Week 38 in the Utah Provo Mission

Hermana Bonilla and I at the Provo Temple.

Hermana Bonilla and I at the Provo Temple.

We haven’t heard much about what will happen when the split happens creating the Utah Orem Mission. The split will happen when the keys pass over from President McCune to the next mission presidents, which will occur sometime next week. But either way, it is still the Lord’s work, and I am where the Lord designed me to be.

This last week Hermana Bonilla and I have gone out running in the morning — breathing in all that fresh, cool air reenergizes us and helps us both have more energy.

Hermana Bonilla studies outside in the beautiful weather.

Hermana Bonilla studies outside in the beautiful weather.

This morning we had the amazing opportunity to go to the Provo Temple! (We were there for 4 hours!! It was a privilege.) For the past few weeks I have felt that yearning to go to the temple — I miss being able to go to the temple every week. And we got up early this morning to run, get ready, do our personal study, and go to the temple afterwards. My heart was touched being there serving others and remembering the blessing that come by living the Gospel of Jesus Christ and keeping the sacred covenants we make inside the temple — the house of the Lord. In the temple we learn about our identity as literal spirit children of our Heavenly Father and our eternal potential, the purpose of this life, and the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Everything in the temple points us to Christ and helps us remember and apply His Atonement in our lives. The sacred ordinances and covenants we make in the temple help us draw closer to God and receive spiritual power from on high. I look forward to being a temple worker when I come home. Missionary work, family history work, temple work, service to our fellowmen, parenthood — it is all part of God’s glorious work, and what an honor to be a part of His work and His glory.

Baby birds in the tree in our yard.

Baby birds in the tree in our yard.

This week I have learned more about the importance of unity. Contention = getting absolutely NOTHING done. But when you are humble and repair what was hurt, the spirit comes back and miracles happen. One thing that really touched my heart was while we were doing weekly planning, Hermana Bonilla told me that she is so grateful for me. She was praying for a companion like me, and she said that her growth has grown exponentially since I’ve been with her. (And I have grown with her as well.) She said that I’m her “madrastra” — or step-mother/trainer. I wasn’t her official trainer, but I have helped her grow and feel more comfortable being a missionary and not just doing missionary things. Her words touched me deeply; my patriarchal blessing came to mind, and I began to cry. I know I am called to serve here for such a time as this. And my goal is to help Hermana Bonilla be ready if either she or I leave this next transfer. She will be ready (if called to do so) to train another missionary.

Time is going by very quickly right now. Saturday the 20th of June marked the 10-month mark of my mission. As I reflect back on the person I was before, I can see how the Lord has been refining me, tutoring me, and molding my heart to become more like Christ. Becoming like Christ will be a lifelong endeavor, but it is a worthwhile journey.

Our Spanish Ward's Father Day Activity.

Our Spanish Ward’s Father Day Activity.

Today I am calm and at peace, but tired.

¡Cristo vive!

Hermana Billings

Our Spanish Ward's Father Day Activity.

Our Spanish Ward’s Father Day Activity.

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