|From Sister Boulter:|
"Here is a darling picture of your daughter and her companion with Michael McLean. She's wonderful.
He gave a fireside and it was amazing. Btw your daughter is a great missionary."
My dearest Mommy Mom,
I'm glad you liked my email last week :) that makes me happy!
I felt prompted again to ask you about how the food storage is going. I was also going to ask you about family history because the mission is pushing us to encourage people to do family history! Think about how much missionary work you can accomplish from doing it. That is so cool that you are doing indexing!!! MOM YOU ARE AWESOME!!!!!
Sister Weir is so FUNNY!!! We have a lot of fun even if people seem to have woken up on the wrong side of the bed (which is most of the time hahaha!). She brushes things off really quick and knows how to laugh to help her keep going.
The situation with our investigators is a little frustrating. We weren't able to meet with any of them last week but that's okay. This week should be much more productive concerning our lovely investigators. Hopefully we will find some new people to teach to!
Our ward is so awesome. During ward council yesterday, nearly the entire meeting was focused on how the ward can help the success of missionary work increase! Our bishop is also and institute teacher and he is SO energetic about missionary work. It's awesome!!
Last week wasn't too eventful. This is kind of funny...it's almost November and a few days last week it was still in the 100's. When they say "Sunny California" they aren't kidding. Hahaha but I love it!! I LOOOOVE California!!!
Oh we were able to talk to a ton of people and we meet these two awesome ladies while street contacting! They were not only really open but really happy when we started talking about Christ and our message! We are going to teach them this week and we are so excited!
Thank you for sharing with me about your personal study. I just read Mosiah 24 this morning!! We shared that chapter all the time with people in Apple Valley but for some reason, as I read it more in depth this morning, there was a whole different feel to it! I love that Elder Waddell says "Rather than blame God, they turned to Him and “did pour out their hearts to him.”
That spoke so clearly to me. I have definitely learned since serving this mission that one of the blessings that comes from our afflictions is that it causes us to get down on our knees and turn to God. I have found when I look back at my hardest times, even though I couldn't see it before, that is when I was closest to god.
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 beatiful mommy mom!!
Love sister allred
During my personal study this week, I was touched by several talks. One was by Bishop W. Christopher Waddell. In speaking of Alma and his people being in bondage to the Laminates (Mosiah 24), he taught:
"Rather than blame God, they turned to Him and “did pour out their hearts to him.” In response to their faith and silent prayers, the Lord responded: “Be of good comfort. … I will … ease the burdens which are put upon your shoulders, that even you cannot feel them upon your backs.” Soon after, “the Lord did strengthen them that they could bear up their burdens with ease, and they did submit cheerfully and with patience to all the will of the Lord.” Although not yet delivered from bondage, by turning to the Lord, and not from the Lord, they were blessed according to their needs and according to the Lord’s wisdom."
Elder Dallin H. Oaks: “Healing blessings come in many ways, each suited to our individual needs, as known to Him who loves us best. Sometimes a ‘healing’ cures our illness or lifts our burden. But sometimes we are ‘healed’ by being given strength or understanding or patience to bear the burdens placed upon us.”
President Boyd K. Packer: “The mercy and grace of Jesus Christ are not limited to those who commit sins … , but they encompass the promise of everlasting peace to all who will accept and follow Him. … His mercy is the mighty healer, even to the wounded innocent.”