Sunday, December 2, 2018

Love One Another - October 23, 2017 - Rancho Cucamonga

Sister Clinger and Sister Allred

Sister Allred and Sister Clinger


Sister Clinger and Sister Allred




From a text message on Oct 22, 2017, which had the above pictures: "Hi Sister Allred, this is Sister Heath from your daughter's ward. I took a couple of pictures of your beautiful daughter and her companion, Sister clinger, I wanted to share with you!! P.S. You daughter is such a blessing and a fantastic missionary!!"

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My dearest Mommy Mom,

Umm...wow! Your email was so uplifting! Mom you are so in tune with the Spirit. You have been my whole life. Really, my WHOLE LIFE! I look back and notice the countless times where I could not deny that you were following the counsel that you received from the Lord and used that to raise us CRAZY kids faithfully in the church. I can't begin to express my deepest appreciation for the blessing that you are to me. You are a spiritual warrior!!!! Please except my sincere compliment with grace because I am a missionary and I don't lie. Hehehehe. I love you.

Okay so I have quite the week to report on. I have a new companion. Her name is Sister Weir and she is incredible!! Sister Clinger was called back home to Star Valley, Wyoming on Saturday morning. It was hard to see my dear friend go home but with the help of the Lord and President Taylor, we knew that this was God's plan for her and we felt so at peace with the decision. I heard from her today and she is doing great. I love her so much and I am confident that she is going to do nothing but great things!!! I am so proud of her for relying on the Lord and being obedient to His counsel. She is such a humble instrument in His hands. I am grateful that I was privileged to be companions with her and learn so much from her. 

Sister Weir was actually serving in this ward 5 months ago so that is a huge plus. She is so stoked to be back and so is the rest of the ward! Hard work and obedience are top priority for her and I'm eager so see what blessings and miracles are in-store for this area! 

She has 4 weeks left on her mission. Man, pretty soon I will be pro at sending missionaries home! Haha it's kinda crazy!

If I learned anything from last week it's that one should never judge a missionary for going home early. We have no business to assume the reasons for their early departure and often times it is an overwhelming experience for those who have to make that decision because of the criticism they get from those who don't who simply don't understand. I believe that most often than not those missionaries served honorable and faithful missions just like Sister Clinger did. God loves early returning missionaries just as much as he loves everyone else. Imagine that! My perspective on others has changed dramatically within the last couple of weeks because I know that the only person that knows their heart and loves them unconditionally no matter what is God because we are all His children. Knowing that helps me to have compassion for everyone that we meet (even when it is hard sometimes) and for that I am grateful. 

In my studies this morning I read Moroni 7. Versus 45-48 stood out to me like crazy today! It got me thinking about Elder Jose L. Alonso's talk about loving one another as Jesus did. I LOVED his powerful and impactful statement that "Love without service is like faith without works; it’s dead indeed." WHOA!! Many of us may do simple service for others, but is it always done out of love? Reality Check! If it is not done out of love, it means nothing. This got me to reflect on my attitude out here in the mission field. Elder Alonso quote will repeat in my head when I see my pride begin to build up and put me back on the righteous mind set of missionary service. The promise that we receive from Moroni that we will be TRUE followers of Jesus Christ if we have charity is so powerful. Oh, how I yearn to be a true follower of Christ. Ahhh! I am so grateful for the scriptures!!!

Thank you for all the love, support, and prayers! I am grateful for this chance I have to serve and I love serving this mission for the Lord.

Keep trying. Keep trusting. Keep believing. Keep growing. Heaven will be cheering you on today, tomorrow, and forever.

Mom, you are amazing and don't you ever forget it! I love you to the moon and back!!!

Love,
Your sweetie girl, Sister Allred

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From Mom: 

Dear Sister Allred, my sweetie girl!

I hope you had a better week. Remember we pray for you constantly. 

I guess you know that Sister Heath, from your ward, texted me some photos. She said, "I took a couple of pictures of your beautiful daughter and her companion Sister Clinger, and I wanted to share with you!! P.S. Your daughter is such a blessing and a fantastic missionary!" And then she said, "You did a wonderful job raising her. She is such a light to everyone she meets!!"

WOW! You are my beautiful daughter! Every picture we receive, we can see the light in your eyes. Ben posted that picture of you and Sister Clarke, and one of the ones from yesterday, and people commented how beautiful you are, and that you have that missionary glow!

I know you love the members, and your investigators. I know you love the Savior. It shows in your countenance. I know you love missionary work, and the gospel. 

I'm sorry that you have to go through trials, and hard weeks. That is when we grit our teeth, and say as did Moses, "Get thee hence, Satan." You can do this. I know you know that, and I know you have a lot of grit. I knew that when you were a little girl.

I love this quote by Sister Joy D. Jones (General Women's Meeting): 

"May we, as sisters, “be faithful in Christ; … may Christ lift [us] up, and may his sufferings and death, … and his mercy and long-suffering, and the hope of his glory and of eternal life, rest in [our minds] forever.” As the Savior lifts us to higher ground, we can see more clearly not only who we are but also that we are closer to Him than we ever imagined."

"President Spencer W. Kimball explained in these glorious words: God is your Father. He loves you. He and your mother in heaven value you beyond any measure.… You are unique. One of a kind, made of the eternal intelligence which gives you claim upon eternal life. Let there be no question in your mind about your value as an individual. The whole intent of the gospel plan is to provide an opportunity for each of you to reach your fullest potential, which is eternal progression and the possibility of godhood.”

I loved your email, and your unshakable faith as you talked about Abinadi and Paul. I loved Elder Bender's promise that if we read the scriptures every day we will not fall away. Thank you for reminding of that wonderful scripture in 1 Nephi 15:24. WOW!

Be strong and of a good courage my beautiful missionary daughter! May the angels be round about you to bear you up!

I love you to the moon and back!

Mommy Mom