I feel like it's been a few years since I last sent an email out.
And a LOT has happened since last Friday:
Exchanges, mini-missionaries, & transfers...
I'll start from the top.
Exchanges: This past we went on exchanges with the STL's. I
went with sister Parke. (MTC companion). The best part was when we met
with Pippa-a member in their ward! She's from South Africa and is
SUPER awesome. She also spent some time in Beaverton last summer and
LOVES Oregon. Anyways, she has recently returned from inactivity and
was telling us about her story. She grew up with the Gospel in her
life, eventually left, and then returned after attending a stake
conference. There, she said that there were saints who walked 4 hours
to be there just because they knew it was the right thing to do. They
started to sing "the Spirit of God" and her heart was touched.
The spirit was strong as she shared her heart with us and I felt that
familiar feeling that God wanted us to testify of His love for her.
And as we did, the Spirit flooded the room.
Words came to my mind: "This is why you're here: to be an instrument
in my hands."
It was a simple reminder, but one that I really needed.
I'm so grateful that I got to meet Pippa. I adore her. She's Amazing!
We received a mini-missionary this weekend, name Reagan Trapp. A
mini-mission is similar to a job shadow. But she was the one showing
Us how to be an A+ missionary. I LOVE her. We all meshed so well, and
it was sad to part .
We started walking outside, and she talked to EVERYONE. Meili and I
looked at each other, and then tried to keep up. I'm pretty sure if
you looked up "Greenie Fire" in a Mormon dictionary, you would see a
sweet picture of Reagan. She helped us SO much. We even started asking
people to take our picture, Reagan would hold up a Book of Mormon,
then we'd try and talk to them about it. It was the BEST. :)) It was
definitely one of the best weekends of the mission!
And she got to witness one of the most stressful parts of a mission:
So, sister Meili is going up to Buffalo Grove (the Holy Land), and
I'll be staying here with sister Veale.
It's a little nerve-racking because I've only been in the area for 6
weeks, but I know that Jesus got me!
At our mini-missionary meeting, president Bingham addressed us. He
expressed that missionary work is Not natural; it's not natural to
wake up at , or wear a skirt every day, be with someone you didn't
choose, or go up to complete strangers and talk to them about Jesus
Christ. He said:
"Missionary work is not natural, because the "natural man is an enemy
to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and
ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and
putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement
of Christ the Lord..."
That really hit me.
He then invited us to "flourish in unnatural conditions."
I can feel the inner battle between the "natural man" and yielding to
the Spirit. And being here has given me a greater awareness of that
struggle, because I am pretty imperfect. I know that God wants us to
succeed-that He will always prepare a way-and with Jesus by our side,
we can do All things.
I love you guys! And I'm excited to hit the streets of Chicago this
week and invite everyone to Come unto Christ. I invite y'all to do the