February 2, 2015
Transfers: This morning I found out that I will be staying in the area. (And as I heard from Hermana Lopez and President McCune, I might be here for a while more.) Apparently the Lord has a work for me to do while I’m here. This area is definitely becoming like the Waters of Mormon for me (Mosiah 18:30). So, only the missionaries who are transferring and their companions and the leaders go to the transfer meetings. Everyone else stays in their area. And Hermana Lopez will go to a chapel with President McCune and the other missionaries finishing their missions for a Final Testimony meeting. So I will go to the transfer meeting this time.
The past few days I’ve been having a hard time coping with Hermana Lopez leaving to go home. It’s so hard when I grow to love them so much and then they have to leave. But then this morning during companionship study, it struck me how blessed I have been to serve with Hermana Martinez and Hermana Lopez. And then, I received a very humbling call from the Assistants to the President this morning, and they extended to me a call to be a trainer this coming transfer for one of the new sisters coming into the mission. I was flabbergasted, and Hermana Lopez was jumping around doing her little happy dance and singing, “I told you so! I told you so!” Jaja, I love her to death. We have had so much fun this past transfer, and I look forward to having more adventures with her after my mission. I am so humbled with this calling to serve and work with a new sister, and I look forward to helping her get the reins of serving alongside the Lord in His marvelous work and a wonder.
With everything that has been going on, I asked for a priesthood blessing this morning, and in the blessing the Lord reminded me that I have a work to perform here and that the Lord is preparing people who need to hear my testimony. What strikes me about priesthood blessings is that no matter whom I ask to give me a blessing (even those elders who barely know me), the Lord speaks through them and says words that only He would know to touch my heart or connect to something that the Lord has told me through the scriptures or prayer or in an interview with President McCune. The power of the priesthood is real, and I know that God’s authority is in the earth today, and He guides His church through a living prophet, President Thomas S Monson, and twelve apostles.
It’s interesting to me all the lessons I am learning every day in the mission — from being direct while loving, at the same time to teaching to the needs of the families, to listening so I can get to know them, to realizing that these families are more than names and statistics and the Lord knows them personally and wants each of them — each of His children — back and with true enduring happiness, which only comes through the restored gospel. First we have to show genuine love and care, serve, listen and understand them — and through this, the Lord can reveal to us their needs through His Spirit. It’s also interesting watching the Atonement work in others and to feel the Atonement working in me at the same time. The Atonement isn’t just for those we serve — it’s for the servants as well, and I am feeling the Atonement is working in me daily as well as I strive to turn outward, forget myself, and get to work. I’m not perfect, but I want to be obedient and serve with all my heart, might, mind, and strength, and I pray the Lord will help me be the missionary and representative that He knows I can become with His help.
I’m also learning how the spirit works, but I’ll write you more about that later.