Another week has come and gone. I feel like this week went by especially fast because p-day was on Tuesday instead of Monday. So it feels like not a ton has happened since I last talked to you.
But a couple of highlights from this week:
We spent a lot of time with the Hmong people this week so I thought I would include a few pictures of what they feed us. It is heaven on earth! We met quite a few Hmong people this week. It can be kind of hard to start teaching them because they don't really have a Christian background. It is so cool to be able to teach people about Jesus Christ when they don't know much about Him. Sometimes it is so hard for me to understand that there are so many people that don't know who He is because my entire life has been based on and founded in the teachings and example of the Savior. It has been cool to teach people that don't know about Him because it has helped me to realize just how much He really does mean to me. Grateful that I do have to opportunity to tell people about Him that don't even know. Everyone deserves to know that they have a Savior who loves them!
This week I was also able to go on exchanges with Sister Dunlap to the good old town of Gresham, Wisconsin. This area is a legend in our mission. Gresham is a town with a population reaching a grand total of 586. But they have a ward there because about 85% of the people who live there are members. Most people in Wisconsin have never even heard of Gresham unless they are a Mormon. haha. Years ago there were two sisters that joined the church in Milwaukee and then moved the Gresham and that is pretty much how Gresham started. So basically everyone in this town is related to each other in one way or another. The sisters that serve in Gresham live with Grandma Rekow. They help her do chores around the farm and house. When I was there we got to go out and pick the asparagus in her garden and feed her baby chicks. It was pretty much like camping for the weekend! Haha. Grandma is known for catching rabbits in her backyard and then having the missionaries gut them and cooking a rabbit stew. So it was quite the adventure to get to go there for a little while. A lot of fun! We were able to teach a family that the sisters there are working with and help them to read the Book of Mormon together. So the work is coming along slowly but surely there.
So sad to hear this week about Elder L. Tom Perry. He was such an incredible man and a great example for all of us. We are so blessed to be able to have living prophets and apostles on the earth today and it is so sad to have to see one of them go. Weird to think that he almost came out to visit our mission just a few months ago. I loved his last conference address that talked about how families are the basic unit for the structure of heaven and here on earth as well. This transfer I have actually been studying the Christlike attribute of obedience and I LOVE this quote from Elder Perry.
"Those who rely solely on themselves and follow only their own desires and self-inclinations are so limited when compared to those who follow God and tap into His insight, power, and gifts. It has been said that someone who is all wrapped up in himself or herself makes a very small package. Strong, proactive obedience is anything but weak or passive. It is the means by which we declare our faith in God and qualify ourselves to receive the powers of heaven. Obedience is a choice. It is a choice between our own limited knowledge and power and God’s unlimited wisdom and omnipotence."
Elder Perry was an incredible example of obedience himself. He has faithfully served and basically devoted his entire life to serving the Lord and I hope I can do that very same thing.
I am grateful for your examples of obedience as well. I love you guys! Keep up the good work!