Another week is gone. And this week was probably one of the hardest! By hardest, I mean a LOT of walking, not a lot of lessons, quite a bit of rejection, and not a lot of visible success…
There was one day in particular that we walked and walked and knocked doors and contacted ALL DAY LONG. We worked diligently and did all we could, but frankly, I don’t think we kept up our enthusiasm and faith the whole time. Rejection after rejection happened, and we actually just had to laugh! Eventually we started to expect rejection from everyone, and our faith and hope for these people was a little bit lacking! The truth is, there have been plenty of days like this in the mission, but why do I mention it now?
Well, because I learned something valuable from my companion this week. Hermana Molina is the best. We’ve now been companions for four months and I still learn more from her every day! I just adore her. She always tells me, “into hay que perder la fe!” It doesn’t translate exactly, but basically it means, “there’s no reason to lose the faith!” Then, this week in companion study, she shared with me a story in Mark 9:17-29. It was basically perfect for us, I think. It states:
17 And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit;
18 And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not.
19 He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me.
20 And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming.
21 And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child.
22 And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us.
23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.
25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him.
26 And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead.
27 But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose.
28 And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out?
29 And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.
It’s a little long, but I LOVE this story. A father brings his dumb and dear son unto the disciples of Christ to be healed, and they claim that they cannot. And so, the father goes straight unto the Savior to ask for the same favor. And what does the Lord say? O faithless generation, how many times do I need to tell you? O ye of little faith! How long until you learn to exercise your faith in me?! (cough, cough, disciples…)
Okay so that’s not word for word in the scriptures, but that’s how we read it! Christ continues and teaches in verse 23 that, “all things are possible to him that believeth.”
When the disciples return to ask the Lord why they couldn’t perform this miracle, He told them to go fast and pray. :) I love the Savior.
With this simple story, Hermana Molina taught me that we will never be able to have success until we have the faith sufficient. Moroni 7:37. It is only through faith that miracles are wrought. Our faith is the only way the Lord can work through us to save these precious souls.
D&C 18:10! Each one of His children. Alma 16:14! This one’s a little clearer in Spanish. It explains that Alma and Amulek preached to ALL people, no exceptions. I love that. I want to be that kind of missionary, and to maintain the faith! I want to keep moving forward knowing that ANYONE can change, and that through my faith, I can make it happen. I don’t remember if I have shared this Mario quote yet or not, but when he gave us a reference a while back, he told us: “Hermanas, you guys can really help this family, but you’ve gotta go with FAITH!” So that is my invitation to you: VAYAN CON FE!