Monday, April 25, 2016

Last Week at the MTC!

My Wonderful Companions

HOLY COW!!! It's my last week at the MTC! And it is just flying by so fast! I wish I could ask if I could stay like three more weeks. But I know that is not allowed. And I know Modesto is the place I am suppose to be and if I stayed three more weeks, I would be eating all the food at the MtC and becoming obese by it. haha! So I think going to the mission will be best! I will be like Nephi: I will go and do what the Lord has commanded!(1 Nephi 3:7).

Well this past week has been a week of Up's and Down's. As a missionary, I am truly seeing my strengths and my weaknesses. This week I have been working really hard at opening my mouth. D&C 28:16 is what I am focusing on. (I challenge you all to read it and see how you can apply it to your lives!) I get too scared to speak during lessons at times. This past week, we have had two TRC investigators and many lessons. meaning that they are investigators that come to the MTC to learn from us greenie missionaries. It is QUITE an experience. ;) 

This week I have been praying for the Spirit to help me teach and to not be afraid to speak out. I have been studying this in PMG and my personal scripture study. I came across the scripture I shared with you above and I worked hard at applying it. Well, we were teaching an investigator named Nathan. He is actually a non-member and had given us some background on why he was there. It was very interesting to get to know him and pray for help to know what he really needs. He is really into biology and philosophy and he told us the other day how he explained evolution to two Tongan missionaries recently. They had not known what to say to him.  We prayed for help. He hasn't been able to open his heart up to the things he is being taught by the spirit. He told us a story of how he had a difficult life growing up and thinks he doesn't need God to help him get through experiences. What was really cool, was the night before I was struggling with a similar situation. I had worried that I wasn't progressing as I should. My companions are my angels and helped me realize that I am doing the best I can. And that I don't need a huge experience to know that my Heavenly Father and my Savior love me. I just have to pray. I did. And I got a answer that made me realize I am loved and it was amazing. So I got to share that with Nathan, and yes... I got emotional and he did too. Then we shared the scripture 1 Nephi 21:14-16 saying that Christ has not forgotten you. You are literally engraved in His palms. We bore testimony that Heavenly Father really loves Nathan and all you need to do is pray. Nathan then told us: "When you said that, I felt something come into my brain... and then it turned into a peaceful feeling inside." OKAY SPIRIT!!!! We told him that was the spirit. He was so excited ever since to learn more. It was a great experience for me and for him. 

We also got another new investigator... SHE IS GREAT!!! Her name is Anne and she is totally loving the gospel! we taught her about the Atonement and the spirit prompted us to share Alma 7:11-13. She read that and loved it. She absorbed every detail and was loving it. At the end of the lesson, I got a prompting to ask her to "soft commit" meaning to ask her if she would be baptized.  I prayed for help to know what to say. Then this happened: We were at the close of our lesson. And then, seriously, the Spirit spoke right through me and said: "Anne, we know that you are such an incredible daughter of God. If you read and prayed and got an answer, would you follow the example of Jesus Christ and be baptized?" She looked at me all stunned. I couldn't believe I had really asked that. She then said: I totally would want to be baptized! ANSWERED PRAYER. I know that when we are struggling with something, God can help us. Our Savior knows what we are going through and through the Atonement, we can be stronger. Ether 12:27 "I will make weak things become strong unto them."

I love you all and pray for you daily! I hope things are going great and you are doing everything you can to have a closer relationship with your Heavenly Father and Your Savior Jesus Christ. 


Sister Guilott
My District

Monday, April 18, 2016

The MTC!

Hello family and friends!

I can't believe it has already been a week! I feel like I have been here for a month, but that's okay! This week has been a great week and I have really seen the gospel apply to my life in every aspect. I didn't think it was possible. But it is! Even though it was hard to leave you all, I know what I am doing will bless them. This first week, I have truly seen my weaknesses and strengths as a missionary! The first day, all of us missionaries had a huge welcome devotional. And guess who said the prayer in front of everyone? Yep. THIS SISTER!!! I WAS TERRIFIED. But now I see it was God giving me the chance to be able to have confidence in everything I do as a missionary. Well, the prayer went great. The next thing I didn't even know, we (us new missionaries) were placed in rooms where WE HAD TO TEACH. I didn't even know how to teach or what to say. All I know is that God is always there for you. Me and my companions really worked together and did the best we could. That was our bonding experience. I love my companions so much. They were meant to be my companions. Just like Nicole would say: "God doesn't do random." And I totally agree with that. Being here has made me know that I am suppose to be here and I know that I am suppose to be a missionary for this  gospel. I was also called to be a STL (Sister Training Leader) that first Thursday here and that has a been a great learning experience.  
My Host was a friend from BYU
Speaking of my companions... I am in a Tri-panionship! I am sooooooooo lucky! I love being with them. I am with Sister Murray (going to Indiana), who is from Ephraim, UT and she is such a delight! She is so strong with the spirit, and when she gets prompted to say something.... SHE WILL SAY IT. AND BOOM!!! The spirit just fills the room. I love it. I also have Sister Judd (going to Modesto with me!) and she is from Phoenix, Arizona. I love her and she was on a trial mission just before she came to the MTC and she is a powerhouse of knowledge. I am really grateful to her as she pushed us to do the best we can. I am so blessed to have them. I also have a great district!! I will be sending pictures later, because my camera does not like the computers at the MTC. Haha, my camera is apostate! 

On Friday, I was meeting with an investigator (our teacher role playing with us, WHICH I LOVE!!) and I just didn't do the best I could have. I was really comparing myself to others and feeling bad about myself.  We went to dinner and as I was eating, Elder Van Ausdal who is in my district  (we actually were in the same math class in BYU and we were good friends), looked up at me and said: "Sister Guilott, would you like a blessing?" Let me tell you that God answers prayers. I got a little teary eyed and said: "Elder, that is exactly what I need. YES." After dinner, we all went to the classroom and I received my blessing. It was a beautiful blessing, and it really gave  me strength I needed. Then it lead to a chain reaction, and everyone else got blessings. IT WAS A NEAT EXPERIENCE. 

Well, I want to let you all know that I am truly grateful for this experience I have to be a missionary. I am so excited I get to be a instrument in the hand of God. Through the Atonement, we can return to our Father and our Savior.I am so grateful for all the opportunities I had to attend the temple and have already seen blessings from on high from that experience. I love you all and can't wait to email you all! 

Yours truly, 
Sister Guilott 
Saying Goodbye is hard

Monday, April 4, 2016

In His Vineyard

April 4th 2016: Almost mission bound!

I can't believe my time has finally come to serve as a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints! I will be serving in the California Modesto Mission and I leave April 6, 2016. I have had a lot of time to prepare and get ready for my mission. I have gone to the temple many times these past months and I have seen so many blessings in my life because of going. I know I am suppose to go on a mission, because I have seen so many miracles in my life by this choice to serve. I am so grateful for my eternal family and all the happiness they give me. I am so grateful for this true gospel I have in my life and how it has been the answer to everything when I ever have any questions. I know what I am doing is the most important work needed to bring people back to Christ. Looking at my life, it really hard to give up so much and let things go that I love behind. I am going to miss so many things, especially my family. But these 18 months are the time for me to serve and grow closer to my Savior Jesus Christ. 18 months is a long time, but it is nothing compared to eternity. I am willing to give this amount of time of my life, because our Savior has given the power to everyone on this earth to return back to His and our Heavenly Fathers presences. I want to be able to give back to the One who has made it possible for everything we do. I hope the best for all of you and know that I love you all very much! I will see you in 18 months! Thank you for all your support. Goodbye old life, HELLO mission life!