November 10, 2014
Howdy fambam! CONGRATS TO MY SUPER STAR SISTER FOR WINNING STATE. OH MY HEART. That is the best news evvveerrrr! Rock star status for sure. The weather has been oh so wonderful....and it shouldn't be this nice around this time....so I am prepared to freeze now....it can come....woof.
The YSA is great! Sister Lelle and I had to give big girl talks yesterday...we were the only ones to speak....20ish minutes each on missionary work. And we were called up like 2 weeks ago to bear our testimonies on missionary work. Haha I'm sure everyone is so sick of us now!
With being a sister training leader, we get to go on exchanges! And that was a really neat experience. I love working with the sisters and relying on the Lord to help me be an instrument in His hands. We also have Missionary Leadership Council once a month! So all the STLs, Zone Leaders, APs, and President and Sister Weston get together to discuss the mission and how to help it. I love it! And President really isn't as scary as he seems. He's actually hilarious.
Love seeing Sister Dumont at Leadership Training
Leadership Training Luncheon
KAYLA CAME TO CHURCH. Hahaha she says we play dirty because we pulled the "friend card" on her to come and hear us speak. But hey, it worked so whatever it takes! She bolted out of there before the prayer was even finished. The sneaky Pete. But she came and brought a friend. She is progressing so fast! Even though she is still fighting every step of the way. Her text about church--ya I'll come to the talky one...but remember I'M NOT COMING BACK TO CHURCH. She's such a silly goose! :) She has opened up to us so much and we now understand all of where her pain and anger comes from. She's a trooper. She even broke down crying at one of our lessons...and then tried to play tough. She is so cute. It breaks my heart the way she yells at God and swears at Him...but she just doesn't understand HOW much He loves her. Please keep praying for her.
We had a pizza/movie night with Angie and her friend Marisol with 3 girls from the ward. We watched the Restoration and it was really fun. Angie is not set for baptism anymore. She committed to continue to read the Book of Mormon and pray to know if it's true--but she also said she's going to continue to research our church and others until she knows which one is right for her. She says she just wants to make God proud of her. She's really trying and I know that when she gains her testimony, she will be rock solid! So there's a minor set back right now--but I have complete faith that she will come around soon :) we're still meeting and having lessons with her. And Marisol wants to join a church a feel included and promised to read and pray about the Book of Mormon! She's set for December 13th. Pray for these 2 gems please!
Neat Trail Center moment! I was able to give a 17 yr old girl named Ally, a tour on Saturday morning. She's a beauty pageant person. (S/O to Hailey Crocket! miss and love youuu) She came into the TC after doing baptisms at the temple and was waiting for her parents to finish their session. I LOVE the youth and I feel like I'm always able to connect with them. We talked about temples and how to prepare for a temple marriage and begin now to work on becoming your potential. For Ally's talent that she does at her competitions, she sings. I really felt like she needed to have the opportunity to sing in the memorial room. We get in there eventually and as I begin to bear my testimony of this room, a large group of women just come in--not on a tour and just sit down and begin to talk very loudly as if this sacred room is just some sort of lobby/waiting area. That has NEVER happened to me before. I'll be honest--I was annoyed. So we leave and continue on our tour. By the end, I felt again that she should sing in the memorial room! We walk into the lobby and there are her parents, patiently waiting for her. I ask if they had time and if Ally would like to sing in there. She agreed and while heading to the memorial room I prayed that no one would be in there for this moment. Payers were answered and Ally sang "Nearer My God to Thee" and it was a really tender experience. The temple was behind her, the sun was at the perfect setting, and the light of Christ was shining in her eyes. It really strengthened my testimony in God's timing. He wanted her to share her talents as well and to have that experience--but He wanted her parents to be there too. Their oldest son is super less active and being able to see their daughter shine and share her testimony meant a lot to them. I know that Heavenly Father knows and loves each and every one of us!
The more I learn and teach others, the more Heavenly Father helps me see how important a mission is and why I needed to go on one. When I first came out, I thought I was just out here to help others come unto Christ. But I've recently learned how much I needed the mission to change me. To truly SAVE me. Compared to most everyone I have ever met, my life has been all sunshine and roses. I am so grateful for all that I have learned thus far, and the testimony I have gained. And I know that through Christ we can be perfect. I love this gospel! Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ know me. I know that. They know my weaknesses and know how to help me overcome them. They know me better than I know myself! The atonement is real and it can help each and every one of us. I know that our prayers are heard and answered in God's timing and His own way and will. I know that if we keep holding on, that everything will always be okay. When we have faith, we never need to fear.
I love y'all!!
Love giving little kid tours