Hello, everyone! This past week was another adventure as always. I
just love looking back and thinking of the great (and not so great)
things that have happened in the past week. My companion and I gave
our first presentation as Sister Training Leaders this past Thursday
at the Sister’s Conference. This was the second time that the mission
has had a Sister’s Conference and I’ve been there for both thus far!
Getting together with all the Sister’s in the mission is such a treat.
Hermana Jones and I spoke about Accessing the Atonement through
Prayer. When reading and studying and preparing for this, we figured
that in order to access the atonement through prayer, one would need
to submit Heavenly Father. Needless to say, the life of a missionary
is not easy by any means. We constantly are learning to rely on The
Lord. And when all things are endured faithfully, God promises us that
He will give us all that He hath. What more is there?
One of my most favorite/hardest things about being a missionary is
feeling the love God has for His children as we speak with them and as
they cry and tell us of their problems and see they are struggling.
It’s hard to see but my heart reaches out to them. It happens often.
This past weekend we taught one of our investigators a commandment.
And this commandment is one that the Lord delights in. One of high
importance. But she didn’t want to comply. She kept asking what I
thought and wanted to know my point of view. “I want to tell you that
we understand… and that God understands… but He doesn’t.” When we
choose not to comply to the will of God, as much as you think it’s
okay this one time, or that we’re human (true), or that we’re
imperfect (also true), don’t ever think that God understands where
you’re coming from. God knows what it takes to be like Him.
Sometimes, all missionaries can think about is home. And when they’re
finally home, all they can think about is their mission. Let’s be
honest, everyone misses home. But home will always be there and is a
temporary home. In the mean time, I’m working on something better.
While on earth we are building our very own mansions in the heavens.
Something that is the complete opposite of temporary. If I don’t build
it, it’ll never be built. This is why salvation is personal. It’s all
up to you.
Yesterday was one of the hardest days of my mission! If not, the
hardest! Hermana Jones and I got stuck in the snow for an ENTIRE HOUR
and of course we were late to church, late picking up the Hermana’s to
come to church with us, and we made all four Elder’s late so they
could get us out of the snow. They all really, truly didn’t mind
either hahaha. I pushed the car front and back for an hour! We were
super great at holding up ALL 6 missionaries from our ward to get to
church yesterday, including ourselves which makes 8 missionaries. My
back and arms are so sore now. Lesson re-learned: Patience is a virtue
Love, Hermana E. Whitney Feb 10, 2014