Friday, June 27, 2014

Let it Gooooooo

Monday June 23, 2014

 Howdy Fambam! How was the trek? Oh my heart I just want to hear alllll about it! AND AHHHH THE BEST SURPRISE EVER TO HEAR THAT WE WILL BE DOING A DISNEY CRUISE FOR OUR FAMILY REUNION NEXT YEAR. YEEEEHAWWWW. Oh and I have like 8,000 pictures I’m sending today so get ready.
Jennifer and Ethan are going through some family stuff so we haven't been able to see them but MIRACLES. We saw Ethan randomly walking down the street right when we were getting out of a lesson so we went and talked to him. He says they're trying to stay strong and praying and they are apparently like 1/2 way through the Book of Mormon! So just keep praying for them please.

We’re teaching this little boy, Brayton, and he committed to being baptized on the 12th! Stay tuned and say lots of prayers for him. I started crying in our lesson when we were teaching him of prayer and I bore testimony that we can pray anytime, anywhere, ALWAYS. I love you #more Mom  :)

So can I just say something crazy? ….I love crazy….(so I have no idea what Frozen is about, but the appel fambam got Sister Dumont and I hooked to the music. Did you ever realize that almost all the songs relate to the gospel? Crazy but true!)Today I really wanted to talk about  things that I’ve learned from my mission and how it’s shaping me—really how the Atonement is molding me into ME. Through being Sister Case, who is Carly becoming? It’s something that came to me and has really stuck. Who am I becoming through this beautiful journey that I’m on? A mission is incredible. I’ve never been happier, sad, excited, and terrified— all of it. Every mix of emotion really, but through the Atonement I’m able to move forward no matter what lay ahead. My faith has grown so much! I’ve realized that I rely on my Heavenly Father and my Savior, Jesus Christ more than I ever have before. I turn to the Lord for guidance and hit my knees or say a prayer in my heart constantly. I do things because of my love for the Lord and I want Him to be proud of me and I want to help his beloved children. A mission helps you take a step back from all the crazy of the world—or even just your own little world—to see what’s truly important. “It’s funny how some distance makes everything seem small. And the fears of the ones who controlled me, can’t get to me at all.” I LOVE the scriptures. My heart has never been more opened to love people. People make fun of me lots because they say I’m TOO happy or peppy but I can’t help it! I HAVE THE GOSPEL IN MY LIFE AND IT FEELS ME WITH JOY. Think about it, if we all just smiled or waved at people first, or went out of our way to compliment someone or make their day THINK OF HOW HAPPY THIS WORLD WOULD BE. And just being a friend, being someone that the Savior would turn to for a hug or hello, is a great way to be a missionary! I feel like it goes with, ‘If you give a pig a pancake…” to ‘if you give someone a smile…they will probably smile back. They might even want to know why you’re so happy…” We have so much to smile about! We each just need to find it in ourselves of what makes us happy and share that little testimony with others! From visiting teaching to food storage to realizing that age truly doesn’t matter when it comes to love (My 2 best friends in Columbus were Cele Appel (14) and Sister Joyce Miller (69) ) I’m learning so much! “Here I stand---as a daughter of God at all times, in all things, and in all places—and here I’ll stay.” “I’m never going back. The past is in the past.” The person I am today is not the person I was when I left, and it’s all because of Jesus Christ. He died for ME. He paved the way for ME. FOR EACH OF US. If only one of us strayed away, He would have come down and do everything he did—for each one of us alone. HE LOVES ALL OF US SOO MUCH. The atonement is infinite but it’s also intimate. I want an eternal family. I want to help others to #comeuntochrist. We’re all on our own mission RIGHT NOW. We’re all in our “4 minutes.” We are all missionaries. And for those who are thinking of going on a mission, who have their call and might want to turn back, and those who have served one—it’s the best! Pray and ask how you can be a missionary in your own area now. I am so grateful for this time to learn and grow. To strengthen others testimonies—and my own. I love my Savior. I love the Book of Mormon. I love smiling. I love the gospel of Jesus Christ. I love knowing I can pray anytime, anywhere, always. I love knowing that I’m beginning to be a different me.  A BETTER me. And it’s because of the atonement that it’s all possible.

“Out here in the NEBRASKA air, I finally can breathe. I know I left a life behind but I’m too relieved to grieve.”
Sister Case
Every Week I take a picture with the corn to see it grow.
I love Sister Dumont
We're teaching Khris! He will be getting baptized soon and then wants to go on a mission.
The Storm was COMMIN'
This is Matthew.  Sister Dumont and I found him... then he disappeared.  Then Sister Vogel and I found him again and started teaching him! He is my Mother's Day miracle with the hurt leg that came to church.  I just found out that he was baptized!  I love this gospel.

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