Saturday, December 13, 2014

Safe & (getting) happ(ier)y - 8/18/14

Hi family! okay. i know there's a lot of stuff about St Louis on the news right now, but just know that I'm safe! Keep praying for the people in Ferguson, they need lots of it.

This past week was really good! The weeks are just going by so quickly i don't always know what to say. We have been doing a lot of finding, and strengthening our investigators that we already have.

This past week we were drawing the plan of salvation on the sidewalk with some chalk and we met a really awesome guy named Bill! It was cool because at the end he told us that he needed to hear the message we share and he asked us (that never happen) to come visit him! We stopped by and invited him to church but he wasn't able to make it, so we have an appointment with him on Wednesday and that will be way good!

We also made huge progress with another investigator who has been thinking about getting baptized for months! and guess how it happened?! FAMILY HISTORY! crazy huh?! It was cool to see how she just jumped right into it. Family history is sosososo important. We have the greatest gift of having the gospel and temples and so we should always be seeking to share that with others, even if they are our relatives who have passed on.
"Brethren, shall we not go on in so great a cause? Go forward and not backward. Courage, brethren; and on, on to the victory! Let your hearts rejoice, and be exceedingly glad. Let the earth break forth into singing. Let the dead speak forth anthems of eternal praise to the King Immanuel, who hath ordained, before the world was, that which would enable us to redeem them out of their prison; for the prisoners shall go free."
This has been my favorite scripture this week. D&C 128:22. SO powerful. The gospel has the ability to do so much. Following the gospel of Jesus Christ is literally the answer for everything. For the prisoner shall go free. i love it. i love the power of the message that I'm able to share everyday.

Recently i have been throwing pity parties for myself, no streamers of balloons just murmuring and comparing. But I know Heavenly Father has things for me to learn right now. A lot of that could be patience.. let's be honest most of it is patience. but I'm doing better. I've been leaning on my Heavenly Father a lot this transfer and I'm grateful for it. Its sooo easy to get frustrated because we think we're not doing good enough, but He doesn't want that for us. He doesn't want us to think we're not good enough, or that we can't do it. Because we are good enough, and we can do it. I am good enough to be the Lord's missionary, and I can do this.
He trusts us, He loves us, He helps us.

This email is turning more into a self pep talk, but I'm totally cool with it. Hope you guys are too! There are so many great things happening in this area and in my life right now that i need to focus on that. positivity is key! ya!

okay but really, I'm doing better. Sorry this email probably makes NO sense whatsoever. but bottom line, just know that i love you guys. A lot. You know that one song by Chicago, "you're my inspiration"? well that's my song to you guys.. haha okay that's cheesy. and that's a love song (ew) but you get the idea. Keep being awesome and happy.

endure and save yourself for days of happiness ahead.

i love you. & so does Jesus.

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