I feel like I was just writing y'all like five seconds ago, and yet this last week was such a long week, and at the same time it was quick? Is this a normal feeling? Am I losing my mind? At this point in the game, anything is possible.... Time on a mission is a strange thing, time in general is a strange thing. No matter how fast or how slow it goes though, we get to experience some pretty excellent things as we go throughout our busy schedules. This week I learned a lot and had some sweet experiences, I hope you had that same thing happen to you!
Monday - Pdays are great, but this last one we had way too much time on our hands and not a lot of things to fill that time with! It was good to be relaxed though, relaxing isn't a common word used to describe a day in the life of a sister. Haha.
Tuesday - We had an incredible district meeting! The District I am in right now is full of spiritual giants! We talked a lot about the Atonement and as we left, we each had a greater desire to share that with all those we meet. I love that the Atonement is the heart of everything we do. As we went throughout our day, whether it was visitng a new family in the ward, or teaching an investigator for the first time, we did our best to focus our efforts there. It was profound to feel the difference it made in our lessons.
Wednesday - Our busiest day. It started with a lesson with our top investigator Clarisa, this girl is the best!!! We introduced the topic and the words to come out of her mouth next, "Why don't I teach you about that and why it's important to live". And so she did just that!!! That makes teaching the law of chastity about ten times easier! After our lesson we had an exchange with the Sister Training Leaders, and my friend Sister Paulsen joined me down here in Pilgrim Mill. We had a fun day and got some good work done. When everything fell through, and we had an awkward amount of time we went and got frozen yogurt. That exchange was so needed, I can't even begin to say!
Thursday - A member took us to one of her neighbors and we were able to teach her the Restoration! Just like that we had a new investigator and an awesome experience with this sweet sister in the ward. We also ate dinner with a really amazing, less-active/part member family. They now go to the RLDS church, but they have a son serving a mission for our church! They were so happy to have us in their home and it was a great evening.
Friday - LONGEST DAY OF MY MISSION. No joke. The weather was rainy, and after weekly planning we headed out and everything fell through! We picked an area to tract and no one spoke any english. I was so frustrated and my companion was as well. It felt like there was no light at the end of the tunnel. Then we went and followed up with this awesome investigator and had a great lesson with her!! From that point on, we had a great evening and accomplished good work. I think the opposition came becasue so many good things were in store for conference weekend!
Saturday - First of all, the weather COMPLETELY cooled down and wait for this... I got to wear TIGHTS! I did a happy dance and thanked the Lord we wouldn't be dealing with humidity!!! We had a lesson with Clarisa before Conference where we invited her to pray about a specific baptismal date ... after we asked her, she just looked at us and smiled and said, "That's already on the list of questions." SHE IS A ROCKSTAR! (And watched all 4 sessions of conference!) In between sessions we went and tracted and got to teach this random guy named George the Restoration! I asked him if he wanted to hear a message about Jesus Christ and he said sure.... so we taught him right there on his porch! It was a bold lesson, and we invited him to be baptized. He didn't say no, but he SURELY didn't say yes. I felt so much conviction from Conference about how true the Restored Gospel, and then to have the calling to go out and teach that, to teach about Christ, and Prophets, and Apostles, and Restoration, and the Atonement...well, it was powerful to say the least. After Confernce we ate dinner with one of my favorite families in the ward and we did a role play with them! Their oldest son who just turned 16 wanted to be a missionary, so me and him were companions. That probably wouldn't happen in real life, but hey, when in Rome, ya dwwk nw? Anyway... it was an awesome lesson and cool to get the members involved and have them ask questions! We also had a few good laughs... I am so grateful that my mission has been so spiritual, and at the same time so fun. I think that's how the Gospel should be!
Sunday - We were supposed to have a lesson before the first session started with one of our new investigators and for him to come to conference after, but he no-showed. That was a bummer. We did some tracting, and then had dinner wiht another one of our favorite families in the ward. (Are you realizing that this ward is only full of favorite families, haha?!) Anyway, before dinner we had a test to take- A test on the Sunday sessions of Conference, we were able to use our notes and the prize was $100. I didn't win, but it was still a blast!
So that's the week, as for things learned in Conference- here's a some main things that stuck out for me....
- The things we learn are inspired, what is presented...are things the Lord knows we each need to hear.
- We need to be strong members of this church, relying fully on the Atonement of our Savior. Without the hope that comes from our Saviors sacrifice, it would be a much harder and more impossible world that we can realize.
-Face God. That is who we are accountable to. Don't rob yourself of change because you are more concerned with what the world thinks.
-Happily repent and focus on the Savior as you take the Sacrament each week.
-This gospel is about being a team. We are a part of the rescue, because it saves us as well.
-We have been given agency, use it wisely. It is God's will for us to be free to choose, being free to choose continally comes from righteous decisions.
- In the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we recieve personal revelation! To do that we study the scriptures, we reflect on the love God has for us, we ask Him questions and we do His will.
- Things are Glorious.
- KNOW that your Redeemer lives.
- Love everyone
- We are here to be tested and challenged, that means being around people who don't have the same beliefs as us.
- Joseph Smith is a prophet and we need to have a testimony of that.
- Look forward to being a parent, and being able to teach your kids about how true this Gospel is, and how Good our Savior is.
- Pray for good people to come into your life
- Don't live in darkness, it's unnecessary and unhealthy!
- Make sure you are following the voice of the Lord
- Serve others. This work is about love, not statistics.
- Look at your foundation! It is strong! Don't do anything to tear it down, instead, continally build on it, build on your testimony of Christ.
- Receive answers, receive revelation, take it as truth, and don't be offended.
- Sustain the Prophet. Change your deeds and heart.
- Choose to follow the Prophet, he leads us back to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.
- In everything you do, think of your future family and ask youself, "Is this going to help them?"
- The Sacrament teaches the Atonement. The bread is the promise of resurection. The water is the possibility, if we choose, to be made clean.
- Come Home
- Decisions determine destiny. Our Heavenly Fathers greatest desire is that his children make it back to him by realizing this.
- Stay in the boat, the old ship Zion.
- Stick with the Basics. Christ is our Savior, he performed his Atonement, He leads and guides this church- everything else is apendages from that.
- Pray daily, study the scriptures, have family home evening, and go to the temple
- Make choices so the promised blessings in your Patriarchal Blessing can come!
- Our dead need us. Start doing more family history and temple work.
- First Observe, Then Serve
- We are given blessings from the Lord so we can reach our divine potential
- Stay away from currents that pull us away from the Lord
- We share the Gospel because it has blessed us so much.
-Be better than you've been in the past.
Good things learned. I know, and I am so grateful that God lives. Christ is our Savior. He is the head of this church. We are guided by a Prophet of God. We have the Priesthood. We have eternal families. Thd blessings that come from living this Gospel brings hope of so much more than we can even realize. We have these lives to rely on Christ and learn and do, so we can make it back to be with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. There is no greater knowledge that can be acquired than this.
I love you all!
Godbless and Godspeed-