So, I was told me group email didn't send last week, so here it is again. If you already got it, I'm sorry for the resend, but here it is :) Group pictures to follow this email.
I LOVE IT HERE! So there's that. This week hasn't been too busy. We had to stay inside for the majority of the week because of Sister Larsen's procedure, but that's okay! You'll all be happy to know that she's okay :) All is well and the work continues!
Last Monday, Sister Larsen and I got to go roller-blading with two of our investigators, Olivia and Destiny! It was a blast! On Tuesday we picked up a new investigator named Chantell! She's a sweet mom of two boys and SO ready for the gospel! I love how ready these people are!
On Wednesday Sister Larsen had her procedure. All went well and we got to go out for lunch with Sister Christiansen :) She's the best. I love her so much! As we were driving, a huge branch decided to get stuck under our car, so we had to lay on the cold wet gravel to try to move it free... yeah, that didn't happen, so Sister Christiansen told us to just keep driving and hopefully it would wear down enough to break free. And it did! Ha-ha, just my luck, right?
We also got to go on exchanges with the Kent Island Sisters! I went to Kent Island with Sister Blosch, and it's seriously so beautiful there! We biked all day (It's the first time I've biked in a skirt) and it was freezing, but totally worth it! So much fun :) Sister Blosch is amazing, also, and I'm learning lots from her! She is pretty new to missionary work, but she's already an amazing missionary.
Yesterday was a miracle day! I love the Sabbath :) Church was amazing, and we had dinner with a great family! So missionary-minded. We also met with two less active families that no one in our ward really knows about. They're both awesome! Totally ready to come back to the church! We had a great lesson with them both, and one family even fed us Oreos and milk. What's better than that?! So, yeah. It was a great week :)
And we just got done touring the US Naval Academy! I just might join the Navy now ha-ha. Pictures will be attached! Maryland is BEAUTIFUL! And it's getting warmer!
I wanted to quickly share an excerpt from an email I received from an amazing member in the Martinsburg ward. She shared with me a story her missionary son shared with her this week and I thought it was completely applicable to my week and my mission. So here goes:
"Elder, told us this in his email this week. They went to visit someone who wasn't home so he talked to their teenage neighbor Christopher, 'As we talked, I learned that his father passed away last year, and he hasn't been as motivated since. I also learned that he has a friend who is VERY into the Bible, and a scripture this friend shared at a lecture has stuck in his mind ever since. He asked me for a motivational Bible scripture, but all I could think of to share was the following:
28 Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
I hope we meet him again, because the gospel is exactly what he needs. Isn't it funny how often that occurs? The gospel is exactly what people need, and they just don't realize it. I think that's the case because Jesus Christ's Atonement is so powerful that it can fix literally anything. There is no life so broken that the Savior cannot mend it. There is no wound so deep that the Savior cannot reach it. There is no obstacle that He cannot remove; and if He chooses not to remove one, He will lift us over it instead. What great promises those are!'"
Like he said, the gospel is exactly what people need. It applies to them because it's for them! Every single person you pass by on the street, at work, or at school. They need the gospel. Think about that the next time you get the prompting to share something with them.
Missionary work is truly the best. I can't believe I've been a missionary as long as I have. Time is flying by; something I never thought I'd be able to say. I love my mission. I love being a missionary. I love this gospel and I LOVE my Savior and Father in Heaven. They've done everything for me. I can't put in to words my feelings for them. The song "I can only imagine" Keeps playing in my head as I think of my Savior and Father. One day I'll see Them again, and I can only imagine what that glorious reunion will be like.
I hope you know that God loves you. No matter what you're going through, He's there. That is my simplest testimony.
Keep on Keepin' on!
Quote of the Week: "I make you a promise that God will not forsake you if you will walk in His paths with the guidance of His commandments." - Gordon B. Hinckley
Scripture of the Week: D&C 18:28
Shout out to my Daddy for turning 51 on the 23rd! You're the best! I love you!