Another transfer is here! We had transfer call last night and I am going to be training again!!! I am SO excited. The good Lord grants every righteous desire of my heart. Sister Steg why did I turn out just like you?! haha you must be my momma or something. I am so excited. I sure am going to miss being a Sister Training Leader though. I have learned so much from each Sister whom I have served. I am excited now to focus on one Sister instead of 10. I can't think of a better way to spend the last 12 weeks of my mission than helping a new Sister set a solid foundation. It is going to be a great experience and I am really just so excited.
I have been thinking about my interview with President a few weeks ago. I remember him smiling and chuckling a bit of all that has happened the past few transfers. I smiled back and joked a bit "President, when are you going to give me a break?" He laughed a little more and then turned serious, "I have given you a lot haven't I, but my look how you've grown." I can't help but imagine a similar thing happening when each of us sit down with Christ. He'll look at each of us and smile and say something like, "Wow, I sure put you through a lot down on earth didn't I?. . . But my how you've grown and look at what you have become!" With weeping gratitude I'll embrace him and thank him for every single trial, heartache and sorrow. It will all be worth it in the end. This I know.
I saw a cool miracle on an exchange this week. The sisters really wanted to focus on following the spirit. We set out to knock doors. We had 3 different options of where to knock so we took it to the Lord. After we prayed, each of us said where we felt we should go. The funny thing was that each of us said a different place! At first we were a little surprised because we felt that if it was the spirit we would all agree; however, we decided that there must be people at all three that we needed to find so we decided to do a little bit of each. We did and we were able to find elect people at each location. It was a miracle! It taught me a big lesson. Just because we don't agree it doesn't mean that it is not the spirit. It is just the Lord trusting us. We need to trust that he is telling us where we need to be. It was a great lesson for me and a great lesson for the Sisters.
I had another interesting experience this week as well. With us being in a trio and juggling 2 areas I go on splits a lot with members from the YSA branch. I was out knocking with doors with a Sister preparing to leave on a mission in 2 weeks. The first door we knocked on received us well and we shared a lesson with them. The next few contacts and doors though were not so pleasant. Rejection, rejection, and wait for it more rejection. The member turned to me and asked if this was what a mission was like. I turned to her, and smiled and told her that I love rejection because it means opposition. If there is opposition then Satan is there. If Satan is there then there is a miracle just around the corner that he doesn't want to happen. In essence, it means that we are right where we are supposed to be. I promised her that if we kept going we would find the miracle. The next door we knocked on we found a middle aged man with sorrow in his eyes. He rejected us at first but we were very persistent and he let us in. We gathered his wife and daughter together to kneel down and pray. After the prayer the man and his family were all in tears. Now having there trust, they revealed more of there situation. I'll simplify it but saying that they knew that God sent us at that exact moment. I turned to the member to see tears stinging her eyes. It's a miracle she said. It really is. She then went on to tell the family how we had been rejected but we kept going because we knew there was someone God wanted us to find. "He wanted you to find us" the man said. The spirit was so strong. We returned later that week and taught him the Restoration.
I love being a missionary. I love being the Lord's servant. I love being right where he wants me to be. I love finding those whose hearts are ready and waiting to here truth. I love it I love it I love it. Each week I grow and learn more and more.
I love you!! Have a great week.