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Sister Watkins - 4/3/2023

Hello all!

You can't grow muscle unless you lifts heavier than what feels confortable. And then you have to push yourself. And then your muscles get vilolently torn apart so they can grow and het bigger! And then you can lift MORE. 

And you can't learn how to surf unless you're willing to get worked. And you have to fullsend and drop in to a 7 foot wall at mags. And your uncles red long board gets snapped in half and you get thrown over the falls and nearly drown. And it hurts a little because you have Salt in your throut. But guess what you can't give up. You have to keep going even though your younger brother and his friends and the fake blonde on the newport team calls you a kook. 

And this my friends is what the mission is like as well. Your out doing contacts and everyone is católica. And then you get screamed at and nearly robbed. And then they make fun of your accent and tell you that you should go home. But you keep going. No máster what you keep going. Because this is where your learning. 

I was asked this week, if you were uncomfortable wouldn't you want to leave. And I was like heck no because I LOVE BEING UNCOMFORTABLE. And I want to suffer out here. Missions were, are and never will be easy. Easy is bad. Challenging is where were trying to be. So we can GROW. 

I hope you all enjoyed my tough love speech. My challenge to you to to challenge yourself. Find your greatest weakness and conquer it. 

The first semester of my freshman year i faliled a class for the first time. I failed spanish one. My parents werent happy with me so we had a parent teacher conference. During this conference my teacher told my parents that some kids just never get it, and that I'm one of those kids. She reccomended to my parents the option of having a special needs teacher sit next to me during class. This teacher also made sure to embarrass me and call me out when she had the chance to in front of the other kids. As an already insecure 14 year old this really damaged my self esteem. This small negative experience affected me for more years than it should have. It was hard. I quit spanish and decided that I would never learn a different language again.

5 years later here were are. South América baby! Spanish is still hard! But through faith, and alot of hard work, the l9rd is helping me to do what i thought was impossible. Because he makes weakness strengths and he makes weak people strong if we are willing to push ourselves.

Also don't quit something because it's hard and your uncomfortable, because your weakness might come back to haunt you like it did me. 

I think this scripture was actually written for me.

Ether 12:27

And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto men. 

Have a good week everyone! 

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