I am from Reno, NV and have been called to serve in the South Carolina Columbia Mission! I report to the Provo MTC on January 7th, 2015. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve. I cannot wait to start this 18 month adventure. I have a testimony of this gospel and want those who read this blog to feel the same love that I have felt from my Father in Heaven.
Monday, February 8, 2016
Dear loved ones,
A new week, a new transfer! It's good. I love my mission so much. So the new sisters in my apartment are Sister Edstrom and Sister Lewis! I'm glad to be living with Sister Edstrom again and in mission language I'm a great grandma! So that's exciting. We have new sisters all over our zone and we are excited to start over and meet more wonderful sisters!
This week, I have learned several lessons. Everything that I have learned on my mission would have taken me decades to learn if I hadn't come. First lesson of the week was when we saw Pam. Pam is an investigator who has a 5 year old granddaughter named Gracie. We shared a video with the song " I am a Child of God" and the spirit was so strong. This little girl has never heard the song before and when the third verse started, she hummed and started singing with it. Children are so innocent and powerful and know so much more than we think. I love how much faith they have. They don't need evidence, they just believe. There is a reason why Christ said we will not inherit the kingdom of heaven unless we become as a child. Then a cute moment of the lesson was Gracie's conversation that went like this.
Gracie: My brother is about 22 miles away.
Me: Where does he live?
Pam: More like 22 hours away.
We all just started laughing. I love kids.
We also saw Sister Phipps again. I really judged her for something she isn't. She is such a kind old lady. Every time we see her, I just love her even more.
Over our last few meetings and trainings I took these notes. 1) A covenant with God can never be broken unless you break it. He is bound. 2) When you pray, they are answered with tests. Trials are given for our refinement.
Something I've studied much this week was faith. Faith is the essence of all things. So I was pondering the 13 articles of faith given by Joseph Smith. These 13 statements in a nutshell are what member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe. I started pondering some of the statements made and tried to see if I wasn't a member any objections that I might have. Then I reflected on the title "Articles of FAITH" To believe these things one must have faith. Certain commandments we are given, one must have faith that God has called a prophet once again to the earth who gives us those commandments. To know the Book of Mormon is the word of God, one must have faith that God can reveal further written doctrine and so forth. Faith is the base of all things. As we have faith and stay true even when our faith is tested, we will come to know that God is the same yesterday, today and forever and we are divine beings having a mortal experience. We come to know that it is by obedience to Gods commandments that blessings are predicated. I know God lives. I know that Christ is my Savior and enables me to do far more than I can ever do alone. Faith is a principle of power. We must act. We must look if faith to see if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. To that I testify that it is.