(Written Monday, April 18, 2016)
My dear family and friends,
It's been another incredible week. I'm so grateful for the opportunity
to be a missionary, each moment gets more special as the days seem to
slip through my grasp. We keep seeing miracles over here and I know
this is the work of the Lord.
It was another amazing week, so many
hints seem to happen and the days seem to be too fast and all blurring
together. I've been good about writing in my journal though, so that
will be helpful.
We had a zone conference this week where three zones got together and
got trained on being more accountable to our ward leaders and also
sustaining them, being obedient with our iPads and allowing the
learning and habits we are forming here to change our eternities for
the better and to also help our children. Our Mission President shared
a movie that I want to see if I can find when I get home, it's called The Go Getter and the main character is named Billy Peck. He's a super
optimist and does everything he can to go the extra mile for a company
without compromising his standards or the trust of his employer. It
was great and really got me thinking about how I can do my job
-whatever it may be at the current time of my life- better. It was
phenomenal. I'm pretty sure I won't be able to watch a movie without
analyzing it for purposes of making my life better once I get home,
that will be weird. But all trainings were great and we are working on
I also got to give my first of three departing
testimonies, which was strange. I thought I'd be more emotional, but
honestly I'm just grateful for this, I'm just in awe and can't really
process it all. It's just crazy how merciful the Lord is to us.
I was also given the opportunity to sing in one of our sacrament
meetings and I got to sing the song "A believer's Prayer" by Sally Deford. It talks about someone who has a desire to do what the Savior
has done and help the hungry and needy, to give them courage so they
can stand in his place and help increase others faith in him. The
chorus says, "Let me be light to the wanderer by night, compass and
guide to the seeker, let thy love shine in me, teach me to be, an
example of the believers." It's so pretty and I know I had angels
singing it with me to convey the spirit and feeling that I have,
having spent 17.5 months serving my savior, completely imperfectly,
but with his grace and help to do what he needs me to do. It was a
special moment for me.
I'm having so many sentimental and nostalgic
moments lately, it's crazy. Being a missionary is the greatest thing,
I'm so fortunate to be changed because of Him.
I love you all and will see many of you soon, but until then, I go to
carry my testimony to as many as will listen. Have a wonderful week
and work to increase someone's faith in Christ!
Ps: Our zone vision is Connect Everyone with Christ and we were on our
way to a meeting with the zone leaders, Elder Jones and Elder Serranilla and saw this and had to stop, it was a sign for a Christian
church and they have our same vision, so funny haha.
PPS: This is the triple zone conference that everyone went to. It was also
announced here that JEFFREY R. HOLLAND MY FAVORITE APOSTLE is coming to
our mission on April 29th.....woah. Right before I go home, that will