SO MUCH TO TELL! There's just so much amazing things this week and I have such little time to share it all! Not fair. So, the beginning of our week started with ZONE CONFERENCE! It was my first one yet and it was super amazing! President and Sister Christiansen came to talk with us and we set up some amazing goals as a zone for the month of September! We're going to try to reach 24 baptisms! That's SO much for this little area, but we know that this is what the Lord is looking for. This is His work and this is what He wants, so we are going to do all we can to reach this goal. Sister Bench and I have set a goal for 3 baptisms in the month of September, and we're working like crazy to achieve it! One of our investigators is almost on date! Such a good discussion yesterday and he told us he could feel the Spirit and he KNEW he was going to be baptized; it's just a matter of when now. So basically Zone Conference was amazing and I can't wait for more. Some quotes from Zone conference: "We made a promise when we accepted our call to give it 100%. There is no other calling so consecrated as being a missionary. We give it all to God and He will bless us for that."
"Our lives are patterned by our faith in Jesus Christ."
"If we have more faith, we will have more success!"
"Proceed in faith and do your best, knowing that He will help you."
Always remember to "doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith" (-Dieter F. Utchdorf).
So cool. Basically this week was just so fun. We did have some pretty sad news about one of our potential investigators and her family, but we just keep praying that their hearts will be softened and one day other missionaries will find them and they'll be able to enter the waters of baptism like they expressed they wanted. One day. But other than that we had lots of good lessons and so much FOOD! Has anyone ever tried Lychee? It’s this Chinese fruit and it’s super weird! I ate it and it tasted like a really juicy carrot and it just freaked me out! I'll post a picture of it later... it looked like an eyeball. Gross. But we did have a yummy authentic Chinese meal with one of our amazing members! So good! I love Chinese food! And we had another awesome lesson with the H family! One of my favorites, yet again! They took us out to eat at Brother's Pizza after the lesson. SO good. My belly was super happy. I love pizza. And I love that family. They are my kind of people! haha. Oh, and I watched this Youth Mormon Message the other day called "Strive". I encourage ALL of you to watch it! So awesome! I think it's my new motivational video haha.
ORIOLES! So, this last Friday, all of the missionaries got to go to an Orioles Baseball game for Mormon Night! SO COOL! They lost by one point, but, let's be real, none of the missionaries were actually paying much attention to the game. We were all too busy talking with all the other missionaries, our mission President and his Wife, and eating junk food. We were out until about 1 in the morning and it was just a blast! I got to sit with my dear Sister Hart and Sister Bench the entire game and we just had so much fun! Pictures will be posted ;) We even had a couple girls we didn't even know ask to take their picture with us just because we were missionaries. So, if you see a picture of Sister Hart and I on Facebook with two cute girls, you'll know where it came from. I love being a missionary :) And it's all because of the person I represent, the One I wear on my name tag, my Brother and Savior, Jesus Christ. He's the reason why all this work happens. He's the reason why my job, though exhausting, is so much fun and so important. He is the one who keeps me going when things get tough. I love my Best Friend.
After the Orioles game we had a quickly planned exchange with our Sister Training Leaders! I went to Hagerstown, Maryland on Saturday and Sunday with Sister Moore while Sister Bench stayed in Harpers Ferry with Sister Sirrine. So fun. Completely unexpected, but we both learned so much. I got to go to the Temple Visitors center yet again while I was on this exchange and it was just an amazing time full of learning. I think that's all I have to report on this week, so I'll wrap it all up.
I just want all of you to know how much I love you. You're great people and I can see your example in the lives of those around you. People watch who you are and how you act. I encourage you all to help those people who are watching see Jesus Christ in your actions. Help them know which direction you face. I know that as you strive to be better each and every day and as you simply try your best, through the grace of God, He will make you who you are destined to be. He has so much in store for each and every one of you who read this email/blog. He loves you more than you can ever imagine, even if you don't feel as if He's there. He's always reaching out for you; sometimes all you have to do is turn to face Him. I love you SO MUCH! You're awesome. I know these things are true. I bear you that testimony in the name of Jesus Christ, our Brother and Savior, Amen.
"Most of life is Plan B." -former-President Richards
"Get on your knees and plead with the Lord to guide you by the Spirit. You will see a difference."
"He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for My sake shall find it."
"You were not sent to this Earth to play small; to shrink; to fail; you were destined to make a difference."
Ps. Sorry for the picture overload. Hope you enjoy anyway ;) My companion is just too cute not to share.