Bonjour my friends.
Does anyone else have their
mind blown every time they think about everything that can happen in a
week? Just one single week, SO MUCH can happen. This week was a perfect
example of that. I'll try and focus on the super cool stuff that you
would care about. How the leaves are already changing color, or how I
ate peach cobbler ice cream by the gallon, or how there are giant ballet
shoes all over town that I like to take pictures by.... oh wait...
First of all...
Monday evening we got a call from President Wirthlin telling us that we
would have a mini missionary with us from Wednesday to Monday... and
good news, it was my home girl, Jade, from Potsdam! So she has been
living the missionary life for the past 5 days. It has been so fun and
such a good experience. I'm not gonna lie, I had some moments of panic
and stress, but overall, it's been a blast. If anyone has the
opportunity to go on a mini mission I would soooo recommend it.
EVERYBODY GO ON A MINI MISSION. ok ok.
was also Zone Training Meeting. Sister Lloyd and I had the opportunity
to train on faith to find, which is probably my favorite topic so I was
really excited, but also nervous about it. Thankfully, our training went
great. The spirit was really powerful and it was so cool because by the
end of our training everyone was already adapting the "as if" principal
into their lingo and at least 4 people bore their testimony about our
training. It was super awesome to see things like that happen. Its's
just one more blessing about being a Sister Training Leader. It
definitely makes you stretch to your limits, but it's been a really
blessed calling for the past... 7 transfers...
Also in our
training, we shared a story that I thought I would share with you all,
since it's fun and also inspiring :) It goes like this...
once was a flea named John. John was a super cool flea, for a lot of
reasons, but most importantly because he was the highest jumping flea in
all the land. John could jump so high that sometimes the other fleas
thought that John could fly. One day John and all his flea friends were
jumping around when a human scooped them up and put them in a jar. Now,
this was no problem for John, because he could just jump on out, but
then the human put a lid on the jar and screwed it on tight.
first, John continued to jump as high as he had before, but after a
couple of times hitting the lid, he realized that it wasn't as fun as it
was before. After a short time, John became conditioned to jump just
below the lid of the jar. Even after the lid was removed, John only
jumped to just below the lid.
Now, nothing had changed physically
in John. He still had the ability to jump far out of the jar. Yet, in
his mind, he had forgotten his potential. He had set his expectations
lower, and he could no longer accomplish what he once could.
in life, we are like John. We have the ability to be great, to exceed
every expectation, (remember, in the pre-earth life we were like John,
before he was put in the jar), but sometimes in life we have experiences
that put a lid on our expectations. We lower our expectations, we
settle, and we live far below our potential.
Thankfully, we still
have the potential to be great and to remove those lids! That's where
faith in Jesus Christ and His atonement comes in. Through Christ we can
succeed and exceed all of our expectations. It is all through Him.
Thank you all for indulging my story time. Now back to the miracles of the week.
1. Our new Investigators K & A. It blows my mind that it was less than 2 weeks ago
that we met them. They are doing so amazing and progressing like mad.
They have both been bearing testimony to us of how much more peace they
have felt in their lives since meeting us. They have felt so much
guidance from the Book of Mormon. It's such a blessing to see them grow.
2. Mr. G. is also doing amazing. He has switched his baptism date to Aug 30th
so that he can find an apartment to live in before his baptism. His
face seriously glows every time we talk with him. It's amazing to see
someone so changed by the gospel.
3. Another little story. This
week we had an evening where pretty much everything fell through. We
were feeling a little discouraged for one reason or another and feeling a
little pointless as we walked around. Finally after feeling hopeless
for about 5 minutes, we decided to pray for direction. As soon as we
finished praying, we looked up and saw two guys sitting on the steps of
an apartment complex. Instantly we both started to walk towards them.
Miraculously, we were able to teach them the restoration and you could
tell that they both had been prepared to meet us that day. They are now
both investigating and doing well. For me it was just another tender
mercy from the Lord. Just Him reaching out to me when I was feeling a
little discouraged and lost.
4. We found many other people and
miracles come out like crazy... but I'm low on time, so just know that
this week was blessed and I could go on and on and on and on.
But here's one funny quote...
"One time, I had an ice cream breakfast for sandwich." -Sister Lloyd
Another great week to come!