October 22, 2012
How goes it? Thanks for your letters and
prayers :) I love reading about the goings ons of everyone especially
the little ones. They are so great. I was laughing out loud picturing
poor Lucas sweating bullets and Carter just smiling haha They are the
cutest. And of course Makena performing boldly and perfectly her lines
in the program :) And especially Hadlee doing her thing and entertaining
the masses with her dancing and singing. I am so lucky to have such
great nieces and nephews. The personalities of those two future nephews
are going to be great! :) can't even wait for that.
This week was pretty good. We had a President's fireside last night
which is a meeting where recent converts get up and share their
testimonies and stories of how they came in contact with the church and
their conversion. It's always so uplifting! We had three of our
investigators there. Two of them are getting baptized on the 10th of
November, but it has been truly amazing to see the change and their
desire to repent and receive a remission of their sins. Especially one
of them named T-dawg. he is from Liberia and has such a sincere desire
to learn and receive forgiveness. He is incredible. We are excited for
him to be baptized and continue to progress! He even signed up for the
ward halloween party to help with the photo booth and he already took
his picture for the ward directory haha he is so great.
I always think of things throughout the week that I will add in my
emails home, but then I don't remember when I'm writing them haha ooops.
But, this past week was good. Missionary work is always good. We are
trying to be more creative in our finding efforts and President wrote a
letter all about that so all we have to do is take his counsel and all
will work out! :) lovely.
In a few weeks I'll have already been out a third of my mission!
Call it crazy, but it is going by supa fast! I can't even believe it. I
feel like I am so weak in so many areas and there is so much to do but
not enough time. Ah! But, I love this area, I can't imagine leaving it. I
hope I don't get transferred next transfer.... it scares me... I do
think I'm getting too comfortable where I am at though so that makes me
think some change is coming... I need to continually stretch myself in
order to progress. The Lord is doing so much for us right now though. I
was thinking about how incredible it is that He trusts little girls and
boys to preach His gospel. And then I realized, it is not us that does
anything, it's the Spirit. We just work to have the Spirit and the
Spirit does the converting. How cool is that?! Thanks for your thoughts
about Elder Bednar's talk on conversion. I love that too. A testimony is
knowing something is true and conversion is continually being true to
what you know. There are so many less active members who have
testimonies but are not living in accordance with those testimonies.
It's a little frustrating sometimes. I guess I don't understand it
completely. Then I think about my own life and think, what am I not
being continually true to? It's probably so frustrating for Heavenly
Father to watch each of His kids not living in accordance with what they
know. I have some repenting to do and some major changing to do. Oh
So, you asked about Sister Mansfield. I will tell you. Sister
Mansfield is AWESOME. She is such a rockstar. She is so bold and has so
much courage (which is the opposite of my timid and shy personality).
She just acts and does things even though it'll be hard and she is
scared to do it. She loves sports especially volleyball. She is very
athletic (except she doesn't like running in the morning haha so we do
other things) She has a hilarious personality and always makes me laugh.
She has a great laugh and is very open and friendly with people. She is
pretty blunt and bold. I love it though, because I need to learn how to
be more bold. She is definitely passing me up on being a good
missionary. She came already trained and ready to work. I am so grateful
for her as a companion. We are similar is some things, but complete
opposites in others. It has been a learning experience to say the least
haha She is so great though. Her birthday is April 28th which makes me 9
days older than her (and I act like I'm 10 years younger...probably..)
She has one older brother getting married next month and a younger
sister and brother. Her dad is a dentist. She has great teeth and a
great smile (naturally..) I admire her a lot and am so grateful for her
example. She has such a strong testimony and desire to serve and teach
with power and authority. (I'm sure she gets bugged by me quite
frequently, but we work it out ;) Sometimes I feel like she's training
me! again! haha This experience has been the best stretching and growing
experience. I am so grateful for Heavenly Father for allowing us to
serve together and for allowing me this refining time. Oh man! I gotta
get back to work! There is so much to do! This week my focus is service.
Constant service. Taking it one step at a time.
Alright, I love you family. and consider this your follow up--HOW
ARE THE FAMILY MISSION PLANS GOING??? And the missionary experiences? It
does take work to prepare yourself for those experiences and I know you
do so much already, but I promise the blessings are endless when you
put Him first and serve. Keep up the good work and go forth and serve.
Share what you know to be true! Everyone needs this message! :)
I love you a lot. And I think of you often! Keep being awesome.