Monday, January 5, 2015

January 5, 2015

HELLO EVERYONE I'M BACK IN THE WARD I STARTED IN AND I LOVE MY LIFE. I could not be happier. I am with Sister Nicol, and I love being her companion! I'd send pictures but my camera broke, so oh well. BUT I HAVE SO MANY GREAT THINGS TO REPORT. 

first, I love my mission. 
second, our Savior lives.
and third, I love my mission. 

Okay so our first day in the orchard ward.. was..quite possibly the best day of my whole mission. but then the next day was the best and the next day was the best. i have 100 stories floating through my mind right now, but I don't even know which one to write about! it has seriously been the most miraculous 3 days of my whole mission and life. I've never been so happy!!!! 

When we first got here, I was terrified. I was so scared because I had hurt my back and I hadn't been able to work for over 2 weeks and the ride over the mountain was really rough. i was so excited to go back to my old ward, but so scared that I wouldn't be able to be the missionary that i wanted to be because of my injury. but the first day here, was amazing! we got to go to the rehab center that we used to volunteer at and I saw the lady that had gotten baptized while I was gone, last July. when she saw me she burst into tears and gave me a big hug and just told me how she never thought she would be able to see me again. She said that her family owes sister Hilton and I everything, because we helped her get Sundays off and start going to church and it changed her families life. I started to get emotional and I hugged Jamie and I realized that Heavenly Father was blessing me so much by allowing me to be in this area. I knew in that moment that everything would be okay, and that this would be a transfer of miraculous things. By that night, my back didn't hurt! and it hasn't since then! 

There are so many stories that I could tell, but I don't have time!!! We are teaching people that i found a year ago. i went back to a lady that i regretted not being more bold with and invited her to return to activity in the church, and she said no at first but then changed her mind and decided to come to church next Sunday and pray to know if  that's where she should be. I have taught 3 people that I found over a year ago - and asked two of them to be baptized! great seeds that had been planted. I know that I was supposed to be sent back to this area. I know that God lives and loves us each so much. this week has been the biggest testimony to me that God knows exactly the situation and plans he has for each of us in the future, and He will do anything do get us to where we need to be. The biggest reason I think I am in this area is for this one lady I knew a year ago, that hadn't left my mind since I left the area. We helped her get her patriarchal blessing, and she was working towards the temple, but she has some habits that are keeping her from getting there. I bore my heart and soul to her, telling her the story of how I got there and how I knew I was there for her. In tears, she said,  I never thought I'd actually make it to the temple. but now I know I can. So that is what she is working towards. We knelt down together and prayed about a date that she'd be able to be worthy to go. When we stood up, she marked an X on the calendar, and she knows she can make it. 

EVERYONE, I love my mission. I love it more than anything else I've ever done. I am so thankful for this opportunity I have to serve. I love every time we get to share the gospel with someone new, and testify of our Savior's goodness and strength. On Sunday, while we took the sacrament, I had a very sacred experience where I felt God's love and strength so strongly. I know that we will be able to help a lot of people feel their Savior's love this transfer. I know that our Savior LIVES and that's why He's able to help us as He has helped me heal. I know I'm supposed to be here and I love every minute of it. I am so grateful for the Atonement and change. I know that I've changed a lot as a missionary since I've been here, and there is a lot of unfinished business. but most importantly, I give all the glory to my Father in Heaven who has given me these wonderful experiences. I love being an instrument in His hands and I am so thankful He sent His son to this earth to die for us. With Him, anything is possible.

"when the student is ready, the teacher appears."
thats how it is with missionary work! LOVE YOU GUYS! 


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