Monday, February 12, 2018

and her heart swelled wide as eternity.

















My goodness somehow I wonder how I haven't had a heart attack yet because I love my mission and everything about it so much, it's actually super impressive how well my heart is still working for all this love to be crammed inside of it. 

Some news: 
I am getting transferred. I will be in Peachwood North AND President Mackay told me I could also be with the Sisters in Shepherd/Dry Creek/Orchard View and that is my home land. I am so happy about it. So really I kind of don't have a companion but also I'm going to kind of have four companions anywho they are all so great. 


Some stuff that happened because of the news: 
The ward council in the Clovis ward was alllllll sorts of emotional. When we first sat down I was only doing the type of crying where tears take a while to well up and then you can sneakily wipe them off your face. Then our ward mission leader announced that I was getting transferred and some other stuff about my mission which maybe you all can guess and then it was the type of crying where you literally have a wet face and have to ask your companion after if your makeup is okay. Honestly it was so reassuring to sit in that ward council and see so many others doing the work of salvation that I promise to never abandon. 

Honestly I knew my time in this area was going to be pretty short and I prayed so hard that I could love the people here so fast and boy oh boy the Lord certainly knows how to deliver. I have made so many friends here and we've seen so much progression in the wards here and in the people and Sister Sheffield is amazing and wow it feels so good. 

I told Charlene that I was leaving and she asked if I was going to tell everyone and I told her I wasn't sure and she said...."Well you need to tell them you are leaving so they can thank you, and you need to tell them you are coming back and staying with me." 
Also we street contacted her son and that was way cooool.

I am super excited for this next week full of soul-stretching stuff and people to love. 
Have the best week loved ones!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Love, 
Sister Rendon

 * I added some of Sister Sheffield email today also - Sister Rendon's Mom

Hi everyone!

Sister Rendon and I had an incredible week! And it will be our last week together. Sister Rendon is going home in two weeks (two weeks after the transfer) but she was temporarily assigned to North Stake for that time. It should be really fun for her. She is floating between two companionships, and one of those areas is the area she was trained in. She will have fun strengthening those sisters and being able to reflect on all the things that have happened on her mission!

Sister Rendon really was an incredible companion. I feel like we crammed 2 or 3 transfers worth of stuff into these last few weeks. We have been busy, busy. Incredible visits with less actives, amazing moments to share our fruit with members, finding potential after potential and many new investigators. I love my mission and I love this area. 

We were driving and we saw some people working outside. In Sister Rendon's bishop blessing, she was asked to keep a special look-out for those who need service. So we stopped and we walked down the street. There were three families outside. We asked to serve all of them. All of them gave us the same response, "We already found Jesus." They didn't want to talk. They actually have this door sign that says "No Solicitors" with a not below which says, "We have no money, WE HAVE FOUND JESUS, seriously, unless you're selling thin mints, GO AWAY" and Sister Rendon said that they probably made these signs at an anti-mormon relief society craft activity. On our way back to the car, I remarked on this great similarity in their responses and Sister Rendon said, "Well, at least the Lord trusts us!" And then she said we should knock on one more door. And we did, and we met Carol, who talked to us for 30 minutes. We left her with a Book of Mormon and she agreed to visit again. We decided Missionary work is the best.

As Sister Rendon is preparing to go home, we have been talking about how our mission has helped us find our Savior. And yes, before my mission I knew that Jesus was the Christ. I had found Him. But every day on my mission has given me another chance to find out something else about Him. We talked about John 17:3, a scripture that has meant so much to me on my mission. It is eternal life to know Him, to find Him again and again and again, in every aspect of our lives. It is such a blessing to be here doing it!

Love,
Sister Sheffield

Monday, January 29, 2018

FRESNO BEAST ZONE GOES TO THE ZOO.













I've wanted my whole mission to feed the giraffes at the Fresno zoo. Dreams do come true. 
...anyway despite the fact that I've been waiting so long to feed the giraffe's and it actually was super cool here are some things this week that were even better than giraffe feeding. 

-I went on exchanges with Sister Jordan to the good old Kings Canyon Ward. Wow...that ward is something else. It was good to be there again.
-I was just casually greeting people at stake conference and then a member from Mountain View ward walked in. She was baptized when I served there a year ago. It was so fun to see her and then even better we were able to go on team-ups and she worked this area with Sister Sheffield and I for a couple of hours. It was so cool...sharing testimony is a powerful thing. 
-Sister Sheffield and I gave a training at zone conference....and let me tell you at 10:20 on Tuesday night things were not looking so good for us....but it actually turned out SUPER WELL on Wednesday. Our training was on helping members be member missionaries we came up with this catch phrase called 'share your fruit' anyway members benefit from the fruits of our missionary work, we benefit from the fruits of their missionary work. Anyway this whole mission is just going to have dreams of me yelling about sharing fruit and making fruit salad with members. It was so fun though! 
- It's 8:50 on Sunday night and we have found absolutely no investigators this week, and reporting a 0 for the week sounded horrible. So instead of dropping off a thank you note we end up knocking on the door of a part member family we barely know at 8:52. The husband was SO prepared. We taught him a principle he literally asked us for a commitment and we set a return appointment. Heavenly Father was so good to us. 
-We had this regional conference thing...I'm not sure if Utah was a part of it or not. Anyway I guess it turns out that Elder Christopherson of the quorum of the 12 has the gift of discernment from even states away and even when he is talking to literally states full of people. He shared this scripture I super needed to here.
 17 Therefore, dearly beloved brethren, let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed.

The work here is going so well. This area is on FIRE! 
I LOVE YOU ALL, THANKS FOR ALL YOUR PRAYERS AND REMEMBER I AM PRAYING FOR YOU ALWAYS! 
LOVE, 
SISTER RENDON

Monday, January 22, 2018

The cost of a complete mission.


                                                                     

                                     





Well folks.


I had a lot of opportunity to reflect this week.

That legendary Sister Kelly that you heard four months of hearing about returned with honor to her family this week.


She is incredible and has suffered a lot of physical pain for a lot of months on her mission, she prayed months ago that she would be well enough that she could reach her year mark on her mission.

She did hit her year mark last week, the next day she got a call that made it evident that it would be best for her to return home, that same day we had exchanges planned.

As we talked a significant portion of our conversation was the cost of a complete mission.

I've felt so impressed that the cost of a complete mission is NOT 18 months, not even 18 months plus an extension, not 24 months or in reality any amount of time.

However, the cost of a complete mission is ONE whole heart and it is paid to the Lord.

Sister Kelly is an incredible example of serving with all of her heart, might, mind, and strength and I look forward to moving forward as I follow her example of GIVING ALL.



We served in the Orchard as a zone this week and we served in the vineyard. Which means I should probably take this opportunity to share a scripture from Jacob 5 where it talks about trees and a vineyard...but there isn't time for that.



The members here are taking us in so well.

Here are some of the true acts of love they've shown us this week.

-gave us shout outs in all the sacrament meeting prayers.

-gently slapping our shoulders in the 'what a pal' type way

-told us 'too much information' stories...but I guess that means we have their trust.



So many other things too.

We had exchanges.

I continue to be blessed by my revelation from earlier this month, when I was focused on my missionary purpose my Heavenly Father reminded me to remember my missionary motive which is LOVE for Jesus Christ.

He truly is at the center of it all.



I love you all so much.

I know that Jesus Christ and a whole heart given to him is a saving combination.

LOVE YOU.