It's Monday everyone. How does this keep
happening to me? I know, I know. You are all sick of me starting off
with a little blurb about how quickly the time is going but.... IT'S SO
TRUE. I never would have believed it at the beginning of my mission.
Every day took an eternity. Now I swear its like "Wait! What happened
today? Did we see anyone? What happened?" I don't even know what to do
This week was pretty good. We went on
another exchange (which was very good times). We headed down to Utica
for another missionary leadership council. Very fun. Very fun. Also,
some other good things happened. I guess we can talk about them.
1. We met a new investigator who was referred to us by elders in
Indiana. She was a hardcore Atheist 7 weeks ago, and now she believes in
God and thinks she might want to be baptized. Seriously it is such a
miracle. She is very sweet and cool. It's also fun because she is a
college student, so we can relate to her really well. (I kind of think
our entire teaching pool right now is girls about our age). Anyway, I've
just been feeling really blessed that she literally just landed right
in our lap. I think often the best people are the ones that Heavenly
Father pretty much just hands to you. Very blessed.
2. ERRRRRIIIIIIINNNN. Why is Erin my very favorite person in the world? Here are her most recent updates.
She is getting baptized THIS WEEK. We are super excited. Her mom is
cool with it, and she is very prepared. Before her interview on Saturday
we were prepping her for all the questions and she just started telling
us about patriarchal blessings and all this stuff. I love that girl.
She told us this week that she, (and her friend Kaylea), want to go on
missions. Coolest thing ever. I've always wanted to teach someone who
goes on a mission. seriously. amazing.
Third. We had probably my
favorite lesson of life with her this week. We taught her the Law of
Chastity. So obviously we had to tell the members that that was what we
were going to teach that day. So they all prepped her that is was going
to be the most awkward lesson in the world. *facepalm* But we taught it
and it all went pretty well. Only minor awkwardness. AND THEN Erin said
the closing prayer, which went something like this... "Thank you for
this very awkward lesson and please bless that we will never have to
talk about it again anytime soon." SO HILLARIOUS. We all pretty much
just ended up laughing our faces off. Bless that girl.
3. We were
an answer to prayers. You know, on a mission, that you are probably
very often a direct answer to someone's prayers. Often they don't know
it. Even more often, you don't know it. But truly, we know Heavenly
Father is always guiding us in who we talk to. Well, last night a member
had signed up to feed us and she lives REALLY far away, so usually she
will just drop it off to us. Well for some reason she asked if we would
like to come there, and after thinking it through, we said yes. We drove
out, had a nice dinner, and then started for home. Out of the blue
Sister Lloyd and I remembered that we had planned to see a less-active
member who lived out that way. We were pretty low on time, but decided
to swing by. We got there and the less-active member was home. She
invited us in, and we were able to start teaching her the restoration. A
few minutes in she just paused us and said, "You girls don't even know.
Just before you came here I had been reflecting on how trapped I feel. I
prayed that Heavenly Father would help me and guide me... and then you
showed up." It was such a tender mercy to know that Heavenly Father sent
us EXACTLY where we needed to be that night. I always feel blessed to
know that I am in the Lord's service.
In other news and on a
somewhat random note, life has been good, but also kind of hard
recently. Not anything huge or life shattering in anyway... but just
different. A lot of obstacles to overcome. I've been praying for
humility and I think that is where this is all coming from! Haha. But
seriously, it's not always fun, but I've noticed myself being humbled by
the Lord A LOT recently. One day I was feeling really frustrated about
it and annoyed that I wasn't doing everything quite as great as I would
have hoped... I was then reading this scripture in the Book of Mormon
and it really made an impact. It says, "Nevertheless, the Lord God
showeth us our weakness that we may know that it is by his grace and his
great condescensions unto the children of men, that we have power to do
these things." (Jacob 4:7). I learn this over and over and yet I
always seem to forget that this is not the work of Sister Langford. That
I can never do enough of be enough to make Heavenly Father's work come
to pass. But He can. Sometimes I just need to remember to take a step
back and remember who is really in charge of it all.
Well, I am grateful to be here and love the mission.