So it’s the final week of this transfer. I won’t know until Saturday if I’m staying or leaving the Canterbury area. I would LOVE to stay, but also, I kind of want to go. It’s hard to say which I’d like more because our investigators here and the ward are so wonderful and I don’t want to leave any of them! But I also want to see more of the mission area as well as have a new companion. As much as I love Sister Buxton and Sister Herrick, I want to be in just a companionship of two. Sister Buxton and I have had our differences, but we’ve been working through them. Honestly, that’s the hardest part – working with someone that you have such a hard time loving sometimes. But nobody’s perfect and we’re definitely working on it. 🙂
This week was the best week so far! We had two exchanges – Sister Buxton is a sister training leader so she exchanged with Sister Bickle in Laconia (so she was our other companion for a day instead of Sister Buxton) on Tuesday and then on Friday night to Saturday, she switched with Sister Aeschbacher in Bedford. The second exchange was the best one because I finally felt like a missionary! Before, we’d been teaching lessons, but not really – it was most often just a quick scripture and sometimes a prayer with the people, but this week, we focused more on actually teaching. Definitely way more effective and more of what I thought missionary work would be. 🙂 Haha but anyway, we taught the Restoration to this new investigator we tracted (knocked on his door) in Franklin. He LOVES to show how much knowledge he has and make sure we know that he’s smart. He’s been taught before by missionaries, but this time, it seems that he’s a little more open to actually learning about it, rather than doing it solely to know more stuff. He said the closing prayer (pretty much to show off that he could pray. Haha so funny. :D) and he prayed that he would be open to learning more about our church. Man that was good to hear! Especially since no one ever prays for that. At least not in front of us.
That same day, we met with an investigator, Anthony. OH MY GOODNESS!!!! One of the best investigators that we have. He grew up with a Baptist background and was really amazed at how similar our churches really are. We taught him the Restoration as well and he was absolutely awestruck by the First Vision and what the Book of Mormon really is. He never had it explained to him in the way that we did it before and it completely amazed him. The best thing as a missionary is seeing how much joy the Gospel brings people. I know it’s brought me enough joy that that is the main reason I decided to serve – I want to share this joy with everyone. And seeing that actually happen is so amazing! 🙂
Another one of my favorite investigators is Native American. I might have told you all that we met four generations of Native Americans (AKA Lamanites!). Well, this week, we met one of the husbands. His name is Bob Snake Four Feathers. Awesome name, right? Haha anyway. He’s VERY interesting in learning about a lot of different religions and he was extremely impressed that 1) we’re girls. 2) we go out in the hot weather and pouring rain and 3) how similar we are with what he believes (the Great Spirit and other teachings they do on the Reservation here). Oh my gosh he’s so prepared! I am VERY excited to go back and talk more with him! 🙂
So during my personal study this morning, I was awestruck by a couple of things. First off: The Apostasy and the coming forth of Book of Mormon is prophesied in the Bible and the Book of Mormon. Because the Book of Mormon prophets didn’t know it was going to be compiled into a book, so that’s why it’s in there too. In the book of Mormon, it’s 2 Nephi 28 (I think, not 100% sure) and in Isaiah, it’s chapter 29 (it tells you in the chapter heading of 2 Nephi, which chapter of Isaiah it’s from). Man that was AWESOME! I was so glad to find that. 🙂
Second: I studied diligence from the Christ-like attribute section of Preach My Gospel. Those scriptures basically equal a pep talk from God. Best. Section. Ever. Some of the scriptures I liked in particular (which all of you should look up) are Moroni 9:6, Doctrine and Covenants 75:2-5 and Doctrine and Covenants 127:4. Those are ALL pretty fantastic.
To my parents: Doctrine and Covenants 58:26-29 brought some memories from my childhood back. You were always asking if we children really needed to be asked to do every little thing. Well, Heavenly Father is the same way (now I know where you got it!). We should be obedient and continue to do as He asks, but there’s more to it than that. We should know enough that we shouldn’t have to be asked to get every tiny thing done.
Mosiah 4:26-27 – God won’t give us anything we can’t handle. We truly can get through anything he throws at us, ESPECIALLY as we lean on those around us. I know my family can testify of that. Though times can get extremely difficult, if we lean on the Lord and the other Christ-like people around us, we’ll be just fine and get through it with nothing more than a few bumps and bruises.
2 Nephi 28:27 was a wonderful one, too. Basically, getting more of God’s word is the best thing ever. The Book of Mormon is God’s word and goes hand in hand with the Bible. We believe in both books, that they are BOTH the word of God. They clarify each other. Also, prophets. Prophets bring us more of the word of God. Some people think there is no need for a prophet on the earth today, but I can tell you right now, that there is a HUGE need for a prophet today. Prophets lead us and guide us so we can get through the things the world will throw at us along the way. That’s what prophets have ALWAYS done. And I would have to say, that we need them now, more than ever. This world is a scary place and there are so many things that we have today that there has never been before. There are new concepts that have been introduced, even just in the last 10 years. Much of that is not very good for any of us. So how do we know how to handle it, since we can’t turn to the Bible or Book of Mormon to tell us? Well, by turning to the prophets. Prophets are key for us to learn what Heavenly Father needs us to do. We have a modern prophet on the Earth today and his name is Thomas S. Monson. I support and sustain him in every way that I can because I know he is a prophet of God – God called him to share His word to the world. I’m doing my best to share the prophet’s words, which lead directly to God’s words (since they are God’s words in the first place).
I sure hope that makes sense to everyone. Seems like a big jumble, but just know I have a testimony of prophets. 🙂 Haha
Well, I don’t have any time left. I was going to send some pictures today, but the computer that I’m on today (different than usual) is wanting me to download all of my pictures to the computer. I’d prefer NOT to do that, since it isn’t my computer. I’ll keep trying though. I might just have to send my SD card home and have my mom send out some pictures. 🙂
I love all of you and I thank you all for your love and support. A mission really is the best experience! I’ve learned and grown A TON since I got here and I’m so SO grateful for this opportunity! 🙂
Hope you’re all well!