Monday, April 10, 2017
Ladies and gentlemen, please take your seats, we will be taking off shortly.
Please sit back and prepare feel a little turbulence of heart.
Oh my heavens... It cant real!! I feel an overwhelming feeling that I am suffocating and my heart is breaking. I know it's not goodbye forever for these beloved people and my beautiful area, but you only mission once like this. It is literally ONCE in a LIFETIME. I can't say enough about my mission, but I do want to share a few things that have changed my life and molded me to become a better disciple of Jesus Christ. Here we gooooo...
I learned to RELY ON THE LORD.
Initially I had a vague idea as to what that meant. Now I understand my specific, individual, dependence on Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and the role of the Spirit through it all. I know I can rely on the Lord by praying with all energy of heart to my Heavenly Father, He in turn, delegates the answers I need by blessing me with strength from the enabling power of Jesus Christ and an infinite supply of comfort from the Spirit. Understanding Who is specifically helping me and how much strength and comfort I have received, has developed within me a greater appreciation and love for my Heavenly Father. He has NEVER failed me, and I know He never will.
I have learned that inside I am a Mexican.
I ADORE the culture in which I was called to serve. I had the opportunity to be a part of almost every Latin culture and experience their love, food, and faith. Three very important things. I never knew my heart would open the way it has for a race that is so different than mine- that being said, it has never been more clear to me that we are ALL children of our Heavenly Father. We were all created by Him. I love my Latino brothers and sisters and speaking Spanish with all my heart. I think it actually might explode.
I have learned that SERVICE IS THE KEY TO HAPPINESS.
This work is all about how much we give. Spiritually, physically, mentally, and emotionally. I can't count how many nights I have stumbled home in complete blissful exhaustion and fallen face first into the carpet for 10 minutes before I have the strength to finish my nightly duties. The Spirit is the fuel that we need to survive as missionaries. We give it all to serve and in return, the Lord strengthens, sustains, and blesses us. The more I have prayed for and served my fellow men on my mission, the more I have felt my heart grow. The pure love of Christ has entered into my heart and filled me with the strongest desire to continue to keep working so that all my brothers and sisters- missionaries or not- will make it home.
I have learned that I LOVE DOCTRINE.
I love learning about the gospel. The scriptures are my jammmmmm!! Most specifically as a missionary, my study of the Doctrine of Christ. Understanding and loving the Plan of our Heavenly Father and the Savior's Doctrine has broadened my knowledge and filled my heart with gratitude for Their mercy. I love reading THE BOOK OF MORMON. I know it is the word of God and that it testifies of Jesus Christ. I know it! I know it! The Atonement of Jesus Christ is miraculous, real and POWERFUL. I know this Plan is perfect. Families are forever. This message is absolutely essential for all to hear. Learning the doctrine has given me the drive to do missionary work.
I KNOW my Savior lives.
I know it, I know it, I know it. My heart just wants to burst with gratitude and love for Jesus Christ. He has helped me more than anyone ever has or ever could. He feels our pains, carries our burdens, lifts us in enabling strength, and guides our lives through His perfect example. He is truly the Prince of Peace in my heart. He is the strength in my testimony. I know the gospel is true. THIS is the true church that Christ restored through His servant Joseph Smith. He leads and guides his church through a living prophet. I know Thomas S. Monson to be that chosen man. I know this work is the MOST important work we can be doing here on earth. We have all been so blessed with the knowledge of the Restored Gospel, priesthood authority, and all the covenants and ordinances associated with it.
How can I possibly express the conviction that I have in my heart that if we all live righteously, REPENT DAILY, and follow the Savior 100 %. We will be able to receive ALLLLLL the blessings promised to us. I know it guys. I love you all. I love the Lord. I love this work. It has been a privilege and an honor to represent His name this past year and a half.
Thank you for all your support and love. Until I see you next,
Be Safe&God Speed.
Love, Hermana Tobler
Cutting my goodbye cake
Last esquimales with my darling, sweet, beloved, best friend, companion and trainee.
Kate and Olga were confirmed yesterday. #PUREST
BAPTISM of Yolanda and Marlena!!!! Is there a better way to end your mission???
You'll ALWAYS be my baby <3
Monday, April 3, 2017
It's totally fine that the days are limited and that my life feels like it is ending and my heart is about to break! Jk that is a complete falsehood. It's not fine. But it's a good thing that Jesus Christ's Atonement covers the pain of missionaries' broken hearts.
BUT that is not important right now.
This week was a CrAzy one and we were running around like crazy! We have been teaching four investigators who will be baptized on the 9th of April. They all come to church no problem but we haven't been able to teach them as consistently as we would have liked. So this week we were teaching machines!!! The only problem is that one of the investigators, Fred, has a smoking problem that hit us totally blindsided! So.... we will keep working with him but it might take a little more time than a week. Yeet.
The point is, we feel so humbled and blessed to be teaching such great people. Olga's 9 year old son Kai is one of the baptismal candidates for next week. Anddddd...can I just say it is absolutely creepy how smart he is? Literally I tell him.
"So Kai, the Book of Mormon is an ancient book of scripture that was translated through the prophet Joeseph Smith."
Kai: "Yeah! Didn't a guy bury it in a stone box in the ground for Joseph to find and be guided by God? What's his name...... Moroni??"
How ON EARTH does he know that???
He is literally nine years old and he dances around in slippers with his chihuahua while we teaching him.. #amazed
We had an incredible lesson with Yolanda yesterday.
Literally this woman is a hero. She has gone through SO MUCH but she has so much faith!!
Her sister was even giving her a hard time for listening to us and in response Yolanda referred to herself as part of the church already as she defended it.
Yesterday we taught about the Sabbath day and keeping the Word of Wisdom. Everything went perfectly and she 100% committed. We also closed the lesson by talking about the Book of Mormon. It was a privilege and pleasure to testify of what our prophet had so loving testified just a little earlier that day.
We felt prompted to tell her that she was holding in her hands the tools to be able to make it out of any hardship in the future. That her heart can be healed and that the gospel is here for HER so she can finally find PEACE and HAPPINESS. To me, Yolanda represents the attribute "HOPE". She hopes for happiness, for peace, for rests from her troubles, for opportunities to come closer to Christ, and to make something more out of her life. I have seen that hope develop into faith as she has acted upon the promptings of the Holy Ghost. She has already felt an increase of peace in her life and as she hungers for more, she turns more to her Savior.
Her closing prayer made my heart want to break out of my chest, she is a miracle story and I CANT WAIT for her baptism!!!
Multizones was awesome this week! I really had a great time at my last one and I was grateful that it was a review of what Elder Hamula taught. That guy's message from January 2016 changed my life!! I came to know the Savior better as we discussed His essential role in the plan and how because of Him this beautiful work is possible. Jesus Christ is the reason for my mission! If it weren't for Him, I wouldn't even have a purpose here, I couldn't invite people to come unto anyone because there would be no hope. That is why I love my mission so much, because I have been able to come to know the Savior better, and invite people to come unto Him and let Him work His Atonement in their lives. What joy!!
Specifically, I came to know the Savior better through reading scriptures about His post mortal appearances. I was drawn to the fact that His post mortal conversations with people seemed even MORE loving. He had, (maybe if it is possible and not false doctrine) even MORE love for all after His Atoning sacrifice. Our jubilant Savior played His part in the plan perfectly and as a resurrected and glorified Being, He was ready to make it known.
Well family and friends, this isnt the end offically but either way, I hope you have a great week!
Be Safe&God Speed.
Love, Hermana Tobler
sopes and pupusas
a member gave me a new hat!
my best friend <3