Tuesday, June 25, 2013

June 24, 2013

So my area is very small! I am in Maple Valley. Sister Margaritis says our area is about  1.5 miles by 1.5 miles. There are trees everywhere, and it rains often, which I know isn't a surprise! We still have not been able to sit down and just teach a lesson to someone, which is frustrating to me. A lot of the times we try to find people at the park to teach. We have only gone tracting once.Sometimes when people are rude I just laugh so as not to be offended. But with the new vision of missionary work that the Quorum of the 12 shared with us at the Broadcast yesterday, hopefully we will have a lot of people to teach and won't have to go contacting in the near future! Were you guys able to watch that? It was a great meeting. I love hearing all of the apostles speak. They each have an amazing testimony built upon their own individual personalities and experiences. I really loved watching the clip of President Monson from when he was younger. He is quite the story teller. I love that about him. Anyways, if you weren't able to watch it maybe you can watch it online or something. The Church is really excited about missionary work!

Yesterday we ate dinner at the DeBoer's home. They are a sweet older couple who live alone, but they had their granddaughter over (Ava, age 11-she reminded me of Kylee) and their neighbor over as well, Brother Stock. It was such a blessing to be in a warm welcoming home eating yummy food that wasn't fixed on a missionary budget. Brother DeBoer used to be a detective and is so hilarious. Sister Debeor is just so sweet and thoughtful. It was like having grandparents away from home. 

We have one progressing investigator, Trish, and she came to church yesterday! I think she really enjoyed it. We are anxious to teach her, because we know the gospel will help her through this tough time. She has a lot on her plate right now. She also has a 5 year old son, Preston, who is adorable and loves to meet people and loooves to talk! I am really excited to get to know them better.

A scripture we have been sharing with people a lot lately is Helaman 5:12. "It is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God" that we build our foundation. This scripture can apply to anyone at anytime, but I find that it applies to me so much at this point. When I need comfort I to turn to the scriptures and to prayer. I don't have the things that I had at home to give me comfort. I can't curl up on the couch and watch a movie or call one of you or my friends. The only thing I have is missionary work! And so I must lean on my Savior more than ever. The scriptures have so much power. When I read them I feel peace and hope. They are just brimming with comfort for my worries each time I open them up. When I pray I know that God is listening and that even if I can't see a resolution to every single one of my problems right away, I know that He is watching out for me and will not let me fall.

Just in case anyone is wondering, missionary work is HARD. Big surprise! But the Lord has promised so many blessings to those who serve Him. I am grateful to be a representative of Jesus Christ. He is my Savior, and I cannot do this without Him. I know He lives. I know His arms are open to all those who will just come to Him.

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