This week has truly taught me that. Each day I get to work, each day I get to serve is truly a blessing and a privilege. My struggles this week have helped me see how privileged I truly am to be serving here in the Maryland Baltimore Mission. I wouldn't have asked for a better way to spend my last (almost) year. I've learned so much and grown so much, but the best part is, is that I've been able to help so much. In the simplest of ways, God has been able to use me, and I am forever grateful for that great privilege. I pray every day for the opportunity to continue to serve and continue to bless. I truly love being a missionary. I love it. There's nothing like it. And I will always remember the time that I've had to serve here.
So, this week has definitely been a fun one. On Monday I got to do some "shots" full of apple juice or root beer with one of my favorite families here in Odenton. That was a blast. The videos are horrendous. I also got to practice my bowling skills; I scored 121 without bumpers! For those of you who know me well will know that that's an accomplishment. No judgment.
We also street contacted this entire family (one by one) on separate occasions, and we finally got a number for one of them, so we can finally start teaching them. 'Bout time. I got to go on exchanges with the Spa Creek Hermanas, so I spent 24 hours in Annapolis speaking Spanish with Hermana Dahle. She's awesome. Seriously. I loved learning from her. She just wants to be the best missionary she can be and she's doing it! We also got to see the Blue Angels flying over Naptown for a practice for graduation at the Naval Academy, so that was a bonus. (Be jealous, Lu 😉 )
Then we had ZONE CONFERENCE on Thursday! It was so good :) The Lord blessed me with inspiration for all of our investigators here in O-town and they are truly progressing! Amethyst and Theresa both came to church last Sunday and they're truly changing :) It's been so amazing to work with them. Amethyst will be getting interviewed by President on Friday, and Theresa's still working on baptism. Her date got pushed back again because she wants to be baptized with her kids and due to dual-custody they haven't been able to come to church in a while. They just have to come two more times! But Zone Conference was seriously so good. I love hearing from President and Sister Christiansen. They are truly inspired people. I love them so much! President was also able to give me a blessing for some of my physical ailments, and I can't even describe the power that was in that room. I know God is aware of me. I know everything He does has a purpose. And blessings truly work! The power of God has been given to men to BLESS! To help and to uplift. I am grateful for those men who use that power worthily to bless. It changes lives and gives comfort to those who stand in need of comfort.
It's also been pretty cool this last week seeing so many youth come up and talk with me about serving a mission! I had three young women in my ward talk to me about their desires to serve. Those are amazing youth. And they will be amazing missionaries. Amethyst even expressed a desire to serve a mission!! It's the best decision I've ever made in my life thus far. I wish everyone could serve missions, whether as full-time missionaries or member missionaries, it's the best.
We also got to go on exchanges with the Kent Island Sisters. I was with Sister Blosch for the third time, but this time we stayed in Odenton; you'd think she'd be sick of me by now, but she still smiles at me ha-ha. And we got trapped in the car with a bee, so let's just say exchanges were pretty interesting ha-ha. I learn so much from these Sisters. I truly do love them and I'm so lucky to be a Sister Training Leader because I learn so much more and I get to build relationships with these sisters in ways that I never would've been able to. For that, I am grateful.
Oh, and I have to mention the fact that God takes care of not only our spiritual, but also our temporal needs. Sister Suda and I haven't been getting fed as much in this ward and because of that our funds have been pretty low. We have no money and we had no food in the fridge and no dinners for the week. We truly had no idea how we were going to eat this week, but God provided a way. A member called us up who was going out of town for a couple of weeks and practically gave us everything in her fridge. So now my tummy is happy and I've witnessed yet another miracle of God taking care of His missionaries. I love these miracles :)
I hope you all had a happy Memorial Day yesterday. A whole bunch of us missionaries got to have a huge BBQ and play lots of sports all day. My face is red as a tomato, but I'm still smiling. It was so much fun ha-ha. I love being around all these amazing missionaries. Never in my life have I ever been surrounded by so many amazing young men and women. They are all truly inspiring servants.
Have a fantastic week and stay cool. I love you all and I'm grateful for your prayers. I truly do feel them, so thank you.
Quote of the Week: "We truly need Him every hour, whether they be hours of sunshine or rain." - President Monson
Scripture of the Week: D&C 19:23
P.s. Transfer calls are this Sunday. There's a high chance of me being transferred this next week, so, if you are planning on sending mail please either send it today, send it to the mission home (I'll put the address at the end), or wait for my new address. Thank you!
Maryland Baltimore Mission Office
4785 Dorsey Hall Dr. Suite 105
Ellicott City, MD 21042
Oh, and Sister Suda and I like playing with glow sticks. Enjoy the pictures.