Oh hi friends! Well I am so sad that I have not done this sooner than now… BUT…. For those of you who may not know… my family is amazing- not to make you feel bad or anything but for real they are the BEST!!! I do not know how I got so lucky to have such an incredible family- both immediate and extended- on both sides!!! I know be jealous!!!! J there are so many examples daily that I see in my family and I am sad to say that I don’t share them as often as I should. One of which is my cute little sister Natalie, who is serving in the Tampa Bay mission! I have had one other sister, Lexie, and my brother serve as well! And on Kurt’s side him and each of his siblings (Nate and Meg) also served missions! See what I mean- I am spoiled by amazing examples!! Well, cute little Nat sends emails every Monday and I wish so badly that I would’ve been posting every single email on here so that you too could feel of her sweet spirit and example! I wish I would have done this for Lexie too- sorry girls- you are just way better than me! I will try to be more like my cute little sisters!!
Anywho…. I was reading her most recent email when I got to work- and between the lovely hormones of pregnancy and Natalie’s incredible testimony- I broke down crying…. I am sooo proud of all that she is doing! She has such a sweet and loving spirit and is so humbled by this gospel! I will include the entire email below but have highlighted the part that totally struck me to tears this morning! I want to share a brief testimony that I too know this gospel is so true and that at times, it is so hard to stay positive and strong with all the temptations of the world pushing down on us- but Heavenly father and our savior Jesus Christ are there! They hear us and answer every. Single. Prayer.
It may not always be in the timeframe we desire or even in the way we had thought best- but they know the reason behind it all and are there to help us through all of it- if we just listen and do our best to do our part. I want my father in heaven to know with a surety that I do love him- I want my incredible husband and children to know that I love this gospel with all my heart! I know that it is because of this gospel, the incredible examples I have been blessed with, and most importantly the love of my father in heaven and savior Jesus Christ that I have been so blessed in this life. I know I am not the greatest missionary in any way shape or form- but I do want those around me to know without a doubt that I know god lives and love each and every one of us. I know that we have a true and living prophet and leaders here to help guide us on this earth today. I love this gospel and all that it stands for. I say these things in the name of my savior, Jesus Christ, amen.
¡Hola familia! ¿Cómo estas? ¿Cómo fue su semana? Te extraño mucho!!! Pero estoy bien. Pues quiero escribir poquito en español a práctica más. Pues, como está todo? Abuelito wuthrich? Cómo está la salud de el? Y el resto de la familia?...pues ahora en casa estoy practicando escribiendo español...en un I-Pad...¡¡¡¡¡LOCO!!!!! Pero me gusta mucho! Esto ayudar mucho con el libro de la área y nuestras planes etc...presidente Cusick dijo que usamos necesidad eso con toda la obra..estudios, planeamiento, cuando enseñar a las personas...todo!
Okay well I just want to tell you all how grateful I am for each of you your the best family ever! I love you all so much and am so proud of each of you. I want to tell everyone I meet about you and all the wonderful things your all doing. I just love you all so much! This week being valentines I didn't think to much of it cause other then the little cards I would give out I don't feel like I've ever really done anything huge for that day. Kinda just like another day ya know?
But this time I don't know I just really missed all of you and want you all to know I love you so much! I hope you had a great week and a happy Valentines day. :)
Alexis...you asked in your email how Spanish is. ITS HARD.
Really this week was a toughy with Spanish. But I love the language! I think it's been one of my greatest struggles on the mission but I'm grateful for it. I love being able to talk with everyone and bough my Spanish is way far from perfect the people here are so nice and they help you so so much and they cheer you on in a sense. Most people are very grateful and humbled by the fact that we're taking time to share the gospel to them in their native tongue. Pero si me encanta español con todo mi corazón!! Es un gran privilegio a hablar y enseñar el evangelio en inglés y en español. :)
This week for me has been crazy! Both really awesome but also way stressful and hard but I am grateful for it. I don't know why it is but this week I seemed to just have a hard time accepting things and remembering why I'm here....don't worry I'm fine satan was just working really hard it seems. And I just want to explain my week. So that's how this week was and so I have spent a lot of time praying hard trying to remember why I came out and also just to know still that this is where HE needs me to be. That I'm doing the things HE needs me to do so I can be who HE needs me to be.
Something really cool about it all and is actually a blessing blue miracle for me personally is since we have I-pads we have gospel library. Which is sinked to our lds.org account so any notes I've made there are with me on this. Well today actually I was trying to view my notes and I found one I wanna share it with you....
""To all within the sound of my voice, the voice of Christ comes ringing down through the halls of time, asking each one of us while there is time, "Do you love me?" And for every one of us, I answer with my honor and my soul, "Yea, Lord, we do love thee." And having set our "hand to the plough," we will never look back until this work is finished and love of God and neighbor rules the world. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen."
i love this talk so much because it testifies to me what the spirit had already testified of and i am so grateful for a loving father in heaven who sent me here i am so grateful for this talk because as i was preparing my mission papers i knew it was what i needed to be doing but when i heard this talk i knew for sure that my Heavenly Father like all dads knows His little girl and knew i needed that. i love this gospel!""
....okay so I read this today as I was looking through my old notes and honestly I just started crying. Not just then in that moment but every time I read it I am reminded of that moment how it is I felt when this talk was given. Having already started my papers but not sure for certain..satan slipping in doubt..but hearing this knowing that I had started and can't look back but forward trusting in my Heavenly Father that this was the course I needed to take. I truly do love my Heavenly Father and I came out on my mission to share this gospel and the love HE has for each of us with everyone. And reading this today again with that doubt of why..I was reminded that my Heavenly Father is mindful of me. HE loves me and knows me. HE knows what's going to make me happy in the end and so right now HE has asked me to do things I never before wanted to do. But as I said okay as I've done what HE has asked I've been the happiest I have ever been.
BLUE FLOWER MIRACLE! :) HE is aware and loves me! So that was something I felt I could share with you all to help you all see and know that even in those moments it's hard etc...HE IS THERE. HE is always three. There's a quote in the talk dad sent last week that I LOVED it says...."Hope on, trust on, till you see the salvation of God." This gospel truly is the happiest and greatest thing in my life!
What a blessing it is to be here sharing it. I know as we put our trust in HIM all will be well and we will one day see that all these things were for our good. I love this gospel!
Well this week.....so a big thing this week has been I-pads and they are great we're able to do lots more work now it seems and also able to better keep up our area books. I will say being out of technology for a short time though so much has changed its crazy trying to figure out how to work these things but I'm getting there.
Haha :) you would think the younger generation would know...nope our leaders know so much more on how to work these. Pretty cool!
Well I want to just talk about a few of the miracles I got to witness this week....
Today we met a lady her names Athena as we were coming from a lesson which was another miracle as well. But as we were talking with her she started bringing up political stuff which thank goodness we don't talk about that as missionaries because it seems way to crazy.
Any-who so she was telling us she just doesn't like that things are changing from the things God has set for us to follow etc...(I'm
summarizing) but into my head pops elder oaks talk from general conference which is all about that. So I pulled it up showed her and asked if I could email it to her so I'm gonna do that. But that was a miracle because she had heard briefly about the "Mormon" religion and now wants to learn more. :) so amazing!
We got to see Maxine!!! O my word I love her SO MUCH! Ahh okay but we saw her it was amazing asked if she's read any of the Book of Mormon we left her. We had gotten her a giant one :) And she has! she is in 2nd Nephi! SO so Amazing!!! And so we read a little with her then we gave her a lesson 1 pamphlet and talked a little about it. She turned to the picture of the sacred grove experience and we testified of what that event means and how we've come to know its true. She looked straight at me and told me that she knows it's true too. It was an amazing moment in that room the spirit was so strong and so beautiful. I pray to never forget it. I hope you each will take a moment to look at that picture and pray about Joseph's experience. I know it's true and just how God answered his prayer HE will answer yours.
We have walked everywhere this week...my feet and back need a massage!!!...really though i am so sore it's a killer!... Haha really.
:) but it's been wonderful we've met lots of people and we found out that one of the stake leaders was driving with his wife through town and saw us and got so excited couldn't believe we were walking! Haha when he told us that we laughed because we saw that car and were a little creeped out cause it slowed down near us but didn't stop. Haha
:) but what an amazing week I'm so blessed. I really am. Though at times it was hard...I know that HE. Was aware of every second and as I turned to HIM I was filled with the strength to keep going to take another step. Knowing without a doubt that as I do the things I know and strive to do my best and follow HIM, HE will guide my steps.
Leading me to greater things then I could ever imagine.
Love you all so much!!! Have an amazing week and be safe! Love always and forever!