HAPPY FARM CITY DAYS!
Iola’s world famous and long awaited Farm City Days happened this weekend and it was SO FUN! People set up booths for their businesses on the square and there was a huuuge parade around the town. Sister Holt and I helped a lady in our ward set up her booth for her business (“Leaha’s Adorably Cute Creations” check a sista out). We got there at 6:30am to help her set up, then we did our studies and went back out during our lunch time to eat (we made sure to pick up some homemade apple butter…I love the Midwest)! Because the WHOLE TOWN was out, we tried to contact people there instead of knockin on their doors. We also supported members/investigators that participated in the parade! You know you live in a small, rural town when half the parade was just various farm tractors hahahaha. But it was sooooo fun. I love Iola!
We had another humbling experience this week (not really, just kind of funny). We drove an hour out to another town YEP STILL IN OUR AREA to try to contact some members. Our bishop told us to visit them because he said it would be “eye opening” for us “California girls” and eye opening it was! When we got there, the driveway was too muddy to drive on so we parked at the bottom and walked alllll the way up. in the mud (pretty sure this moment is why the Lord inspired President Love to transfer us here…I’m sure it was pretty entertaining to watch haha). When we made it inside, it was insane haha I wish I could describe to you what I saw. No electricity, no indoor plumbing. They had built their own house and it was all one room, no walls to separate the bedroom from the kitchen. They also only live off the land and they showed us their food storage room. It was nuts!! It’s been so interesting to experience different cultures and lifestyles here. There’s never a dull moment in the Iola Ward!
Alyssa is still doing really, really good and is all set for Oct. 28th!!! We are finishing her lessons this week!! Your prayers are really working, so keep praying for her! Also please pray for my other bff investigator Bailey; her husband is a member and she is sooooo close to accepting a bap date!
Lastly, I’ll just mention something that I learned at Zone Conference last week. Elder Larry Echo Hawk of the Seventy came to speak to us! Something I loved that he said was, “If you are having a perfect life or a perfect mission, the Plan of Salvation is not working for you.” My mission has NOT been perfect, it has been SO hard but also so good. He also mentioned the talk “Rise To Your Call” by President Eyring and it CHANGED MY LIFE. They talk is about church callings, but it fits so perfectly with missions too. Here’s my favorite part from it:
“Your call has eternal consequences for others and for you. In the world to come, thousands may call your name blessed, even more than the people you serve here. They will be the ancestors and the descendants of those who chose eternal life because of something you said or did, or even what you were. If someone rejects the Savior’s invitation because you did not do all you could have done, their sorrow will be yours. You see, there are no small callings to represent the Lord. Your call carries grave responsibility. But you need not fear, because with your call come great promises.”
I have seen the blessings come from serving the Lord and carrying out my calling. I invite y’all to read his talk too and see how you can magnify your calling :))