You’ve probably seen some activity from me on FACEBOOK! So so crazy. We received our smartphones this week too and there have been lots of changes in our missionary work–but change is so good!! The Lord is hastening His work and I’m glad I get to be apart of it.
YAYY we went to the KC temple this week to do baptisms with the one and only Alyssa!!! We went to the family history center with her on Wednesday to find some names to take! Alyssa thought that she was the only member in her family, but the more names we filled in, we were able to find matches and extend her family tree! She has SO many ancestors with their work already done. It was so touching to see Alyssa realizing that she wasn’t the only member in her family anymore. We even found two names for her to be baptized for. Ahh such a special experience. I love the peace I feel inside the temple and seeing how thin the veil really is.
I wanted to share something I really felt strongly about this week and that is the Savior’s Atonement. On Tuesday, Sister Holt and I met with a lady who has been coming back to church recently. She showed up to sacrament meeting three weeks ago and has been coming ever since. We talked with her openly and she described to us what her life had been like for the last three years. She was addicted to illegal and very dangerous substances and had to sign away her children’s custody. She went through a divorce and experienced a lot of depression. She told us that she had hit rock bottom and knew something needed to change. That’s why she came back to church. She’s been using the church’s addiction recovery program and said that quitting her addictions this time has been easier because she is involving the Savior. Sister Holt and I testified of the Atonement and how He can forgive us and literally change us into better people. We were all in tears, the Spirit was so tangible. I am very grateful for my Savior. Like she said, EVERYTHING is so much easier when we give Him our burden and carry His yoke. I felt the Savior’s love for her so much and this is yet another moment when I was so happy to be a missionary. ❤️❤️
I read an amazing talk by Elder Holland this week and this quote pretty much sums it up: “The word gospel as we use it in English comes down to us through early scriptural language which meant literally ‘good news’ or sometimes ‘glad tidings.’ The ‘good news’ was that death and hell could be escaped, that mistakes and sins could be overcome, that there was hope, that there was help, that the insoluble was solved, that the enemy had been conquered. The good news was that everyone’s tomb could one day be empty, that everyone’s soul could again be pure, that every child of God could again return to the Father who gave them life.”
Well, that’s all for this week! HAVE A BLESSED DAY