Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Week 23: You are Called to be YOU!

This week has been great!  We had a Sisters Conference on Thursday- it was so fun to see all of the sisters I've been companions with!  It was cool to be with just the sisters and to really get to know one another.  Sister Foote said, "God doesn't compare us.  He loves us because we are His."  I loved that because sometimes it is easy to get caught up in comparing ourselves to other missionaries.  It was a really good reminder!  One of the sisters said, "The only person we should compare ourselves to is who we were yesterday.”  Another thing that I loved was when President Foote said, "You are called to be YOU!"  I love that because every one has different strengths and weaknesses, and that is the way God made us! 

After the conference I got to go on splits with Sister Nau, and it was SOOO awesome!  It seriously was so cool to be back together!  We are still holding out hope that one day we will be companions again. We went with Moriah, a girl from the ward who is about to leave on her mission, and taught one of our investigators, (the older lady I wrote about last week), and it was such a cool experience.  Seeing how much we have both grown since being out here on our mission was so awesome.  Spending the day with Sister Nau was one of the best parts of the week! 

Sister Barrett and I taught one of our investigators on Saturday, and we talked about the Plan of Salvation.  She has five little kids, and it was amazing to see how much it meant to her to know that she could be with them forever.  It is so amazing to see the joy that the gospel can bring into peoples lives!  They came to church the next day and she was like, "Normally I feel like the odd person out with all of these kids, but everyone jumped in and helped me out like it was so normal!"  It is so great how the gospel can bring a whole new light into someone’s life.  

On Saturday there was a huge stake youth activity at the new stake center.  There was a crazy police chase that started all the way in Douglasville, and the fugitives ended up running into the church.  I guess they ended up being locked in a room and the cops were called.  The police came, there was some shooting, and I guess (and I’m not surprised) that it really freaked out all the youth!  There was a girl in the ward who invited her friend and she was like, "She probably never wants to come back!"  Haha, it was good that they were all safe though!  They weren't allowed to have church there the next day because they needed to investigate more, so the YSA combined with our ward and it was so fun to see a lot of familiar faces again! 

We had an appointment yesterday right after church, and our Relief Society president drove us out there. Our investigator ended up not being there! Our RS president said something that was so profound to me. I think she may have been quoting Elder Holland, "The work of salvation wasn't easy when Christ was on the earth, why would it be any easier now?"  I loved that because it is so true!  She is a great lady.  I love being a missionary - the good, the bad, the funny, the sad, and the happy.  It is all part of the experience!  Thanks for all of the love and prayers and support from home - it keeps me going! 

 Going on splits - loved being back with Sister Nau!

Yes, it is possible to ride bikes in skirts!

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