It just has not hit me yet but yep this is my last week on the mission.
Tons of reflecting lately, maybe I will save most of that for my next
email because this isn’t yet the end!
But we are seeing miracles in the work here. This week we met with
Holly. Holly is amazing. We had her info from other missionaries that
said she might be interested but they couldn’t get a hold of her. We
stopped by the other week and set up a time to meet this week. When we
met her at the doorstep she said she has just gotten to a point in her
life where she is really seeking so she wants to learn more about our
beliefs. She said she wanted something that just made sense to her and
has studied a lot about religion.
Then this week, when we met with her, we taught her the Restoration of
the Gospel of Jesus Christ. She understood everything so perfectly,
she has a great knowledge of the scriptures and says she would love to
teach a theology class. She was well aware of the apostasy, and as we
taught about this period of confusion and darkness after Christ and
His apostles were rejected and killed she was nodding her head and
then began to explain her frustration that because of this there are
so many churches on the earth all stemming from different
interpretations of the Bible etc.
We were just smiling way too big like wait Holly!!!!! We are getting
to the rest of the lesson that’s going to change your life forever!!!
So we then continued to share with her that because God loves us, Him
and our Savior appeared to Joseph Smith in the 1800’s to restore
Christ’s church with His priesthood authority. Just as God has always
done it, He called a prophet when the time was right to lead and guide
His children under His direction.
After telling her Joseph Smith’s experience she sat in silence for a
moment and then said, “Wow.”
After sharing our message with her she explained to us that everything
that was taught makes sense. She was eager to read the Book of Mormon
and believes it could be true. You could tell the Spirit was working
with her, she just seemed to be soaking everything in.
I just, man. Heavenly Father really does lead us to those prepared
when we sincerely ask Him to and prepare ourselves to share with them
what we know is true. Holly is so ready to act on this message. She
works on Sundays and there’s little things that will iron out but I’m
so excited for her, I love her already.
Just time and time again this week there have been people at the gas
station or even McDonalds, you name it (ps I don’t eat there, we just
email there to use wifi, it still isn’t my favorite place).. that are
ready to act on our message. It’s been incredible to see this
throughout my mission that God’s timing is PERFECT. We are where we
are for a reason. He places missionaries where He needs them because
they share His gospel with His children and He loves His children.
But the rest of this week was great. We went on exchanges with the
Hermanas (Spanish sisters) in Borrego Springs. I went to Borrego with
Hermana Roberts while Sister Ashcraft and Hermana Crespo stayed here.
There’s this giant lake that looks like a sea there, definitely
freaked me out. I could never serve by an ocean way too tempting. But
the hermanas are awesome.
We also had interviews with President and dang it I always cry. I just
feel the Spirit so strongly in interviews, I know he was meant to be
my mission president. Every time I come out of an interview Sister
Dixon will see me and go, “Wow! He was so mean to you again!!!” She is
the funniest too SHEESH I love them.
Also! We were able to bear our testimonies in young women’s and
primary at church this week too. Makes me excited to have a calling
Yep this email is everywhere but we also went to the desert part of
our area this week. Like real desert. It’s a place where you would
drive by heading to a vacation spot and not realize people live there.
(There’s a time-lapse included).
Also stray dogs have been such a tender mercy on the mission because
1) I love dogs and 2) we can go door to door trying to find out who
owns the dog AND we can see if they’re interested in hearing the
happiest message ever. So we found a stray dog and pulled over, I
called to him and he literally jumped in the car (oops )so we drove to
nearby houses in the desert to try and find his home and meet some
people along the way. Saving dogs and saving souls that’s my motto.
Most of all I have just been embracing the mission. Making most of the
moments even when I’m backing out the car or staying within sight and
sound of someone for 24 hours THESE ARE THE MOMENTS I WONT GET BACK
just literally just soaking it all in.
I love it. I love the mission. I will see you all way soon but still
be expecting an email from me Monday.
I LOVE YOU.
The hermanas took a picture of us skyping to follow up on exchanges aw
Us and HOLLY!
Eating oranges in the car all the time because there are some good
oranges here not as good as az though
But hey look there’s Phoenix so freaky I drive past that every day
Here’s me in the middle of the desert
Here’s me rescuing a dog