This week has been wonderful! Since
this was an extra week for me at the MTC my companion and I were able to have a
little more freedom in scheduling our time. We decided to teach the new
districts and to be "investigators" for other missionaries. It was a
great learning opportunity for me. It made me realize that there is always work
to be done. We all can draw closer to Christ and we all know someone who we can
invite to come unto Christ. The work of the Lord is so fulfilling! I love
sharing my beliefs with others; it fills my heart with love and
strengthens me for the rest of the day.
Also, since my visa hasn't come, I
have been reassigned!! I am so excited to serve in the Baton Rogue Louisiana
Mission! The Lord has prepared people there to receive his gospel and I am
thrilled to have the opportunity to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with the
people of Louisiana! Plus, I have never been to the South, seen a bayou or
seen a real live firefly, so I can't wait to experience those little things as well!!
I leave the MTC next Tuesday and will hopefully know my new address soon!
One thing that I have really learned
this week is trust, or faith, in the Lord. The scripture Proverbs 3:5came
up so much this week. It says "Trust in the Lord with all thine
heart" the verse continues on to tell you the blessing you will receive if
you will truly trust him, but I will let you discover that on your own. Faith
or trust in Jesus Christ is the first principle of His gospel. Faith is
essential. We show our faith by ACTING on it. If for example, you are a
missionary and you are trying really hard to learn Spanish, then you must have
faith. If you act on that faith by opening your mouth and testifying to others,
then... the Lord will bless you with the ability to say what needs to be said
in Spanish. I know this is true because I have seen it happen in my life. When
I ACT in faith, believing that the Lord will follow through, He always
comes through. Many things in life require leaps of faith, and when
we confidently take that leap, we will be blessed!
This week I have also gained a
greater testimony of the Book of Mormon. I read from the Book of Mormon daily
and daily I am blessed with answers to my prayers from the words in the Book of
Mormon. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. Every prophet in the
Book of Mormon testifies of Christ. I know that Jesus Christ lives. He died for
us so that we have the option to someday return to live in heaven
with God. I know that Jesus Christ died for each of us. This sacrifice is the
Atonement, and through the Atonement our burdens can be lifted, our
sins forgiven, our pains healed, and our hurt consoled. Through the
Atonement of Jesus Christ our disappointments and sorrows can become Joy. God
did not send us to the Earth to suffer; He sent us here to learn, grow, and
most of all, to find JOY in this life.2Nephi 2:25 I know that if we act on our
Faith in Jesus Christ and use the Atonement daily in our lives. We will be on
the path to once again live in eternal Joy with our loving Father in Heaven. I
am so grateful for this knowledge and am so excited to share it with others.
I love all of you and appreciate
your support, love, and letters!
First off, an
update on my visa situation. My visa for Peru still has not come and I have
been notified that I am in line to be reassigned to a new mission. I am so excited
to go out and serve so now I am just waiting to find out WHERE I will be. I
feel all that pre mission call excitement all over again. My
companion, Hermana Marchant got her reassignment today; she is going to
Salt Lake City, Utah... about 15 minutes from her house! So, maybe I will
be back in SoCal? That would be crazy, but it is wonderful and I will let
all of you know as soon as possible because I would love to keep getting some
This week has been pretty crazy. My
companion was eaten alive by what the doctor suspects were bed bugs. So all day
on Monday we did laundry, cleaned every inch of our belongings and moved rooms.
It was quite an adventure! We now live in a room with four sisters who speak
Chinese. One of them is Cousin Kelsey Kimball’s really good friend Sister Koch
so that is cool. Also this week I found Elder Remington, he made it to the MTC
alive and I’m sure he will be a great missionary! Also, I see Sister Leofke
here all the time, she was supposed to get her reassignment last night so I am
excited to see her again and find out the news! It is so wonderful to see so
many friends here all dedicating their lives to the work of the Lord!
Also, on Tuesday for devotional we
had a gigantic meeting in the Marriott Center. All of the missionaries walked
the couple of blocks over to BYU Campus, it was an adventure. Plus since there
were lots of people stuck in one place, my companion and I jumped on the
opportunity to do contacting. We shared testimony of our Savior and about the
restoration of Christ´s Church. I love sharing my beliefs with others. This
gospel is so true! I love having the opportunity to really study the Book
of Mormon and the Bible and to get on my knees and really talk to God. I
know that He loves us and will help us with anything. If we pray to Him
sincerely with questions or concerns, He will listen and He will
respond. I have found many answers to prayers as I search the scriptures,
listen attentively in church meetings, and especially when I act in faith. This
week I have really been praying to feel the love that God has for others. When
I go out and in faith try to show Gods love to others, I can really
feel a portion of that love for them. If there is something that we want we
must ask God, then act in faith, and He will bless us. I really liked one thing
my zone leader, Elder Conley, said the other day, he said ¨We pray
to the most powerful being in the entire Universe, yet we, as his children,
have the opportunity to address him as Father¨ I love that! God is our
Heavenly Father, He created us, He loves us more than we can imagine, and He
wants to hear about our lives every day!
I am so grateful for the opportunity
to be a missionary and am so excited to find out where I get to be serving for
the next 17 months! Also, I love getting letters from all of you, write
anytime. It really is like Christmas when a letter arrives!
The weeks have flown by incredibly
fast here. I have less than 15 days until I am sent out into the mission field!
If my visa comes in time I will head straight to Peru, if my visa doesn't come
then I will get to serve in a mission here in the United States until my visa
does come. I am beyond excited to serve! I pray every day that I will be
prepared to teach the people that are ready to hear the gospel where ever
I may be. Last Wednesday I was able to be a host for the new
missionaries coming in. It was so fun to meet them at the curb, help them
pry away from their family and drag their suitcases up to their rooms. It
reminded me of that first day excitement and how wonderful it felt to put on
the nametag that sets me apart as a representative of Jesus Christ. I am so
honored to be his ambassador! It has been such a learning experience for me as
I really try to be like Him. I suggest taking the quiz on page 126 of the
book Preach my Gospel. It is a great self-evaluation that really helped
me to recognize the things that I need to change in my life so that I can be a
better example of my Savior.
Another great thing this week
was our lesson in the Teaching Resource Center. We had 40 minutes to teach, but
it went by so quickly. With help from the Lord, my companion and I were able to
really discern his needs, and we helped him establish four goals on
how he can improve. And, keep in mind that this is someone who works here at
the MTC he coordinates missionary teaching, he is an amazing person, yet he
still had things that he knew needed to change, he still wanted to draw even
closer to Christ. It is so great to help others recognize a need for change. I
love watching the desire to change grow in them and then it is a wonderful
feeling when we get to tell them how that change is possible for their personal
lives. I love this gospel and I love being a missionary.
I am really loving the MTC!
Everyday I learn something new about how the Gospel of Jesus Christ can
bring joy to my life and to the lives of the people who I am teaching.
Right now my compainon and I have three investigators. They are actully
teachers at the MTC but they take on the role of someone who they taught
on their mission. It is really a great experience to teach them, share
testimony and watch them grow. Also we started TRC it is the Teaching
Resource Center and people from all over the county come to talk with
the missionaries. Most of the people are members of the Church but as
missionaries our purpose is to invite others to come unto Christ, so
talking with members of the Church about gospel principles is equally as
important as helping non mormons to recognize the necessity for Christ
in the lives. I love these lessons with church members. Everyone has
things that they struggle with and it is so fun as a missionary to find
those needs and then teach them about the principle (whether it be
prayer, church attendance, eternal families, or repentance) which will
ultimately help them to find more joy in their lives.
This week in church I was called on to give the talk.
The Branch President gives everyone a topic each week then randomly
chooses people from the congregation to speak. I was chosen this week
and it was really fun. My talk was on the Atonement, well it was in
Spanish so I hope I was talking about the Atonement, but either way it
went well. In doing research for the talk I was reminded of the fact
that the Atonement allows us to go to the Lord with anything. It is not
simply for forgiveness of sins. The Atonement is all encompassing.
Christ died for us. He took upon Him all of our sins, sorrows,
dissapointments, and fears. When we sincerely pray to our Father in
Heaven we can feel the peace, comfort, and cleansing power of the
Atonement. This week I have also realized the need to act in faith. It
is good to pray and to ask for answers, blessings or forgiveness;
however, if we do not act then we will not receive any of those things.
If you are looking for answers, ask in prayer, but then search your
scriptures and take time to ponder. If you need forgiveness, ask for it,
then start changing your heart and life. And if there is something you
have asked to be blessed with, start serving others to bring blessings
into their lives and you will find even greater blessings than you asked
for come into your own life.
I am so grateful for the gospel of Jesus Christ in my
life. I love being a missionary and I love serving. There is work here
to be done in the MTC, it is so strengthening to share testimony with
other missionaries. I love this work and I love all of you. Please feel
free to write me letters whenever!!