. We taught her about the plan of salvation. We felt the need to invite her to be baptized (we are told that in the first two lessons we should invite them to be baptized because it is important that our investigators understand the importance of making covenants with God). But before we got to that, she told us that she wanted to ask us something. She said that she had been so good to us, and that she invited us and listened to us, so that she could ask something of us. She asked that we let her borrow 200 pesos. My heart broke a little. She was basically telling us that she wanted our friendship only to ask us for financial help. We’re not allowed to help in that way, but we offered to help her with whatever else. And it surprised me so much that I didn’t know what to say. My companion continued and invited her to be baptized, and she told us that she didn’t want to be baptized. She loved to hear about God but she didn’t want to join the church. We told her that it takes time, and you don’t know everything overnight. She agreed and said we could continue to share our lessons with her. But she doesn’t want a commitment like that. The work has been slow. And, I don’t know… it’s a little frustrating.

Yesterday we saw a recent convert, and her boyfriend wants to start our lessons! My faith is not lost! I know it’s not easy, and I have to stay firm and with the Spirit.

When you have a chance, read Alma 44:3-4. I read it yesterday in my personal study. It’s so beautiful.

I LOVE YOU SO SO SO MUCH!

Hermana Tamayo
(Teresita, Tacita, Tere)

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2 thoughts on “Semana de Pruebas/Week of Trials

  1. Teresita!
    I am so proud of the work you are doing. I can just picture you crying as you speak passionately (remember every single parent conference?)…you care so much that others cannot help but be moved. Do not be discouraged by setbacks, disappointments, or “failures.” In fact, in your work there are no failures…I have been teaching for fifteen years and I have often “failed” to reach a student, only to discover only years later that I did have an impact! Have faith in your faith…and trust that even when it may seem like someone is only using your compassion, taking advantage of your kind heart, or not putting forth the effort they could they might still be hearing your message. You will be shocked to discover how often people hear you when they do not seem to be listening. You will even have times when people will “hear” you only long after you speak to them.
    I cannot wait to read more about your incredible experience…keep up the beautiful work!!
    -Brian

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  2. hola teresita (hna tamayo) q bien saber de ti y q estes trabajando muy fuerte . So lo quiero decirte q la obra del señor no es facil , por eso el señor requiere exelentes personas como tu para poder lograrlo y el exito requiere mucho trabajo asi q sigue luchando y orando mas mas y mas y lla veras los frutos de tu esfuerso yo pedire por ti y por EMAN. So te queremos y no desmayes.

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