|Zone Conference - September 2017 - Rancho Cucamonga|
Hello, my mother dearest (my beautiful mommy mom!)
Thank you for the email! I truly miss the choir. When you get the chance, please tell them that and give them my thanks for the love and support :)
Grandma is such a champion. She never ceases to amaze me!!
I hope Spencer had a good birthday! He was in my thoughts and prayers all day hahahaha. I miss Spencer PWJ PHEEJ!
Zone conference with Elder Gaverret was super awesome. We could instantly feel the spirit when he walked in the chapel.
The most impactful thing I learned at zone conference was actually a strong impression from the spirit. And that is I am to develop a mutual trust with Heavenly Father. It was as if he were telling it right to me "As you trust me and you will have my trust". It was so bold! I never thought about it like that, having the trust be mutual! We read in the scriptures to always trust in the Lord. The more we trust and have faith in Him, the more worthy that we are for His trust! I reflected on that multiple times this week. I thought to myself over and over again "Do I have enough faith in the Lord? What can I do more to have His trust in me to fulfill this work?" My goodness I hope he trusts me! The longer I am out here serving the more I have been able to realize that there is always more you can do. Whether it be for your family, friends, co-workers, acquaintances, or even sometimes yourself. The more we selflessly do for others, the more we are doing for Heavenly Father. (Mosiah 2:17)" And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God". I believe that it is a devotion to selfless service and a constant drive to strengthen your faith and testimony that you will gain the trust of the Lord. I hope to have that motivate me for the rest of my service and for the rest of my life.
Sister Clinger got sick a few days ago and then I didn't feel well yesterday! So not a whole lot happened except a couple days ago we had the opportunity to attend a baptism for a little girl in our ward and it was so beautiful. While she was being confirmed by Brother Bock (her grandpa), the water in the font was being drained and it was really loud! Despite the distracting noise, Brother Bock did not pay attention to it and continued on with the confirmation. He spoke with the Spirit and wept as he was blessing his sweet granddaughter with the Gift of the Holy Ghost. The Spirit was able to speak through him and we could feel it because he did wouldn't allow himself to get distracted from the noise of the drain.
We can all apply that to our lives. The Spirit speaks to us in our mind and in our hearts with a still, small voice. How can we possibly recognize the gentle promptings of the Spirit if the way we are living our life is simply too loud? He can't!
It really got me thinking about how I was living when I was home. The only times I was given the chance to ponder in silence I gave up for the sake of my music or my phone. My music was always too loud and most of the time wasn't nearly as wholesome as it could have been. I constantly had my mind on my phone and social media. I remember when I went to the MTC and no longer had my phone with me, I swore I could feel vibrations from my phone in my pocket which was no longer there! I was restless throughout the day because the songs I use to listen to wouldn't leave my head because my mind was so use to constantly hearing them . It was when those worldly habits left me that I was finally able to listen to the Spirit almost whenever and wherever I was. It is so vital for us to have the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost and I hope and pray that we can all limit daily habits that distract us from the Spirit.
Well we are excited to get back into the swing of things this week! We love missionary work!
Keep trying. Keep trusting. Keep believing. Keep growing. Heaven will be cheering you on today, tomorrow, and forever.
I love you my dear sweet mommy mom. Thank you for ALL YOU HAVE DONE FOR ME!!! You are my sunshine :) I love you to the moon and back!!!
P.S. Can you tell everyone I didn't have time to email them. I really only emailed you. Give grandma and my brothers and sister in laws hugs for me! I love them!
From Mommy Mom:
Dear Sister Allred, my sweetie girl!
How was your week? I'm anxious to hear about Elder Gaverret, and the mission conference. I'm sure it was wonderful. Sister Taylor posted some photos on Facebook, so I saw the picture of your zone. I attached it to this email!
Were you able to go to the General Women's Meeting? Grandma and I went together, of course. It was such a beautiful meeting. Each talk was so sensitive and powerful, and I can't wait to listen to them again and again! I also loved all the music. It was so joyful and exuberant throughout the meeting, and then when the choir sang the final hymn, I felt the spirit just wash over me. It was amazing. I wasn't expecting that, but when the organist played the introduction I already felt the spirit, and it just kept getting more and more powerful. I can't say enough about it.
I love this quote by Elder Bednar in his last conference talk, Called to the Work, "My beloved brethren [and sisters], I promise that the spiritual gift of revelation will attend your call to the work of proclaiming the gospel and your assignment to a specific field or fields of labor. As you diligently prepare now through selfless priesthood and temple service, your witness of the Lord’s living reality will be strengthened. Love for Him and His work will fill your heart. As you learn to love being worthy, you will become a mighty instrument in the hands of the Lord to bless and serve many people."
I fasted for you today. I also fasted for you last week. I'm praying a lot that your knee will be okay, and that you will know best how to help your knee. Let me know it is going. I pray for you constantly.
General Conference is next week! Hooray! I can hardly wait. I love how I feel the spirit so strongly. Preston and I talked about feeling the spirit, and recognizing the spirit. He mentioned that he feels the spirit during testimony meeting. He talked about a lady who bore her testimony in the YSA ward today, and how she was becoming re-activated, and strengthening her testimony. He said he really felt the spirit. That is so awesome for him! He is working hard, and going to classes, and doing his art homework, and going to work. So, he is learning a lot! Hopefully he can start his mission papers in the next few weeks.
I hope you have a great week! Be strong and of a good courage, my beautiful daughter. May the angels be round about you to bear you up.
I love you to the moon and back!