My dear Mommy Mom,
I'm glad you liked my email :) I really loved yours even if it was short! You are my sweet Mommy and I love you so much!
K I'm going to start with the sour stuff and end with the sweet :)
Last week was a little crazy. Hahaha, I am going to try to not to sound like I am complaining because that is not what I want it to sound like. But Last week was HARD!!! I don't know what day it started but my knee has been in a lot of pain. I bought a knee brace today but it will still get occasional sharp pains. I'm a little worried. I'm going to be eating/drinking a whole lot more protein and drinking lots of milk for calcium...I went to town at the grocery store today! I also bought some really good multi vitamins. I hope it will have a lasting effect but who knows!! I have felt prompted to get a blessing from President Taylor as he is now super close. I'm looking forward to it.
The tendency to get bashed is so much more common here than in the desert. Over and over again I felt as if Satan was attacking my spirit from all angles. Not getting discouraged is so hard. I never dealt with that in Apple Valley.
I was pondering about this a couple nights ago. I remembered last transfer I sincerely asked Heavenly Father for experiences that will strengthen my faith and testimony. I realized that my prayer has been clearly answered as I suddenly felt drawn to read Alma 8. As I read about Alma and his experience he had while trying to teach the gospel to the people in Ammonihah I felt a deep connection with him. Of course, our situation is not nearly as difficult as his. I mean thank goodness, we aren't teaching by ourselves, getting spit upon and being cast out from the city. However sometimes it feels that those things could happen! After the angel appeared to Alma and basically said that he has every reason to rejoice because he is being faithful to the things that God had commanded him to do. After the angel left, Alma received a crazy amount of motivation and returned to the city "speedily" to continue diligently to preach the gospel. He didn't let his hard experience in Ammonihah defeat him. He was strengthened and became more confident in the power and Spirit of the Lord. His faith and his desire to bring people into the fold increased!!!!
Alma's story reminds me of Alma 32. It is one of my favorite chapters and I love the last verse.
Alma 32:43 Then, my brethren, ye shall reap the rewards of your faith, and your diligence, and patience, and long-suffering, waiting for the tree to bring forth fruit unto you.
Strengthening your faith and testimony wouldn't require diligence, patience or long-suffering if it was easy!! Plus aren't the most rewarding things in life the hardest things to earn? Receiving fruit from a tree is a lengthy and delicate process but the rewards are so sweet.
I'm thankful that my testimony is growing from the experiences I have been blessed with out here. I have the deepest gratitude for the chance that I have been given to serve. I love being a missionary and defending my faith in Jesus Christ. I know that I am a missionary for the true church on earth because I live by the teachings of our Savior Jesus Christ and have experienced the promised blessings from doing so. I love this church!
Thank you for the many thoughts and prayers! Keep trying. Keep trusting. Keep believing. Keep growing. Heaven will be cheering you on today, tomorrow, and forever.
I love you dearly my sweet and beautiful Mommy Mom. You are always in my prayers. Thank you for supporting me out here while I serve. This gospel means everything to me. I love you to the moon and back!