"And this is not all. Do ye not suppose that I know of these things for myself? Behold, I testify unto you that I do know that these things I have spoken are true. And how do ye suppose that I know of their surety? 46. Behold, I say unto you they are made known unto me by the Holy Spirit of God... 48. I say unto you, that whatsoever I shall say unto you, concerning that which is to come, is true; and I say unto you, that I know that Jesus Christ shall come, yea, the Son, the Only Begotten of the Father, full of grace, and mercy, and truth. And behold, it is he that cometh to take away the sins of the world, yea, the sins of every man who steadfastly believeth on his name. 49. And now I say unto you that this is the order after which I am called, yea, to preach unto my beloved brethren."
"Come unto Christ and be perfected in him and deny yourselves of all ungodliness."
Zhenya's letter to Elder Ortiz (a good friend) serving in Long Beach, CA. She Gives Good Details About Her Area.
I can't believe we are in neighboring
missions! That's crazy. I wonder if long beach is like Arcadia? What area are
you in? I'm in Glendale 2 so I cover north LA to Montecito Heights to Burbank.
It's a fairly large area and we don't have a car so it's like an hour long bus
ride when the traffic is good. Hahaha I know what you mean about CA traffic
holy cow it's more like California drivers! I don't know about where you live
but in Glendale there are so many Armenians and none of them know how to drive
and they're all super prideful and think they know better so they love to honk
their horns every chance they get hahaha. But Armenians are great too! We've
started tracting this week actually (just our zone) and Armenians are very
hospitable. They've invited us in and offered us Armenian pastries, along with
Turkish coffee and tea which we have to turn down which is sad because they
take it very personally and it's hard to talk about the word of wisdom because
of the language barrier.
Speaking of language, Arcadia has 7
different language missions so there are 7 possible languages missionaries could
be transferred to! T It's hard to contact and tract because they either speak,
Spanish, Armenian, Russian, Farsi (Persian), tegolic (Pilipino), Korean,
Japanese, or Chinese, oh and I met one guy from Norway! I'm trying to at least
say hello in all of these languages. I said "kumusta" (hello in
tegolic) to a lady who said she was from the Philippines and she freaked out
she was so excited! It just makes me angry that I am unable to share the gospel
because of a dang language. They could be so ready to hear the gospel, but I'm
unable to communicate with them.
When you run into someone, be sure to
bring the gospel up as soon as you can, especially when people ask who you are!
I love it when people ask me that! I know that it's good to view people as
Christ would and to talk with them as if they were your brother or sister or a
really good friend and I can do that just fine. It's hard when people treat you
like you're nothing or acknowledge you and ridicule you right away or get the
wrong impression of what you do. What I do know is that everything that happens
to us now or what we do now has some effect in the future, and because we are
on a mission and dedicating our life to the Lord we cannot go wrong. Yes we are
going to make mistakes that we're not going to be able to take back, but it's
wonderful because that means we get to use the atonement. I have to use the
atonement everyday, because with out it I'm lost. To be honest sometimes I
don't know why I'm on a mission and I don't know what to do in some
circumstances, but I know that God has never left me, and I know that he is
guiding me and molding me into what he needs me to be for others. I love it! I
love the feeling that I'm acting as Christ and doing as he did. Keep the faith