Abraham never lived to see the posterity that God had promised him.
Moses never stepped foot in the promised land.
These men could have given up, dissapointed that they never saw these promises fulfilled. They could have lost their faith.
But they endured and they hoped, that these promises would one day be fulfilled.
"These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them" (Hebrews ).
Faith is our choice! We can decide to keep going, even through the difficulties.
Faith is the reason why we didn't give up on our investigator, Josefina, after weeks and weeks of teaching her. Faith is why we didn't drop her even after she said blunty to us, "I will not go to your church."
We could see afar off, Josefina as a good, Mormon woman dressed in white. And we were persuaded by that promise, and embraced it.
This weekend, Josefina was finally baptized. After the baptism, She shared her testimony and told us that she had had a dream that she was dressed in white, and the Savior took her by the hand and led her to the waters of baptism. The baptism was so special and spiritual and we could not stop laughing out of sheer happiness.
I hope we can all keep the faith, looking forward to the good things ahead, even as we pass through trials.
Josefina is so special, and now she stands united with her husband, José! José climbed up the three flights of stairs to be able to see his wife be confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints!
And I have faith that miracles will happen on my last week on the mission. (this week!)