NOVEMBER 17, 2014
This is it! 2 days to go! I can’t believe it! I am really nervous, as is expected. There is so much ahead, but I know I can do it with the things that I have learned! I had this moment the other day that I realized that I am almost an RM. I can’t believe it’s almost over. It’s really an amazing feeling to serve a mission and see so much of what is in the world and to see people change and grow and come to love the Savior and use His redeeming power. Sister Best and I were talking this morning about why we came on a mission, and I was reminiscing on the feelings I had as I decided to go. I hung on to those feeling as I went through rough days, and as I went through joyful times, too. MISSIONS ARE AMAZING! From Norman to Moore to Lawton to Stillwater, it’s been an amazing 18 months. Like President Walkenhorst always says… “If this is the best 18 months/2 years of your life you need to get a life, it should be the best time for your life!” He stresses that this experience helps us for the rest of our lives to be able to live and share the gospel throughout our lives! It has been great for my life! I am so grateful for all the support y’all have shown to me! Thank you thank you!
I know that this is the true gospel of Jesus Christ! I know that Heavenly Father knows us by name as He did Joseph Smith’s in the sacred grove. I know that the Book of Mormon is true and testifies of Christ. I know that it helps us come closer to Christ. I know it because I have felt it in my own life and in the lives of others around me that have taken the time to try it! I am grateful for a living prophet who called me to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma! I know he is inspired and led by God, our Heavenly Father and His son, Jesus Christ! I know I can’t comprehend all things, but I am grateful for the knowledge of the Plan of Salvation and Redemption and that I know where I am headed after this life and where I came from and my purpose. I know how we can change with Christ’s help and best of all, as I have shared these truths with others, I have felt more joy than ever! I love Oklahoma and the people here. I love my Savior and I am eternally indebted to Him!
Love you all! Hug you soon!
PS…The Pics: It snowed on Sunday! We froze to death (don’t worry we got it fixed) and we went to the temple for baptisms with Carla! #greatlastweek
NOVEMBER 10, 2014
Well, I can’t believe how fast time is flying and where it is! I’m in awe that this is my last week in Oklahoma. I just can’t believe it. I’ll be honest, it doesn’t feel real and hasn’t sunk in quite yet, which is good. It probably won’t feel real until next Thursday when I get on the airplane. AH! Until then, we have TONS to do!
This week we went to Enid for their Zone training meeting and exchanges. On Tuesday, we went to the city for MLC. I was the only one there going home this transfer out of the MLC missionaries. Everyone just made jokes at me about going home… even Sister Walkenhorst!! haha It was hilarious, and I gave my departing testimony. The Assistants gave all of us a new standard of excellence with our key indicators that is really high. We are so excited to push ourselves even more and to see tons of miracles! On the people… LeRoy is doing really well! He finished the Book of Mormon (children’s one) because he has a hard time reading and he said he’s going to go through it again, but use the actual Book of Mormon as he reads it! The Duffy’s are in the process of setting their baptismal date, but Channing, the 9-year-old, came to the baptism of an 8-year-old in the ward, so she got to see what it looked like! We are going to the temple with Carla this week to do baptisms and we’re so excited! This week Sister Best and I worked our tails off! So many appointments fell through, but it always led to another place that we were supposed to be. I have a testimony of that, and it has helped me in times when things don’t go well, even in life. To look and see that God has another way or place we should be, that will ultimately make us happier. We were out with Sister Spencer, a young awesome mom in our ward. Side note, all these young moms are only like a year or two older than we are, and it’s tripping me out! Anyways, we took her out with us and all our scheduled appointments fell through, so we asked her if there was anyone else she knew who we could visit. She said she had been given a couple names from the roster to go check on that no one knew anything about. So we drove over there and ended up finding 3 inactives on one street. #miracles. Also, church was amazing… 9 of our less actives came and some are really wanting to come back! I got to play the piano for primary since the pianist was out of town and that was SO FUN!
I LOVE MY MISSION! I love all the people we work with and the members. They all make me so happy. I’m sad this is my last week, but all we can do is live it up! So, that’s the plan! 🙂 I’ll be an Okie for life!
I love y’all!
NOVEMBER 3, 2014
What a week! It’s been busy busy and it’s going to get busier here. We had two exchanges this week, a ward party and many miracles! Here are some to name a few:
We were coming back from Perry, one of our outlying towns, and we stopped at Subway for dinner. We started talking to the lady making our sandwiches and she was a hoot. She said she had met with missionaries in Texas. Of course we kept asking questions and she totally told us she knew Joseph Smith was a prophet! We are going to start meeting with her when she moves away from her abusive boyfriend. She is moving to Perry, which is our area! #miracles
We were visiting one of our less active families, the Misikans, and the Grandma told us that her granddaughter is interested in learning about the Church and being baptized! But what is cool about that, is that we had found her mom’s teaching record from like 6 years ago, and I felt like we needed to find them. #miracles
One of our members was working and a lady who lives in her apartment complex started asking her questions about the church and asked for some pamphlets. What is cool is that they have a lot in common and their paths have crossed many times. #miracles
At the ward party, tons of people brought friends and told us about it before the party so we could look for them! There were also a lot of part member families who came! #miracles
Phil, Carla’s (RC) husband bore his testimony in fast and testimony meeting! He is so strong in the Gospel and coming back full force! #miracles And we’re going to the temple to do baptisms with them next week!!
I am so grateful for miracles. Those unexplained things that happen, the people that cross your path, the promptings that come throughout the day, and the members who open their mouths and share what they love with their friends. This is the Lord’s work and He is in charge, therefore we cannot fail. It truly is impossible to fail while you are on the Lord’s errand. He loves us all and will help you as you ask Him.
I love y’all SO MUCH!