It’s been raining for the past couple days. Today is NICE, though.
STOKED. But it was pretty funny with Hermana Geiger and I caught out
on Sunday with one umbrella running from building to building. Ha!
Thanks for all the birthday wishes! Seriously–I felt so good and
We had stake conference this weekend and it was INCREDIBLE. Really. We
had Elder Donnagan (spelling?) come and instruct us all. And I felt
the Spirit testify. I know that man is called of God and I believe his
words. I felt full and empowered as I sat and left those meetings. A
lot of the messages were about families, but particularly about Sabbath
day observance. Ha! That is just what we need for some of our
investigators! Sabbath day observance. It being a sacred day. Truly a
holy day. A time for renovation and worship–one whose observance
brings heaps and heaps of blessings. One sister said that it is a
demonstration of your love for and commitment to God. How you keep
your thoughts and attitude that day is a large reflection of your
personal righteousness–your desires to be obedient and true and love
the Lord with every part of you.
That pricked my heart. I feel like Sundays are the most stressful days
for me! I am sitting there trying to remember everyone’s name and
turning to look at the door every five seconds to see if the person
coming in is an investigator or a less active member. Someone we’ve
been working with and inviting and trying to help. Then praying so
hard during the talks that whoever I am sitting with will have a
spiritual experience and answer to prayer and witness of truth from
the Spirit. How is that for relaxing?
That’s probably not the most healthy way to spend your church worship
time… Stressed and a little bummed when someone doesn’t show up.
Well, I think there is a happy medium that can be reached–still
focusing on others and making sure they are with members and
everything, while also listening and feeling the spirit for yourself.
There is a balance–I’ll keep working on finding it.
One thought, though: my looking for investigators and praying and
hoping during the songs and speakers is a little stressful, but it has
made those five minutes I get alone with the Savior during the
sacrament so holy and sacred to me. That time I have to just think and
remember and rededicate and renew. It is hallowed time. It is a
I love the Savior.
I felt so blessed on Sunday to see all of my old peeps in Concourse
(stake conference as in Kingsbridge). I saw Derlin–she is such a
star. I’ve been thinking about her and just praying and hoping that
she is doing well. She is. She shines. Serving in the Primary and
happy. Always with Ilka–what a beautiful thing to enter the church
via a best friend. A faithful member.
I love them. What a blessing it was to see them!
On Monday, we went to the Leon’s for a double birthday party–Hermana
Leon’s is on June first. We had dinner and then cake. During the
birthday song, she came over and put her arm around my shoulders and
we got close to pretend blow out the candles, and then she shoved my
face in the cake!!!!!! I guess it is an Ecuadorean tradition. She GOT
me! Ha!! So fun. I love them.
Love you all so much! So much. Have a great week!