My dearest Mommy Mom,
Wow I loved seeing everyone on Christmas! I was able to see Ben and Lindsay as well. That was awesome! I love the pictures of baby Jude!! He looks so happy and healthy!
So, transfers happened on Monday and Sister McCombs and I are staying in Rancho! I'm so happy to have another transfer with her. We are such good friends!
There isn't much to report on from last week. It is all just a blur! The work has been going really slow and it has been really difficult to see potential investigators and investigators because of the holidays but things should be picking up really quick now that it is 2018 and we are so excited!
I hope that we all can carry on the spirit that we feel around Christmas time. There is a reason why it is the season of peace, hope and love. As we take time to remember our dear and most precious Savior we feel that peace, hope and love and that is how our Father in Heaven wants us to feel.
Keep an eye single to the glory of 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 dear Mommy Mom! I hope you have a great week!
Thank you for sending me the talk! You are so inspired. Thank you thank you! I love you so much!!!!!!
Oh, and yes, I would love some prints of Jude!
Dear Sister Allred, my sweetie girl!
Happy New Year! I can't wait to hear about your week. I do remember that during the holidays, missionary work can be a challenge... at least in setting appointments and all that. I remember that we had to be flexible. Hopefully you were able to do a lot of contacting.
In my scripture study this morning, I was going to listen to the next talk from October 2017 conference, but I felt prompted to listen to one from April 2017, so I looked through the list of talks, and felt impressed to listen to Elder Robert D. Hales final conference talk on "Becoming a Disciple of Our Lord Jesus Christ." It was wonderful to hear his inspired words and counsel:
"What does it mean to be a disciple of our Lord Jesus Christ? A disciple is one who has been baptized and is willing to take upon him or her the name of the Savior and follow Him. A disciple strives to become as He is by keeping His commandments in mortality, much the same as an apprentice seeks to become like his or her master. Many people hear the word disciple and think it means only “follower.” But genuine discipleship is a state of being. This suggests more than studying and applying a list of individual attributes. Disciples live so that the characteristics of Christ are woven into the fiber of their beings, as into a spiritual tapestry.
"Listen to the Apostle Peter’s invitation to become a disciple of the Savior: “Giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.” (2 Peter 1:5-7)
"As we earnestly strive to be true disciples of Jesus Christ, these characteristics will be interwoven, added upon, and interactively strengthened in us. There will be no disparity between the kindness we show our enemies and the kindness we bestow on our friends. We will be as honest when no one is looking as when others are watching. We will be as devoted to God in the public square as we are in our private closet."
And after I listened to his talk, I felt inspired to study more about following the Savior, and that led me to studying about the "Bread of Life." I read many scriptures and then was deeply touched by 2 Nephi 9:50-51, 2 Nephi 26:25, and Alma 5:34.
This then led me to study more, and I came across Sister Carole Stephens talk from
October 2016. I wept during her talk, and weep every time I listen to it. I'm going to send it in a separate email. But I love her final words:
"Sisters, I testify that—
You don’t have to continue to carry the burden of sorrow caused by sin—alone.
You don’t have to carry the pain caused by the unrighteous actions of others—alone.
You don’t have to experience the painful realities of mortality—alone.
The Savior pleads: “Will ye not now return unto me, and repent of your sins, and be converted, that I may heal you?… If ye will come unto me ye shall have eternal life. Behold, mine arm of mercy is extended towards you, and whosoever will come … will I receive.”
“[He] would do anything to take this from you.” In fact, “[He] already has.” In the name of Jesus Christ, the Master Healer, amen.
I pray for your spiritual and physical health, and I pray for your emotional health. One of the things that people comment on when they see pictures of you is that you are so happy, that you have that glow in your eyes and in your countenance. You truly have light within you. You glow with the light of the gospel, and of the Spirit!
I pray that you will have a wonderful week as you begin the year 2018! What a privilege for you to be a missionary, to be one of His representatives as you preach the gospel, and find those searching for the truth!
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!