Monday, February 20, 2012

Sister Melly is Off the Ground and Preparing to Soar

Dearest Family,

As always, I love you so much!

A few minutes ago, some of the elders showed up to the Trail Center to do their emailing because all of the libraries are closed to day for the holiday. They disappeared into the work room (where the computers are) for about 10 minutes and then returned, apparently done with their emailing. I just don't get it. It has already been 15 minutes for me and I have only written a couple of sentences. I guess that I just need to work on my emailing skills. Today it feels like everything is moving in slow motion, so maybe that is slowing me down a bit. Nothing to worry about, I just have a lot on my mind to day.
Let's see, last week was the end of sick week. Monday and Tuesday we were in the apartment all day. Wednesday, we had Zone Conference. It was awesome. I have been thinking about/working on having more faith recently and wow, this Zone Conference was exactly what I needed. The ward mission leader from the Bellevue 2nd Ward was there and President Kunz invited him to speak to us for as long as he needed. An hour and a half later, I can say that most of our lives had changed or were going to. He explained to us about faith. That each person had their own level of faith, just as different miracles occurred according to different levels of faith - the centurion with the sick servant vs the woman with the issue of blood needing to only touch Christ’s robes vs laying on of hands, etc. Christ is able to work miracles according to our level of faith. He also taught us that the Lord wants us to do great things and to act, to move forward and not to wait to be told or acted upon by the Spirit. If we believe that we can do marvelous things, we can! In order to do this, we must ponder, desire with pure intent, keep the laws of the blessing we receive, ask and bind the Lord to keep His promises, and then exercise faith by acting on the promptings we receive. We do this through great faith and powerful prayer and it takes obedience, diligence, and sacrifice. We are to expect marvelous things, to expect the best, unless we are told by the Spirit "no". I learned so powerfully how much we can each accomplish if we act in faith. It is faith that creates miracles and miracles are always possible. I thought that this also went really well with President Monson's ABC's to living an abundant life in the Ensign from January. A- attitude changes the outer aspects of our lives. B- believe in yourself and what you can achieve. C- courage, which is determination to act in spite of challenges.

Thursday and Friday were sort of starter days getting back into the work. I was feeling mostly better, but would get exhausted pretty easily, so we had some hours in our area, but not too much. Sunday, though was a fantastic day. The sun was shining and it was a beautiful day. When we prayed at the end of companionship study, we prayed that we would be able to find someone to come church today and that we would be able to find a new investigator and teach a lesson. With all that, we had a little over an hour to be in the area before we needed to head for church. But, we acted in faith and optimistically headed out for the area. We tried a couple different investigators and potentials, but no luck. As we were pulling up to the last place we wanted to stop before heading to church, someone else pulled into the circle we were parked in and dropped someone off outside their home. Turns out, it was a 20ish year old guy named Tom. His mom is a less-active member of our ward, but we have never met her. We were able to teach him a lesson right there on his driveway and give him a copy of the Book of Mormon. It was awesome. We are excited to meet with him and his mom again later this week. Even though we had still not found anyone to come to church, we were not discouraged. When we got to church, Sister Gill ran into us and introduced us to her son, who returned this week from a mission in Brazil. He was giving his mission report in Sacrament Meeting. His old girlfriend, Sarah, who is not a member, but has taken several of the discussions before was there as well as Carol, who we were teaching about a month ago but whose parents were not happy with her investigating the church, so she has been on hold for a little while. It was awesome! We acted in faith and we were able to see all of our prayer answered. It was also really good to be able to see Carol again. She is great. Hopefully things will work out for her soon.
So, yeah. That's pretty much been my week. It took a little while to get off the ground, but I think that it ended up being a pretty great one. Even though being stuck inside has not been the most exciting part of my mission so far, I have learned a lot from it. As they say, everything happens for a reason.
Love you!
Sister Melly

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