Missouri – week #16

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HELLO loved ones!! I’m still lovin “preachin the good word” and “sharin the great news” of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

Some tender mercies this week: Tina and Tony got married (!!!!), Elder and Sister Wilson got me another Diet Coke from McDonalds (!!!!! X2), church didn’t get cancelled, and we were able to be answers to so many prayers!

Example 1: Sis Williams and I were in our area and we knew that we needed to be somewhere very important, but didn’t know where. So we prayed a ton and scrolled through our Area Book. (blessed to have it on our iPads!) A man’s name stuck out to me so we drove up to his house…but we recognized it as another woman’s house we had been to before. It was so weird, but we knocked anyways. That woman answered and she was on the phone. She asked us to come back another day because she was super busy. Before she closed the door, I testified to her that Heavenly Father was so aware of her because we felt inspired to go to her house. She started to cry and told us that she was having a really hard day and had been praying for comfort. I was so happy to be an instrument for the Lord.

Example 2: Sister Mallory is the SWEETEST single sister in our ward. (We had thanksgiving at her house!) but she is going through a ton of difficulties. Her name came to our mind as we were praying at the end of the day. So the next day, we stopped by and visited with her! She really needed comfort at that time and we were able to sing “Be Still My Soul” to her. It was the best.

This week, our new directors came and got right to work! Elder Peterson was a mission president in the Philippines a few years ago and so they really know what they’re doing. They are both so so sweet and have such an amazing vision for the Visitor Center and Liberty Jail. In our Friday Morning Training Meeting (commonly referred to as FMTM), they talked about this vision! They want to make sure that every visitor who comes in, leaves with a stronger, more personal witness that Joseph Smith was Prophet of God. Elder Peterson also testified that nothing is ever random. There are no such thing as coincidences. I have such a testimony of this! The Lord’s timing is so perfect. He referenced D&C 138 which I will copy below:

55 I observed that they were also among the noble and great ones who were chosen in the beginning to be rulers in the Church of God.

56 Even before they were born, they, with many others, received their first lessons in the world of spirits and were prepared to come forth in the due time of the Lord to labor in his vineyard for the salvation of the souls of men.

How cool is this?! If you are reading this, YOU have been saved to come to earth at this very particular moment in time. How blessed we are to exist during the fullness of times! I feel so grateful that the Lord has sent me here at this time and that He trusts me to share His message. I love being a missionary!!

Thank you all for your messages, prayers, and love!
Have a wonderful week!

Xo
Sister Draper

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