President Burt will send out a weekly email for encouragement and for studying. It is to be studied a lot like a conference talk would be studied and this week it was all about hope. It didn't really click till later in the week, but once I started thinking about it I got really excited and really started wanting to have hope! I related it to the mission, of course. From what I have seen other missionaries start to loose a little but of hope halfway some time though out their missions. I am no exception.
I want to be a type of missionary that always feels like a beginner missionary and never wants to go home but is always excited to see her family when the time does come. I want to be the type of missionary who works hard to help every person come unto Christ and follow Him. I thought about how when we receive our mission call, we are all real excited and practically ready to jump to get there.
Then, we get to the MTC and are just about willing to fly or walk on water to get to the mission and we are all just so stoked to go to the next step. Then you get to the mission and you just want to get going as fast as you can and literally talk to everybody, because the offer can't be taken away from anybody. And then you are a couple weeks or months in and realize you have to wake up at every morning, or have some other realization that is a little bit harder to face than helping somebody get baptized. I don't have a problem with waking up at , but it isn't always easy to do it.
And then you compare it to life, we were in the premortal life probably all stoked to get to earth and have a body and have our families and be happy together. Along the way we realize we have to do hard things. But it is great because when you read Alma 34:41, you realize that you do all these things, even if there are hard things in the way, because you have hope that one day you will rest in the peace of the Lord. And even better, along the way,
He blesses us to have those little moments that make life worth it! He has given me so many moments on this mission that make it okay that I have not seen anybody to baptism yet, He has given me so many moments to make it okay that I am not with my family even though my brother is graduating from high school. There are so many things in this time that make it worth it, because all He wants to do it bless us. That is why we are here, so that we can become like Him in a way that allows us to one day be with Him., and all He does is bless us along the way of doing it because He knows it isn't easy, but it is always worth it.
Hope, what a blessing.
We have three area books because there used to be three set of missionaries in this area, we are the long rovers. awesome. Anyways, planning is always a mess because we have that many area books!
Last Weeks Pictures
We had a Victoria Day Chinese potluck in Richmond on P-day,
and they invited all the Chinese missionaries and all the Chinese members in the Vancouver area,
it was awesome!
We got to wear pants!
This is all the Chinese Sisters in the Vancouver area.
There are three more on the Vancouver Island,
but they could not come to the party,
because that would have been expensive.
Anyways, this is us!
A letter from a lost but now found member. It is so sweet and really shows the depth of how in tune with the Spirit you are on a mission, or when you really want to be. Because we can be in tune, if we want to.
I am writing both of you to express my gratitude for both the dedicated service and sacrifice that your daughter, Sister Allen has made is and a very precious and dedicated young lady. She is committed to the teaching of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I am so grateful for helping to become reactivated in this true church of Jesus Christ himself. It was through both prayer and faith that my prayers I become reactivated were answered.
Through prayer I was inspired to return to White Rock, BC and begin to seek out my now personal start in the reactivation process.
First, I received help to make the trip back to White Rock and to specifically to return to the White Rock ward where I had attended with my two sons and newborn daughter 22 years ago. When I arrived in White Rock I struggled to search out the location of the White Rock chapel.
When I did locate the building it has doubled in size. After I tried repeatedly to get to church. However it was stake conference.
The next week I tried again only to realize it was too late. Instead of being angry with myself I had a very humble prayer of sanctity to my Heavenly Father. He testing me to determine my deep desire was both sincere and "seatiful" to be reactivated.
On my third attempt to return I had again made yet another walk to the chapel but I was too late. I sat down on the steps of the front chapel entrance. Still no one came. I was not angry. The belief was my faith who was strong. That this truly was the true church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He knew in my heart I was not giving up.
I began my journey back to my residence still believeing the missionaries would find me, even if I could not find them. I had walk several blocks but this time I had felt inspired to walk down a different path to my place of residence. This trail was brand new to me.
As I turned around a bend I looked up and there were two young lady missionaries with their name tags on. I knew instantly. Heavenly Father had heard my plead, I was embraced with a muster of personal humble feelings of love and compassion from both these young sisters. Tears were running down my face as were the young missionaries also shed some tears.
The gift of the Holy Ghost was so pronounced in all their hugs. We could not stop embracing each other. It followed the Saviors path and these two special missionaries, Sister Chan and Sister Allen had both followed the same prompting to walk the same path I was inspired to follow also. The tears were flowing with all three of us.
The witness of the Holy Ghost was so profound. All I could say to them was I know I have come home and He sent these two young sisters, Sister Chan from Hong Kong and Sister Allen from Colorado. I am very humbled by the grace and mercy of Heavenly Father and know he does love each one of us. He does love us, He does try our faith and He does hear our prayers and He does answer them when He knows the time is right and have been tried to be trusted.
As a parent writing to parents I want to thank you both for the life you are living and the example you are setting and the sacrifices you are making.