Something that has happened more frequently this week is having some of our investigators tell us, " I've had many people testify with as much conviction as you have about their religion. So what makes yours any different?" And "Praying is always everyone's answer and everyone says that they were told by God that their church is right." These stumped me at first. I rely so heavily on my testimony and prayers to my Father in Heaven. But yet, so do many others. Well, I started studying the testimonies of some of our modern day apostles and sweet Prophet. Those men are ASTOUNDING. Having graduated from Ivy League Schools, being world renowned, taking part in governmental affairs, being in charge of National and International companies...these men ARE NOT DUMB. They testify with conviction the same way I do. In times of doubt or questioning I lean on them and their testimonies- because this church IS true. I know it.
Allan F. Packer says, "Change- if needed we must be willing to change. Frequent small corrections are less painful and disruptive than large course corrections." As I have been living my life as a missionary I have slowly made changes over the last 12 months I have been serving. This is so that hopefully when I return from my mission I will be ready to face the world and makes new steps in a forward direction. I had an interview with my mission President this week and he told me that there are ups and downs in our life. We won't always be as close to the spirit, we won't always have success, but as long as we are working and living worthily the Lord will use us when he needs us. I want to make sure that I am always in a state of being where the Savior can use me as an instrument. It is my worst fear to not be one with the spirit; so I try and live the best I know how and allow for Christ to help me the rest of the way.
|We visited the Raleigh Temple while we waited for our interviews with the Mission President!|
1. At a lunch/lesson with an investigator I spilled dressing on my white shirt. The sweet investigator gave me one of hers to wear and sprayed SHOUT on mine. The shirt she gave me wasn't 100% missionary appropriate, so I was so sheepish as we walked out holding up my shirt in the wind..trying to dry it as fast as possible!
2. We biked this whole week which I LOVE! My skirt got caught in my brakes and pulled it all tight- luckily it was a longer skirt but I had to hold it all scrunched up because we were in an INTERSECTION! Haha
3. Yesterday being fast sunday was great! But close to dinner time I started craving PB&J and Cereal (as usual.) The sweet family we were visiting gave me a take home baggie of cereal so I could eat it later and fill that craving haha!
I am so grateful for the challenges we go through. Not because they are fun or easy, but because afterwards we come out more glorious and powerful than before.
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