This week has been AMAZING! I absolutely loved it. When Dad told me that you had fasted for and continue to pray for me I definitely felt that help. So Thank you :) I was so happy this week and so positive. Yesterday we had our Weekly Planning Session and my companion even said she noticed a real change in me. I feel like myself again. I feel happy and I find joy in the journey. And on Saturday I even had the thought that I don't want to go home. I am beginning to understand why Missionaries always say they don't want to come home. They know true joy and happiness that we seek is found in the Gospel, in forgetting about ourselves and going out and serving others and helping Heavenly Father to build his kingdom on the earth. Of course that doesn't mean that I wouldn't love to see you all, but I know without a shadow of a doubt that you are all protected, and that you will be there when I come home.
This week we drove down to Medowie which is about a 5.5 hour drive. We left on Monday night. We spent the night with the sisters there. My District Leader and his comp drove past us on the road, we stopped and they gave us a birthday cake. :) On Tuesday we went to Zone Conference. It was INCREDIBLE! I loved it! President and Sister Howes truly are incredible and so full of the spirit. We talked about becoming a person of zion. This helps us to be so obedient and so righteous that Heavenly Father would have no choice but to open the windows of Heaven and pour out his blessings upon us and this mission. The thing I love the most though is that P & S Howes were temple presidents before this mission. The apostles even told them how crazy that was because that never really happens. This mission is so blessed because of it. When P. Howes teaches he relates it to the temple and the blessings and promises we receive there. It has definitely made me appreciate the temple so much more! I am understanding it more and realizing how sacred and powerful the temple truly is. After Zone Conference I asked my district leader to give me a blessing. I was kind of scared I guess because I really haven't received a blessing from anyone other then Dad. But the coolest thing happened. As soon as I asked him, you literally could see the spirit coming to him and radiate out of him. It was amazing to watch. I could tell he was so worthy and ready to do so. As he gave me the blessing immediately I felt this huge overpowering feeling of Heavenly Father's love for me. I was so full of it that I started to cry. I knew in that moment without a doubt in my mind that Heavenly Father is real and that he loves me so much. I was blessed with so much and I know that I will be able to do whatever Heavenly Father asks of me because I know he is watching out for me and protecting me from harm. I am so grateful to have the Priesthood here on the earth, where worthy men can hold the Priesthood and act in God’s name.
My Birthday was really good. Lionel and Kelli (a couple they are teaching) bought me a birthday cake and they sang to me. Bro.King also made me a cake which was wonderful. But the best part was that he told us that he had decided to quit smoking. He said that he was at the store and he was going to buy another pack but he saw my face in his mind and he didn't. I was so proud of him. Heavenly Father truly has been helping him
On Saturday the traveling sisters came. These are 2 sisters who go and do exchanges with all the sisters in the mission. Our goal with them was to find 2 new Investigators. But Heavenly Father had something else in mind and we found 6 new investigators and through finding, and tracting. It was incredible. Heavenly Father truly blessed us. It was a miracle.
Of course this week wasn't perfect, we still had the normal ups and downs of missionary work but through it all I had a smile on my face because I know that my heavenly Father loves me and that he is pleased with the work we are doing. I know the Church is true without a doubt in my mind. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and that Heavenly Father is in charge and he will do as he sees fit.
I love this Gospel and I love being a missionary
Love you Heaps
Love Sister Benjamin