I'm just slightly sad that we are on bikes this week because it's a piping 90 degrees this week.... BUT the work must go on. Since the sun is out and blaring, so should we (I'm not even totally certain that makes sense...)!! ☀️
So let's talk about this past week instead of dwelling on the sweatiness that is to come.
We had zone conference this week!!! It was SO GOOD. I was missing all my friends (since they decided to hop on over to the other side of the mission) but we promptly made some new ones. I am definitly an oldie of a missionary now because I know approx 4 missionaries. Give or take. We talked a lot about member missionary work! It's so so important in doing missionary work so I'm grateful for that reminder.
I have more funny stories this week but for the sake of your time and your interest I will tell you two.
1) We had just found a new investigator and were driving away. Cutie Sister K was navigating me and got a little turned around and we ended up on the freeway going the opposite way we wanted to go. Which, would have been fine except there was N O E X I T S. We were heading out of town so fast. We told our zone leader we were accidently leaving our area and we were so sorry about that. Poor Sister K felt so so bad but it was more funny than anything. She just kept looking at the map and saying "AH WE ARE ALMOST OUT OF OUR AREA!!" Eventually we found an exit and booked it back. Thankfully we weren't in St. Aug cause we for sure would have left the mission. Then, the whole way back she just kept saying "I'm so upset!" It was kinda funny. 😂 Ah... good times.
2) I almost killed my daughter. True story. We were out seeing a part-member family that lives out in the boonies. I had finished reversing the car to leave and Sister K had just gotten in the car when a dragonfly made himself at home on the dashboard. I do not like bugs. Let me repeat: I DO NOT LIKE BUGS. I panicked and jumped ship, leaving Sister K in the car with the gigantic dragonfly. During my screaming and fleeing I forgot to put the car into park. Not only did I trap her in the car but the car was now moving and I was not in the drivers seat. Oops. She freaks out and flings the car into park all while yelling at me. Turns out one of us can yell and shift gears and it's not me. But all is well and we got the bug out. She now knows that I'm not playing when I say that I do not like bugs.
For my next trick, I'm going to try to bring the spirit back into this email with some thoughts I had this week.
I was studying yesterday morning and preparing for church when I came across a verse in Alma. Alma was the high priest at the time as well as the chief judge over the people. He decided to give his position as chief judge over to Nephihah (weird name I know, stick with me) so he could focus entirely on preaching to the people as the high priest. In Alma 4:19 he says "seeing no way that he might reclaim them save it were in bearing down in pure testimony against them." I have gained a testimony of so many things on my mission so far but the power comes in bearing PURE TESTIMONY. I love having the opprotunity to bear my simple testimony to everyone I meet. Think about your pure testimony and how much it means to you. I promise if you bear it, it will grow. We just had testimony meeting but do it next month! It will benefit you and everyone else.
I love, love L❤VE being a missionary. The pure joy and love of Christ is so real to me. I hope y'all have a STELLAR week and make sure you express your love to your mama on Sunday. I know I will (!!!!!!!!!). Love y'all!!