As you can guess, we went to the Temple this week.
But before I get to that, I want to share a couple of the many miracles we saw this week.
1. Leah : she's a less-active member in our ward that not many people have met with. She lives in a gated community (#NorthSIDE) so we were scared to go to the gate. The security guard called her and SHE LET US IN. She was SO nice. We visited with her adorable family for 10-15 minutes and then showed them the Halelujah video. The Spirit was definitely there. Turns out that her husband is also a less-active member, but everyone thought he was a non-member! Sister Copeland figured it all out by looking at all our records. She's genius. ;)
(Mini interlude: I LOVE SISTER COPELAND. She's such a great example to me!! And makes me LOL, all the time!)
2. Alexandra : we've been trying to meet her somehow for a loooong time. We haven't until this week! She was so nice and we talked to her for a while before we had to go.
3. Patricia is a member we visit about every week. She's been working on a book the past 6+ months and just published it via Amazon! She gave sister Copeland and I each a copy and signed it. It was SO cute. Then we took a picture with her. I LOVE that woman.
There's been other miracles this week! We've been so busy. We've been finding! And this weekend there was a "Chocolate Fest" in downtown LongGrove, (like downtown Hillsboro farmer's markets...but more alcohol and more people...). There were SO many people. It was fun and we had some great conversations. Haha, a lot of the people we spoke with had connections to Mormons. Coincidence? I think NOT!
After the endowment session we were given the opportunity to participate in Sealings as children. It was one of the sweetest experiences I've had in the Temple. It brought the whole "picture" together. This is what it's all about. I got a wee bit teary-eyed. The Spirit was so strong.
And this coming weekend we're going to be able to see a family from our ward get Sealed! AHHHH! I'm SO excited for the Kappelman's! I LOVE them so much.
Also, after we were done meeting with President and sister Woodbury, we went to the mission office. I walk in last, and who do I see? SISTER PLOMGREN. I screamed, and we hugged. I'm not sure if you can tell from the picture below, but I was REAL happy to see her! (LOVE YOU PLOMDOG) It was a tender mercy!
I've said this in a lot of emails, but I'm so grateful to be a missionary. The longer I'm here, the more I realize that a lot of things in "real life" and in missions are trivial. At the beginning of my mission I was concerned and caught up in things that just DON'T matter. Sometimes I still get that way. But the Spirit has been teaching me that these are distractions used to pull my focus away from God's work. I know that if I put God and His will for me, FIRST, then all other things will fall into place. If I focus on His children, everything else will be okay.
a girl gave her farewell talk. She's headed to Spain. The emphasis in her talk was about the Lord telling us to "Fear not". And how that gave her peace. It brought me back to when I was about to leave on the mission. I was so scared. I didn't know how I was going to do this. I didn't know what to expect. All I knew, was that I was in the right place at the right time. A lot of miracles happened in those 12 days and at the end, I was terrified to go to Chicago. What if I couldn't do it? Well, I received a blessing before I left, in which I was told that "Heavenly Father would be with me every step of the way." And He was. And has been every day.
All these thoughts were going through my mind as she was speaking, and I felt God's love fill my soul. He reminded me that He was still there.
I want to testify that He's there, reaching out to each of us. Even if we feel like He's distant. I know that He walks with us. Sometimes we just have to open our hearts in order to see it.
Have a great week.
Don't forget to share the Gospel!