Monday, November 30, 2015
Major events of the week:
- It snowed. A lot. Winter storm warning and everything. And then
everything froze over night and we barely made it out of our parking
spot. (Literally the worst parking spot in the world). There are two
dumpsters about a yard behind our car and we are blocked in by the
wall of another apartment complex and a big suburban. In the ice, it
was almost impossible to back out to go to church. But #Miracles.
It was also my first time driving in the snow! I drove home the night
of the big snow storm and could hardly see anything, but it was a lot
of fun. And we made it home safely. We couldn't pull into our parking
spot though so we had to get out and shovel for about an hour.
- The elders and us went and played volleyball with the youth during
mutual. It was a ton of fun! I accidentally hit someone in the face
when I was serving. That sucked.
- "A" came to church again this Sunday. He really likes the Gospel
principles class. We are slowly working with him and just trying to
let him know that we love him!
- Last night I came down with a nasty cold. So that's been fun. But in
the middle of the night the thought came to mind that I should text
sister "F" and ask for tips for home remedies (she's a miracle
worker and knows so many tips and tricks) - the thought came back to
my mind this morning when I woke up. She texted me some tips and then
drove over and brought us a big box full of cocoa, oranges, lemons,
honey, left-overs, candy, etc. It was the sweetest thing and I was so
touched! She gave me a big hug and told me that she loved me and
wanted me to feel better. 😢😭
Talk about tender mercies.
I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving. I'm grateful for my family
and the opportunity God has given me to serve a mission. I am
especially grateful for my Heavenly Father and Savior, Jesus Christ. I
know they love us.
Monday, November 9, 2015
I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY!!
We were pretty busy this week and it was awesome. Some highlights
included going to visit a less-active member with C! She's an awesome member who has inspired and taught me so much about ward Families.
We had exchanges this week and I went to Hyde Park with Sister S!! I love her so much. #BFFS. All we did was WORK. I loved it. We rode the trains all day trying to contact people and give out
Books of Mormon. I haven't contacted on trains since my first day in the mission. It was so much fun, especially with Sister S!
Some things I've learned this week:
- Working Hard is the BEST. Getting out the door is the most difficult part for me, but after I get outside and start talking to people, I feel so motivated and happy!
- Last Monday night while we were getting ready for bed, I was saying a prayer, when I realized how sick and tired I was of saying that I 'want' to change. I then told Heavenly Father that I was 'going' to
change, and then asked for His help to make that change. The Spirit was so strong, and this whole week I have felt this literal push behind me to keep going and to keep trying when I feel I can't go on.
We've also gotten fed a lot this week by members, #Miracles - but there is so much power in acting, and taking change into your own hands then by simply wishing to be better. I'm still learning that,
but I'm grateful that I'm gaining a better understanding of it!
- When we went to go visit this less-active member with C, the woman kept saying how she was never coming back to church because of offensive comments people made to her over 10 years ago. We kept trying to tell her that she was welcome, and the importance of
forgiveness, but her heart was pretty hardened. It was sad to see. It
showed to me the importance of being converted to Jesus Christ, not
the members or anything else. It's all about Jesus Christ. But I've run into this situation before where people are offended and don't want to come back to church. People/members don't reach out.
People/members have grudges...gossip...exclude...etc: DRAMA.
The Lord needs us to be His servants and to reach out to those around us. He needs and wants us to be friends to others and to encourage one another on our way back to our Heavenly Father. We are all in this together!
I would like to encourage all of you to look around on Sunday and see
who isn't there. Or think about someone who may need a friend. Make a
phone call, pray for them, stop by and visit someone, go outside your comfort zone and be a genuine friend.
The best experiences of my mission thus far have been when we've been sitting in someone's living room, hearing about their struggles, and feeling the Love and Awareness that God has for that individual. I know that if we have Faith and act on the promptings we receive, we
will be able to comfort others in the way and time they need.
Experiencing that has been so special for me. I'm grateful that God sent me to Chicago.
Sister M-H and I are going to work hard this week, and I am so excited to see the miracles that will result from that.
I love this so much. I know that this is truly God's work and that He loves us!
Sunday, November 8, 2015
I am trained to check that between P-Day's to see if there is either a story about some work the mission or missionaries are doing, a training or conference and of course pictures.
Or just stuff like this:
This week went by slow. But that's probably just because it's halfway
through the transfer.
Some highlights included visiting and teaching Miss L! We teach
her every Friday to help prepare her for her baptism in January. She's
7 and quite a character. She's hilarious. I love her and her family.
They're amazing. While we were there, we played Uno and Sister S
French-braided my hair the way she does her girls when she puts in
their weaves. Hahaha. It made me feel like Snoop-Dog.
This Saturday we had MCM at Brother Forrest's after we cleaned the
church! He's the best Ward Mission Leader eeeeever! I love him and
sister Forrest so much. He made us all a ton of pizza and gave us
candy for Halloween.
We also hydroplaned on the way back from MCM. We didn't spin out or
anything, but you could definitely feel the weird feeling of skidding
over the water. Hahaha. After we passed over it, we turned to each
other and said, "I think we just hydroplaned..."
So that was fun. It still hasn't snowed. That is also nice.
We meet with this guy named Lxxx every week on Thursdays. He's great.
He's not able to get a lot of Sundays off but we have 'bible study'
with him! He's so funny. He always quotes Michael Jackson songs in his
prayers. Last week he prayed for Mary and Adam and Eve. It was
This week I've been learning more about the love that God has for us!
I feel that I've learned more about the Love that He has for me and
everyone around me while I've been on my mission than anywhere else. I
am so grateful to be here. I love being a missionary. There are
difficulties, but there's no where else I'd rather be!
I know that I'm where Heavenly Father wants me to be.
This week I also 'ponderized' D&C 4:2. Every day I have to decide
whether I'll forget myself and do what Heavenly Father wants me to do,
or be selfish and think about myself. Sometimes I definitely fall
short, but I'm learning, growing and repenting.
I love being a missionary!
missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints!
I'm looking forward to making the next 100 days a lot better and more
Well, to start off, this past Monday we met with "A". He's the one
we met in Chipotle. The Hermanas met with us at the church and we had
a great lesson with him about the Book of Mormon. We invited him to be
baptized. He was still unsure, and struggles with why baptism in our
church is different than being baptized in another, but we committed
him to pray and ask if this is the true church. I have faith that God
will answer his prayers.
He also came to Stake Conference yesterday!! He's such a stud. He was
wearing a red-velvet suit and had a black top-hat thing. That's 3
weeks in a row!! #Miracles
He is so special and has such a great light in his eyes. He would
really bless this ward. I know that the Spirit will help us know how
to help him. He won't be able to meet with us tonight, but I'm hoping
we will be able to meet with him at some point this week!
I HAVE A NEW COMPANION: Sister M-H! She's great. Shes from
California, Nevada, and Arizona. I love her! She's been struggling
with homesickness but yesterday she got a blessing and she felt a lot
better afterwards. I had similar feelings my first week in the mission
field and throughout my first transfer. I'm praying to know how I can
most effectively help her!
I got some planning tips from some missionaries this past week, so
this coming week is going to be full and busy! I am so excited to work
hard and to work alongside Sister M-H! She's awesome.
The Lord has sent a lot of tender mercies this week as I have
struggled to be a trainer and lead in the work in this area. One
example is from Tuesday evening after transfers. We had gotten home,
finished personal and companionship study, and were heading out the
door to an appointment. I was nervous and didn't know if I had done
everything right, or if anything I was doing was making a difference,
but as I went to turn off the light in our living room, the Spirit
touched my heart and told me that I wasn't alone, and that Heavenly
Father was proud of me and my efforts. That feeling comes back to me
throughout the quiet moments of the day.
I know that God loves us and helps us.
He truly does answer our prayers. He is aware. He gives us what we
need in the very moment we need it.
I am so grateful to be a missionary. I feel so blessed and lucky to
have this opportunity. I am grateful for the people here and the
opportunity we have been given to serve them.
Have a great week!