Okay nobody panic but I've been a missionary for 9 MONTHS!!!! What in the world?! Time flies when you're busier than busy (I almost said 'having fun' but I felt 'busy' was more real). I'm going to give you some highlights of the week because it was just too good to tell you everything.
Highlight #1: Our deaf investigator came to church!!!! You guys, this is a straight miracle. Missionaries have been trying to get him to come to church for MONTHS and he finally came!! Also, shoutout to God for having the best plans in the entire universe!! The Porter's were a family that I served with in the St. Augustine Shores ward and they just happened to be there on Sunday! They were able to communicate with our investigator because their son is deaf!! Seriously you guys, God answers prayers. I promise you. He really really does.
Highlight #2: We had zone conference on Monday! That's why y'all are hearing from me on this lovely humpday. It was so so good! We had Elder Lynn G. Robbins from the 70 come with his wife. They taught us some really great things. My favorites were Sister Robbins training on hope and happiness. I love that topic so much. I've been studying it a lot lately and actually just gave a training on that in a meeting so I'm grateful for her training in zone conference. #inspired Elder Robbins talked about so many different things but my favorite is the Book of Mormon. He said "The Book of Mormon has been blessed with a power" so trust in it! I am so grateful for the Book of Mormon. One of my favorite general conference talks is Safety for the Soul by Jeffery R. Holland. He talks so boldly about the Book of Mormon and how vital it is. If it's been a hot minute since you've read/listened/watched that, I suggest you do that ASAP Rocky. It will be a game changer for you, I promise.
Highlight #3: I hit my real deal humpday!!!! How crazy is that?! Here's the greatest lesson I've learned, are you ready?? CHARITY NEVER FAILETH. Yep. I stole that right from the relief society theme. I'm an old lady now and I can do that. 😏 But truly, charity is the most important part of missionary work in my opinion. You know in middle school when you had a crush on that cute boy and he texts you back and you think to yourself "well I can die happy now"?!?! That is the same feeling I have 100% of the time but so so much stronger and much more lasting than those middle school relationships. When our investigator came to Church on Sunday I was straight G I D D Y. No joke. Being a missionary is so gosh dang hard but it's so worth it when miracles like that happen. You guys, this is the happiest I've ever been. Also, the most exhausted I've ever been but definitely happy. 😁😁
1 John 4:18-21
"There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
We love him, because he first loved us.
If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also."
Try to love yourselves, your neighbors, your family, your friends just a little bit more and a little bit better because the pure love of Christ can change everything.
I love y'all!! Have a stellar week and I'll talk to you real soon 🙃