Well, I don't think that there has been a single week on my mission that hasn't been eventful. For some reason, this has been the most insane transfer of my LIFE...my mission life at least. Maybe my whole life, who knows. One of my companions, Sister Pettyjohn went home to have shoulder surgery, and should be back by next transfer, but Sister Jensen and I miss her already! We are teaching a woman named Jennifer who has been through SO much in her life, and she is so humble because of it. She is willing to do anything to have more light in her life, and so she wants to make and keep commitments! I LOVE PEOPLE LIKE THAT! She came to part of church this week, so hopefully she will continue to come more and more and be able to be baptized at the end of the month like she is set to be!On the flip side, last night we had just gotten out of an appointment, and we started to drive up the street to go see a less active member of our ward. I saw a lady in her front yard, so I pulled the car over and we hopped out to try and go talk to her. Yes, we totally do that. So, we get out, start walking towards her house, and she looks up, sees us, and then starts SPEED WALKING in the other direction. I'm not kidding, you would have thought we were really scary. Or threatening her. We laughed SO HARD after we had tracted a few houses and got back into our car. Oh my gosh, we laughed so hard.
Here is your fun-Nebraska-fact for the day! I learned this in a book I was reading about Winter Quarters:The word Nebraska comes from the Oto Indian word for shallow or flat water..as in the Platte river (which is very shallow, and flat) The word is.....NEBRATHKA.
Say that out loud, and enjoy :)
This week, I got a call from Sister Owen, my dear sweet wonderful daughter, telling me that Matt and Elyssa were on the way to the temple to do baptisms for the dead for the first time. I got to meet them outside the temple and say hi because we were across the street at the TC! It was such a sweet moment to see them as they sat in their car and prayed before they got out to go into the temple. I wanted to bawl my eyes out at that sight. Elyssa didn't tell Matt I was coming, and it was the sweetest reunion. I love them so much.I know that this gospel is true. I love being a missionary, and I love being a part of the Lord's work daily. I know that He blesses those who do what He wants them to do- regardless of if we are a missionary or not. So, I want to invite you to do something this week that will be what He wants for you. Because that will be between you and the Lord, will you pray about what He wants you to do? Maybe that will be to create a family mission plan. Maybe it is to attend the temple. Maybe it is to read the Book of Mormon every day- or for longer every day! I can promise you that as you pray about what your Heavenly Father would have you do, and then act on it, that you will have the Spirit more in your life, and you will be able to be an instrument in His hands to bring others unto Christ. And there is NO better feeling than that!