My testimony has been through fire and disbelief, doubt and questioning, and come out stronger because of it. Every time we get bashed my testimony of what I believe to be true is strengthened because our doctrine makes the most sense! It lines up and just fits without forcing it. I have felt the spirit confirm truth and I know this Gospel is the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. I still have lots of questions and probably always will, but I know I’ll figure it out or understand it all one day. I love what President Hanks always quotes, “To believe in God is to know all that all the rules will be fair and that there will be wonderful surprises.” I truly believe that.
Here’s a quick update. I’ll see you in a week and half!!!!!!!! (I’m really not excited to come home. Really. Alabama can keep me here forever:)
I just want to share my testimony before I end my mission.
I KNOW the Gospel has been restored and that there are living prophets and apostles on the earth today. I KNOW the Book of Mormon is scripture and a way to know how we should live our lives. I have gotten closer to my Savior through my study and I know any sincere seeker of truth will recognize the validity of the BOM. I know Heavenly Father answers my prayers, thoughts, and desires and he is aware and helping us even in the very details of our lives. His way is not my way but it’s always the better way. As I’m learning to rely on Him more and more I see how His great plan really is made for my happiness. That is my testimony. And I bear it with conviction in the name of my Savior, Jesus Christ.
This week we played soccer in the mud and rain for 3.5 hours!!! It was a BLAST and the result was really wet hair and a few days of really sore muscles. Here are some pics:
Hi from the South! I hope you had a great week and have been able to review Gen. Conference. It was truly extraordinary and I love studying and finding new ways to improve based off the inspired talks.
I sure do!! Shout out to my mom and dad, they are amazing people.
Spring has officially sprung and the trees went from brown to green literally overnight. I don’t know how they do that but it’s quite spectacular. I love Alabama during this time of year and being a missionary here is one of the greatest blessings of my life.
I hope you watched General Conference and were able to receive answers and personal inspiration. I received a lot of much-needed answers to questions I’ve had, and I also took a stern chastisement from the spirit that I need to be more humble. Don’t you love when the Spirit does that? We all have things to work on, but I loved Elder Holland’s talk that addressed the need to not be troubled by tomorrow but to look forward with hope and courage that we CAN change.
I also loved Pres. Uchtdorf’s talk about being able to be rebuilt and restored by the Savior. The thing we must do is come to Him. I know that as we reach out and do what we can to live His Gospel, he makes the difference in our ability to change, overcome, and press forward with a “steadfastness in Christ.” I love that he said that obedience is the means to an end. The end is eternal exaltation and glory with our families and Heavenly Father if we incline our hearts to the Savior and follow Him.
This week we had MLC, Zone Training, and then a special Sister’s Training for all the sisters in the mission. It was so great to see most of my past companions and be trained by the wonderful senior sisters in our mission. President Hanks talked about becoming a woman of depth. I think it went along perfectly with what we were encouraged to do during conference. I have felt that as I deepen my relationship with my Heavenly Father and my Savior, I am given new insight and can understand more deeply and clearly the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His Atonement. Our desires to become more like Christ deepen; we become people of substance when we live the Gospel; our lives take on more meaning and depth as we come to understand who we are and what we are meant to do here.
I could go on forever. But the main thing is that I have a testimony that living the GOSPEL literally will change us. It has changed me, and I have seen it change the people I have taught. I love my Savior and I’m so grateful he has restored lost truths and the Priesthood back on the earth. I know the Book of Mormon is God’s word.
Have a great week mis amigos!!
-we watched Conference and ate corndogs on Sunday at the Nicolas. They are so sweet!
-I got to see Hma. Mennenga!
-For you HP fans, I saw Tom Riddle’s grave marker:D
-The great Hma. Hubbard. I really love this girl!!
Hola everyone! I hope you all had a splendid Easter Sunday and that you took time to reflect on the Savior and what His Resurrection means to us. I love being in the South because most people here believe and God and Christ and we can talk to them about the Resurrection and show them the awesome new ‘Hallelujah’ video.
That’s what they say down here in the south, and since Hermana Hubbard and I are not broken, they’re not going to fix it! We get to stay together for six more weeks and I’m so excited to have this last transfer with her. Ok, that’s all you will hear from me about going home.