March 13, 2017
While I can promise I am growing spiritually I think my memory is decreasing at an incredibly rapid rate because I can't remember anything.
Which we totally thought nothing was going to happen because Sister Kelly is in training and then when the transfer call came at three in the morning we found out that SISTER FRAZIER will be joining our companionship and we are also adding another ward to our stewardship.
I'm confident this is a direct result of the time that Sister Murray and I were in a trio for a few days and I said after that being in a trio was too overwhelming to last anymore than a week. haha Heavenly Father IS really there though because I also mentioned in my mission vision statement that I wanted to be able to do hard things.
It's okay this week definetely prepared me. The mission preparation class in the Fresno North(celestial kingdom)Stake sent out high school seniors as set-apart church service missionaries to join the full time missionaries this weekend. Most companionships worked in a trio but Sister Kelly and I were EXTRA blessed and got the privilege of working with two young missionaries. It was crazy to show up to lessons with four missionaries but I'm confident that with twice as many missionaries we brought TWICE AS MUCH SPIRIT.
We had an incredible lesson with this man named David...soooo good! We met David a couple of weeks ago...the day that he had just gotten out of rehab he wanted to learn more but because of the fact that at that time he was pretty homeless and the most accurate address he could give us was..."I think I'll be outside of McDonalds a lot...you know....the free wifi." we weren't sure if we'd be able to meet with him again.....but we TOTALLY found him. We started teaching the restoration but the guidance of the spirit lead us to teaching the atonement. If you have not read and sought to understand the promises in Alma 7:11-13 in the last week. DO IT NOW. I found myself looking into the eyes of a man who had a lifetime of guilt and sorrow kept inside of himself and no hope that he could find relief. I don't think I have ever realized that people live that way. I found myself more fully realizing what the Savior of the world saves us from. I can not even express the profound feelings of joy that I felt as I pointed David to the hand of the Son of God that is forever 'stretched out still.' I found myself leaving that lesson positive that I had been taking the blessings of the atonement for granted for my whole life. wow. I AM BLESSED.
Anyway we saw a ton of miracles with all of these special opps missionaries. SO MANY. Sister Kelly and I were sad to see them go..and we were very concerned about how lonely missionary work was in just a companionship. then we got the news that there would be three of us next transfer!!! YAY.
We also had a ton of opportunities to laugh for example...
-In an effort to build a friendship with this man whose door we knocked I complimented him on his cute son who actually turned out to be a daughter. whhhhat. Pray that he still has a desire to visit mormon.org
-literally I woke up at three in the morning... shot up in bed and the question screaming in my head...WHAT IS MY PURPOSE? I actually had a nightmare that I was spending time doing absolutely nothing and I had to spend a significant amount of time convincing myself that the eight hours designated for sleeping are actually necessary and that I could actually get sleep and be a successful missionary.
I'm looking forward to another great week in the CFM.
life is good.
The gospel is real.