Sunday, January 16, 2011

January 10, 2011

This weeks letter to her Mission President:
This definitely is a time of change for me personally and for our area. Last week when I e-mailed you I said that we wanted to meet the standard of excellence in 2 weeks. I have tried that before and it didn't work. Mostly because of a lack of faith on my part. This time I decided to bind the Lord. We told Him we would do everything in our power to make it possible and that we would take the best care of His children we possibly could and then mightily prayed for His miracles to make it happen. This week we met the standard of excellence in almost every area. Our numbers all doubled or tripled. The Lord placed people in our path that have been prepared for the waters of baptism. I realize more and more often that this is ALL the Lord's work and He will make it happen if we will just be obedient and show up just as we are ready to work. It has really been a blessing for this branch and the members are really starting to get excited. I have also thought a lot about my 3 goals. I have decided on
1- make prayer a meaningful and revelatory experience. Don't just say prayers to get them over with. When I receive revelation learn to recognize it and to ask for more.
2- Write down spiritual experiences and promptings. Keep a study journal and also a regular journal.
3- Learn what it means to be a daughter of God. Have self confidence that isn't based on what others say and think. Know my divine worth.
I love being a missionary so much and I learn more about myself and the gospel every day. My goals are now life long and not just for my mission. I'm realizing that this experience and the changes I make need to really become a part of who I am and not just a part of what I'm doing. I can't wait to see what the next week brings.
I e-mailed you my letter to President Hale this week and it has been full of miracles. I truly love being a missionary and seeing the Lord's hand in my life. There is no way we could have found the people that he prepared and placed in our path so quickly but when we are ready to work and be obedient he directs them to us. So cool! Yesterday M was able to be confirmed and it was so good. He was promised that in time his family would learn of the gospel and be baptized. Such a blessing to him. He desires nothing more than to please our Heavenly Father. This week we met an incredible girl named L. She told us that it all makes sense and that she just feels in her heart that it's true. She always tells us its just a really special feeling. We were able to teach the entire plan of salvation in 15 minutes and when we got done she said "it's as clear as water. I just can't wait to go to the Celestial Kingdom!" She's so cute. Her baptism is set for Feb 6th but she is so excited and ready that we'll probably be moving it up a week. She found the church from She was watching the movies on there and just e-mailed one of the members asking more. Then she came to church 3 times in family wards before finding the missionaries. She is so prepared. We're also working with a few other people and I love them all SO much! I can't even tell you how much I love being back in a YSA branch. I never want to attend a YSA branch but I love being a missionary in them haha. I love teaching people my own age which is funny because most missionaries hate it and avoid talking to college aged kids. I love being a missionary more and more every day and it's changed my life more than anything i've ever done. The atonement is changing me into the person my Heavenly Father knows I can be. My commitment to the gospel is 100% stronger and I see the blessing that it is in my life. yep.... i love life! I love you all Tons and tons and tons!!!!! oh and tell kyle steed i'm laughing at him for losing so bad :)

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