Monday, March 7, 2016

Hi Family! 

This week felt like a little bump in the road as we are struggling with those we are working with and feel pretty desperate to find more people to teach! We have been teaching Semisi nearly every day for the past month. It has been so much fun working with him because he would read a new chapter in the Book of Mormon every night and would have so many questions for us. He kept all his commitments, but he struggled with coming to church and giving up his drinking. This past week, he let us know that he was really grateful for all we've done but that we don't need to keep sharing because he already understands and it's up to him now to decide. Of course,  we were pretty devastated because it feels as though he has given up and has no hope for himself. But we continued  to keep visiting him and the older lady he stays with every day. On Sunday, he made it to church!! And we were so shocked but very happy. It's very sad sometimes as a missionary when those you work with don't seem to be progressing as fast as you feel they should be or anticipate for them. But one thing I've learned from it is that I can't just make up my own agenda for someone else and then become frustrated when it doesn't happen the way I had hoped. I've realized how grateful I should be in the opportunity I have to see others make steps towards the kingdom of God, even if it's just little baby steps. Whether it's gaining a testimony to the Book of Mormon, or being baptized or entering the temple, they are ALL precious in his sight. 

I love you all and hope you have an amazing week!

Ofa atu ka moutolu,
Sister Petalisi

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