The past couple weeks I have noticed that the Lord is giving me the opportunity to really apply all that I have been learning over the course of my mission. He is truly testing my patience, my humility, my charity, and my ability to be selfless. Over the course of my mission, I feel like I have really learned to love people. Now He is giving me the opportunity to find out if I really can love everyone, specifically the branch members and leaders that I am serving around. During my mission, I have become more selfless; now He is testing me to see if I really do care less about myself and more about others. We are working so hard to strengthen our trust and relationship with the branch members and hopefully we will start seeing positive changes very soon. If anything, the Lord has taught me a LOT recently about who I want (and don't want) to be when I return home from my mission.
This last week, we had a fantastic MLC. I LOVED that the focus was on faith. It was exactly what we needed, as faith is something we have really been focusing on in our own area. I loved how you pointed out that our obedience needs to be infused with faith if we want to see miracles. And this week, we have seen SO many miracles! For the first time all transfer, we have been able to fill up a progress record with the names of solid investigators that we are working with. God is truly blessing us for the hard work that we've put in this transfer.
Also cool, I got to go on an exchange with Sister Gordon this week! It was fun to be with her again and to see how we both have changed and grown.
Well, I can't believe time is going so fast... Austin's been on his mission for a YEAR now and is going to be training, I feel like I was just reading the email about him receiving his call! My goodness. We have Christmas conference this week and transfers next week. Things are going WAY too quickly for my liking.
Ooh! Before I forget, Sister Clayton and I are really excited for a cool opportunity that we are going to have later on this week! Some of you may have heard of the "Book of Mormon Musical." It's a production that is not in any way sponsored by or affiliated with the Church. Anyways, it is on tour and it's playing in Fort Lauderdale. Every performance is sold-out. What does that sound like to missionaries? A fantastic opportunity to talk to people about the REAL Book of Mormon and to hand out a whole lot of mormon.org cards! :) For every performance, we have missionaries stationed outside the theater to contact people going in and out of the theater. The missionaries involved have been those who are actually serving in the Ft. Laud area, but Sis Clayton and I found out and reallllly wanted to go. So we asked and got permission and are going to be up there later this week! Woohoo!!
Love you all, enjoy the Christmas CDs for me,