I am sitting here in awe, crying as i have just listened to Anne sing that beautiful version of the song Come Unto Christ. I am so grateful for the powerful spirit music brings, along with the bearing of pure testimony while singing. I am so uplifted and grateful. I love that song. i watched the mormon message of Jason Bromley singing it a few weeks ago, and it has become a favorite.. so Anne, you were inspired! love you!
I was also so uplifted this week thinking about how we are all missionaries! We had Stake Conference this last weekend, and i was so motivated to be united with the members of Nebraska to hasten the Lord's work. Our stake president, had all of us, members and missionaries who were invited to the front of the room, join arms and sing Called to Serve. It was one of the most powerful meetings i have been in, and the realization that this is the Lord's work was so strong. There was a huge emphasis on working together to share the gospel, both to those living and those on the other side of the veil! i feel so pumped to open my mouth (#oym) and share with EVERYONE. I love this work, and i am grateful for such great examples (you!) who are sharing the gospel with those around you.
It has been a wonderful week. Every week is wonderful. I am so grateful to have this time to consecrate and dedicate every ounce of who i am to the Lord. As the stress of "the real world" has hit me this week in regards to class registration, and realizing i still have so much to change and learn in these next few months, i have been filled with the Lord's strength in knowing that i am exactly where i need to be. I am so thankful to be a missionary.. ah. it is so fun and such a privilege.
- Sister Brough and i got BIKES this week! Ah we are so excited! haha i have always wanted to ride a bike on the mission.. i feel like THAT is real missionary status, ha so i cant wait. a member of one of Sister Brough's old wards was kind enough to let us borrow them for the next few months. More stories to come i am sure!
- our zone, as told to Sister Brough and i from our zone leaders, is "King of the Hill" right now in the mission (words of President Weston). Everyone in the zone has baptismal sets, and our zone is definitely super unified. It is fun to serve around such wonderful missionaries!
We had a great experience this week as we worked with one of our investigators, Lena. I wrote last week that she was set for baptism, which is so awesome. This week we really focused on having her feel comfortable coming to church. Miraculously, she came to a Relief Society activity, (where we had homemade cafe rio.. i was in heaven) and she loved it! We then went on a church tour the next day with our relief society president, which was SO cool. I totally have a testimony now about church tours. We basically just showed her all the places she would go on sunday, and explained what to expect. it was awesome. .... Well, fast forward to sunday morning. we had arranged a ride for Lena, and called her right before church to make sure she was still set to go. Well, long story short, she was not. I wanted to cry... i felt like we had literally done EVERYTHING we possibly could to prepare her for church, and help her have the desire to come. We were definitely disappointed. BUT. we did not give up faith! Since Lena would not be attending, we still had faith that we could have an investigator at church. We decided that we needed to ACT on our faith, by calling and re- inviting all those we have been working with. It wasnt until relief society (which is our first meeting) that we heard back from our investigator Kendra, who texted and said she was on her way. It was such an incredible blessing, and such a testimony builder to me that as we have total confidence and faith in the Lord, AND as we do everything in our power, the Lord takes care of the rest. Kendra had a wonderful experience and is planning on being there again next week. It was beautiful. haha and it made my day to see kendra walk in with her bright yellow shirt that said "I LOVE JESUS" on it. i couldnt have been happier to see her.
Another miracle this week was at the Trail Center! Things are starting to pick up, and visitor's are starting to come again! Hallelujah! ha i feel like it has been a long winter, and it was so fun to have so many people come in this week... most of them non-members! I was able to take a really amazing tour this week of two couples, both non-members. They had SO many questions about the church, and were willing to listen! the spirit was so strong as i was able to bear testimony in the memorial room of the blessings i have experienced personally because of my membership in the church. One of the men started to tear up, and i know that they felt the spirit. It was so fun. If nothing else, i know that that experience with them will keep their hearts open for experiences with the church in the future.
I love my Savior. I feel His love every single day, and i think more than ever this week i have recognized the power that He has. I know that NOTHING is impossible as we trust in the Lord. I love Him. I "will sing forever, the praises to His name".
love you all! Hurrah for Israel!
Dinner with Dr. Fischer and Andrew (investigators) on our year mark
Picnic with Sister Brough
Shopping on P-day
Sisters that came to mission with me - our 1 year mark!