|"My wonderful companion...I LOVE HER <3"|
Okay everyone, I'm going to try my best to put into words the amount of gratitude that is in my heart this week, but it might all just come out like a jumbled emotional mess, so I apologize in advance if this makes 0% sense haha(:
So, for the past few transfers of my mission, I have been seeking how to be a better missionary and a better person. The answer that I've always received is to be exactly obedient to my Heavenly Father's commandments, not because I have to be, but because I want to be. Sometimes, people might make you think that keeping God's commandments isn't the "cool" thing to do. They'll tell you that living another way is more fun or fulfilling. I can honestly say that that's so far from true.
Obedience brings blessings, but exact obedience, with a humble and willing heart, brings miracles. I've been spending the last few months doing some self-evaluation, weeding out the parts of me that are contrary to what the Lord wants and needs, and striving to be better. I've seen direct blessings and miracles in my life as a result of this. It's been humbling and hard, but so worth it. All I want, not just for my mission but for my life, is to do the Lord's work with a happy heart and willing hands. I want to work hard and do exactly what He needs done. I haven't met anyone who feels as strongly as I do about that until Sister Tahere, she is an answer to my prayers.
|"Last day with Sister Martin.... :("|
We got a phone call on Tuesday saying that Sister Martin would be leaving on Thursday for Colorado and finishing her mission out there. It was so hard to say goodbye to her :( but I have so much love for her. I know we'll always be best friends, and that her hilarious and wonderful self will continue to bless so many lives back home. She's amazing and I miss her and can't believe she goes home tomorrow!
Sister Tahere and I have had so many conversations about what we want. We both determined that the thing we want the most is to follow the Lord's commandments with exactness so that we can show Him just how much we love Him(: this Sister truly is my kindred spirit. We are on the same page with everything, and we are so excited to spend the next six weeks together. Oh yeah, I'm staying in Casper for six more weeks! Yay! I love my companion, the people here, and the area itself. I just love life(:
We had an amazing lesson with Becca, Russ, and Conner this week. We taught about the Plan of Salvation, and the spirit guided the lesson. When baptism was brought up, Conner asked us how to be baptized. We explained it to him, and he said, "I want to get baptized!! Can we go to the river tomorrow??" Hahaha(: we invited Russ and Conner to enter into that covenant with Heavenly Father and they both said yes. They will be getting baptized on the 21st of November! Becca looked so happy for both of them(: we had a kneeling family prayer and it was amazing. They all came to church yesterday and they really felt the spirit. I am so thankful for Heavenly Father. His timing is everything.
Bobbi Sue. I have so much love for that woman and her sweet family. We had a few amazing lessons with them this week. They are so awesome, and they came to church yesterday as well! She's been so sick because...she's pregnant! So exciting! But it's been really hard for her. On Saturday, she told us that the spirit told her she needed to be at church. And she came and it was awesome. Devlan (her son) sang in the primary program. He loves the song "Follow the Prophet", and he was standing up there marching and smiling as he sang. So cute haha.
|"My two best buddies!"|
So remember Robert and Kendra who we kept trying to get in touch with again? Well, Sister Martin was on exchanges last week with Sister Conger, and they went and tried them. They said they would love to meet with the missionaries again. We had an appointment with them on Sunday night and Sister Tilley, this amazing member in our Ward, came with us. Oh. My. Goodness. It was one of the most powerful lessons of my life. They are so prepared. Once again, timing is everything. Sister Tilley bore such a strong testimony of the Restoration, we all felt the spirit as she spoke. We invited them to be baptized on the 28th of November and Robert got so pumped and said, "Yeah! Let's do this!". As we were walking outside, he looked over to me and said, "Thank you for never giving up on us and being persistent. We cancelled on you so many times in the past and shut the door in your face and you always kept coming back. Thank you so much for doing that,". I was able to tell them that God is the one that never gives up on people and that I know that because He never gave up on me, and that He was the one who directed Sister Martin to their house that day. I am incredibly thankful for the spirit of the Lord.
We also have a new investigator! Jessica, the lady who we talked to in her front yard last week(: we had a really amazing lesson with her. She and I have had very similar life experiences, and the Lord really testified to me that we were meant to find her and help her(: I love her so much already.
|"as you can see....I NEVER take this jacket off...haha!"|
So long story short, God is good. He directs this work. We are His instruments.
I am happy. So so so happy. I love the Lord and I love this gospel. It's all true. I know it's true.
I love all of you. I hope you have an amazing week(:
Love, Sister Allen(: