Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter everyone!

This week started off with zone conference, and it was super good. We talked all about how to better use the Book of Mormon in all of our lessons.I already had a testimony of the Book of Mormon, especially because I've been reading it a lot lately. My goal in the MTC was to finish it before getting to the field. I wasn't able to complete that goal, but I'm working on it. The important thing is though, the more I read it, the stronger my testimony is. I look forward to my personal study time each day when I can read more.The mission has a challenge right now to read it in 60 days and while doing that, focus on Christ. Circle all the references to Him and highlight His teachings. The Book of Mormon is truly another testament of Jesus Christ. It isn't just about people moving from Jerusalem to the Ancient Americas and all the wars and contention they had. Christ is mentioned so many times and it is just proof that He is the Christ. If you look deeper into the book, not just skim, you will find how much you can relate and how much it can help you in your own life. So, I invite you all to join me int his challenge as well.

We also talked about Easter at zone conference and President Rahlf challenged everyone to come up with an Easter message to share with everyone this week. People celebrate Easter all around the world, and what most religions focus on, is the death of the Savior. Although that is a huge part of it, I think the most important thing to remember is the Garden of Gethsemane and the Resurrection. Christ gave us a way that we can be cleansed of all of our sins, he suffered for us, and he is the only one who can truly empathize with everyone, but He also showed us that we can live with Him again. That gift of eternal life is the greatest gifts that He could give us. A life in which we can have everlasting peace and joy. What a great thing to celebrate! It is something that we should celebrate everyday of our lives.

In honor of Easter this week, Sister Lamac and I decided to have our own version of an Easter egg hunt--missionary style :). Addresses here are so different. No one has a house number. It is all down to the town and zone-from there it is just asking somebody if they know where a specific person lives (great way to talk to new people!). So for our hunt, we went looking for some of the less actives in our ward that we have not yet met. We have a huge ward of about 700 people, but only about 150 people show up to church on a constant basis. So we have a big job on our hands. We picked a small part of our area, and went out on our journey. It was probably one of the hottest days here that I have felt, and it was so hard to find anyone! But we kept our spirits up and made it fun. We could have easily been miserable and it could have been a terrible day, but as we kept up our positive attitudes, we found success. It reminded me of Alma 26:27 "Now when our hearts were depressed, and we were about to turn back, behold, the Lord comforted us, and said: Go amongst thy brethren, and bear with patience thine afflictions and I will give unto you success." We were able to teach 7 lessons and found 12 new potential investigators. Sister Lamac even said that was the most lessons she has ever taught since she has been in the field. Missionary work is definitely not easy, but it is so rewarding. 

Keep your head up in all that you do. When things get hard, just rely on the Savior, and things will work out! 
Hope you all have a great week! 
Love Sister Erin Koncurat 

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