Week 20 in the Utah Orem Mission

My “Sprint” certificate is a certificate we receive for the last three months of the mission. It talks about the marathon races of the Greeks and how they start the race with a burst of speed, run at a steady pace throughout the race, but the race is won in the last mile. It’s pretty much a contract that we sign that we will SPRINT to the end of our mission. I have a little over three months left of my mission, and I will keep going forward, giving it my all, never losing an opportunity to share this marvelous gift of the gospel. …

When President Killpack took “exactly” out of my vocabulary, it took me by complete surprise. But the Lord knows me and He reveals to His servants what each of His children needs to help them progress. The Lord knows I am hard on myself — I still struggle with it, but throughout this time on my mission He is slowly (because I am stubborn) chipping away at those “standards of excellence” that I have set for myself, and in their place He is helped me see what He sees in me — a little girl giving her all, not perfect, but one who loves the people she serves and takes those opportunities He places in her path to open her mouth and share her testimony. This process of Him chipping away at those expectations will probably last years after my mission. But He is refining me. I am not the same young woman I was when I left for my mission. I have learned so much — about my Heavenly Father, the gospel, my testimony and conversion, the character of Christ and the continual work I will continue after my mission of love and service, of the light He has placed in me, etc. My mission is specifically designed for me. I am so grateful for each one of my companions — I love them so much. They have helped me, listened to me, supported me, laughed with me, and taught me. …

This last week we saw a lot of miracles. On Saturday (7th of November), we had some cancelations of appointments, but we kept our chins up and kept going forward. That afternoon we felt we should drop by and visit a family. While we were there, the mom opened up to us and, with tears streaming down her face, she shared with us how she has been feeling lately with her hopes and worries. We felt the spirit directing us as we listened to her, and we testified of the light we could see in her eyes and the character of Christ that she was showing through her actions. The spirit was strong, and she thanked us for being who we are and for all the service and love we give to her family, supporting and lifting them.

Later in that afternoon we helped a sister rake the leaves in her front yard. She called us her “Angels.”

Later that night we had a lesson where at the beginning we had no idea what to say, but an impression came into our mind to talk about the reason we have birthdays and why they are special, and that led into a discussion on our identity as children of God, our purpose as missionaries, and the Plan of Salvation and Gospel of Jesus Christ — the instructions for a delicious chocolate cake life. We felt the spirit guiding us, and Hermana Mena can really testify with power! 🙂 She is such a sweetheart.

On that Sunday morning (8th of November) we were invited to help out in a Senior Primary Sharing Time. The children had submitted questions for us to answer, and we took turns picking a question from a cup and answering them.

That afternoon we traveled up to Alpine and gave talks in an English ward. Hermana Mena and I received the same topic on which to speak, and it was interesting to me how the Lord guided each of us on which parts we needed to speak. …

Later on Saturday afternoon of 14th of November, we were driving down the street, when we saw a man standing in the side of the road, and we felt impressed to turn around, park, and go talk with him. His family is the most important thing to him in his life, and as it turns out, he had a question why there are so many churches upon the earth if Christ came and established ONE church. We were able to testify of the Restoration, and he accepted the invitation to read the Book of Mormon and pray to know that it is scriptures from God.

The Lord is continuing to move forward His work. I am grateful for the privilege I have to extend my hand, serve, and bring His love and gospel to His children. It is true joy.

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