Monday, August 27, 2012

Email: 27 August 2012

Hey hey hey!!
Life is so good!!!!! I love being a missionary! I love my companions, Sister Nelson and Sister Fraire, I love the people we are teaching, I love the ward, I love you (yes, I'm talking to you) and I love the Lord. I always find it hard to express in writing how much I love being a missionary here in Oklahoma. I guess I could do an audio recording so you could hear the excitement in my voice. Like I said before, I'm too tired Sunday night to do anything like that. These letters will have to suffice. ;) It's been a great week! For the first time in weeks we have reached all our goals (except for one) for the week. I hope it doesn't sound like I'm saying it's all about the numbers.... every single one of the numbers represents a child of God who we care about.

Anyway, it's been a great week! [Name withheld] has been coming up to Norman the past couple weeks so we've still been able to teach him. He is just about done with 1st Nephi in the Book of Mormon. He is soaking it all in. We should be having a baptism with [Name withheld] soon. He moved down to Dallas but he wants to be baptized into the Norman ward. We were not sure if that was allowed. We counseled with the Zone Leaders and with President Taylor about it. They both said [Name withheld] should be baptized here in Norman since his ward family is here and he is here in Norman on a weekly basis anyway. We are so excited for [Name withheld]! He is so ready to be baptized! We don't have a date with him yet. He is praying about a day to be baptized. We are meeting with him Tuesday and will talk more about it. It's an exciting time for all us!

Jeff was just called as the 2nd counselor in the Sunday School presidency yesterday and passed the sacrament for the first time. Jeff has changed so much in the last three months that I've known him. The Gospel is changing his heart and he is becoming the person God wants him to be. We've also taken Jeff out teaching with us. He is such a great teacher! It is so amazing to be able to see the change that the Gospel has on people who live and act on it. I love how much I've learned about the Doctrine of Christ while I have served a mission. I am sad that after today I have less than a year left to serve a mission. I am comforted to know that serving a full-time mission is just the beginning of my missionary service. I am going to have opportunities throughout my life to share the Gospel, to "bring others into the light of the Gospel" as my patriarchal blessing says. To be honest, my biggest worry is that I won't accomplish everything the Lord has sent me here to do in Oklahoma. I also want to learn everything I need to learn while serving a mission. I don't want any experience to go by that I don't learn something.

The other day I read Jacob 6:5
"5 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, I beseech of you in words of soberness that ye would repent, and come with full purpose of heart, and cleave unto God as he cleaveth unto you. And while his arm of mercy is extended towards you in the light of the day, harden not your hearts."

I love that phrase, "cleave unto God as he cleaveth unto you." God wants so badly for us to return back to Him and we need to have that same devotion to him that he has in helping us. (Moses 1:39) I thought of the talk by Barbara Thompson titled "Cleave Unto Covenants". It is by making and keeping covenants or promises with God that we are given the strength to go through life.

I am learning so much as a missionary, and it is amazing! I have already learned so much in the last 6 1/2 months! I know I am developing skills that will be greatly beneficial to me as a wife and mother someday as well as in future callings in the Church. I am very excited for the future and what it has in store.

It's kind of funny. Yesterday I was reading a Ensign article about a lady whose husband struggled with pornography. She told about all the heartache and pain that came from that. My first thought was "that's it, I don't want to get married." I didn't really mean it, but the thought of marriage really scared me. Then I grabbed another Ensign at random and came across a talk called "Confidence to Marry" haha! It was all a very funny experience and my companions laughed at it as well. Oh shoot! I just love my companions so much! Sister Nelson and Sister Fraire are so great!

I feel like more has happened this week... I'm having writers block though. I also left my journal at home. Have a great week everybody! Sorry this is not very long. I love you!

Love, Sister Record

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