We had a very busy and kind of a hard week this week. We have been working really hard.
One of the highlights of the week was Mission Leadership Council. I got to see Sister Kelley there! I sure miss her a lot. It was fun to get to catch up on what had been going on in Madison and also what had been going on in her life. MLC this month was all about FAITH. Sister Cutler talked to us about how there are two different kinds of faith. The bible dictionary tells us that faith is a principle of action and of power. Action and Power. Faith isn't really faith unless we do something about it. But if we are acting on the faith that we have, the power will come. It is inevitable! Sis. Karlsson and I have a lot of work to do today to prepare for zone training meeting tomorrow and to teach the missionaries about faith.
|LOOK WHO I GOT TO HANG OUT WITH AT MLC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!|
You know, when you are serving as a missionary your purpose is to invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith, repentance, baptism, and receiving the gift of the holy ghost. Most missionaries focus on how our purpose is to baptize. And yes that is very true. But that is not all! There is so much more to it than just baptism. And the thing is, MOST of the people we meet do not get baptized. It is really easy to get discouraged sometimes because of that. But put very simply, our purpose is to invite others to come unto Christ.
We had an experience with that yesterday. We were meeting
with a woman named Jennifer that we had tracted in to. The first time
we knocked on her door she told us to come back later because she didn't
have time to talk then. We have gone back at least once or twice a
week for the past 6 weeks only to receive the same answer- don't have
time now, come back later. That can get kind of discouraging as a
missionary because sometimes you feel like you are running in circles.
But we were persistent and went to see her again yesterday. When she
answered this time, she came out holding her Book of Mormon. She was
actually ready to learn! It was probably just because she felt so bad
that she kept telling us to come back later... haha. But we were able
to teach her about the Restoration of the gospel and Joseph Smith. We
told her how the same church that Jesus Christ established when he was
on the earth has been restored again for us today and that we have a
living prophet who leads us. Jennifer then told us of some hard things
that have happened in her life that have made her feel unworthy. I will
never forget when she looked up and me and asked, "Is it too late for
me?" I was able to tell her with full confidence in my Savior, "It is
never too late!" Jennifer was moved to tears. As we sat there on her
porch teaching her about the Atonement, I kind of started to think. I
don't know if Jennifer really is ever going to get baptized (remember,
most people that we meet don't), but I know that we made a difference to
her that day. As a representative of Jesus Christ, I was able to tell
her that it is not too late! And that is what I have been able to do my
Every single day, I have been able to bear my
testimony of Jesus Christ and tell someone that "it is never too late"
or "there is a God who loves you" or "because Jesus Christ felt your
sorrows, you don't have to do it alone." What an incredible blessing
that is. Even if there is not a lot to "show for it", I have been able
to invite others to come unto Christ! I know that I have been able to
make a difference in the lives of God's children, whether it be big or
small. And the amazing thing is that in the process, I have been able
to come unto Christ myself. I am so grateful that I get to be his
missionary and that I get to be an instrument in His hands. I love my
mission. I love everyday that I am here. I know that this really is
Christ's church and it is our responsibility to help others to know
about it. What a blessings. I love this Gospel.
|Exchanges with Sister Quist. She is such a cutie :)|
|This was my district from this transfer! This was an awesome district. We are the "oldest" district in the whole mission- everyone goes home within the next 3 transfers! I learned a LOT from these experienced missionaries.|
And I love you all too!!