Tuesday, April 12, 2016

One Week Left!

What happened this last week, well Monday we started with going to the Zoo in Scottsbluff. In which I realized how much I love Tigers. (Second favorite animal) I even got a selfie with the Tiger. And we went to Chimney Rock and the wind was crazy so I had to send the photo anyways so you can all understand Nebraska wind. Guess that's what I get for taking my hair down. Oh well.

We had Zone Meeting in Cheyenne so traveling was fun. We took a picture of the sisters and a zone one but I love our Sisters. I have missed not being an STL, I always loved being with the other Sisters and getting to know them. They are each so wonderful for many different reasons! I learned so much from each sister. I have gained so many friendships over the last 18months serving and loving those around me.

We had the opportunity to paint at the Cardio. It was so fun! Painting is my favorite service project. I love giving service, it gives me time to think of others but also to think through my own thoughts...sometimes as a missionary I feel all my others are about helping others, I even feel selfish at times thinking about myself. But at this point in my mission its hard to not think about everything and everyone and home. It still doesn't feel real.

This last week we met with Gabby (one of the 9 year old investigators) and we asked her why she wanted to be baptized she told us, "Because I want to live with God again" it was the cutest thing ever. Gabby is a very shy kid and thinks very long when asked questions but she says the most profound things.

We also met with Little this week and taught him about Sabbath day, scripture study, prayer, and obedience. It was cute....Little said "I don't think I should play video games on Sunday..Do you have a piece of paper?" Me "I have a sticky note" He then took it and wrote on it 'I will not play video games on Sunday' he ran out of the room and came back, and said "I had to put it on my xbox so I can keep the Sabbath day holy, that's what I need to do!"

It was so cute!! I love kids so much! They are so close to Heaven, I truly believe it!

I love being a missionary. I'm so very grateful for this amazing opportunity I've been blessed with. Yesterday I had the opportunity to fast and we had our Fast & Testimony meeting, and I bore my testimony, it was amazing to think of where I was 18 months ago to now. And even to where I was in 2014.

I've loved accomplishing goals and expanding my goals and view of life. I know I have a purpose. I am on this Earth for a reason and plan to do something incredible. And now is my time, each and every day to do something to make that plan come to pass. I feel as I've come to know the gospel better for myself I've started to see the world as if its a whole new world. I love it!!

Friday, April 8, 2016

To Love as Christ Loves

This week has been well one of a kind.

Monday's are the typical...same old same ole' funny how we get into those kind of patterns with our lives... Laundry, shopping, emailing, that's about all we ever do.

Tuesday, we spent most of our day helping get things together for new beginnings.

I have learned a lot this transfer from being with my companion. Honestly I'm not sure how Christ or Heavenly Father love all of us to be honest, sometimes loving myself is hard enough....loving my companion is sometimes even harder. But yet Christ is the perfect leader and he loves us all collectively but individually as well, and perfectly at that. Some days I truly wish I could see things His way, maybe then I could understand. It's crazy because I can love a stranger but sometimes those closest to me I struggle with. The mission has taught me that it's okay to be independent but that we will all be dependent to some degree-hopefully always with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ....and how even with those around us we need them as much as they need us. I remember once when I was about 16, one of the sister missionaries and I were talking as we drove down the street she was saying "everyone desires to be loved and to love" I remember telling her I didn't need anyone to love me-stubborn 16yr old self...lol...I look at my short life up to this point and I know I wouldn't be here if others hadn't loved me helped me have a glimpse of my potential. I know now that it is true.

We had a snow day. So new beginnings got cancelled. We cleaned and began painting at the Cardio (town gym) it was also Abby Henries bday!! So happy late bday!

District meeting was so good. After we had lunch at Wendy's with the Sidney sisters! Our dinner was stuck in there home so we crashed someone else's dinner and ate with them. I truly love that family! We spent an hour waiting in the waiting room at the hospital. So my companion could met with a doctor, do a blood test and everything to only be told she's dying or cancer.....jk sorry I know that's not funny but she was told she has allergies. -her symptoms just don't match up all the way.

Friday we drove to Scottsbluff because my companion wanted a blessing.

Saturday and Sunday was general conference. We spent Saturday morning trying to set up to watch it, listen to it on the iPad, to bad the wifi sucks so we missed the first hour. We were late to every session of conference. But my testimony was strengthened. I'm now trying to figure out what I need to do for the next 6 months of my life, goals, and etc. I had a lot of favorite things about conference....

Elder Holland

"Keep trying. Keep trusting. Keep believing. Keep growing. Heaven is cheering you on today, tomorrow, and forever."

President Monson

"As we contemplate the decisions we make in our lives each day—whether to make this choice or that—if we choose Christ, we will have made the correct choice."

President Uchtorf

"If you cannot say you know God is there, you can hope that He is. You can desire to believe. That is enough to start."

I just want to end by saying I love this area. I love the people, I love this gospel. And most of all I love the Lord. I spent much time reflecting on my why I'm on a mission. I know this gospel is true. I know Joseph Smith saw God the father and Jesus Christ. I know the gospel does bring us peace and happiness, amongst all the things we go through in this life. I know God loves us!! That gives me hope every day to keep going. Christ is the Savior of each of us!! How great is that!! He knows us and loves us. I hope each of you never forget that.