Lexi and her new companion, Sister Johnson.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Aug 25 (1 day ago)
This week has been fantastic!
There isn't a whole ton to say except that I have just had a wonderful week! Transfers happened, and Sister Johnson and I are loving being companions, serving in Worland, and loving and serving the people here! Sister Johnson is one of the happiest and most loving people I know. I have already learned so much from her :) I feel like we live in a fairy tale right now. We live on a little farm with a huge garden and beautiful fields outside our window. We are so blessed!
A scripture that has meant a lot to me this week is Ether 12:4
"Wherefore whoso believeth in God might with surety hope for a better world, yea, even a place at the right hand of God, which hope cometh of faith, maketh an anchor to the souls of men, which would make them sure and steadfast, always abounding in good works, being led to glorify God."
Hope and Faith are anchors in our lives. They will keep us on the right course. When things get rocky and it's difficult to hold on, we can have hope in a better world, in better circumstances. And it's all possible because of Christ. I am so grateful for Jesus Christ- that He is real and that He helps us.
I know that He has helped me every step of my mission and my life! In the hard times, we can remember that things will get better. They will, as we do our best. The Lord will not forsake us.
Thank you for all your support and love. It means so much to me.
Keep the faith! Have a wonderful week! :)
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
I wrote up a email, but then I think it got deleted, so here I am again! This week was seriously awesome. I think I say that every week. It was so good though. I learned a lot and am so happy.
We just found out Sister Smith is being transferred to Billings! I'm sad to see her go, but she felt like she was leaving weeks ago, so we weren't surprised. She has been here for about ten months, and the Lord wants her in Billings now! Good thing is I will see her in a few weeks at some meetings in Billings! Yay! I have learned so much from Sister Smith. I definitely know that we are given certain people in our lives at certain times not by coincidence. I will miss her.
My new companion will be Sister Johnson! I was in the MTC with Sister Johnson, and I love her!!! Worland is going to love her, and I am so excited to serve with her.
This week, I have been pondering a lot about the important things in life. It's easy to get caught up in the "to do's," especially when there are so many. I've been thinking about how people are the most important things in this life. President Monson is an amazing example to me of someone who focuses on the people more than the task. He has SO may tasks, I am sure, yet he chooses to love people. How he finds the time for everything, I don't know, except that, because he lives the gospel, the Lord makes it happen.
I have had lots of joy this week. We got to spend some time yesterday with the Sisters in Ten Sleep, and we have run into many people today at the grocery store and throughout town that we have been able to say hi to and Sister Smith could say goodbye to. I'm grateful for the relationships we can have in this life and for the people God places in our paths.
I know the church is true. I know the Book of Mormon is a true book from God.
I was in reading in Enos today, and I loved verse 9: "Now, it came to pass that when I had heard these words (that he was forgiven because of his faith) I began to feel a desire for the welfare of my brethren, the Nephites; wherefore I did pour out my whole soul unto God for them."
I love that after Enos felt the power of the Atonement in His life, He immediately wanted to share it with others. As we experience the gospel change our lives, we want others to experience it too. I believe that. I know that as we come closer to the Lord, our desires to bring others closer to the Lord will increase. I recently realized that my prayers were really focused on myself. I decided to change that, and as I have began more to pray for others, I have felt so much happier and at peace. I still can pray for myself and those things I really need, but I feel more grateful and more loving for those around me, and I know they are being blessed through my prayers. I love this gospel, and that we are always learning!
Sending love from Worland!
Monday, August 11, 2014
It's been another great week! I have been reminded about the importance of love this week. Yesterday morning we had Elder Carden of the Seventy speak to some of the missionaries in Lovell, Wyoming. President and Sister Mecham were there and bore their testimonies at the meeting, and Sister Mecham just said how she hopes we feel loved. I truly felt her love, and I realized the importance of feeling loved. We all need to know we are loved. One scripture that I read a couple months back is Alma-
"But that ye would humble yourselves before the Lord, and call on his holy name, and watch and pray continually, that ye may not be tempted above that which ye can bear, and thus be led by the Holy Spirit, becoming humble, meek, submissive, patient, full of love and all long-suffering."
As I have been serving my mission, and in the past few weeks, I have felt my love increase for the people here. They are wonderful. They speak their minds, love their families, and are funny. They all have different stories, backgrounds, and personalities. They all have come from different places in life, and I am grateful that I am able to be a part of theirs.
I know that God loves all His children. I know that He loves us even as we are so imperfect, but we are trying. He loves us, and that's why He wants us to pray to Him. That's why He sent us to earth- to grow and to learn and to one day be able to experience the blessings He enjoys. I love Him and my Savior and this gospel.
I love you all too!! Thank you for being a part of my life :)