Sunday, August 3, 2014

May 26: No longer a teenager

I'm getting a little bit antsy about transfers coming up. I have mixed feelings about whether I'd want to stay or not. I love the people here, but I feel ready to move on. 6 months in a 3 mile radius is a LONG TIME. And then at the same time, I feel like I could stay again for another transfer, especially because we have some exciting things coming up this next transfer. Regardless, I know I'll serve where the Lord wants me to serve.

Kathy's baptism went well--she was baptized alongside a family of 5 that the elders have been teaching. It was a beautiful baptism and the spirit was really strong. I just know that the Lord is in the details of this work, and I think how special it was that Elder Andelin found Kathy, and then I was able to teach her and see her to baptism. God works in mysterious ways!!! Elder Andelin was able to actually help her in the font, because we had 2 people in there to help steady her. :)

I loved zone conference this week! It was so awesome! It was all about the Atonement and becoming a more consecrated missionary. I was on this spiritual high for a little while and then all of a sudden, I came crashing down. Satan worked on me REALLY hard this week. It was actually one of the harder weeks of my mission. I just think of the opposition we all have to face in life. But I feel like when we experience greater good and light, Satan has to work on us that much harder. I'm not going to lie, I was having some strong doubts and concerns. And I just felt really down. We had had an encounter with a less active who was pretty anti. And some of the things he said really disturbed me. I struggled with that for a couple of days and I did some real soul-searching and praying and reading the scriptures. Yesterday, we were in a lesson with one of our investigators and we were teaching her about the power of scripture reading and I read from Helaman 3:26-30 about how when we read the word of God, we can overcome the temptations of the devil. And as I read that, it pierced my soul and I started crying in the lesson. Of course our investigator didn't understand, but I knew that God was communicating to me as I read that. And that all of my doubts were based on skewed perspectives and not on truth. And then of course, I just felt silly for having doubts and I strengthened my resolve to serve even harder and better. 

Prayer is real.

So is Satan.

I love this scripture in the D&C 50:23-24

"And that which doth not edify is not of God, and is darkness. And that which is of God is light; and he that recieveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day."

Yesterday, we had one of our part-member families show up to church. They have two little girls and one of them was acting up the entire time, while the other one loved it. The older one had to get pulled from primary to leave early, and she cried because she didn't want to leave! Our primary president commited the family to come again next week, because she said "It's ok! You can come back next week. Right, Dad?" She looked at the father. And he said "Of course!" Hahaha. I love this family. They are pretty special to me, because they were one of the families that I felt really inspired to talk to. I ignored the first prompting, but when we went back, the wife, Jamie (who isn't a member) let us in and we started teaching her. Her husband had slipped through the cracks because he wasn't on the ward list. But they have already started seeing the blessings of the gospel in their lives and they've been so excited to share with us experiences they have been having.

We have a new investigator, Tashie. She is incredible! She is from New Zealand and we taught her about the Restoration. She accepted it right off the bat and she told us that she knew that what we were teaching her was true! Come to find out, one of her best friends is in our ward! 

My diet is going well. Most of the people in the ward have been so supportive and loving! It is so sweet. People have bought me various foods and it has just made my day. There was just one ward member who said to me that hopefully I'll get transferred, because I can't eat anything anymore. Haha. I can see how sometimes people get offended in the church--but honestly, it's not even worth the time to be upset. 

I got my birthday present in the mail!!!! I wanted to open it right then, but the comp made me wait. Man. All of my comps do this to me whenever I get something for like a holiday or if it says to wait. THEY MAKE ME WAIT.

Super hero

Zone at Zone conf

Kathy's Baptism!!

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