Okay I have about 15 minutes to email and you know how slow I can be at typing! Bear with me!!!
Thank you for your email! It really uplifted me❤
I love Rancho. It has been raining here almost every day and it is still very warm but it's super humid. Adjusting to the different climate is interesting!!!!
Our ward is quite small. Our bishop is AMAZING!!! He is pretty young and he is an institute teacher. We are excited to work with him.
I love Sister Clinger. She really is the companion that I need right now and I am the companion that she needs. We work really well together. She plays the piano! She loves it when I talk about you😊
Last week was a bit difficult. There is tons of work to be done here which is great on our part!! We love to teach so much! But I'll say tracting in extremely wealthy neighborhoods and walking up to multimillion dollar houses is scarier than I ever would have imagined. I am happy that I learned to be humble in Apple Valley and now I can keep my humility strong in this area.
Last thing I want to share before we go..."He made him ride on the high places of the earth, that he might eat the increase of the fields; and he made him to suck honey out of the rock, and oil out of the flinty rock;" (Deuteronomy 32:13) Right now this is my favorite scripture because it is very applicable to Sister Clinger and I. Does honey come from a rock? No. Does oil come from a flint? No! BUT the Lord provides! So, taking our area for example. We are quick to judge that the work is going to be so hard and be very slow. From hearing about the area from other missionaries we looked at our area like the rock that we can't get anything out of. We forgot about the key thing. Faith. Faith that the Lord will provide miracles for this area that may seem barren when it comes to successful missionary work. When we feel the urge to feel discouraged we say to each other "Honey from the rock." And our motivation picks up. It is going to be a great transfer. I am anxious for what the Lord has in store.
I love my Heavenly Father and my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I am thankful to be a humble servant of the Lord. I love this work.
Keep trying. Keep trusting. Keep believing. Keep growing. Heaven will be cheering you on today, tomorrow, and forever.
I love you to the moon and back my sweet and beautiful mommy mom! May the Lord's blessings be abundant for you this week❤
Thoughts from Mom:
That hit me like a ton of bricks, as so often we have to trust in the Lord and His timing. In fact, during fast & testimony meeting yesterday, a couple of people bore their testimonies, and then there was silence for a couple of minutes. I felt prompted to get up (and I always hesitate as I bear my testimony about every other month). Anyway, I talked about that, and then just bore my testimony of Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ as our Savior and Redeemer, of the Book of Mormon, Pres. Monson, and the church, and then that Jesus is the Christ.
Preston and I just read 2 Nephi 31 yesterday. In fact, I told him that it is definitely one of my very chapters in all of the scriptures. I studied it a lot before I went on my mission. My favorite verse is 2 Nephi 31:20. We didn't have missionary plaques back then (I don't think) but if we would have, that would have been my missionary scripture!
He and I still study every night, one chapter in the Book of Mormon and a page (sometimes less) in Preach My Gospel. We are finishing up Lesson 2: The Plan of Salvation. It has been amazing to go through that with him, and discuss the gospel in depth, and the atonement of Jesus Christ, and the plan of Salvation. We feel the spirit each time we sit down to study.
I was reading various scriptures the other day, and this first one was very powerful to me. And then I found other scriptures that relate also.
"Seek the Lord, and ye shall live." (Amos 5:6)
"Draw near unto me and I will draw near unto you; seek me diligently and ye shall find me; ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. Whatsoever ye ask the Father in my name it shall be given unto you, that is expedient for you." (D&C 88:63-64)
"Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near." (Isaiah 55:6)
"O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is." (Psalms 63:1)
"But behold, I did cry unto him and I did find peace to my soul." (Alma 38:8)