What's up Y'all-Happy 4th of July and Happy Birthday Brooke!! 🙌🏽🇺🇸
This first week in Chicago has been craaaay. Trains, buses, and a lot of walking. And we have to be in early tonight because people get too turnt UP.
My new companion is sister Meili! She's from Alaska and is a quarter Eskimo. She goes home in three transfers and is 2 transfers ahead of me! We've been having fun!
The first couple days were ROUGH. I felt homesick for Buffalo Grove!! But I guess I was too comfortable there, so the Lord decided it was time to move me. However, the Lord put a couple sisters in the zone that are TENDER MERCIES. I love seeing them at all the meetings we go to!
Speaking of meetings, we had 2 this week. On Wednesday before district meeting, President and sister Woodbury came to say goodbye to the zone. We sang a couple hymns and then prayed together. As President Woodbury bore his testimony and expressed his gratitude, the Spirit was real. It was more difficult to say goodbye than I had anticipated. I love that man. He has helped me more than he or anyone will ever know!
In our second meeting, President Bingham and his family came and introduced themselves to our zone. They have twin 16 yr. old daughters that are now going to be going to high school in Chicago! (I couldn't do that...) And one of their sons recently returned from his mission in Venezuela and will be here for about 6 weeks. I.LOVE.THEM. A wave of love came over me as we heard them speak and testify to us. It felt so right to have them there. President Bingham is hilarious but is also REAL and down to earth. When he looks at me, I feel like he can look through my soul. He knew ALL of our names and where we were from. He's been studying our faces for the past 9 months... I respect him so much. He paused during the meeting, telling us a story about covenants and then looked at all of us and said:
"When you went through the temple, did you jump in with both feet? Did you mean it?"
"It will define the rest of your life."
He helps me to want to work hard and be obedient.
... And this coming Friday will mark a year since my group entered the MTC. It's crazy how fast time flies! I am grateful for the time I have here to serve Heavenly Father and to help Him with His work. It's the greatest privilege I've ever been given. It's brought me true peace and contentment. Ultimately, and most importantly, it's strengthened my faith and relationship with Jesus Christ. I know that He lives. I know that He's there.
I know that I am supposed to be here.
The Gospel is True. :)
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