Monday, August 19, 2013

Mary's final letter

Barev Family!!
I'm so glad that this week was good! Even if average, it is a blessing! The Lord is so good to us.  Especially when we take note of the blessings in our lives.  I love the quote you sent Mom! Imagine, if the members needed to slow down then, how much more we need to slow down now! When President Carlson had just come, he advised us all to take some quiet time each day to just listen and ponder.  I think we constantly must check ourselves and reevaluate.  How are we doing? Are we listening to the Spirit? Do we hear it amidst all the noise?  If not, what must we change?
This week has been full of miracles-it is SO wonderful to be a missionary! To be representing our Savior.  I feel blessed beyond measure.  It is still unbelievable that I'm going home.  It still feels like something that will never happen.  This is my home.  How can I leave it?  There are just a couple of the miracles that I want to share.  First is a family that came to church yesterday.  We met one of the sisters a couple of weeks ago and we've been able to meet with the family a few times.  During one of our recent meetings, as we were chit chatting at the beginning, we asked if they were going to come to church, one of the sisters,  Zhana, said, "I don't know" then turned to her husband and asked.  He didn't even hesitate to say yes.  He then said they had work to do, but that they would all make the time to come to church for at least the first hour. (And they came!!!) We continued with the lesson, and towards the end, they all accepted baptismal dates! Miracle!! We were SO happy! Then, as we talked with them after church, Sister Henriquez asked if they would come again and the husband said "Of course!"  Miracle! They are so willing to act! And he is such a humble man, with a kind heart.  I can't wait to see them make the changes necessary to help them prepare for baptism.  I can't wait to see them baptized-what a glorious and happy day it will be, as it will open so many more doors for them, so many more blessings will be given to them because of the gospel! And there could be no better thing for their family than to be a part of the gospel!  This week we've also started to see such a change in Mariam and Arayik-they are still struggling with the Word of Wisdom, but they at least acknowledge that it is a problem and an addiction.  I think seeing the change that comes into peoples lives, seeing the light of Christ fill their eyes and countenances, and seeing the joy and peace that comes into their lives is one of my favorite things of being a missionary.  It is so hard to describe, but there is a literal, physical change.  And it is amazing to be a witness to such a change.  Truly, there are so many miracles that come because of the Atonement.  Jesus Christ is our Savior.  I know it.  He has suffered all for us, so that we might change and return back to our Father.  This is His church, restored in it's fulness.  I testify that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, it is such a powerful witness of our Savior, and it is evidence that Joseph Smith was a prophet, that He saw God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.  I know President Monson is a prophet of God, that through him, Christ leads and directs His church.  God is our Father, He knows us and He loves us.  I know He hears and answers our prayers.  I am beyond grateful and will forever be grateful for the time the Lord has given me, that He has taught me to love His children, allowed me to feel so much joy in service to them, has allowed me to learn from the kind and generous hearts of these people, and has given me the opportunity to draw nearer to Him and our Savior.  His work is so grand.  I wouldn't trade my time as a missionary for anything in the world.
I'm not sure what else to say.  I hope you all have a great week! And I guess we'll see each other on Friday (that is if I don't accidently get lost in some airport and make my way back to Armenia :)  haha, if only....)
I love you all!!! You are so wonderful!! The BEST!!! I am beyond grateful for all your love, support, and prayers! THANK YOU!!!!
I love you!!
Metz sirov, 
Quyr Broadbent  

A last picture of Yerevan

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