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From: Kristen Owens <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, Jul 9, 2012 at 11:55 AM
Subject: Re: Another week gone
To: carolyn owens <email@example.com>
just re read that first paragraph and it sounds like i was being very
insensitive to those who lost their homes.. I wasn't meaning to sorry I
just meant the fire was a big "fire" "work"... love you!
On Mon, Jul 9, 2012 at 12:53 PM, Kristen Owens <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Mama and Papi,
Oh my goodness I had heard several stories saying
that Alpine, Utah had burned down! I never was scared one minute though
for any of you, I actually had a very calm feeling so it didn't distract
from the work. But, that is so intense! I love that it rained!
MIRACLE-miracle-MIRACLE! Also, I also like to say the fire was a sign
of the times, a sign of the times.... ha but seriously, I'm glad you are
all safe and sound and no one was hurt. I do feel bad for those who
lost their homes though... that is very scary. But, that was probably
the best "fire"work display yet huh?
That is so exciting to hear about Berit getting her mission call and
Heidi--lately all of my friends have been getting their mission calls
outside the U.S=craziness! But, so much fun I'm sure. I just want to
tell you all that I love it here. Minnesota really is so beautiful and
especially the area I am in. It has so many great people who are all
kind and fun. The people are so diverse and you get people from all
over the world. We are actually getting an elder in a few months from
Nepal which is really exciting because apparently there is a Nepali
community that is flocking to the church :) super cool!
Transfers came and went and Sister Randall is now on her last
transfer of her mission. Let me tell you I can't even imagine being in
her shoes right now--that seems so far away! haha but I'm sure it flies
by (Ah! I don't want it to!). We are striving to have this area built up
by the time she leaves. We are going to be working really hard to find
and teach this next transfer (not that we weren't doing that before, we
just have another motivation to work even harder!).
Last week we set 3 baptismal dates all for August 11th and another
one actually for August 25th! Whooo whoo. The people we are teaching
are so great. Most of them are from Liberia, but Liberians are
seriously some of my favorite people ever. They are usually so open and
friendly and just great. The couple I have previously talked about
that had a baby are getting baptized on the 11th and we are so excited
for them! :) They are so cool and both have strong testimonies of the
Book of Mormon.
We found out our investigator from Togo has to go back on Thursday
because her husband is sick :( we are so sad and are going to see if we
can find missionaries there to send her to.... we hope all goes well
I love being a missionary. I had a hard day this week where I felt
so blah (dumb Satan I'll tell you what). I think I felt very inadequate
and felt like a failure or something because I'm not
perfect...yet...jk... but, through sincere prayer and a wonderful
companion's advice I've come to realize it's between me and my Heavenly
Father. He knows me best and knows my weaknesses. He's just helping me
see them so I can refine and polish myself a little bit more (or a lot
more!). Also, if all I can give is my whole heart, might, mind, and
strength to Him, that is all He asks. I'll still struggle I'm sure, but
we can do anything with the Lord's help. It all works out if we put
our faith in Him and move forward. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is true.
And it's for everyone. Today I was reading about Paul and his powerful
testimony of Christ and how no matter what persecutions came, or no
matter what opposition he faced-even death-he never backed down for a
second. He kept preaching and testifying and teaching (he even mention
"tears" a few times, which makes me feel better haha Even a powerhouse
like Paul cried). Then it reminded me of Joseph Smith saying he saw a
vision and could not deny it no matter what. I want to develop that
kind of testimony! I know this work is true. I know Christ lived and
died for each one of us and no matter how far gone we think we are we
can never reach outside His love. He descended below all things to help
us overcome all things. Families are forever through the restoration
of the priesthood authority. God loves us. His mercy is endless. He
will give us anything we ask for if we are ready and obedient to receive
it. I have such a strong testimony of being obedient. We receive so
many blessings and I think I have taken those things for granted all my
life. I've been obedient, but have failed to show gratitude for the
blessings I've received. HE BLESSES US SO MUCH! It's amazing.
Being a missionary is probably the hardest thing I've done (I think
I've said that before), but it's what this life is all about. Sharing
the gospel, living the gospel, and becoming like Christ. The joy comes
from living as Christ would live. I'm so SO far from being perfect
(it's so annoying.) but, if we were perfect where would the growth come
from? Life would be no fun right? :) RIGHT.
Being in Minnesota is the best decision I have made and I love
hearing Sister Randall talk about how her mission has really made a huge
difference in her life--it's meant the world to her. And I know a
mission changed each of you (Shea, Nathan, Colton) for the better.
Thanks for your great examples of living the gospel each day. Satan is
working hard, so stick it to him and live righteously. Remember, you
are never too far out of the reach of His Atonement. Share the Gospel! I
love you all, Thanks again for your support and prayers.