"I stole Cash's ride and tried to make a quick getaway....not so easy when you're wearing a skirt." (:
Hellooooo everyone!(: I am just so happy today. I hope you're all
happy too, and if not, hopefully this email can help, even if it's just a little bit.
This week was a little crazy. Sister Martin has finally recovered! But for most of the week she was still sick, and then I got sick a couple days ago and it was just a mess. Something that's awesome though is that the Lord will always help you accomplish the things He needs you to do. He will give you strength when you are running on empty, and He will comfort you and lift you when you are burdened down by the things of the world. He wants to help us, we just have to be humble enough to ask(: so this week was humbling in a big way, because I was asking for His help, a lot.
We went and heart attacked some members of the Ward this week. It was really fun. I love helping people feel loved. So many people do so much for us and this was our simple but sincere way of saying thank you.
We had some awesome visits with Bobbi Sue this week, and she was at church on Sunday(: I know I say this in every single email, but I just love her so much. Brother Hoflund has had to work super late on Saturdays, so he hasn't been able to make it to church. She came with two of her kids, by herself, and it was amazing because all the talks were on the sabbath and how hard it can be as a mom with kids to really feel the spirit at church. I know that Bobbi Sue needed to be there at church to hear that message. Heavenly Father loves her so much, and every time we are with her I get a glimpse of that love and it's the best feeling in the world.
"exchanges with Sister Waters" (:We went on exchanges with the Wheatland Sisters on Wednesday! So much fun, I got to be back with my MTC companion, Sister Waters!(: she is so adorable and just loves to be doing the work of the Lord. It was really cool to see how much she's grown since the MTC. She is a truly amazing missionary. We had dinner with an awesome recent convert named Kaylee, and her husband Mike. It was really cool, the night before we were pondering what to teach them, and I just felt really impressed to share a message on the importance of reading the Book of Mormon daily. When we shared the message, Kaylee was like, "This is exactly what we've been struggling with lately! We've been so busy but we will definitely work on this,". It was awesome to see how the spirit helped us to help them(: That same day, we met a man named Eric. We were able to bear our testimonies that this really is Christ's church and His gospel restored to the earth today, and he agreed to meet with us for a lesson! So great.
"Sister Martin plays soccer too and I like this picture so here you go!"(:The lesson with Eric was awesome. We had a super sweet return missionary (Lindsay) come with us. We taught the Restoration, and the spirit was powerful. I love bearing my testimony, and I love hearing other people bear their testimony. I think you see people for who they really are, how truly special and wonderful they are, when they are stating what they love and know to be true. Hearing Sister Martin and Lindsay talk about how the restored gospel has blessed their lives just made me so happy. We all felt so good. I know if Eric will pray and ask God about the message we shared, he will get an answer. No doubts in my mind(:
This week has been a revelatory week to say the least. I feel like I have been stretched and pushed to my limits; physically, mentally, and spiritually. At times, I'm not going to lie it was a little discouraging. There are some days that you can just feel the adversary working on you. Then, one morning in personal study, I was reading a talk by President Monson. This quote stuck out to me and totally changed my perspective,
"My brothers and sisters, to express gratitude is gracious and honorable, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live with gratitude ever in our hearts is to touch heaven,".
It gave me chills when I read that! All week I had been praying for help with so many things. And then the answer slapped me right across the face. Be thankful. Live with gratitude in my heart, even if things are not easy. Be grateful for everything, because there is a reason for it. So that's what I decided to do. All my prayers turned into prayers of thanks, even for the hard things. I have noticed such a huge difference in my attitude, in my teaching, in the way I feel about myself and the people around me! I'm just happy(:
"Happy Selfie" (:
I know that there are no coincidences in life. God gives us people who we need to be happy and to be better. He puts us in places where we will grow and become who He needs us to become. He allows us the chance to use our agency, to feel sorrow and remorse and hurt at times, and then allows us to feel how wonderful and joyous it is when we turn things around. His timing is perfect. He is perfect. And I love Him.
I'm thankful for this week. I'm thankful for the crappy days and the good days. I'm thankful for my amazing companion. I'm thankful for the fact that God has given me a best friend to talk to about life and everything that comes with it. I'm thankful for each one of you(: This week, I hope you can all think of some things that you're thankful for(:
Ofa Lahi Atu Kiate Koe!