This week has literally been AMAZING! My goodness. I just love being a
missionary. We had a great lesson with Alecia and she committed to being
baptized on the 28th of September. So we went over the questions with her and
she knew it all. She was ready. So this week we got everything ready. It
certainly was a lot more stressful then I thought it would be. Alecia was great
all week though. She kept asking us if there was anything else she should study
to prepare herself. I love those kind of questions. She had her baptismal
interview on Thursday....she then got BAPTIZED ON SATURDAY! It was wonderful!
She was so nervous the whole time, but she was great. She was just amazing. She
was truly so prepared. Then on Sunday she was confirmed. It was such a sweet
experience to watch someone from the start go through the process and get
baptized. She was again really nervous, but she said when they laid their hands
on her head and gave her the gift of the Holy Ghost she felt immense peace, and
just this great feeling coarse through her body. She told us that she had
always believed what we believed, but she just could never find the place that
gave her all of it. She said the closest thing she found was the pentecostal
church, but after hearing about this Church, it was EVERYTHING she needed, and
wanted for her and her kids. Ah! Don't you just love the Gospel?! I love Alecia
and I'm so glad I got to witness this great miracle. I love being here in Emu
Plains. I just love being a missionary.
whole week was just an incredibly spirit filled week. Friday we had an amazing
zone conference. The spirit was just so amazingly strong. We had role plays,
and I think that is the strongest spirit I have ever felt during a role play.
It was great. :) The Assistants trained us on Hope and having a positive
attitude. We watched the video "A Mother's Hope" about President
Uchtdorf and his family. It was really inspiring the power that hope can have
on us. If you get the chance, listen to that talk "The Infinite power of
Hope." It is really quite inspiring. And when we have hope it pushes us to
act and achieve greatness instead of just waiting for something to happen. We
talked a lot about having a positive attitude as well. And we really should
have a positive attitude because we are doing the Lord's work. Its great. :)
Howes then gave a great training on a talk by Elder John H. Groberg, who some
of us know as "Kolipoki." This talk is called "The Power of
God's Love." It’s the talk that the movie "The Other Side of
Heaven" is based from. It was an AMAZING talk. Just to give a few quotes.
" All love emanates from God, we are born with the capacity and the desire
to love and be loved.....only as we feel God's love and fill our hearts with
His love can we be truly happy."
"Trying to find lasting love without obeying God is like trying to quench
thirst by drinking from an empty cup."
"When we understand who God is, who we are, how He loves us, and what His
plan is for us, fear evaporates. When we get the tiniest glimpse of these
truths, our concern over worldly things vanishes. To Think we actually fall for
Satan's lies that power, fame or wealth is important is truly laughable - or it
would be were it not so sad."
"Being Filled with God's love is the most joyous of all things and is
worth every cost."
And my personal favorite...
"When filled with God's love, we can do and see and understand things that
we could not otherwise do or see or understand. Filled with his love, we can
endure pain, quell fear, forgive freely, avoid contention, renew strength and
bless and help others in ways surprising even to us."
I love this talk. It is amazing. I can testify to that God's love is
real! President Howes then gave a great training about the Oath and
Covenant of the Priesthood. I have never understood that before and how it
could actually relate to women as well.
But something that really stood out to me is what he said at the end. That
we can't jeopardize our future potential for immediate gratification. How can I
risk the opportunity to create worlds, for a small rule broken in the WHB. I
need to be better. I love that we receive all the blessings of the priesthood
when we are sealed in the temple. I have always said throughout my life that I
want to marry a righteous Priesthood holder, one who will be worthy to take me
to the temple. I always have said I want to marry a returned missionary, but
one that was a good and faithful, and obedient missionary. And I have come to
realize over the course of my life that I can't do that unless I am worthy.
Unless I am righteous enough to gain the blessings of the Priesthood, if I am worthy
enough to go to the temple with him, and come home as a righteous, faithful and
really cool experience of the week. We had an Area 70 come to our ward council
on Sunday. At the end he was talking about missionary work. He said the wave
was bigger then the Church had expected. He said it won't be long before we
have 4 missionaries in every ward. How cool is that! Every time people talk
about missionary work I just get the chills. I Love it! After the meeting, he
came over and told us, "In behalf of President Monson, I'm here to tell
you sisters that He is pleased with your work." This wonderful spirit just
filled me up and it literally felt like President Monson had said that to me.
Testimony builder for sure.
just to top this amazing week off, the ward is excited about missionary work.
The 5th Sunday meeting was all about the Hastening the Work of Salvation
Broadcast. But what I loved the most is what the Bishop said. He talked about
his children and how when they had left on their missions, he wanted them to go
to a great ward. One that would take care of them and do great missionary work.
He talked about our families at home and how he knows that they would want the
same thing. He said so lets do this work and let the missionaries help us. We
should be doing this because we would want the wards and branches taking care
of our children to do the same.
I just love this ward. I love being on a mission at this time. I know that this
is exactly where I am supposed to be , right now. I'm so grateful for this
Gospel and the opportunity that I have to Share it with others. You never truly
know how much you love the Gospel until you sacrifice for it.
Hope you have a great week
Love you heaps