Monday, January 11, 2016

Week 67: "Joyful" (:

(*no pics from our sweet Sister Allen this week....I know they are busy so I try not to be too sad! :) I thought I would include some of her favorite pictures from some wonderful LDS artists.)

Hello everyone!(: This week has been absolutely fantastic. I love being a missionary, and I love serving in Casper. It's going to be really hard to leave next week, but I am excited for my next adventure!
We were super busy this week and at times it was a little stressful, but we had tons of fun while we were out sharing the gospel. I love my companion. She is so awesome and is such an amazing missionary. Funny story from this week: So, we were driving in the car, and we were listening to "Have I Done Any Good In The World Today" by Alex Boye. As many of you probably know, he sings VERY passionately. So Sister Tahere and I decided to try and really get into the song and we started dancing and singing really loudly. We looked to our left, and the guy in the car next to us was busting up laughing. It was beautiful.

We had the chance to go on a couple of exchanges this week. I went on one with Hermana Nambo, and the Lord placed a bunch of new and wonderful people in our path. One family was the Webb's. We came in their house and their little 8 year old boy walked up, shook my hand, and said, "I want to be baptized!". Little kids are so innocent and wonderful(: We started teaching them the lessons and they are just awesome. We can't wait to see the miracles that Heavenly Father works for them as they learn and live the gospel.
Okay, super cool experience. Hermana Nambo and I were wondering where to go after an awesome lesson with Robert and Kendra, and the Spirit made it really clear that we needed to go and see a sweet less-active lady in the Ward. We drove there and went and knocked on her apartment door. She answered, and we look inside and see Hermana Hansen and Sister Tahere sitting on the couch! It was crazy that we all got the impression to go there. So we had a great lesson on the Plan of Happiness and it was really amazing teaching all together(:

For church yesterday, we went on splits so that Sister Tahere and I could have a normal Sabbath Day. I went to 4th Ward, and Sister Tilley was my companion. We had a super amazing experience! We were getting ready to go to our second hour class, and then one of the members introduced us to this lady who had showed up at the church looking for the Elders. She opened up to us and shared how her life has been going and how she feels like it's too late for her. We went in a classroom and had a lesson with her on the power of prayer and on Christ's grace. It was an experience where I literally can't remember anything that I said, and I know that Heavenly Father was just using us as instruments to help comfort her and help her know that there is always hope. Sister Tilley bore an amazing testimony, so full of the Spirit and heartfelt. At the end of the lesson, we taught her how to pray, and invited her to say the closing prayer and she did! It was so lovely to be able to be there for her in her time of need, I know it wasn't a coincidence.

Something I have been thinking about so much lately is the importance and the blessing of knowing that God is our loving Heavenly Father. The fact that we can know for ourselves that He is real, that He listens to us and cares about us as individuals. He is the Creator of everything that is beautiful, the trees, the mountains, the stars. But we are the most important thing to Him. He loves us enough to give us a Plan of Happiness for our lives. He loves us enough to give us Jesus Christ, His Son, to suffer and to feel everything we have ever felt. He loves us enough to sacrifice for us, and that is a truly amazing thing. That kind of love is a love that only the most perfect, wonderful being could feel. And He feels that for us(: I love my Heavenly Father.
I love you all and hope you have an awesome week!
Love, Sister Allen(: