Monday, February 9, 2015

love and persecution.

Happy early Valentines Day!

Love is such a happy thing.

I've learned a lot about love on my mission. About real love. 

The kind of love that heals hearts and families and broken spirits. The kind of love Christ has for every one of us. He is the ultimate healer and showed us the ultimate expression of love. That is real love. True, genuine, unconditional, selfless love. 

I never really understood that kind of love until I became a missionary, I still don't always. Its not always easy to love your companion, or your investigators, or the people that slam the door in your face, but as you learn to see others in their best light it slowly but surely changes how you love others. A quote that I love from Jeffery R. Holland says, "Assume the good and doubt the bad." 

What if we all truly applied that?
 Every negative thought or rumor about someone, you just doubted it.
 And every good thing, quality, action, you just assumed it?
 I think that would be such a happy way to live. 

Anyway, I hope you all have a wonderful week full of love, and chocolate of course. :)

This week has been a little rough...

We had some good lessons with some new investigators, but the overall theme of the week was rejection hahaha. 

We had a lot of people yell at us on their doorstep, across parking lots, and we even got yelled at by Rosa our investigator! 

Haha its a long story, but she kind of freaked out at us. She's really stressed about finding a job and we brought over our ward mission leader to help her apply online, but she wasn't home! So we left a note and that night she called us and told us we weren't helping her! And she didn't believe us that we brought someone with us to help because her neighbor said "only two girls came by your house". What?? Noooo. Plus then, she didn't understand that we couldn't use computers as missionaries. She kept saying, "Jesus never said you can't use computers!" We were trying to even get a word in haha. Then she said she'd come to church, but that "we shouldn't wait for her"..... we were pretty bummed to say the least. She didn't come to church and we're sort of giving her a few days to cool off hahaha :) Still love her though. 

Overall, people haven't been super excited to talk to us this week, which is fine. It comes with the deal! But it got me thinking about persecution as we live the gospel. I was studying it the other morning and it was cool to see the blessings that come when we are persecuted for righteousness' sake. 

Matthew 5:10-12
"Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you."

Isn't that so cool? We can almost be grateful that we are being persecuted! It is a price that is paid by all servants of the Lord. Which reminds me of this next scripture:

3 Nephi 22:17 
"No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall revile against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord."

This is the heritage of everyone who is fighting for the right team! I think that is so cool. We are a part of the best heritage, club, team, brother and sisterhood, whatever you want to call it, ever. That is something to be proud of. 

Of course, its not fun to be persecuted, or made fun of, or looked down on by the world. But in the end, it still has no power to drag us down. We have the ultimate choice of whether or not we will let the world bring us down with it. I love Romans chapter 8:35-39. 
"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

I love that. Nothing in the whole world can separate us from the love of God. I am so glad that I can get a door slammed on me and still walk away smiling, because I know whose side I am on. 

I hope you all have a wonderful week and know that I pray for you all and miss you all! Keep being awesome. :) 

Lots of love from way over here!

XOXO, Sister Fowers

Just for Dad

Me and the compiiiieeee!

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