Saturday, December 20, 2014

Home Sweet Home- December 14, 2014

Family and Friends
I can't believe that I am writing this email from my own home! The past 18 months really flew by and I am so grateful for all of your support and love!

It is really bittersweet for me to be home but my last moments as a missionary were totally worth it. The lost cowboy that I shared about a couple of weeks ago was baptized last Saturday after nearly 2 months of being taught and overcoming many trials! Late Saturday I began my traveling adventures back home which included a night-time bus ride, crossing the Rio Madeira on a barge, and catching a Sunday afternoon plane just to get to the mission home. Of course I flew home on an airplane like normal the next day :D

I would like to share with you my testimony that I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Christ's church here on the earth today. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and that we have a prophet today, Thomas S. Monson. I know that the Book of Mormon really is Another Testament of Jesus Christ that was translated by the power of God and with the Bible they testify of the divine mission of our Savior Jesus Christ! I know that Jesus Christ is the Savior of this world and it is only through Him that we can return to the presence of our Heavenly Father. I know that our families can be together forever through the sacred ordinances performed in the temple of God. I am so grateful for the opportunity that I had to share the Gospel with so many in this world and serve my Savior.

Thanks again for all of your support!
Remember the Lord loves you and the Church is True!

Brianna Nay

Monday, December 8, 2014

Until Next Week- December 1, 2014

Well. The time has come! Talk and see you all next week!

Sister Nay

The Lost Sheep- November 24, 2014

Family and Friends!

I am so excited to share my experiences with you this week!  This week has been full of tender mercies and miracles and I would like to share with you one of them!

On October 16 my companion and I were making our way to an appointment when  my companion saw a random cowboy walking down the street slowly looking up at the sky. She turned to me and said, ´´ Do you think he is a drunk cowboy?´´ I responded, ´´ No he is a lost cowboy!´´ We ended up stopping and talking with him. We had the opportunity to teach a little bit but sadly lost contact with him. 
Suprisingly one day he called us out of the blue and wanted to meet up again and recieve more of the lessons. We challenged him to stop smoking and drinking and start reading the scriptures. This week my companion and I have had the opportunity to see miracles in this young cowboy´s life. He reads the scriptures everyday, he has stopped drinking, and the amount of cigarettes that he smokes has significantly dropped. Miracles happen daily through faith in God and Jesus Christ!

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Today I studied the parable of the lost sheep and the Hymn Dear to the Heart of the Shepherd. Which reminded me of our young Cowboy. Then I remembered that afternoon that we met him, he was not a drunk cowboy but a lost cowboy, the lost sheep. 

Remember the Lord never forgets you and the Church is True!!
Sister Nay
Dear to the heart of the Shepherd,
Dear are the sheep of his fold;
Dear is the love that he give them,
Dearer than silver or gold.
Dear to the heart of the Shepherd,
Dear are his "other lost sheep;
Over the mountains he follows,
Over the waters so deep.

Dear to the heart of the Shepherd,
Dear are the lambs of his fold;
Some from the pastures are staying,
Hungry and helpless and cold.
See, the Good Shepherd is seeking,
Seeking the lambs that are lost,
Bringing them in with rejoicing,
Save at such infinite cost.
Dear to the heart of the Shepherd.
Dear are the "ninety and nine";
Dear are the sheep that have wandered
Out in the desert to pine.
Hark! he is earnestly calling,
Tenderly pleading today:
"Will you not seek for my lost ones,
off from my shelter astray?"

Green are the pastures inviting;
Sweet are the waters and still.
Lord, we will answer thee gladly,
"Yes, blessed Master, we will!
Make us they true under-shepherds;
Give us a love that is deep.
Send us out into the desert,
Seeking thy wandering sheep."
Out in the desert they wander,
Hungry and helpless and cold;
Off to the rescue he hastens,
Bringing them back to the fold. 

Something Divine- November 17, 2014

Family and Friends!

As you watch this inspired video and listen to the music remember and think about your divine purpose and potential. Never give up on your divine potental no matter where or who you are!

Remember the Lord loves you and the Church is True!

Sister Nay

Patience and Faith- November 3, 2014

Family and Friends!

Whoa this week passed super fast! But I am glad to always have this opportunity to reflect on my week and share what I have learned!

This week was a test of patience and faith. I was able to learn how closely patience and faith are related. Also that we need both patience and faith to face the difficulties in life. This week was a test of patience and faith in regards to the people that we are visiting and sharing the Restored  Gospel of Jesus Christ. Many people said that they were too busy to meet with us, others were impossible to contact, and others were super needy. But each one of these Children of God needed patience and faith. Patience in their needs and lives and not everything will go as planned. Faith that things would still turn out well in the end, that God would provide the way for these His children to come unto Him this week. 

I learned that only a small practice of patience and even the smallest portion of faith is sufficient for Heavenly Father to work His miracles. I was able to see the Restored Gospel enlighten the eyes and lives of many people this week. I saw Heavenly Father touch the hearts of countless people and help them develop faith and patience as well. 

I would like to invite all of you to remember to practice faith and patience as you go throughout your weeks! I know that as we apply these attributes of our Savior Jesus Christ in our lives many miracles will happen and Heavenly Father will bless all of your lives with countless blessings!

Remember the Lord loves you and the Church is True!

Love Always
Sister Nay
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Enduring Hope- October 27, 2014

Family and Friends!
It is so good to back here again sharing our stories with eachother. First of all I want to thank each of you for all of the support and love that you all have so freely. Thank you for all of the prayers and emails each week! 

This week has a been a week full of hope. Hope that others can change, hope that miracles happen, even a theme of hope as I read the scriptures. Something that I have learned lately is that hope is essential in our lives. It comes through the Atonement and Grace of Jesus Christ. We have an enduring and powerful hope through the Savior. The addict, the wanderer, the depressed, the happy, the hopeless, the optomist, and the pessimist all have the assurance of eternal hope because of our Savior, Jesus Christ. We all have the hope to change our lives around. We all have the hope for a better tomorrow. 

I had the oppurtunity to finish the Book of Mormon once again. And once again the Spirit reafirmed to me that it is the word of God alongside the Bible. In the final pages of the Book of Mormon the prophet Moroni testifies about the neccessity of hope and that it all comes from the Savior Jesus Christ!

 40 And again, my beloved brethren, would speak unto youconcerning hopeHow is it that ye can attain unto faith, save yeshall have hope?
 41 And what is it that ye shall hope for? Behold say unto you that ye shall have hope through the atonement of Chrisand the power of his resurrection, to be raised unto life eternaland this  because of your faith in him according to the promise.
 42 Wherefore, if man have faith he must needs have hope; for  without faith there cannot be any hope.
 43 And again, behold say unto you that he cannot have faith andhope, save he shall be meekand lowly of heart.

May we all remember to have hope in every moment. You and I can all pull through the roughest moments of life because we have a Savior that gives us enduring and eternal hope! Never loose hope!

Remember the Lord loves you and the Church is True!

Sister Nay

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Let Us Cheerfully Do All That Is In Our Power- October 20, 2014

Family and Friends!

It is so great to be here with you again this beautiful week!

Many times as a missionary it has been hard for me to see the blessings and miracles each day, especially when everything has gone oposite of my way. But this week I have learned to follow the counsel that we find in Doctrine and Covenants 123:17

Therefore, dearly beloved brethren, let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our   power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the   salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed.

Many times in our lives we will want to see immediate results. Even more often we want those results to be according to our like and taste. But when we choose to follow God and His commandments we in turn are choosing to cheerfully do all that is in our power to be still and wait upon the Lord to do His part. Often we work, we share, we study the scriptures, or we pray only to seemingly not recieve an answer. But really what is happening is we are doing everything in our power and waiting for the Lord to show His. 

This week Sister Silva and I worked really hard everyday. We shared our message and we testified of the truth of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, many times to see nothing happen. But at the end of the week we were able to look back and see that we cheerfully did all that was in our power and really did see the arm of God revealed. I am grateful for every miracle that happens in our lives and for the opportunity that I have to be a missionary and see the miracles of God unfold before my eyes. All we need is a little faith, trust, and prayer!

Remember the Lord loves you and The Church is TRUE!!

Sister Nay