This week has been amazing. Hard, but amazing! I have a better understanding of what role the atonement plays in my life and what it means to me. Elder Bednar came and spoke to the YSA in my stake and was able to speak boldly and lovingly. I have always known the Savior's atonement cleanses us from sin but I forget too often that it also strengthens us! To be a disciple of Jesus Christ is not easy. Salvation was not easy for Him, why would we think it would be easy for us? His Apostolic witness filled the room with the spirit and reminded me that Heavenly Father is mindful of me and loves me. In relief society yesterday I was able to bear my testimony of how we are breaking over and over again. We may feel forgotten, confused at why we need to feel such a way, or how much longer we can go on feeling that way. But that is exactly what the atonement is!!! To heal us! To strengthen us! And it isn't until we are broken that Heavenly Father can but us back together stronger than we were before. I'm grateful that I have a father in heaven that loves me enough to teach me this lesson. I'm grateful for my Savior and how real His atoning sacrifice is to me. I'm grateful for trials. I know the very purpose of coming to earth is to be tested and through the choices we make return back to our loving Heavenly Father. I am far from perfection but I know the Lord will strengthen me only when I keep my covenants and trust in Him. One last note from Elder Bednar is that at baptism we promised to take the name of Christ upon us. Every decision after that is not ours to make because we already covenanted to follow Christ. Of course we still have our agency, God will never take that from us, but now it is our responsibility to do as Christ would. I promise that as we do this we will be happier than we ever thought imaginable! I love you all and pray for you each day!
I can't think of any other blessing/trail that can prepare you more
for marriage than a mission. You learn good work ethic, communication skills, patience in setbacks, forgiveness with your companion... The list goes on! More than everything it is so fun! It's like being in college living with 6 sisters but we don't have to go to school or work haha! You all seem to be doing well:) It's killin me not being able to ski with all the good snow you've gotten this year! We haven't had that in so many years! Were y'all able to make some good goals for 2016? It's funny you know me and my almost obsession with setting goals... I didn't know what I wanted from 2016 and therefore my mission. It was more frustrating than anything but during morning studies it just came to me! The thing I want most from my mission is to know my Savior. I thought a good way to do that is to read Jesus the Christ. I'm grateful the Lord will always answer our prayers! At times we may feel that He's let us go too far or make us wait to long but it's in those times when we grow the most and then when we're ready to listen to the answer He has for us He will let the truth be
known. Serving in YSA is different than a family ward in almost every way but it's so cool because it's the same work! This week we found two new investigators. I love being able to be the Lord's hands in helping others learn about the restored gospel. You literally see people's lives change as they choose to follow Jesus Christ. Our ward is so huge and so we've been finding through our members because there's about 400 but a little less than half come to church each week. It's crazy because there have been so many people that I've met from Riverton or have friends there. We had dinner with a member who served with Fish (one of Whit's friends) in Reno, NV! We had the best devotional that was for all YSA. Elder Nelson spoke on "Becoming True Millennials". He covered 4 main points: 1- Learn who you truly are. 2- Expect and prepare to accomplish the impossible. 3- Learn how to access the power of heaven. 4- Follow the prophets. We are elect of God's children because of our faithfulness and have come at this time to prepare for Christ to come again. I love it so much and the full talk is on lds.org! I love being a missionary with all my heart and I love all of you!!! Thank you so much for your support and encouraging words! Until next week!
The biggest change of my mission happened this past week!!! I'm staying in Dublin house! Okay okay that's nothing new but now I'm serving in... YSA!!!!! I was also asked to second half train Sister Jun! I've lived with her for her first transfer and she is amazing! These past couple days have been so fun! I thought I would serve in YSA at some point of my mission just because that is not my comfort zone but it is SO MUCH FUN!!!!! I can't wait for the rest of the transfer! It was extremely weird leaving Ray 2nd and Ray 3rd because I've served there for the past 7 months and it's all I've known.. Especially because of New Years we weren't able to be out proselyting in our new areas. But going to church really helps you acclimate to your new area and it's amazing how much love I have for everyone already! Thursday was transfers and on Friday I was able to help teach the last lesson to Sarah just in time for her baptism on Saturday! It's so amazing to be able to be apart of this work! One of my coolest teaching opportunities happened this week as well! Ty one of the members just got home from his mission a few months ago and brought 5 buddies to come play some ball at the church. None of them were members and he told them in return for us letting them use our court they had to let us share a message! So as we taught a condensed version of the restoration and eternal families it was so cool to be able to talk with them and see if they felt a difference when they come to our church... And they do! All of them had a Christian background but none of them are active in their various beliefs. I'm so grateful for this opportunity to share this gospel with everyone I meet every single day! This work is truly amazing and has changed my life. I love this gospel with all my heart and I know The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is Christ's church once again restored on the earth. I love you all! Thank you so much for all your love and support!!