This week the following things happened:
1. We taught 40 lessons.
2. We got a whole heap of new gators/ potentials.
3. Ward members gave us 3 referrals yesterday. We have appointments with all of them this week.
4. I reunited with Sister Rodriguez. The four of us ate lunch at the Sunflower Asian Café and then went to the mall and played with puppies.
5. Sister Allen ended a phone call by saying: “in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.”
6. One of our less active members called us while we were on our way to her door and said, “you have 2 minutes and 47 seconds to get here or I will call your mission president.” Fortunately we made it there in under 2 minutes and 47 seconds.
7. That same less active member prayed for us to take a wrong turn and find someone to teach. It happened. His name was Josh.
8. Another less active member gazed into my eyes and said “You’ve seen things. I can tell.” She then went on to explain to Sister Allen about how I’ve seen so many things because I’ve just come from Grand Junction, where there a people laying in the streets dying.
9. One of our investigators/ soon to be recent converts said, “I used to hustle on the streets. Now the only hustling I do is for God.”
10. We want to get more investigators in Littleton proper, so we’ve been doing a lot of finding here. The other day we followed the Spirit to a house of a golden investigator named Jessica. We are meeting with her on Tuesday.
11. We had a fireside with Elder James Martino of the 2nd quorum of the 70. It was amazing and inspiring. Also, while there I got to reunite with all of my dear friends from the mtc. My heart was soaring.
12. I tried boba. It was strangely delicious. There is so much Asian food here. I am in heaven. Char, if you’re reading this, I’m going to Panda Express to use your gift card today. Thank you so much. I have been waiting for this moment for 5 months.
13. I met my cousin, Elder Zareli (Zerelli? Zirelli?) Anyway, we determined that we’ve probably both been at the same family reunion before.
14. Every blessing that could have possibly been bestowed on us this week, was bestowed on us. And speaking of blessings, the power of the Priesthood is real. And that’s all I’ve got to say about that.
15. Yesterday as we returned home, Sister Allen and I said “No post on Sundays,” at the exact same time. We are the same person. It’s amazing.
This ward is incredible. My companion is incredible. Everything about this life is incredible.
“Glory, glory, hallelujah. His truth goes marching on. And on, and on. And where it stops? Right here (gesturing to heart).” – old man
God bless America.
I love you all. #alwaysforever #sodoesGod
Fact: This transfer was divinely inspired.
I am so, so happy. My comp, Sister Allen, is unreal. Everything is beautiful here.
Some neat things that are happening:
1. I live right next to Columbine high school. We’re going to the memorial later today.
2. I no longer have to shower with flip flops.
3. We live with the kindest soul, Sister Carpenter. She made us waffles for lunch yesterday.
4. We visit this lady, Ann Kern, on the daily. My first night, she gave me a hug and said, “I love you. I love Jesus. Welcome home.”
5. I’m pretty sure my area goes the farthest into metro Denver of any areas in my mission.
PS Here’s my address:
6627 S Newland Cir
Littleton, CO 80123
I just spent a long time doing some sleuthing on lds maps to find that address.
Finally, I want you all to know, that I am going to see Sister Rodriguez in exactly 1 hour and 28 minutes from time of writing.
I’m just happy. Blessings from on high.
I love you. #alwaysforever #sodoesGod
The following are pics from Grand Junction with some of the most awesome people ever! And an awesome dog!
I seriously considered lying to all of you about this, but then I thought, what’s the point of keeping a mission blog if you don’t share both the ups and the downs of missionary work?
So here’s the thing: there is a 95% chance that I’ll be transferred this week.
Why? Well, last week I let my mission president know that I was having a hard time focusing in the singles ward. There are so many people here that I just want to be best friends with. I want to be going to class with them, and track practice, and hanging out watching movies (disclaimer: I promise I have not done any of these things). But I want to be doing these things. Which means I’m not fulfilling my purpose, and I’m not upholding the Character of Christ; and if I’m not doing those things then what’s the point of being here?
So last week I met with President Murdock. We talked, and he let me know that he thinks he will probably transfer me now rather than wait until the end of the transfer. Reason being, Sister Moody will probably get her visa sooner than later, so they need to get another missionary in stat to learn the area.
Emotions that have come as a result of this news: relief, anxiety, hope, fear, trust in the Lord and in His appointed servants, extreme embarrassment (because now I’m just causing trouble), and a whole host of other things. Primarily though, this has resulted in a great deal of humility, and a profound reliance on the Savior.
I have gone through difficult things in the past, but they have been primarily a result of circumstances outside of my control. So this has definitely been one of the hardest things that I have ever self-inflicted . But you know how when you have to make a tough decision you rely on the Spirit to send you those little confirmations that you did the right thing? One of those confirmations came in my mom’s email today:
“I came across a list of things you need to do to be successful. I thought I would tell you one thing from the list each week. This week it is “You have to make the call you are afraid to make.” That reminds me of when you used to be so afraid to make phone calls, haha. But, is there a call you need to make this week that you are afraid to make? Maybe asking for a transfer?”
Oh Mom, how did you know? Must have been the Spirit.
Anyway, I testify that Heavenly Father has a plan for us, and that He knows what’s going to happen in the end. We don’t need to know the whole story, we just need to rely on Him to find out what our next step should be.
I also testify that the Savior is there to help us through those difficult times of indecision and heartache.
I also testify that the Holy Ghost is our comforter, teacher, and witness of truth.
I also testify that our Priesthood leaders have the right to receive revelation on our behalf. To guide us, and to comfort us. Many thanks to President Murdock and Bishop Linford for your validation and support.
Finally, a shout out to all of you reading this from the Grand Junction 12th ward. You are the finest individuals I have ever met. I love you, and I want you to know that you have forever changed my opinion of singles wards (for the better, promise). Keep doing missionary work, keep reaching out to the lost sheep, and keep loving each other. Focus on the Savior and his ministry and Atonement, and you’ll be all right.
Guess what happened on Saturday.
If you guessed: “Monica entered into the waters of baptism,” you are correct.
It was beautiful, and perfect. She is beautiful, and perfect. The Spirit was strong, and I felt really honored to have been there and to have been a part of it all. Over the last month Monica has been absorbed in the Book of Mormon, she has agreed with enthusiasm to follow the commandments of God, and she has been a shining light to all those around her. She will do amazing things to build the Kingdom of God.
What’s more, Cheyann, who was baptized in December, gave a stirring talk on baptism. She spoke about covenants, and what impact those baptismal covenants have made in her life. It was incredible. These people are absolutely unreal.
And now, a note for any of you who have felt, or are now feeling, a degree of separation from God:
Missionaries of old cried repentance. They did it boldly and they did it fearlessly. I came on my mission with the mindset that I would help others to come unto Christ, and repentance would be a natural byproduct of that, but I wouldn’t really have to “cry repentance.” To be honest, I didn’t really want to. Because that’s kind of rude, and it implies a level of pride on my part. Right? Wrong. There’s a disconnect there, and I didn’t see it. Repentance is what brings you unto Christ. I have a testimony of that, and I better share it.
So I’m crying it now: Repent! Why? Not because I know you’re doing wrong, but because I know that every time you try a little harder to improve yourself and behave like Christ, you’re letting him in a little more, and you’ll become a lot happier. So one more time:
Repent-it will make you happy!
Any and all walls that separate us from the love of God are erected of our own accord. I promise. So go tear them down. #easiersaidthandone #starttryinganyway
I love you. #alwaysforever #sodoesGod
PS Let’s all take a moment of silence to remember the Broncos in this their time of greatest need. #prayforpeyton