Letter from the Mission President...
Monday, September 28, 2015
Friends and family,
Hello! So today is the beginning of a new transfer and I am looking forward to all that will come out of it. On Saturday I got a call from the APs who informed me that I would be training, I freaked out a little hahaha. If you're confused because I just started my mission like 2 days ago it is ok i am having the same feelings- but Heavenly Father knows best and I am excited to take the wonderful drive down Highway 50 to pick her up! I really am excited to get to help a new missionary, because I was in her shoes not too long ago and know how scary it can be- so this will be a great experience I'm sure. :)
We had succchh a great last week of the transfer! We went on exchanges and saw so many miracles, it's amazing how much you can learn from other people and I am so grateful for the leadership we have here in this mission. We were able to find 4 new investigators, all who seemed to have a lot of potential! It's amazing how much hope this gospel can bring, and how people truly do notice that there is something missing in their life when they don't have it. I'm so grateful to be able to help bring it to people!
I am so excited for General Conference this next week, and the Womans Broadcast was wonderful! One of the videos they showed was on a sister who was such a good example and someone I want to strive to be more like. Some of the qualities about her mentioned was that she loved everyone freely and unconditionally, she wasn't worried about people earning her love- she just loved them no matter what! One thing I've really been trying to focus on is being charitable and always striving to have that pure love of Christ towards every person I meet- it is hard sometimes! Haha but I have noticed that as I have let my Heavenly Father know that it's something I'm working on and made it a constant goal, it has come easier and I have felt Him helping me out always. I know that He can do that with anyone and any quality that we may want to acquire! As we ask, He will be there to help and I am so grateful for that knowledge.
I love all of you and am so grateful for the wonderful people I have been blessed with in my life! Thank you for the love and support I receive, it really helps so much. You are all amazing and I hope you have a wonderful week!
Love,Sister Paul xoxo
Monday, September 14, 2015
Friends and family,
So it already has dropped to freezing here at nights... SOS hahah. Luckily its still pretty warm during the day so I haven't really had to wear a jacket, but shout out to my family for sending me winter gear because I will be needing it soon! I still lovvee Ely though and I am very grateful to be here. I'm telling you though, I might as well be in a foreign country because I am so uneducated on this small town life and am learning so much everyday! Hunting and mining are the main topics here and one of my new favorite foods is venison (no clue how to spell it), which is some yummy deer! Also there's animals EVERYWHERE on the roads at night which freaks the freakity out of me.. I have to try super hard to not be a spaz whenever we see them because me screaming does not help my companion to be a safe driver... so yes working on that.
I'm not sure if I mentioned it before, but when I got Sister Teichert as my companion we also got another town, Eureka, added to our area. Its like an hour and a half away from Ely, so we only go 2-3 times a month, and it has a population of around 400. We're pretty much starting fresh with the area because past missionaries didn't do much and didn't really leave us with anything to work with. We went this last week and it was so good! We met with a member for lunch and then pretty much just went around meeting and asking people for referrals. One of them we received was a couple who apparently had been investigating and were going to get baptized but then they moved to Eureka and had no connection to the church or anything until we showed up! It was a such a miracle and I'm super excited to go back.
One thing I've learned on my mission is that I have a LOT to learn, but what a blessing it is that we have so many resources to do so. I just started reading the childrens Book of Mormon (lol) this last week because I realized that even though I've read the Book of Mormon a couple of times, I really don't know the stories well and those are what help back up the principles and doctines in it. I encourage you all to take advantage of the church library- there's so much good stuff out there to learn and gain a testimony of and now's the time to do it! I love you all. I love this gospel and I love being a missionary. Let me know if there's anything I can do for any of you and have a wonderful week!
Love,Sister Paul xoxo
Monday, September 7, 2015
Friends and family helloooo,
So a couple weeks ago, Sister Wilkins and I started talking to this guy in his yard who said that because of certain things that have happened in his life, he did not have a belief in God. WE talked for a while and stated our purpose and by the end of our conversation he told us that we may have planted a seed and given him motivation to seek after that belief because of how happy he could tell we were and I thought that was the coolest thing! The gospel truly is the source of pure happiness as we strive to keep the commandments and share it with others (Mosiah 2:41, Alma 29:9-10).
I've been reading Jesus the Christ and there was a quote on pleasure vs. happiness that I loved and wanted to share,
"Happiness is true food, wholesome, nutritious and sweet; it builds up the body and generates energy for action, physical, mental and spiritual; pleasure is but a deceiving stimulant which, like spirituous drink, makes one think he is strong when in reality enfeebled; makes him fancy he is well when in fact stricken with deadly malady.
Happiness leaves no bad after-taste, it is followed by no depressing reaction; it calls for no repentance, brings no regret, entails no remorse; pleasure too often makes necessary repentance, contrition, and suffering; and, if indulged to the extreme, it brings degradation and destruction. True happiness is lived over and over again in memory, always with a renewal of the original good; a moment of unholy pleasure may leave a barbed sting, which, like a thorn in the flesh, is an ever-present source of anguish."
Isn't that sweet? ANYWAYS back to my story- I remembered this guy we had visited and so Sister Teichert and I stopped by his house on Saturday. We had a nice conversation and he started asking us a lot of questions about the Plan of Salvation and this next Saturday we have a return appointment with him! It was the best day ever and to top it off a lady in our ward and gave me princess crown earrings later that day.
I can honestly say that I am happiest that I have ever been in my life and I owe it all to my Savior and to having this opportunity to share this sweet gospel with others. I can promise you that it will help. I love you all and I am so grateful for the support I have received. I hope you have a wonderful week and please let me know if there's anything I can do for any of you!
Sister Paul xoxox
P.S. Heavenly Father wants me to be musical or something because Sister Teichert and I got asked to sing a duet in sacrament meeting on Sunday........... so yes that will be interesting i'll keep you updated also im the only one in our zone who can "play" the piano so district meeting is always an adventure when it comes to music lolol