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Sunday, August 23, 2015
Date: Mon, Aug 10, 2015 at 3:03 PM
This week has been filled with so much service and getting to see and feel the power of God. Being a missionary is truly an interesting thing, hard thing and the best thing.
Last Monday I was able to have an interview with President Passey about the past few months and the coming few and we set goals. And I am so excited about the growth the Lord has helped me have. I seriously felt the positive changes that have come and I love how this gospel just changes people. And to be able to be changed is a blessing. Then we got to go meet and serve a family who is moving in to one of the wards in the area. They are pretty amazing! And Tuesday we were able to go spend some time with them again between appointments. And that pattern happened all week. Where appointments would cancel or be moved so we would all of a sudden have some time to go and help this family. When the Lord needs His children taken care of, He provides a way for us to do it.
We met with one of our investigators whose progress had slowed down and she expressed how she felt she was hungering after the knowledge we were teaching. But also felt things slowed down. We talked about it and then made a plan! So later in the week we saw her again and had such a sweet experience with her in reviewing the Restoration of the gospel. Her testimony seriously shines through when the Spirit is there. We are trying to help her see that.
So much happened this week. It is such a blessing and honestly a weird thing to be here and let into people's homes daily to talk to them about God. But it is the best message! And it is true. The Savior is the way. He is the light in the darkness we ALL feel at times. And coming unto Him and following Him will always bring us eternal Joy.
I'm happy! But just so exhausted! We have a baptism coming up this Wednesday and I am so excited for this man to make promises with God. Mosiah 18:8-11 is one of the most amazing things because it is truly the desire of his heart to stand as a witness of God.
Monday, August 17, 2015
On Monday, August 17, 2015 3:18 PM, Katherine Walter <katherine.walter@myldsmail.
August 17, 2015
We worked hard this week! So hard I actually fell asleep while reading out loud during studies one day! Just grateful it wasn't during a lesson. In some ways I haven't been this tired since the beginning of my mission but I feel more deeply tired. Spiritually, physically, emotionally and mentally. It is quite the experience. Parents this goes to...is this how tired you are as a parent?
Anyway we had a baptism this past Wednesday! His name is John. He is just amazing. He came to us and said that he wanted the lessons and was ready at this time in his life. Through the past 8+ years he has struggled with so very much. But he knew that God was preserving him for something greater. And that this church was where he needed to be. To every commitment we extended he has responded, its a small price to pay for what God has given him. I sure love John. He has taught me so much.
We also met with our investigator Rudy this week. He and his wife have both blossomed over the past week. They are truly searching for light and finding it. Sister Stebar and I both sat amazed as he shared with us his relationship that he is developing with our Father in Heaven. He was able to talk with Father very openly and honestly and receive answers and help he has long been looking for. Rudy has become such an example of faith for us.
There were more adventures this past week but I just don't remember them right now! So tired.
We do have a fun musical fireside this Friday evening. Sister Stebar and I put it together with members from both of our wards and the missionaries we serve in the zone with. It is going to be great! Just a good opportunity to have people in the community to come and feel testimonies of Jesus Christ given through music. We are so excited!
Love you all!
Sunday, August 9, 2015
Date: Mon, Aug 3, 2015 at 3:05 PM
So this week makes One Year on the mission! That is a bit weird to think about. And all I can think of right now are the amazing people who the Lord has placed into my life since being on the mission to help me be this person. I am so grateful for each one of them. Some of them I won't get to see for quite a few months but I love them so much! Its interesting because I love and miss them now like I missed family and friends at the beginning of my mission.
The Lord has played a significant role in my life the past 5 weeks since I have been in the Rincon Zone. I just can't imagine not understanding and accepting Him like I did before. Life feels new again. Missions are hard. Training is an adventure in fully relying on this being the work of the Lord. Much harder than I ever anticipated. But they are the sweetest things at the same time.
I read a talk called The Atonement and the Journey of Mortality by Elder Bednar and it really changed my heart and perspective on the atonement. I haven't realized until recently how absolutely everything we do in this gospel has to do with Jesus Christ. Everything relates to Him. Teaches of Him. Testifies of His power and ability and desires to heal, succor and extend Himself to us.
The work here really is good right now. We have seen so many miracles and John is just one of them. He is living evidence of the atonement. He and his wife just amaze me every time we meet with them.
I love you all! Will have pictures next week. :)