I apologize for not writing last week, but I hope everyone had a delicious thanksgiving and we were all able to reflect on the many things we have to be grateful for!
This week it’ll be December, and the church has a really cool initiative this year called #LIGHTtheWORLD. It’s all about following Christ’s example by being a light to others. Each day starting in December, there’s an idea shared on mormon.org about how to share His light through service during the month. Christ really is our perfect example and one of my personal heroes. “A hero is someone who has given their life to something bigger than oneself.” I have a lot of heroes in my life, and with #LIGHTtheWORLD, each of us has the opportunity to be someone’s hero through serving and loving them as Christ would. So be a hero! Light the world.
So a few updates on our happenings here… our sister, Tori, is getting baptized this Saturday and we are sooo excited for her! I think I’ve mentioned her before, her husband is a less active member of the church and she has three cute kids, and she has been coming to church and helping her family get more involved in church again as she’s been preparing for her baptism. I’m just so happy for her because she has had to overcome a lot of mountains in her path to get to where she is now. So that’ll be a happy, happy day!
Little Alexander was confirmed this week and the poor kid was sooo tired haha but he said he felt really good afterwards and Serena got to remember how she felt at her confirmation just a couple weeks ago so it was a good experience. Also, update on Serena’s mom, Chrissa is doing so good! She’s getting baptized next weekend. Keep those prayers comin! Seriously, your prayers are powerful. Chrissa and her family have been going through a lot but they’re doing well! I love them as if they were my own family, I’m so grateful for the examples set by those we teach and for how much I am changed by each person I meet. The Lord teaches me so much every single day and I know I’ll always have so much more to learn, so I’m grateful He keeps giving me opportunities to change.
A neat little miracle we saw this week happened while we were walking through a neighborhood to our next appointment. We saw a lady raking her front lawn a block away and we felt that even though we didn’t have time to waste because we’d be late to our next appointment, we needed to talk to this lady. So we walk over and start up a conversation, turns out she’s been living here for years but when she was living in Hawaii she had met missionaries and had taken the discussion, has a Book of Mormon, and had no idea we have a church here! We were stoked! So we had a nice conversation and we’re now helping her prepare for baptism this coming month. Super stoked for her! Just goes to show that you never know who the Lord is placing in your path. Could be someone right in front of you, or could be a lady a block away raking leaves. Never miss an opportunity to open your mouth and share the things that matter most to you (aka the gospel).
Having only a couple more weeks left on my mission is a bit of a hard reality to face. And it’s hard to explain how it feels.. You know when you’re on the last chapter of a really good book and you’re hesitant to read it because you know once you do, you’re done with the book? Or you just watched one of the greatest movies you’ve ever seen and you just sit there still soaking it in as the credits are playing and you don’t want to get up yet? Or like when you’re hanging out with a really close friends and you’ve spent hours together and you’ve ran out of things to talk about but you’d rather sit there in silence then leave? That’s kinda how it feels.
But I’m very grateful that this isn’t something my minds been too preoccupied with. The Lord has given me peace in knowing that Gods plan for me is perfect. So even though my heart hurts when I think about having to leave this sacred heartland, I know that I’ll always be doing the Lords work and my purpose will still be to help others come closer to Christ as I strive to do the same. So until I get on that plane, I know there’s work to be done. There’s people to meet, lessons to teach, and joy to share. We are seeing so many miracles here in Junction City, KS and I’m looking forward to seeing what the Lord has in store for us this coming week!
I’m grateful for each one of you, I’m grateful for the opportunity I have to be here at this time, and I’m grateful to know that we have the capacity to find in life what we’re looking for – so if you’re looking for happiness, you’ll find it. If you’re seeking peace, it’s coming. And if you need more joy, just look to our Savior and it’s there.
Make it the best week,
Trio life is the good life!
Zone Conference with Elder Anderson of the Seventy
District pic after the Christmas parade #LIGHTtheWORLD
Kahlan taking care of the sickly Sister Wade. No worries, I’m better now.
Kansas skies ♡