AUGUST 4, 2014
The Lawton Zone!
Family and Friends,
GUESS WHAT!!?? CHELSEA BORUP IS COMING TO MY MISSION OCTOBER 15TH!!!!! I will get to serve with her for my last month!
The work is going well here in Lawton. Sister Porter is officially going home in 3 days! It’s hard being with a “dying missionary” as we call it. They are so ready to go home that it’s hard to stay focused sometimes. But the thing is that I’m an oldie missionary now, so my time is coming soon, too! AH! I am actually excited, though… so much has changed and I miss y’all like never before! I am doing great though and staying focused. I will enjoy these next 3 months and serve as hard as I can! We have a really busy next couple of months with Mission Leader Conferences, a mission tour (General Authority visit) and a Zone Conference. It’ll be crazy, so that will keep my mind focused and excited!
On Monday evening Carla Molster came out with us and we visited Sister Tahkopfer. On I went on an exchange with Sister Gull. She’s brand new…one week in the mission! We taught about the Restoration to Becky (one of our new investigators) with Sister Kile (one of our members)! Sister Gull recited the first vision with tears streaming down her face. Becky is totally excited about all this. When we invited her to pray about all we talked about, she said, “Why… I already feel that it is true.” We asked her to pray about it anyway so that God could witness it again. She is really prepared. After the lesson, Sister Gull thought that it was the coolest experience she had ever had (it was her first time teaching that lesson in the field). I guess to that point I hadn’t really realized what amazing experiences we have every day on a regular basis. It was a good lesson to me that we can feel as though it is our first time learning about Joseph Smith and The Book of Mormon every time we teach about it. I totally love teaching it, and we get to teach about it all the time! I guess I needed to slow down and remember how special the message is that we have to share! Sister Gull reminded me of that great lesson that day! I’m grateful for that!
On Wednesday, we got to go to the TEMPLE! It was a wonderful session, and I felt a calming peace about my future and the remainder of my mission. In the temple, I feel that I can see the bigger picture better. I was reminded that my time left here on my mission is short and that I need to continue to work hard to the end. We had our Zone Training Meeting afterwards where we gave a training on “Developing A Christlike Companionship”. It was sure fun, interactive and the Spirit was there! The Zone Leaders gave training on developing a vision, having a desire and anchoring ourselves to that. One of our Zone Leaders, Elder Holman loves hashtags, so a tradition of the Lawton Zone is to end all trainings with a hashtag to remind us of what was discussed . Ours was #CompUnity (original I know..) and theirs was #AnchorTheDream. It was fun. One of our Senior Couple missionaries stood up and asked, “So, what is a hashtag?” Everyone laughed, including him and it was explained to him. It was so funny! We also met with Sister Brennan and taught her about prayer. She gave a great prayer afterwards, and we invited her to pray every day. Most of the weekend was full of Sister Porter saying good bye to people and packing, but Sister Hirschi and I are going through everything and organizing. We have a ton of fun together. Sister Hirschi is a lot more shy than Sister Porter, but when she laughs, she LAUGHS! Needless to say, we’ve had some good laughs so far. 🙂
I am so grateful for the Gospel! I love Jesus Christ with all my heart, might, mind and strength!
I love y’all so much!
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