WEEK 26: Become as a little child

Hello! Kia Ora! Malo e leilei! 

Hi everyone :) sorry the group email has been lacking, there has been some craziness with the changes and busy P days, but I'm back!! 

We are doing well, we are very busy. Most of the days in the past week have been packed with lessons and it's been wonderful.

We had stake conference this past week. Our friend we are teaching is from China,  learning English and doesn't understand a lot. But she still came to church with us! As soon as we sat down with her, however, I immediately began to worry. We were in the middle/back awkward part where the chairs are in the gym and the sound is coming from muffled speakers. I speak English, and I was having a hard time understanding. The child behind us began to poke each of us in the back in that little space between the chairs, and the children in front were making a racetrack and eating snacks very loudly. It was very hard to understand the speakers. I was worried almost the whole time because she sat there, intently trying to focus but not hearing very much. I wanted her to have a perfect stake conference and this was not it!! However, at the very end, she expressed to me that she felt the same feeling of intense love, and she knew God was watching over her. I was so worried but I didn't remember that she could still feel the spirit. It was a good reminder.

Speaking of children, but on the more positive side... Haha:)

I have ALWAYS loved the counsel Christ gives us to become as a little child. There is such a pureness and genuineness that seems to be present in them. So unspotted and so trusting. We would do well to follow Christ as a little child, emulating his actions and observing Him with that wide-eyed wonder. Some of the people we are teaching have absolutely adorable children that have taught me so much. Their commitment and participation in the lessons is fantastic. I think being in a new country gives me that sense of being a child again. It's humbling. 

For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father. Mosiah 3:19

I hope you all have a good week. Stay kind. Stay real. Love you,

Sister Barker

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