Monday, December 28, 2015
This week was great! And very humbling. When you desire something righteous, Heavenly Father will test you to see if you really desire it. Well that was this week. No one was home or answered but Sister Simpson and I had so much fun. Doing God's work brings the most joy and happiness.
There were several tender mercies this week. There is this family named the Walkers that I have been trying to get in contact with my entire time here in Hopkins. Well last night Sister Simpson and I had planned to see their neighbor (not thinking anything about the Walker family). When we went to pray we got into a conversation about the future and such that took up the time needed for the Walkers to come home. I saw a car pull in the drive way and I looked at Sister Simpson and said "Lets go!" I jumped out of the car and ran towards their car before they went inside. We were there for probably 30 minutes getting to know them. It was so cool! It really was worth the entire week of being on the struggle bus.
Another tender mercy this week was meeting with our bishop. He gave us about 40 names of people to go see. We are hoping to see success come from those inspired names.
I also got to talk to my parents on Christmas. They are the greatest people in the world. Im so grateful for them and I love them so much! It was a great refresher and I just love them!
Okay so this week I have learned so much! My goal this week is to have more spirit guided studies. Well this morning was amazing! So mind blowing. I want you all to know that the Book of Mormon is true! Read it for yourself please! Okay so President Nelson gave a talk of becoming perfect back in 1996. He divided perfection into two categories: mortal perfection and eternal perfection. He described mortal perfection of things we can become perfect at in this life like always living the Word of Wisdom or always paying a perfect tithe. But he said that without the Atonement and Resurrection we cannot become eternally perfect. Makes sense right? Well then my mind was blown. In the New Testament Matthew 5:48 Christ says to become perfect like our Father in Heaven. Christ had NOT YET reached eternal perfection because He had not been resurrected. But in His visit to the Americas recorded in the Book of Mormon He was already a resurrected being. So he had reached the state of eternal perfection. In 3 Nephi 12:48 "Therefore I would that ye should be perfect even as I, or your Father who is in heaven is perfect." Now he says to be as He is. My mind was just blown. The Book of Mormon means the world to me and I know that we can become like our Savior. We can become perfect! It just takes time. I bear witness of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. It testifies of our Savior. I know its the word of God.
I love you all and I hope you are all thinking of how to become more like our perfect Savior!
Have a great New Year and PLEASE be safe! :)
God Be With You Until We Meet Again
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Merry Christmas family and friends! How joyous the season and the reason we celebrate! I love this time of year and am so grateful for my Savior. This is one of the weirdest most special Christmases I will have! :)
So this week was a great week! Transfers and Sister Simpson and I are staying put! Fun stuff first and then the spiritual things. So this week Sister Simpson and I got the Columbia Sisters back and we filled their room with solo cups full of water. It turned out great! #winning then we didn't think they would do this... They started grabbing cups and throwing water on us. #nowtheyrewinning Overall super fun! Well we came home last night and they turned everything upside down. Our desks, beds, EVERYTHING. It was weird and I think it was a good prank. Until next time... we shall see.
Several spiritual lessons were taught this week. We need to BE Christlike not just do Christlike things. With that being said, the quote I want to share this week by President Ezra Taft Benson is this: "If thoughts make us what we are and we are to be like Christ, then we must think Christlike thoughts. Let me repeat that: If thoughts make us what we are and we are to be like Christ, then we must think Christlike thoughts." It goes perfectly with my goal this week. I want to BE not just do. I want my nature to change not only my behavior. It was a life changing quote.
We also were able to see the Stake patriarch. The Spirit that filled his home, I couldn't even handle because it was so strong. My heart was bursting. I want my home to feel like that.
Oh I just love my Savior so much and I love my mission and want to be a missionary forever! :)
Have a safe Christmas and reach outward :) God Be With You Until We Meet Again
I thought this video was very interesting!
Our upside down room and the beginning of the cups :)
Monday, December 14, 2015
Dear loved ones,
I cannot believe how fast time goes. Another transfer is gone and the year is almost up.
Okay so this week was crazy and SO much has happened.
On Monday night the Columbia sisters got us back with pranks. They sticky noted our entire room. They have my approval because they pulled it off well. We had a day exchange with some sisters on Tuesday. We felt like they really needed it so we made it happen. We had a relief society Christmas party that night and that was fun. I love people so much! Then on Wednesday we had Zone Conference! We have received the black boxes that monitor our driving. Bring it! Its cool. The conference itself was great! Except when our skit video didnt work. It was hilarious. We watched the movies Silent Night. I encourage everyone to watch it. Its amazing! And you will cry!Then we went on exchanges with the Camden sisters. They are amazing! It was such a fun exchange and I learned a lot. In Ether 12:27 it talks about how if we are humble we will be given strength to our weakness. I want to point out that the scriptures use a singular form of weakness. God is not going to give you a long list of your imperfections and faults. He will help you with one at a time. This helps when we often feel all our inadequacies at once.
Friday night was our ward Christmas party and it was good.The best part of this entire week was that Amy got baptized! It was so great. Her parents who are completely against her choices of being baptized came to her baptism. It was just so beautiful. Sister Simpson and I sung at the baptism. She is just so amazing and understands the reason behind baptism.
Yesterday we were sitting with the bishops family during Sacrament meeting and their 3 year Logan drew us pictures the entire time. He is so adorable!
I love being a missionary. I am understanding so much more about life and the importance of His work. I will never be able to express enough gratitude to my Father in Heaven and my Savior for what they have done for me personally. I know the Book of Mormon is true. I know this is the Lords church.
Have a blessed Christmas season everyone. He IS the reason for the season.
Go watch this video and feel the Spirit :)
Monday, December 7, 2015
I cannot believe the year of 2015 is dwindling down to an end. I never thought I would see the end of this year and here it is. I'm almost at a year. That is unreal to me.
Where do I even start this week?
We put up our Christmas tree last Monday. I have never seen a more ugly tree in my life. Its so ugly that we don't even have a star or an angel. We have a llama. Yes, a llama is on the top of our tree. With that being said, my week goes as follows:
1) I thought there was a crack in the windshield so I put my finger across it to see if it was.. and it was bird poop.
2) We met Noah who opened the door and screamed at us "I love Mormons! Oh my Gosh come on in!"
2 and a half) We had MLC with President
3) We sung Silent Night at our Zone Meeting and gave a training.
4) We took hilarious videos for our Zone Conference this week.
5) Sister Simpson and I may or may not have toilet papered the room of the other sisters :)
6) We went to the boonies to see a referral and we actually were on a hill! I got to see a view! See picture! :)
This week was just too fun to even handle. Missionary work is the best. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else but in South Carolina. I strongly encourage those who are contemplating going on missions.. TO GO! They are so worth it! You make so many memories that will be yours forever! We were able to teach Amy this week and she is getting baptized this Saturday!!!! We are SO EXCITED! She is so prepared and we just cant wait. She is amazing. The first adult that I have actually taught instead of kids. We are preparing for that.
Christmas is right around the corner and I cant even handle it. The Christmas devotional was SO good last night. I just love it so much. Please please please go watch and listen. Its all about Christ and His birth and it just makes you feel so warm and fuzzy on the inside.
Really one cannot describe a mission. I just want to be with my Father in Heaven so much that I will do what He commands. Obedience is so worth it!
Anyways, I'm on cloud 9. I love you!
God Be With You Til We Meet Again