What a crazy week! We actually had our lovely Sister Gibbons transfer. She will do well in her new area and I enjoyed the time we got to spend together, even though it was short and sweet. One thing certain on a mission: lots of change always. :)
This week, it was a great week! We have been teaching our investigator Michael and he is getting more and more interested! But he is slow to commit ... Patience is a virtue, and we are showing him why it is important to do things like pray, read the Book of Mormon, and go to church. A wonderful family from our ward invited him over to their house for a lesson, and it was AMAZING. I am just SOOOO grateful for people being so willing and open to helping out missionaries and doing what the Lord wants them to do!
I want to share a story from this week with a lot of honesty: After a long week on Saturday, while biking in the rain, I got really down. Its hard to stay positive at times when you are cold, wet, riding a bike and no one seems to want to listen. I started thinking about my decisions of being on a mission and my purpose in being here, with all I had given up. We had gotten into no homes the whole day, we were soaking wet, it was very windy and cold, and I was miserable. I started to get VERY down on myself. When we got home, I was close to tears. I thought to myself :"Why am I here? What am I doing that is helping anyone? Is this really what I am supposed to be doing?" Then, I had the prompting to pray. So, started to pray. I felt a comfort come over me, but I was still feeling down. I went to sleep that night. The next day, we went to church. AND OH BOY. I received so many answers that day. And so many people came up to us saying how grateful they were for us. And we were even mentioned in a lesson in Relief Society. I knew then that God was telling me that everything is going to be okay. I learned that humility is a HUGE part of this work. And that we need to keep on pushing and moving forward.
I don't know why I had to share that. But all I know is that, yes: missions are hard. They make you uncomfortable. They make you feel like the whole world is out to get you. You will want to give up. But this will NEVER compare to what Our Savior Jesus Christ had to go through. He bore ALL of our sins, pains, weaknesses, short comings, and so much more. But He did it because He loved us, He understood the plan of happiness, and He knew it was his Father's will and He loved his Heavenly Father SO MUCH, He did that. So He completed the Atonement, and died for us. Look at the result now. So, when you are wanting to give up or you think no one notices you or anything, just remember that Jesus Christ knows exactly what you are going through. Know that this is supposed to be hard, because God wants you to learn and grow. "He takes us as we are and makes us more than we ever imagined." And this is what the season is all about. He is here with us always to "Light the World."
I am so grateful to be here. I know I am suppose to be here. Satan is real, but we have the power to stop him from anything. I can know when to get on my knees and pray. I am so grateful for this gospel. I know that it is true. I know it, and I can not EVER deny it. I love my Savior so much, He is the light and life of my world. And the light and the life in our world today. I know that things will get better, we have to have faith and hope for good things to come.
I love you all and hope you have a wonderful week. Enjoy the Christmas weather!