Week 17 in the Utah Provo Mission

Hermana Lopez has reached her 18 months and will be going home.

Hermana Lopez has reached her 18 months and will be going home.

January 27, 2015

I am so grateful for Grandpa Logie’s example of relying on the Lord and putting his trust in Him. I want to follow his example and take more time pondering and talking with my Father in Heaven, not just “praying.” He is our loving Father, and He wants to talk with us.

I study so hard to learn the Gospel and how to teach it to others.

I study so hard to learn the Gospel and how to teach it to others.

This last week we were really disheartened. It felt like we had hit a wall in our area and we didn’t know what to do, but thankfully we had President Interviews the next day. When I went in for my interview with President McCune, he was straight forward with me and asked me what was on my mind. All I could let out was a desperate “so much!” He paused for a moment, and then he told me something that I have not forgotten — this is not MY area, this is not MY work, and these are not My people; they are all the Lord’s, and He brings forth the fruit — not me (Jacob 5). He knows all; I don’t. The Lord has a work for me to perform with Him here in this area, and that he (President McCune) trusts me because he trusts the Lord. He shared the part in Chapter 1 of Preach My Gospel about what a successful missionary is and told me what he and the Lord want from me: He wants me to share my testimony and not be ashamed of it, the Lord wants me to be diligent and exactly obedient, to be loving and teach clearly, and be full of faith in Christ. Then let the Lord take care of the rest. Work WITH Him, and trust that His hand is preparing the hearts of the people here to receive our message. These words were exactly what I needed. I am so grateful for leaders who live worthy of the companionship of the Spirit and through the impressions of the Spirit, they know what to say to help me get through valleys and over mountains as I help others do so as well.

Miracle time: We are teaching a less active sister, and she experienced the power of the Atonement in her life this week striving to live the Word of Wisdom. Since she was a little girl in school, she has been drinking black coffee with galletas (cookies) every morning, and after our lesson about the Word of Wisdom, she decided to stop coffee cold-turkey. She was scared, but trusted in the Lord to help her. When we followed up with her the next day, she said she had a horrible headache, but she wouldn’t give in. And when we visited her a few days later, she told us that she had completely stopped coffee. That week she continued praying and reading the Book of Mormon, pleading for the strength from the Lord to overcome this habit, and she told us that after the second day away from coffee, she didn’t have any more pain in her head (from the lack of caffeine) and didn’t have the desire to drink coffee! But what struck me the most was her countenance when we saw her after stopping the coffee — She was literally glowing. She looked so happy! There was a light in her eye I hadn’t seen before, and she was feasting on the Book of Mormon! Gosh she is so happy and she knows the Book of Mormon is true and that God lives — she is living proof of His miraculous power! 🙂

I love the Provo sunshine in the winter.

I love the Provo sunshine in the winter.

That’s crazy that Ailee is coming home soon. Rebecca only has 6 weeks left, and then Eric has just 3 months. Gosh time flies when you are in the service of the Lord. Just right now it feels like we just had Preparation Day and here it is again. 😉 Haha, your title “H&R Block Tax widow” made me laugh. It is true though, at least from January to April. Good luck at your Empty Nester’s FHE. 🙂

Love you! Keep reading the Book of Mormon — it is the word of God, an expression of His love to us, and a gift to help us come to know our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Hermana Billings

E-mail from Dad to Kathleen

Dear Daughter,

Pres Freckelton visited our ward today. Pres Freckelton spoke to me after I said the benediction and asked how you are doing. He said to say “Hi” to you and mention that he misses you always having a question for him.

The lesson in priesthood went well with one surprise. The Elder’s quorum surprised the HP leadership by announcing that they would be meeting with the HP group.

About a week ago we had someone from the home security upgrading our equipment again. And today the young man came to church and explained he had been away from church for a while.

Tomorrow night Mom and I are planning to go to the Cunningham’s for Empty-Nester FHE. It’s supposed to be a planning session to decide when and how often to meet and what we will be studying. I expect they will also discuss how to share the lesson giving, treats (if any) and any other pertinent details.

I will be getting very busy at the tax office starting the end of the week. I also received the donation reports from the ward. Did you give BYU-I a forwarding address for your W-2?

We are very impressed with your spiritual growth and agree that The Lord will bless you to do the work He has called you to do. Remember we are as nothing on our own, but with His support we can do anything He asks of us.

We love you and pray for your safety and continued success.

Your loving father

I'm beginning to practice the piano more--when I'm not laughing with Hermana Lopez.

I’m beginning to practice the piano more–when I’m not laughing with Hermana Lopez.

Hola Papa,

Gracias por su carta. Siempre estoy feliz cuando recibo sus palabras cuales siempre están edificantes y animadas. 🙂 (Thanks for your letter. I’m always happy when I receive his words which are always uplifting and lively.) Thanks for sharing the words from President Freckleton. I’m grateful for you and mom and my other leaders and teachers throughout my childhood — you guys had a great influence in my life and helped me prepare for this time in my life. 🙂 that is wonderful that that young man came back to church — we need him. No one can take his place I. Church and in the presence of God. God wants ALL of His children back, not just a few.

And what is a W-2???? (That probably answers your question….)

I feel like you on your mission. A veces, espero que tendría servido mi misión en Ingles porque sería más fácil — yo se muchas escrituras por memoria en ingles pero no muchas en español. Pero, en el mismo tiempo, siento que Padre Celestial esta enseñándome a depender mas en Él y no en mi misma. Y también, siento que Dios tiene un misión por mi dispues mi misión aquí, y esta misión me requiere a saber Español. A pesar de las dificultades y desafíos, estoy disfrutando mi misión. En verdad. 🙂 (Sometimes, I wish I would have served my mission in English because it would be easier – I have many scriptures in my memory in English but not many in Spanish. But, at the same time, I feel that Heavenly Father is teaching me to depend more on Him and not on myself. And also, I feel that God has a mission for my skills in my mission here, and this mission requires me to learn Spanish. Despite the difficulties and challenges, I am enjoying my mission. Truly. 🙂

Love you!

Hermana Billings

Hermana Lopez is so funny and dramatic!

Hermana Lopez is so funny and dramatic!

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