My dearest Mommy Mom,
Hi!! Boy the holidays have been so crazy! I'm glad that you were able to get through them and that you feel ready for school to start!! I'm so proud of you and I love you so much! I'm so grateful to have such a hard working mother :)
How is Preston doing? And grandma? Is your health doing a little better? I hope so!
Last week was so crazy. I say that every week don't I?? Haha but anyways YES last week was a little nuts. STORY TIME!
A few days ago, we went to go visit a medically less active women. She always answered her door because she is always home, so it was strange that she didn't answer this time. As we were walking away from her door, I felt a small, quick, yet unmistakable prompting to knock on her neighbor’s door. Now keep in mind, this certain apartment complex has an extremely negative reputation about it, and it was easy to see why. So, the thought of knocking doors at this complex would have never come naturally to us because we were scared! Okay so we followed the prompting, knocked on this door and a wheelchair bound guy answered and was totally not interested. However, he did take our card with our number on it. These were kind of our thoughts, "Okay. Cool. We are so used to this by now it doesn't even matter but it's all good because it was a prompting and we acted on it. Moving on!" Sounds a little bit prideful. I know. (This will all be relevant in a second).
Sister McCombs and I were getting pretty down throughout the week (mostly myself) because we feel the work has been at a standstill for some time. We drop investigators more often than I ever have while serving and we have been working so hard to find people to teach but weren't seeing the fruits of our labors. What could we possibly be doing wrong?? I was questioning myself a lot and I was struggling. The first few days of the week, my depression seemed to have come back with full force. My heart was hurting, I felt heavy, I was struggling to feel the spirit, and in just a matter of a couple days I honestly felt no hope for the work ahead. It was so strange, and I hated it.
Fast forward a couple of days. We answer this call from an unknown number. The caller says "Hey this is C______. I'm the guy in the wheelchair that you talked to a couple of days ago and I'm sorry I said no to you guys, but I hope this is okay. I changed my mind and want to learn more." We sat there speechless. This never happens!! We eagerly said yes and set up an appointment.
We ended up teaching this sweet guy and he seemed to have soaked everything in and is looking forward to what the gospel can bring him.
Our dear sweet C_____. He is 24. He has been living alone for some time. His family rejected him because he is disabled, and they don't want to take care of him anymore. He had a small Christmas tree set up in the corner of the room with nothing under it but one stuffed animal that sat in a mini wheelchair. His walls were bare. His house felt so empty and lonely. It hurt me. Suddenly all of the challenges I had been facing seemed nonexistent compared to his. The Lord knows his struggles and has suffered for them. My love for C______ is so deep and I simply cannot comprehend the love that Heavenly Father and Jesus have for this wondering soul.
I hope and pray that we can all remember and follow the Saviors perfect example of how to love others. Our Savior, as well as President Monson, went out of their way to find and serve people with love. People have lives like C______’s, and no one deserves it. May we all be willing to make the effort to go out of our way to serve those in need and find the wandering sheep.
I'm glad we were able to have that experience. The truth be told, most days out in the field aren't super uplifting, but when you have that one good day or get that 1 "yes" out of 99 "No's", you forget the bad ones. Funny how that works :)
I love the Lord. I know He loves me and every single one of you.
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 so my beautiful Mommy Mom. Remember that I am grateful for you and all you have done for me. I hope you have a wonderful week! And remember to look for ways to serve :)
My dear Sister Allred, my sweetie girl!
I love you so much! I fasted for you today, and prayed for you all day. I always pray for you to be strong, and to follow the Spirit! And to find those searching for the truth. I pray for your health also! Please know that we petition the Lord in your behalf daily! Every day! Every prayer!
We loved seeing you also on Christmas! It's hard to believe it was already two weeks ago. The holidays went by so fast, especially with our cute little Jude. I attached some more photos. And then Spencer and Gentry had some professionals done, and a few of those are just a preview (in the next email). I will work on getting some prints for you. right now I have the pictures I take, and the ones Preston takes, and then the ones that Spencer texts to me, and whoever else. It's a bit haphazard, so I need to organize everything.
School starts tomorrow. WOW! I'm a bit more prepared for this semester then I was in the fall, which feels much better. It will be nice to have more of a routine once again.
It's been quite a week as we have been following all the news about Pres. Monson's passing. Every time I read an article, especially of those that would recount people's experiences with him and his amazing service to the "one", I would get all teary-eyed. He was so Christlike, and so giving, and so focused on rescuing individuals, and helping them. It is amazing. I am so overwhelmed with how he lived his entire life to help people.
In fact, I bore my testimony today, and testified of him as a prophet, among many other things. What a comfort it is to know that the prophet speaks with God, and this is His church, not man's church, but His church. It is true!
WE are so proud of you my beautiful daughter! I love you!
Be strong and of a good courage! May the angels be round about you to bear you up!
I love you to the moon and back!
Pictures of little Jude baby