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

April 8, 2013

It was so nice to get to watch General Conference this weekend!  I loved the enthusiasm for missionary work.  I feel humbled to be a part of this great work!
Transfers were last week and I’ve had to take over the area with a new companion.  As my trainer left, I felt the responsibility of this area shift from her shoulders to mine and the weight seemed incredibly heavy.  I prayed for guidance and assurance that I am capable of doing this great work.  I read Moroni 7:33.  It reads, “And Christ hath said: if ye will have faith in me ye shall have power to do whatsoever thing is expedient in me.”  As I have put my faith in Christ, He has qualified me for this position and I am so thankful for the strength that He gives me every day.  I am truly becoming someone I never thought I could be.  It’s amazing how much the gospel of Jesus Christ really can transform a person.
I got to teach a whole family for the first time and it was amazing.  I had a little 2 year old on one side and a 10 year old on the other and they were so eager to hear more of the message I had to share.  As the 10 year old read a scripture with me about Jesus being the good shepherd, she said “Jesus has been with me all along!  I knew it!”  I loved seeing her countenance light up as she felt the Spirit.  There is nothing quite like being a missionary.  It’s the closest to heaven I’ve ever felt and I wouldn’t trade it or the world.  No matter how hard it is.  I hope that you all are seeking for opportunities to be a missionary.  It will bless your life!

April 1, 2013

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter.  Celebrating Easter as a missionary is a special experience.  I was asked to sing “How Great Thou Art” in church and I felt the spirit so strong as I sang.  “When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation and take me home, what joy shall fill my heart!  Then I shall bow in humble adoration and there proclaim, ‘My God how great thou art!'”
I hope that the day I get to kneel at the feet of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, that I will do so with a humble heart and a knowledge that I did all that I could to serve Him.  I testify that Jesus Christ lives.  He conquered death and paved the way for us to return to live with our Heavenly Father.  He is my Savior, my brother, and my friend.  I am forever thankful for His eternal sacrifice.  These 18 months I’ve given to Him are nothing in comparison to what He has done for me.  “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” – John 15:13
We got transfer calls today.  I’m staying Helena, but my companion is leaving.  My new companion is a 25 year old sister who has been out for over a year.  I’m nervous for the change, but I’m putting the trust in the Lord.

March 25, 2013

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.”

March 11, 2013

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!

March 4, 2013

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!