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!

Love always,
Sister Hixson

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