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.
Hola y’all! This week was really great. Our friend Whitney came to church and she really liked it! We taught Michaela and she is reading and praying about what we have taught. Lots of great things are happening in Leeds.
This was such an incredible week I can barely contain my excitement!! So many great things and I know God is blessing our hard work and efforts in this area.
Great thing #1: I went on an exchange with Sis. _____ and we had an AMAZING conversation while we tracted a trailer park. We both have a LOT of questions about the Gospel and as we were talking in the car on the way to an appointment and she cried and said, “This is what I have been praying for. I feel so much better now and I’m so glad you are here to talk with me about these things.” I know it wasn’t me, but it was the spirit that helped me and guided my words so I could say the right thing for her. Both our testimonies were strengthened and new insights about the Gospel came to us as we tried to figure things out. I’m so grateful for that exchange.
Awesome thing #2: We were following-up with some people and we decided to knock on just one extra door before we had to go to Birmingham. We met a lady named Whitney and she is so solid!!! She has incredible questions and we have already had two lessons with her. We first taught her the Restoration and Whitney asked this question, “So what are some of the crazy things y’all do or believe?” We were able to clear some things up and have a good discussion about Prophets, something she thinks is really awesome.
Then this morning we went and taught her the Plan of Salvation and she had some good thoughts and questions and the spirit was really strong when we talked about the Atonement and the Spirit World. She wants to raise her kids in this church and she told us that she has been carrying the BOM around with her and that she feels so different and good like she never has before. It was amazing.
Amazing thing #3: A few weeks ago we received a referral for a lady who wanted a BOM. We went to deliver it and her husband (who is an Atheist) was there so we dropped it off and said we would be back. We went back and she was busy but her husband told us she has been reading the BOM. That was cool! We finally got to go back and teach her yesterday I had the most amazing logical confirmation that this Gospel is true that I have ever had. When we taught Michaela it was so amazing to hear her bear testimony of the Gospel she already knew was true before she even heard it. We taught her the Plan of Salvation and she had questions like, “What do you believe about Christ and Satan’s relationship?” “Is there progression between kingdoms?” “What do you believe about who were were before this life?” She has done a LOT of personal study about tons of religions in the past few years and literally EVERYTHING she has found and believes on her own is what we believe also. Every time we answered a question, she would nod and say, “Yeah, I’ve always thought that.” She told her husband a few days ago after reading the testimonies in the BOM that she will probably be a Mormon. Teaching her has consumed my thoughts and I just want to plan, pray, and live so that she can continue to progress in her learning. I have never taught anyone like this and she just fell in her lap because she looked for us. The pursuit of knowledge is a priority in her life. You hardly ever meet anyone like that in Alabama! She doesn’t want comfort or the bare minimum, she wants the truth and is willing to do anything to know it and keep it. I’m so excited to teach her and I know I wouldn’t be prepared to teach her at any other time in my mission; I’m very grateful for Heavenly Father’s timing.
So needless to say it was a GREAT week!! I hope y’all had a good week too. I know God blesses our sacrifice, even if it seems like NOTHING is happening for a while, he will keep his promises. Sometimes we work in ‘A’ and see the fruit in ‘B’, or even ‘C’ or ‘D’. It’s all in his timing.
Keep reading the BOM! It is an amazing book and the more I read it the more I know it is true. This is the Gospel of Jesus Christ and I know this is the Church he leads. I love it and I love my Savior and he blesses me everyday.
Stay cool mis amigos, les quiero!!!!
Some fun pics….
-Las Hermanas en Altadena, que bonitas!!
-We tried to find a less active. All we found was a dirt road. Nice hike though!
-We took Glamour shots….