Us with our Sisters!
Hellllloooooooo everyone!(: say that in a Mrs. Doubtfire voice haha. I hope you all had an awesome week. Our week was full of laughs and adventures and nose bleeds and baby bunnies and all the other good things. We had a great Zone Conference this week with President and Sister Brown. Something that really stuck out to me was a quote that one of the assistants shared when they were giving their training. He shared Ether 12:27, and talked about how the "weakness" that it talks about is the fact that we are human. We are imperfect. We will make mistakes. We all have that weakness, but through Jesus Christ, we can eventually overcome that. We are all progressive beings, and as we learn from our mistakes and our shortcomings, as we rely on our Savior, I know that we can grow and become exactly who Christ wants us to become. It won't be easy, but it will be worth it(:
Funny faces (:
Also, we got these little black boxes installed in our cars. They are called Tiwi's. They monitor our driving (speed, rpm, seatbelt, etc) and report back to President Brown. The voice is absolutely horrifying, it's the most monotone, heartless sound, but it's kind of hilarious. We named ours Carl. It's a bit of a love hate relationship.
Us with Carl (:
After Zone Conference, we had exchanges with the Lusk sisters. I got to stay here in Casper with Sister Danz. She is such a sweetheart, and we had such an awesome time together. We walked to all our appointments, and we had the opportunity to talk to so many people! We met this cute lady named Chelsea and her daughter. She said that we can come and share a message with her. We came home absolutely exhausted, but it was such a productive day!
Me and Sister Danz (:
So as many of you know, I've super struggled with confidence pretty much my whole life. Since I started living the gospel, it's gotten a lot better, but it's still really hard sometimes. All my companions, but especially my last three (Sis. Jenson, Williamson, and Martin), have been such confident and wonderful people, and I have looked up to them and admired them so much for that. I've been striving to gain that kind of confidence in myself over these last ten months, and I know the Lord has been helping me. After we finished our exchange, Sister Danz said to me,"You are such a confident person. I really admire you for that,". I was shocked. It was a tender mercy, and it helped me catch a glimpse of the person that my Heavenly Father is helping me to become.
Exchanging back (:
I love exchanges, but I was seriously so happy to be back with Sister Martin. She is like my twin, or sister, or something like that. We have so much fun and she is just so positive all the time, which really helps me out, especially lately. Things haven't been working out, and sometimes it can get discouraging. We did so many good things this week, we talked with everyone, we knocked on tons of doors, we set up appointments and invited members along, and it seemed like everything fell through. One night, we were sitting on the floor, exhausted and sweaty (it was like 100000 degrees in our apartment), and I was feeling pretty down. Sister Martin looked at me and said, "We had an awesome day today! We accomplished so much, we worked hard. It's not about the numbers,". I needed that. Sometimes, you may feel unsuccessful because you spend days, weeks, or months, doing what you've been called to do and you don't see anything happen. But I know that the Lord sees that we are trying, and that is exactly what He expects us to do, to try our best and keep the faith. I love Sister Martin. I'm thankful for her happiness and her diligence. She's just awesome.
Happy Face (:
We had a great lesson with Bobbi Sue on faith and repentance this week. We also got to meet her parents and her sister Kimi! It was a really good experience. I was happy that we got to meet them, so they could see that we genuinely love and care about the Hoflund family and we aren't weird and scary haha. We also got to see Peyton and Elizabeth!! It was so awesome(: we just stopped by and Peyton invited us in. We shared the Plan of Salvation, and the spirit was so strong. Elizabeth said that she'll be baptized when she comes to know these things are true. She is so amazing, I just love her and am so excited for her to find out for herself. I'm so happy we got to meet with them(: We had this awesome return sister missionary, Lindsay, come out with us his week(: she was so happy and bright and bubbly! Mom and dad, she served with Joy Purnell in Salt Lake!!! Small world right? Some experiences: Sister Martin has been getting random bloody noses in the middle of the night, and this morning I woke up and she wasn't in the room. I walked out into the living room and she was just sitting there with a bunch of toilet paper shoved up her nose. She was like, "Well good morning!". Then, the other day, there was this adorable baby bunny being chased by an evil cat. So I chucked my water bottle at the cat's head and she saved the baby bunny! We felt heroic. Oh! We also saw a shooting star!!!(: So that was our week, it was magical. I love you all and am thankful for your prayers! Keep smiling, and have a great week!
Ofa Lahi Atu Kiate Koe (:
PS: Richard and Sheree, I love you both so much and even though I couldn't be there for your baptism, I hope you know that I was there in spirit and that I am so excited and happy for both of you!!(: