What a mind blowing week. We had some representatives from the Salt Lake missionary department come have a training with the leaders of the mission. They showed me how to be a missionary. Its sad that i finally figured it out and i have 2 months left to apply it. But im gonna work extra hard these last 2 months!
Things are going great in Sunnyside! We are finding a lot of new people to teach and seeing more investigators progressing 🙂 Especially with the churches Christmas initiative “A Savior is Born” many people are opening up to the gospel. Its so amazing to see how Christ affects everyone around me.
So yes im still staying in Sunnyside 🙂 ill probably finish my mission here. I have this transfer and then just one more after that so it looks like i will stay here. Other big news is i have been called to be a Sister Training Leader! I really dont think im worthy enough for this calling but i know God will qualify me for it.
We went to the temple today so we had to change our pday to today also, thats why i didnt write on Monday. Last year i actually liked the holidays on the mission but this year i dont know they are a little bit harder. But i hope yall have an awesome thanksgiving! Just please dont tell me the awesome food your gonna be eating because last year all i had was the usual (rice, beans, and tortillas). We will see what its like this year.
Its been a really awesome week and im loving being a missionary more and more each day. But today i just want to share with yall the things i learned in my zone conference with President Hall this week. I know they are things i needed to learn and that they will be a benefit for you too.
We talked about doing the will of God. When Christ introduces himself in 3 Nephi 11:8-11 he shows that he came down to earth to fulfill the will of his Father.This is exactly why we are here, to be OBEDIENT. We all have our agency and sometimes we think choosing the wrong things is the “easy way out” when really obedience is freedom. When we are obedient we are independent. When we give up our agency and do the will of God by being obedient to his commandments is when we truly find ourselves and our identity. Honestly, obedience cant be forced on us. We are never forced to be obedient and thats why obedience is the ONLY thing that we have that we can give to our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. A lot of us like to define humble as someone who is poor. But thats not true. When we are humble is when we give our will up and do the Fathers will. We also got to listen to a testimony from Elder Holland, heres a few things he touched on: Christ suffered because of the will of the Father. Salvation isnt cheap, we HAVE to suffer. Christ chose to wear the marks of suffering. His body will be the only one that is not perfect because of his wounds that he chose to wear. He did all of this for the will of the Father. This made me really think,What am i willing to do for the will of the Father? I want yall to think about that also and think about the things that you need to change in order to be aligned with the will of the Father. I love yall so much!
It was an awesome week! Our investigators are progressing and really have the desires to be baptized. I dont have very much time to write but i just wanna update yall on the miracles i have seen this week. Wesley and Mike are so legit! They came to the broadcast conference that we had this Sunday and loved it! They also came to a baptism of a little boy in the branch. They told us how excited they are to get baptized. One of the Elders in the branch, Elder Smith was talking with Wesley after and getting to know him and must of mentioned being a missionary to Wesley because Wesley came up to us and said “Hermanas Elder Smith me dijo que despues de mi bautismo pudeo acompanarles a sus citas, yo quiero eso.” Which means Hermanas Elder Smith told me that after my baptism i can come teach with you guys, i really want that. We are so excited for him to progress. Mike is also so excited. We biked with Mike and Wesley to show them how to get to the church. They are willing to do anything for the Gospel its such a huge example to me. Also I really enjoyed getting to ride my bike again even though our district leader Elder Havea was freaking out because he was worried something would happen to us. He was acting like a Dad haha. But i wouldnt blame him it is super dangerous for us Hermanas to be on bike here but we were praying the whole way and we were fine except that Hermana Andersons tired popped and we had to walk some of the way but the Elders came and walked with our bike and gave us their car. We are really protected and taken care of here so no worries.
So much happened this week i dont even know where to start. We had some pretty crazy things happen and some big miracles.
I got my new companion on Wednesday! Her name is Hermana Anderson. She is from Colorado and is just a little younger than me in the mission. We work really well together! We have lots of Companionship unity (especially after combing eachothers hair out for lice). Just after being together for two days we find out we both have lice….Its actually a funny story because we were in the middle of spanish study and i got a prompting from the spirit to check my head for lice with the lice comb and sure enough there it was. It took 4 hours alone just to comb my hair out! There was no way i was gonna cut my hair like other hermanas do haha That day when we found the lice there was a huge rain storm because of the hurricane in Mexico so we know Heavenly Father was watching out for us because we were able to comb our hair out on a less productive day instead of wasting time on a sunny day when everyone is outside. Hopefully we got rid of all the lice!
Transfer calls are next week. Hopefully i get to stay here in Sunnyside so that i get to see my investigators be baptized. This week we are having a mission temple trip! I cant wait to go to the house of the Lod and receive some more revelation.