When I was younger and learning how to walk my parents gave me one of those baby walkers I could hold onto to keep me up. I loved it and would confidently walk all the way across the room and suddenly reach the other side by smashing my little walker into the wall. And that is where it would all go down hill. I could not figure how to turn myself around and keep walking, so that was the end. I would cry and continually bash my walker into the wall- wanting to keep walking but with an obstacle I just could not overcome in my path. My parents would lovingly come over and put me back in the center of the room. I would start walking again only to AGAIN reach another wall and smash into it. There was a wall in my way no matter what. Pretty soon when I had done this several times and each time being placed back into the center of the room by loving parents- I figured out that no matter where I would walk I would run into a wall. So standing in the middle of the room; I STOPPED WALKING.
I would not move in any direction because I knew I was going to eventually run into a wall. I think that is a very interesting concept. I was ready to give up because even though I was already standing in the center of the room AND knew how to walk with my walker, I knew I was going to run into an obstacle at some point.
Do we as children of God sometimes do this? Do we distance ourselves from our true destination and potential because we know that along our path of learning how to walk to God, we will hit walls and obstacles? Are we too stubborn that when we do hit those obstacles we give up instead of looking to God to help us turn around and keep going? Or are we all together too stubborn and even refuse to start to move from the center of the room- to progress because we know it will just be hard later?
We should not give up. We should not be too stubborn to learn. sooner or later we need to learn how to walk even with obstacles facing us in the future. We have to walk it is just a part of life!
I eventually did learn how to walk. With the patience and love of good parents who never gave up- I could still learn and progress.
But how much simpler, faster, and happier it would have been to have been less stubborn and just continue to walking! We all have a loving Heavenly Father and Savior watching over us and teaching and coaching us so that we can learn to walk. Yes, there will be obstacles and He sees them just like my parents saw the upcoming walls. He can not just move the walls (obstacles) out of our way because they are essential for our learning. However God is always ready to help us through those obstacles- to turn us around, help us back up, dry our tears, so that we do not get completely stuck and so that we CAN KEEP ON GOING. But only if and when we choose to walk forward.
So I want to be more flexible and teachable so that the Lord can help me and teach me without my sometimes overbearing stubbornness. He is a good heavenly Father. We need to let Him teach us how to walk to Him! He really does know the way!
I just wanted to tell you a little bit more about Daynara our pregnant adorable investigator! Daynara is fruit. She is everything any missionary could DREAM to be a part of. And I get the privilege of helping her forward on a path she has been on with God for a very long time. I just get to witness this miracle! She is the person I have prayed my whole mission to meet! At first we did not even know how much she has really changed through the atonement of Christ. She is opening up more and more and it is ever more clear how the gospel really does change us wholly and completely IF WE LET IT! I dreamed of being a witness of that. I know I asked a lot form God on my mission but I just dreamed to see an adult with set traditions and habits who really fully comes unto Christ and lets Him better them through His infinite atonement. Someone from scratch. I found that person! It is Daynara for me. She is changing and coming closer to the Savior everyday. We are doing it together enriched in the Spirit! I can not help but wonder how well I knew her in the pre mortal life. All I know is I am THEE LUCKIEST PERSON to know her now. i love her with all my heart. It is an amazing feeling to get to feel Gods love for her sometimes come through me as well. She is incredible. She is a gift from God! She is my Sister! And the Atonement really is the greatest miracle there ever was.
I love you all! have a great week! Sorry I do not have more time I have much more I would like to say!!!!! HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEK. Don't forget to talk to God, He really is the best.
Love Cectpa Karren
|This is Valerii we are trying to help him reactivate!|
|MY SISTER DAYNARA!|
|An amazing family from Moldovia. They gave us their entire kitchen of food. I know God will bless them!|
|Daynara is in the black dress and her best friend Dasha is in the green. She introduced her to the gospel|