Monday, May 21, 2012
My emotions are so close to the surface but I'm enduring. I was studying it this morning and I fasted yesterday about continuing to receive direction as I make a transition that I'm scared for. I just need to continue living the gospel and look to God. It was a tender mercy from the Lord as I was reading in the Book of Mormon in Alma 36 and 37. I know the Lord is going to fulfill His promises and I have been looking to my patriarchal blessing for that and trusting that it is eternal in nature.
The Lord is so good. I will never ever forget the feelings and that experience of being with Elder Neil L. Anderson. That was such a sacred experience and I just have been giving thanks to Heavenly Father for letting me have that experience before I go home. He is an apostle and witness of Christ, there was an overwhelming conviction of that. Words can't explain but I know that Jesus is the Christ.
Our prayers reached heaven, the Lord blessed us immensly so that we could reach our goals. We relied a lot on the members and they were there for us. We had an incredible lesson with the guy that came to church last week and he is 25 and single so we let the zone leaders know and he went to their branch yesterday. He sent us a text yesterday and told us how he liked it and that he is giving baptism serious consideration. He felt the spirit and I know the zone leaders will take care of him and help him strengthen his testimony. We are teaching a new investigator, Joyce, and what a gem. She opened up to us yesterday about some things that she has been feeling the weight of and Sister Berrett and I were able to teach of the love of our Savior and His Atonement. She has been reading the Book of Mormon this week and told us that she has been feeling peace. She is a blessing. Jay and his wife Kristi are loving the gospel and the blessings from it, they are temple bound and as we taught them the Plan of Salvation and Jay just loved learning about it. In church yesterday, Jay came but also some less actives that haven't been in awhile and they stayed for sunday school. Love it.
I love you all!!!!
Monday, May 14, 2012
It was so wonderful to talk you yesterday. I am very grateful for each of you and for the importance of family that is part of this great plan. I have been learning lessons that will forever change my outlook on life. Because I have come to know my Savior and my Heavenly Father I now have a lot of hope. Hope in the Atonement, it is real. I love being immersed in this gospel and having the guidance of the spirit. Just yesterday we were driving home from a lesson and we were going to contact a refferral and the whole drive, the thought just kept coming to me that we shouldn't try them at that moment, wait another day. I didn't say anything for a minute or two, but then I told Sister Berrett and she stood with me with my prompting. I know sometimes I don't understand completely why but trusting in the spirit is very special and sacred to me. My mission is sacred to me. I am in awe of this journey that I have been on. I thank my Heavenly Father every day for letting me experience His love in an intense way.
We have an awesome week ahead of us and we are just going, going!!!! Sorry I don't have much to write this week, since I just talked with you yesterday:) Remember that I love you each dearly and I pray that the Lord will protect each of us.
Monday, May 7, 2012
Oh my goodness what a week. The Lord is taking of care of us, I do know that. He is giving me strength and has never left my side, the work is going strong and I know Sister Berrett and I are doing our best together. That is what the Lord has asked of us. We didn't have any one come to church yesterday, and that was so hard. We were trained on it in district meeting, we applied those things all week and worked so hard and no one came. We went to see Heather and her family, I guess it has been a really hard week for her and she was so sad yesterday, it just broke my little heart. We went over D&C 20:37 with her and she does have a desire to be baptized and has been talking to her sister-in-law who recently got baptized and it is giving her reassurance as well. I am praying for her ferverently that she will continue to progress and stop smoking for good. I want her to stay strong in the gospel and not be a checklist convert. She will be okay, the Lord will take care of her. Jay and Kristie are incredible and my heart swelled when Jay told us that he knew this was all true. It was a powerful lesson and we set a date with him for June 16. We had been walking all around Spencer, and so we were walking down their driveway and we were so excited so we found a tall bush and jumped and screamed and then continued walking. The next day in my personal study I was studying conversion and as I was reading it, I knew Jay has been converted. He wants his extended family to come to church and at least take a chance. We had a great lesson with a few other investigators as we taught them the importance of coming to church. There is a man named Don, whom I have a lot of faith in and he wants these things so much but we just need to help him act. When he taught him about the Sabbath and the sacrament he wanted it and we expected him to come yesterday, he didn't.
We went to see a few recent converts and the Lord was with us as we helped them realize the blessings that will help them continue to get through their trials. Michaela is an absolute gem and I feel like the ward has forgotten about her. She needs to be embraced. We had dinner with an adorable family yesterday, and the husband was just reassigned as her home teacher and he was showing such great concern for her and what he could do to help her feel comfortable. I know we just need to keep leading her. She is 17 and is lost especially with her family situation. That is one thing that I have learned on my mission and how much I wasn't really aware of how bad things can get at home. She has a mom who has boyfriends in and out of the house and her mom isn't very stable and it's taking a toll on her. Keep her in your prayers please. I love her so much. And sweet sweet Donna, who's health is not well. Her eyesight is failing fast, and she cried and cried when she told us she couldn't read the Book of Mormon. The Lord blessed her to see the wonderful things of the gospel, but I know she has been able to see much more than just physical things, she has seen her family start to come into the gospel, she has eternal perspective, she is going to see her granddaughter who passed away. This work is much more than a baptism on a Saturday, I will be with these people for eternity and now they know that.
Sister Berrett and I are just doing swell and having a lot of fun. I swear we walked 50000 miles this week, but we had lovely adventures along the way. She is a hoot!!!!!!!
gospel's true and the book is blue!!
Monday, April 30, 2012
It has been incredible to see the miracles that are happening especially with Jay and Heather. Jay is feeling the spirit as he comes to church, but we are having a hard time getting him to stay for all of church. We brought it up in ward coucil and they gave great suggestions and we are going to have come for a church tour and hopefully that will help. He told us at our lesson this past week that he has been to a lot of churches before but has never had the feelings he's been experiencing. Heather is pregnant and so that has been a tender mercy because she will stop smoking and is more determined to quit. Their family is happy, because of the spirit has been influencing them. The Lord has always been with them but now they are noticing it and experiencing it.
This week I'm hoping we can do some more finding and continue to use the spirit to help us. It's been kind of an overwhelming thought but it is easier to seek that revelation for others and what the Lord needs me to do for them, but when it comes to receiving revelation for myself, that hasn't been as easy. I have been keeping a revelation journal and I need to trust that all the thoughts that I have written down througout the day and after my prayers are of the Lord. It's just scary to follow some of the promptings for myself. Things are changing and I know I have changed, I just pray that I can still be this person that I have become. I feel very respected and loved here and I hope I can continue with the relationships that I have made here.
Sister Berrett and I are just loving life and continuing to get the giggles until we can't breath, it's pretty awesome. She has been such a strength to me. We are way excited because today we are going to a little town called Nashville and spend the day there. We are going with the Martinsville sisters, who we spend any chance we can together. The four of us are definitely in each others lives for a reason. It has been a great sisterhood that we each cherish.
We went and did a lot of service on Saturday and spent some time gardening in the rain, luckily we had some snazzy rain boots:) We helped a member in her garden and it was a blast. She took us to lunch and she is so sweet and she ordered some more food for a homeless man that she saw along the way. It was good to be with her in that moment. We also went to help an older couple, Bill and Aggie, clean out their freezers in their garage. We taught them a lesson afterwards about service and Aggie said that she started feeling warm fuzzies. We were so happy because Aggie was recognizing the spirit and that what we are teaching her is true. Sweet sweet couple. I don't know if they will accept the gospel in this life but they will eventually.
Monday, April 23, 2012
Oh my goodness, Sister Berrett and I are having a blast! She is good little missionary and we are both incredibly happy. We have the giggles everyday to the point where I start crying, it's so awesome! We were talking about that last night and she told me that she know this is where she is supposed to be. I know she is and it's going to be a great transfer. We have been able to see the miracles continue here in Highland. Heather is doing great and their family is so happy. We were there on Saturday and Uriah, her husband, was glowing and I know they are both working to stop smoking. They came to church yesterday and we are hoping they will stay for the second hour next week. They said they are working up to it, I hope we can help to do so. The ward has been incredible in making sure they are going up to them after sacrament. I have seen the spirit leading this family, all the people that I have taught, the spirit is guiding them to make right choices. I have been merely an instrument in the Lord's hands. Jay Anderson is doing well and is feeling more comfortable at church. We are hoping he can get a few solid fellowshippers besides his family. The ward is doing great with him as well. This ward means a lot to me and I have seen it change. I love being a missionary. There is a lady in our ward that takes care of her great grandson and he is 3 years old and he is absolutely adorable and loves when we come over for dinner. Apparently he was talking to someone asking if they knew me, and he told them that I was his girlfriend and that I was the best. My heart melted when she told me that in relief society.
Sister Berrett and I had a few lovely experiences in some lessons this week. We came home and there was a guy sitting on the stairs in our apartment building and we offered him some water and talked to him for a bit. He was such a sweet man and we started talking about the plan of salvation and the hope that comes from knowing he is a child of God. We sang 'I am a child of God' to him and it was special to look at him directly in the eyes as we testified through song. At a lesson yesterday, it started out pretty hectic and lots of distractions and then halfway through it became calm and he told us he knew what we were saying was sincere. Sister Berrett and I bore testimony of the Book of Mormon the entire time and he felt the sincerity. Heather and Uriah have two little boys and Aiden, turned one this weekend so we stopped by to celebrate for a little bit with them and he is just a ball of joy. He really got into the cake after a bit and it was funny. Tate thought it was his birthday, he is 5, and wanted to open up all aiden's presents, so we had to calm him down:)
Sister Berrett has a powerful testimony and I love our companion studies and I have so much to learn from her. She has incredible knowledge and insight of the scriptures and I love listening to her. She is amazing. The Lord needs us here in Highland.
It's a bit chilly here, but the sunshine is wonderful. It was pretty funny at district meeting this past week, because our district that we had at the beginning of last transfer is the exact same. Sister Bankhead went to Martinsville and Sister Berrett came here. We have been having way too much fun:)
P.S. Mom you would be so proud of me, I hemmed an elder's pants....and it turned out great:)))))