Monday, January 25, 2016

ROLLERCOASTER - Jesus Take the Wheel!

This week was a ROLLERCOASTER. Like, one of those weeks where there's so much jam-packed into it that you don't remember what's happened.

SO, I'll start with Monday. It was PDAY- you know, the usual. BUT, that night we had dinner and FHE with the Kurihara family. They asked me where I was from, and when I told them they asked me if I knew the Mossman's!! And I was like, WHAAAAT?? They're good friends with them. So that's how I found out Mckenzie got engaged. (I find out the craziest stuff out here...)

Can't remember what happened on Tuesday.

WEDNESDAY was buuuuusy. We went and saw the worldwide missionary broadcast at a stake center. It was titled "Teach Repentance and baptize converts." It was so DEEP. I loved it and it made me so happy. Then we rushed off to a pass-off lesson with R. It was so good. I could just FEEL God's love for her. She's so ready and prepared to hear the gospel. We might be teaching her again, or she might start attending this ward...we don't really know what's going to happen or what's going on, but Heavenly Father is going to take care of it. :))

We also had a great lesson with K on the restoration. I felt the Spirit so strong as I bore my testimony of Joseph Smith and the first vision.

Thursday we had interviews with president Woodbury! It was GREAT. I love him. He's the best.
Friday I got really sick and slept for most of the afternoon after I got some medicine. Then we left the house for our dinner appointment and did a couple stop-by's after that. It was AWESOME. I hate being shut up in the apartment. I just want to go out and talk to people about Jesus. It made me so happy, but I know Heavenly Father cleared our schedule so that I could have time to put my head down. My sinus stuff is still going on. It's a little crazy, but life is good.
Saturday was really hard. One of the hardest days I've had in a really long time. But it's interesting because I noticed that on those especially hard days, I feel closer to the spirit and He's able to manifest His love for me more.

We kept doing the work though and tracted and contacted for a while.
While we were tracting, this guy opened his door and was really rude to us. He made me feel like such an idiot and I stood there smiling as he told me to hurry up and was trying to confuse me and make me stumble over my words. But as we were walking away, the Spirit told me to pray for him. My first reaction was, "no, it's chill. I'm fine."
And then the feeling came again. I prayed very sincerely for that man in my heart that Heavenly Father would answer his prayers and bless him to feel His love in some way or another. It softened and healed my soul. And at the next door we knocked on, a really nice lady answered and talked to us for a moment. Even though she wasn't really interested, she still treated us like human-beings.
I got through the day and I know it was through the Atonement that I was able to do so.

Yesterday we were at the church for 12 hours because we had so many meetings and a fireside...
Yay. It was a tough day. But Jesus took the wheel. Also sister Str came up for the fireside! So it was like a mini reunion. It was so great. And today we're in the city with her, sister Pk, and sister Pt! Yaaaay.

Something that's been on my mind this week is a conversation sister Pg and I had at lunch on Saturday. We were asking each other questions from a list, and one of them was, "what lesson have you learned this past year?" It came really clearly to my mind: Heavenly Father will always provide a Way!

ALL of 2015 was Heavenly Father providing a way for me. He helped me to be able to submit my papers in a short amount of time. He helped me to work at the nursery. He helped me to wait until I got my call. He helped me to get through my first day at the MTC (aka-one of the most overwhelming days of my life). And my first day in Chicago. (also one of the most overwhelming days of my life). And every day on my mission since then. He's always provided a way for me to get through the hard times. Whether it was another missionary, my companion, a member, someone we talked to on the street, etc. He has always provided a way for me to get through. And it's been so humbling to look back and realize that. He's always been there for me, even in the moments I didn't think He was or I didn't realize. I know that's true for all of us and I've seen that more clearly out here. God truly loves His children, and He will always provide a way for us. That's why He sent His son.

I'm so grateful to be a missionary. I know that this is where I need to be. I know that this is what I need to be doing at this exact moment in my life. It's one of the best things Heavenly Father has ever helped me to do. I don't want it to end.

I haven't always had that perspective, especially as a new missionary, but after I've really given my heart to this work, I just Love it.

This week is going to be SO great!! I can't believe it's already half way through the transfer.... So cray.


Quotes of the week.

"You know how the things you love the most, can also hurt you the most?....well my hot pocket burned my tongue" - Sister Pg

"I'm not trying to get fresh with you, ok?"

"Overbearance  is boldness without love."

"Yes-we are all different, like snowflakes."

Sister Gallegos

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