Things are going great out here in Montana. I was given the opportunity by my Mission President to teach my uncle and his girlfriend. It was such an incredible experience! I get to go visit my grandpa’s grave this evening … Continue reading
Missionary work is on fire here in Helena. We have 4 people on date to be baptized. Three of which were found in the same week and committed to be baptized on the first lesson. We’re working with an awesome … Continue reading
This past week was fairly good. I struggled with moments of really bad home sickness, but it wasn’t anything I can’t handle. Rough days come, but good days always follow close behind.
We spent a lot of time last week visiting the sick and afflicted. It made me grateful for my health and even more grateful that my companion and I could be there to help them in their time of need. We spent some time at the hospital. One of the people we work with got her gall bladder taken out, another fell and broke her nose and got a head injury, and another is battling cancer. So sad! But we taught them about the enabling power of the Atonement and it brought them peace. Matthew 11:28 says, “Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.”
Last week was really awesome! My home sickness has faded almost completely and I’ve felt my love for the people in Montana grow immensely. We talked to a lot of very broken people and I could feel the love that Heavenly Father has for them. My deep desire to help them find peace is unlike anything I’ve ever felt. I truly love these people. I’ve begun to understand what it means to mourn with those that mourn and comfort those who stand in need of comfort. I cry as I pray for these people, because I truly want them to feel of God’s love. As I’ve put my whole heart and soul into my mission and given all I have to God, I’ve found a happiness I’ve never known before. I’m looking forward to the things God has in store for me and the people I will teach!
This last week was a rough one for me and my companion. All but one of our appointments fell though and everyone we tried to see wasn’t home. We were feeling a little bit discouraged as missionaries do at times, but our week ended great. We were able to teach one of our investigators about the Word of Wisdom and helped him set up a plan to quite smoking. He’s awesome and has such a stronger desire to follow Christ.
We got to watch David A. Bednar’s CES Fireside last night with some Young Single Adults and it was just what I needed to hear. He said that partaking of the bitter cup but not becoming bitter is part of becoming more like Christ. I have already experienced many difficult days on my mission and have definitely had a drink from the bitter cup at times. But I have chosen to draw closer to my Savior during those times and it has greatly blessed me in times of trial. David A. Bednar also said “This life isn’t just about living and dying. It’s about living, learning, and becoming.” I hope that I am becoming more like my Savior!
I’ve never been more sure in my life that my Savior lives. I know that He suffered for the sins of all manking so that through Him we might be saved and return to live with our Heavenly Father!