California, Arcadia Mission Adventures April 2014

Hey peeps!! So I decided Im going to send a weekly letter of my experiences, things I did, things I wrote in my journal and all of that fun stuff! And then Ill respond too hahaha!! 

 
Thursday April 24
 
Today I have been trying to focus on having love for others and seeing them how God and JesuCristo sees them. When I focus on that it helps me have a lot more patience and love for people. My companion has been struggling with homesickness but I tried to help her as much as I could! She got an amazing blessing from our zone leader. It was incredible!! We taught an Investigator(he was fake) but it felt real. We taught him on the gospel of Jesus Christ. It was just so amazing to see how God puts words in your mouth! We had a really nice testimony meeting tonight. It was very spiritual and touching to me. One girl Hermana Minns really touched me. She told about how she has had a lot of deaths in her family including best friend and Dad. It was very sad, but her testimony touched me a lot. She said that she was going to treat every person she met like they were her family. 
 
Friday April 25
 
Today was super tiring for me. I had to force myself to stay awake through everything. I am continuing to pray to have Christ like love for every single person here. I came across a scripture today D&C 19 18. It says ¨´Which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain and to bleed at every pore and to suffer both body and spirit and would that I might not drink the bitter cup and shring´. That scriputer really touched me because I know that Jesus Christ suffered for everyone for our eternal salvation. I know by this scriputer how muc hit hurt God to allow this to happen to his perfect son. A mission is a lot of work but I wouldnt trade it for anything. We got a new teacher today and it was our fake investigator haha. Sometimes I still cant believe Im really on a mission.. I have a feeling its not going to hit me until I get home hahahaha! 
 
Saturday April 26
 
I got a lot of things done today. I prepared a talk on tithing, studied christ like attributes, espanol, stress management, and lots of other stuff. During lunch they made these super good brownies and one of the cooks were guarding them to make sure every person only took one. Well anyways… Haha.. Of course some of my missionary peeps wanted to all split another one (and so did I), but I was the gini pig that they made go get it haha. When the cook walked aawy I ran and grabbed one and handed it to my friend Hermana Bennyan and the cook saw and called me of and told me I shouldnt have done that. I said sorry I was getting it for a friend. I felt so bad!!! You know you have the spirit with you when you feel like you have committed a terrrible sin for taking 2 brownies at lunch hahaha. We could here lots of gun shots and party fiesta music tonight! It was really cool I thought but it made it hard to fall aleep. This is such an amazing place to be!!! 
 
Sunday April 27
 
Today had been great! I know Heavenly Father is helping me with the everyday and that he hears my prayers because all of my insecurities and worries and started to fade away and my happiness has increased even more. Me and my Companion Hermana McCormic have gotten so close! Today I really wanted to focus on making it on time to all my classes and using my study time a little more effectively. I can tell my spanish is improving but I still have a long ways to go. This is only a small part of my life and I want to make every second count! There was a really nice talk given today by my MTC director. He talked about staying on target and putting your whole heart into Gods work! It was AMAZING!!
 
Monday April 28
 
Today was a little difficult for me. I want so badly to be the absolute best missionary I can be and sometimes it got really hard when I wasnt where I wanted to be. I decided to set some more goals for myself. We had to say goodbye to a lot of our zone today. It was very sad because I have grown to be so close to them. I know they will all make amazing missionaries and hope I can see them again one day! 
 
Tuesday April 29
 
We taught and investigator today on how the gospel blesses families, prayer, and how we have a loving Heavenly Father. It went pretty well. She gave us feedback on what we could improve on but it was a good lesson. It would make things a little easier if I didnt have to guess what she was saying half the time hahahaha. But it was great! We participated in a service project today. We cleaned a lot of the comedor (kitchen) it wasnt the funnest job but it always makes me feel good to help and serve other people. I heard a really inspirational talk today about trusting God. I love this gospel more than anything and I am so happy to be apart of the incredible work. It has been such a blessing to me and I can see how it is going to effect the rest of my life. But this isnt about my life, its about the people I am going to serve. This is the best decision I have ever made for my life! Stay strong everyone and trust in God!!! 
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