IT'S A NEW YEAR! Can you believe it? 2014!!! The Holidays are over, people are home, and we are back to work! It feels so great!
We have had some pretty cool miracles this week! First: Tom D. We have really been wanting to meet with this guy for weeks and every time something fell through! So one day this week we stopped by and said, "so we were looking at our planners and thought Saturday at 3 o'clock would be a good time to meet so we'll see you then at the church!" It was better worded than that, but probably not much smoother knowing me. BUT, it worked!!! Saturday came and he was dressed up all nice and we took him on a tour of the church while we taught the restoration and it was so powerful! We were in the chapel and the spirit was just vibrating in that room! He told us he felt the power in this building and in the things we were saying! At the end we took him to the font and as soon as he saw it he said, "wow! That's as real as it gets! That's how Jesus was baptized!!!" haha it was great. We asked him to give the closing prayer and he did and in the middle of the prayer he just started crying! He is such an incredible man and as soon as he feels he has gotten his answer, he will be so solid! I just feel blessed to be here to witness how the spirit worked on Tom that day!
Another miracle: Edith! Wonderful wonderful Edith! She is 85 and was way impressed by the Romneys during the election. She noticed they had something she wanted. When the sisters knocked on her door she recognized that same thing! We have also been struggling with trying to meet with her but finally tomorrow we were able to sit down and talk with her! She has been opening up to us more and more and she really wants this! She wants the change, but she is afraid of failure because she knows she needs to quit smoking and drinking coffee but she has been doing it for 70 or so years and so it's a hard thing to just drop! She has that desire though and we talked to her about the enabling power of the atonement and how Christ sent us here to her to help her get there! She is so wonderful! She was telling us yesterday how she feels like we are kindred spirits and it made me so happy! I love this work and I love these people here so much! This church is so true! This gospel will help anyone and everyone! Everyone needs this gospel and it is my privilege to share it with them!
Satan is powerful, but the work is picking up in Steilacoom!
So this week has pretty much been great. I have been thinking a lot about all of the little problems and insecurities I have and came to the conclusion that it all comes down to how i see myself versus how God sees me. It is so important that we remember our worth! "The worth of souls is great in the sight of God!" Once we can figure out who we really are and our relationship with our loving Heavenly Father, we don't need to worry about everything else! Everything else works itself out! If we can come to truly understand who we are and how God sees us, we have nothing to worry about!
I love this work so much! I love the things i am learning and experiencing! This place and these people have changed my life for the better! I am so blessed! What a privilege it is to serve my loving Heavenly Father and His son Jesus Christ full time for 18 months! This gospel is so real! The Book of Mormon is so powerful and brings so much comfort and hope! What a beautiful way to start out a new year - as a missionary!
I am so grateful for you all! For your love and your support and your examples! Heavenly Father knows and loves us all so individually! He puts us where we need to be when we need to be there. He sends us who we need when we need them! He is in the details!
I love you all so much! HURRAH FOR ISRAEL!