Guess what? I love this whole mission thing.
I also love my companion.
I am so blessed!
This week FLEW by! Where did April go?
A lot of random events happened this week.
- Getting our car fixed at a mall
- Going to the doctor's, again.
- We drank chocolate milk.
- We got up and exercised a morning this week. #Miracles
Speaking of Miracles:
- Rafael: he's a worker at Payless that we had given a pass-along card
to a couple months ago. Sister Copeland had a prompting to go to a
store near that one, so we figured we should see if he was working
then too! And he was! Turns out it's one of his last nights working
there. We talked to him for a good 20 minutes and showed him the
Halelujah video. He wasn't interested in meeting with us, but it was
definitely a tender mercy. We testified of Jesus Christ and the need
for a Savior in our lives. I know that a few years from now,
missionaries will run into him, and he'll be ready then.
- Bianca: we were tracting and ran into her. We asked her what her
name was and I thought she was going to say Beyoncé, and I was
freaking out, cause I was like, this is a SIGN. Then she said Bianca,
and I was like, that's chill too. But she was super friendly and said
we could go back and show her the video.
This was a fast and challenging week.
I received so many tender mercies. Someone gave us chocolate and
marshmallows, I received a few emails throughout the week from
friends. We saw miracles. Someone took us out to Taco Bell.
I know that God works through us and the people in our sphere, to help
and uplift us. He sends His love through so many ways. I am grateful
I'm grateful for all of you.
I love being a missionary.
Ultimately, I love Jesus Christ.
I love what He is trying to teach me through this experience.
I know that Jesus Christ loves us immeasurably.
1. Sister Copeland and I trying on sunglasses at the mall while our
car was being fixed!
2. Sister Dawson is one of the sweetest human beings on the earth. She
took us out to Taco Bell, and then we took pics with her.
3. Have any of you tried Mochi? It's my favorite dessert. It's SO good.
4. The Greatest person who ever lived. And one of my new favorite
paintings of Him.
Monday, April 18, 2016
This week was packed. And it flew by.
- We found a new investigator!!! Her name is Jasmine. She's a freshman in high school and so sweet. We had been knocking on doors for about an hour in this apartment complex, when we came to the top floor. We knocked on a couple doors but thought about going somewhere else when sister Polikowski encouraged us to knock on just two more doors. Jasmine was at that second door. We showed her the Halelujah video, (cause sister Copeland is inspired). Jasmine's face softened and tears welled up in her eyes. It was a sweet conversation and Jasmine is so prepared!
- FELIPA:, our "Miracle Day", we were stopping by people who used to meet with missionaries. We went to this apartment complex and walked around the building because the doors were locked and when we get to the main entrance we see a woman holding the door open. Turns out she used to meet with sister missionaries, because she totally recognized us and called out to us. We talked with her for a few moments. She told us to come by again. That's the same apartment complex in which we found Jasmine and Jessica and there are tons of other people in there who have previously met with missionaries!
- JESSICA ^^ she also used to meet with sister missionaries. We knocked on her door and set up a time to meet with her. It was AWESOME!
We were asked to speak at Zone Teaching (which is a shorter meeting than Zone Conference... But it's still long ). Anyways, we were asked to speak on Elder Holland's talk. It was a little scary but it moved by fast! My favorite part was when we got to bear our testimonies! While sister Copeland and I have been preparing to teach, the Mission Scripture has been on my mind. (We recite it at every meeting!)
"22 Yea, he that repenteth and exerciseth faith, and bringeth forth good works, and prayeth continually without ceasing--unto such it is given to know the mysteries of God; yea, unto such it shall be given to reveal things which never have been revealed; yea, and it shall be given unto such to bring thousands of souls to repentance, even as it has been given unto us to bring these our brethren to repentance."
The bottom half of the verse is all the blessings we can receive if we meet the qualifications in the first half of the verse. I love that the very first line says, "Yea, he that repenteth..." It doesn't say, "yea, he that is PERFECT..." The first line states that all those blessings are given to someone who IS imperfect and recognizes the need for a Savior in their lives and a need for forgiveness and improvement.
Learning this has been a great comfort to me! I'm grateful for the Holy Ghost and that He is the ultimate teacher we can have in life! I felt prompted to share this at Zone teaching, and while we were bearing our testimonies I felt the Spirit.
It's not about being perfect, but about relying on the perfection and greatness of Jesus Christ.
Other than that, this week has been so busy. Which is really, really nice. And this coming week is going to be real busy too!
I love being a missionary!
Hope y'all have a great week. April is FLYING ️ by!
Btdubbs- have I told Ya how much I love my companion? She's hilarious and it's so fun to do this great work with her! I feel so blessed. Sister Copeland is the #MVP
Also: this week has been like summer. Blue skies and 70+ degrees for the whole week. And it's been dry. Which is so nice.
I'm so grateful for the sun.
1. Tracting in Lake Zurich, by Lake Zurich (I think....idk where lake Zurich is. But we took a pic by this lake...)
2. ONE OF MY FAVE PEOPLE. Sister Brown fed us lunch. I ️ her.
3. We made a Tree of Life for a family. There are little scriptures on the fruit!
4. Night at the Ritz!
Monday, April 11, 2016
This week was insane. Everything that could go wrong, did go wrong, but #Miracles.
We were an hour late to dinner two nights in a row, due to confusion, late packages, life, maps app...etc. We got lost so many times this week.
And then I was the chosen one, and was rewarded with an awful plague. I was so sick this weekend. We attempted to venture outside the apartment and do some service for a member, and then she promptly sent us home due to my violent sneezes. But I ate Taco Bell this week. So I consider myself #Blessed.
But despite all of this craziness, I have not "lost it", or gone berserk. I have constantly felt at peace. I know that that peace comes from the Spirit!
Want to know another big blessing of my life this week?
= SISTER COPELAND.
She's from Hurricane, Utah, and I absolutely adore her. She's like a ray of sunshine. I feel so at peace around her and she has helped me to be a better missionary already since day 1 of this transfer. She's bold, powerful, and filled with Christlike LIGHT.
God has blessed me so good with every single companion I've gotten to be with. :))
Sister Copeland and I have set 3 goals for this transfer and this area. Our goals are inspired by the Spirit and I know we can achieve them through Faith in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.
Also, our district is doing something cool where every companionship picks a day, and on that day everyone in the district prays for that companionship to have miracles. Our day isif you want to join in.
WE ARE PUMPED.
- Passed out a Book of Mormon to a lady who works at Walmart. We also got her number.
- We were sent 2 referrals
- We "made it rain" with pass-along cards. #GETSOME
- People gave us SO much food this week! Including cookies. Yuuuummmm
I owe our miracles to God (always) and to sister Copeland and her faith. By her example she is building me up and helping me to be more courageous and bold! I love her.
We've gone through all our records this week and are stopping by EVERYONE. We met with the Bishop and will be meeting with him every to talk about the work. BIG things are happening up here in BG.
I LOVE being a missionary.
I Love it.
There are weeks or weekends where I've had the plague and life has been really hard. But it's worth it because I know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is True.
It's all worth it because of Jesus Christ.
This week I'm going to work extra hard to be a more consecrated missionary. To give everything I have and "hold nothing back." I want my nature to be changed. I want to change. I want to be "purified, even as He is Pure." (Moroni )
As I was reading about Alma the younger and his mission, I was impressed by how consecrated he was. He never mentions how he sits there or journeys to and fro longing for home or Panda Express. His heart and his mind is centered on the Lord's work. I want to be better at that!
This pastI hit 9 months since I've been out on a mission. Today it really struck me. And I got a little leeky-eyed. This whole process is changing me. This whole experience is bringing me pure Joy. I want to give everything into these next 9 months.
"When you came to the mission field you burned the bridges behind you, you burned the ships in the harbor. There is no retreat to your former life. You cannot have one foot at home and one foot in the mission field. The Lord demands our whole soul on the sacrificial altar. That is the price we must pay, and when we do, we become instruments in the hands of God."
Christ gave His All for you and me.
I know that He cares about us in a way that can't be measured.
Life is so good. I hope you all have a great week!
Monday, April 4, 2016
And....Sister Plomgren is being transferred down to Indiana with her MTC companion!
I'm staying here and sister Copeland (who came out with sis. Plomgren) is coming up. It's going to be great!
I am going to miss Sister Plomdog. She is my homie and friend for life. I love her with my whole heart and am going to miss her. I can't really begin to tell y'all how much it has meant to me to be companions with her.
But here are a few of the many miracles we experienced this week:
One time, we were at Walmart. (#StoryOfMyLife)
And every single person we met and talked to was linked to someone who is a member of the church. One old woman's grandfather was a member and had left journals with writings of his beliefs. One woman's mother was meeting with the missionaries. It was AWESOME. And we were able to leave them with an Easter card and then invited them to learn more.
MARY: "I know it's not a coincidence that you guys are here."
We met Maryat McDonald's. We felt that we needed to wait before leaving to give her a card. We ended up sitting down and talking with her. We showed her the Easter video. We talked to her about Christ and the difference He makes in our lives. She was very intoxicated, so the conversation kept going different places. But she gave us her contact info and we set up a time to meet.
When we got there, she appeared so downtrodden. Her countenance was low and she never looked up for very long. She was sad. But she was far more lucid and sober than she was previously. Sister Pattee was the perfect fit. She kicked off the lesson with a bang. The Spirit entered. Sister Plomgren and sister Pattee were inspired. Their words were perfect. We invited Mary to read a part of the Book of Mormon each day and to pray each day. This poor woman is at the bottom. She's not just having a bad day, she has hit the rock bottom of what life has to offer. And she wants to get back on the path. As the visit went on, the Spirit testified to me that God loves Mary. She has a special place in His heart. And He wants her and her life to be filled with happiness. I wanted to help her.
Sister Plomgren then shared the story about the man at the pool of Bethesda. The Spirit poured into that little room as sister Plomgren testified with the Spirit. We closed with a prayer. And at the end of it, sister Pattee asked what she was thinking about.
Mary then said, "I can only go Up."
As we were leaving she said, "thanks for not losing me".
I love being a missionary.
I don't have the words to convey how I feel to be here.
This quote from a fireside/talk thing has been stuck in my mind this week:
"I intended to go and make a difference, but the biggest difference was made in me."
The biggest difference has been made in me.
I know that this church is True because it is Christ's church. I know that Jesus Christ can make us better people. He has made Me a better person. Im grateful to be a servant and disciple of Jesus Christ. Not just for 18 months, but Forever.