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Hello everybody!(: I am so so so happy and can't wait to tell you all
about this week. Let me start by saying, Heavenly Father is SO good to us. Each of us. I'm starting the Book of Mormon over again (I have a goal to finish it before the end of my mission) and I was reading in 1 Nephi today. The very first verse says, "...having seen many afflictions in the course of my days, nevertheless, having been highly favored of the Lord in all my days; yea, having had a great knowledge of the goodness and the mysteries of God...". This life isn't easy. I'm sure that each of us can relate to Nephi because each of us has had individual afflictions. One thing that I know for sure is that the Lord is good to us, and there is always hope when we trust in Jesus Christ. In Psalms 119 verse 105, it says, "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path,". Things will work out, it will get better, and we can move forward. We have the Redeemer of the World directing our path, and when we look to Him with steadfastness, His light will illuminate the way before us. We are not our trials or our mistakes, and how great is the goodness of our Savior for being willing to make that possible(: okay, now that my rant is over, let me tell you about this week of miracles(:
I LOVE Sister Jenks. Not only is she super adorable and kind and loving, but she is a great missionary. We have so much in common, it kind of freaks us out sometimes haha. I feel like I've known her forever. And also, this Ward is amazing. I really love the people here and am grateful for the chance to serve them and serve with them.
We started teaching this amazing family named the Crane's this week. Neither of them are members and they have four cute little kiddos. We had a very powerful first lesson with them on the Plan of Salvation. Brother Crane has felt the pain of losing someone close, and the knowledge that it's possible to see them again brought a light into his eyes that wasn't there when we first shook his hand that night. The next time we went back, there was a happier feeling in their home. They said that they had started doing family prayers together(: my heart is so full of love for their family and we are so excited to continue to see the miracles that come into their lives.We also taught this couple named the Beck's(: the funny thing? They are Brother Crane's parents. Sister Beck is a member, but hasn't been active for a long time, and Brother Beck isn't a member...."yet" (that's what he told me when I met him haha). They have both been reading in the Book of Mormon, so exciting! We had an awesome lesson on the Word of Wisdom. When we got to the part about coffee, Sister Beck explained that we didn't want to be around her in the morning if she hadn't had her coffee. We were both able to bear strong testimony that the Lord knows what is best for our bodies because they are gifts that He has given to us, and that if He says we don't need something, then we really don't. Fast forward to Sunday, the Beck's are at church. They had to go home early though because Sister Beck had a headache....from not drinking coffee!(: I was so excited to hear that, I jumped up and down and gave her a big hug haha. She said that it was awesome because she felt totally fine during Sacrament Meeting. Blessings!! We are so proud of both of them for giving into the Spirit and the counsel of our Heavenly Father.
We had a really cool experience in the middle of nowhere (because our area is HUGE). We were going to contact someone, and the house looked like it was being reconstructed, but we decided to knock on the door anyways. One of the construction workers answered and said he wasn't interested. As we walked back to the car, a different man came to the door and yelled, "God bless you both! Have a great day,". So of course, we ran back to talk to the nice man haha. He said we can start teaching his family!(: we are so excited.
So last week, I was praying about how to be a better missionary this transfer than I was last transfer. The Holy Ghost taught me that I need to help people have more personal experiences with the Savior. So I prayed and asked how to do that. We had an amazing missionary conference that the apostles broadcast across the world to all the missionaries serving right now. It's the first time they've done that in 20 years! It was amazing, and I received so much inspiration from it(: the Spirit hit me like a ton of bricks with an answer to my question. "Kneel down and pray with the people you teach, always,". Since then, every single lesson we've had, we have closed with a kneeling prayer. The Spirit has been such a sweet and peaceful feeling every time we have, and it has been amazing(:
I love the Lord and His guidance and direction in our lives. How grateful I am to get specific and direct answers from a God who loves me better than anyone ever could. I know that He will give us all the answers that we need as we seek His divine direction.
I love you all and hope you have the most fantastic week ever!
Love, Sister Allen