This missionary feels so loved! 9/06/16

Okay FIRST OFF YOU ALL MADE MY BIRTHDAY THE BEST DAY EVER. So many

emails, cards and packages. This missionary feels so loved. Thank you

thank you thank you.

I’m so old now.

But other than the best birthday ever, this week Elder Klebingot from

the Seventy came to the Mission!

Ah it was so good. He is so inspired. And he’s from Germany so he has

a cool accent, is super bold and straight forward yet extremely funny

all at the same time.

First we were able to go to a missionary leadership council with him,

and then the next day half of the mission met him for a multi-zone

conference! And guess who I saw!!! SISTER WOODRUFF. Ah I haven’t seen

her since she left Redlands. It was quite the reunion. She is the best

human.

But there were way too many good insights from Elder Klebingat in so

little time so my brain is still trying to process all of it.

Here are just a few things that stuck out:

-Those who will live with Heavenly Father again are those who really

love Him. I love that and I know that as we continually follow His

plan to come unto our Savior we will start to recognize more and more

our love for Them.

-He talked about our life before this when we lived with our Father in

Heaven. Sometimes I would picture this as our Heavenly Father speaking

to a giant group of all of us, presenting His plan of happiness to us.

Elder Klebingat explained how pre-earth life was so much more personal

and intimate then we think. God is our literal Father in Heaven and He

spoke to us as His children more often than we realize. Personally

counseling and teaching us one by one.

One last thing, President Dixon added in a few words to Elder

Klebingat’s. He read about the Brother of Jared in Ether chapter 6 in

the Book of Mormon. This talks about how the Lord helped the people

get across the sea towards the promised land in the barges that were

made.

They were in the ocean being tossed about by waves.

5 “And it came to pass that the Lord God caused that there should be a

furious wind blow upon the face of the waters, towards the promised

land; and thus they were tossed upon the waves of the sea before the

wind.”

We can look at the waves and wind as trials in our life. This probably

was not the most fun thing they had ever done for 344 days, but these

“trials” pushed them towards the promised land.

President Dixon emphasized how God doesn’t always take away the wind

and the waves. He wants to help us to get to the “promised land” or to

progress and turn to our Him so that we can live with Him again.

He may not take away the wind, but He lets us know He is in it.

8-9 “And it came to pass that the wind did never cease to blow towards

the promised land while they were upon the waters; and thus they were

driven forth before the wind.

And they did sing praises unto the Lord; yea, the brother of Jared did

sing praises unto the Lord, and he did thank and praise the Lord all

the day long; and when the night came, they did not cease to praise

the Lord.”

He is in the wind. This helped me to realize I need to thank Him for

the wind and the waves that have carried me to where I am today. They

have helped me to rely on my Savior and become a better person than I

ever could have been without Him. Even though the mission can

sometimes feel like these waves are in full force, it has somehow been

the best thing to ever come my way.

So many good things I just had to share.

Ps this week a giant miracle happened. We met with Jasmine (a friend

of a woman in the Ward) and she explained how she wants to come closer

to God. We taught the restoration and she explained that if she came

to know this was all true this would mean everything to her. She has

attended several churches before but feels something is missing and

that she is now looking in the right direction. She said she will be

baptized October 8th if she continues to feel it is right!! We are so

excited for her.

Thank you again for the best birthday ever. I love you guys. Have a

good week okay?

Pictures:

Gross egg that I didn’t eat don’t worry

In n out with the Armas’s (she’s the Relief Society President)

Dog at a members home

Hermana Orr and Sister Fife are STLs so we get to be together:)

MLC with Elder Klebingot

Sister Woodruff (she had to leave ASAP so I snuck a pic)

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