I’m not gonna sugarcoat it, this week was rough. I wish I could tell ya why, but I don’t even know, haha! It just ground on me for some reason. It’s been exhausting physically and mentally, but hey, not all weeks are spiritually high in the mission field.
We did have some great things though. Highlights were:
1). The combined zone conference in Cheltenham with Elder De Feo of the Seventy. I learned SO much and felt the Spirit SO strong! These men that are called to lead us really are called of God and simply speak His words for Him. I felt the Spirit in every word that he said, and the spirit testified to me of much more than what I heard from him. A lot of answers to prayers and questions came out of that conference, and I was so, so grateful. I know that Heavenly Father loves us each so perfectly and individually.
2). Jessica is our miracle! I think I mentioned her last week. She is getting baptised on the 23rd of September. I feel like we aren’t doing anything here, it’s all the Spirit. She’s prepared, she knows what she wants, and she’s going for it. She’s the one that came to the missionaries with the request to be baptised. I feel like she would get baptised whether we were here or not, that’s how much God has prepared her. I can feel how much He loves her every time we are with her, and it is a testimony to me of His supreme love for all of us.
3). I’m staying in Cardiff for another transfer! Great news right there 😊
I think what I have learned again from this week is how much Heavenly Father loves each one of us individually and personally. Like I said, this week was mostly rough and just making it through was really hard. I felt like giving up a lot of times, but for some reason I kept going, just trusting that Heavenly Father would somehow make it better. On Sunday we were sitting in fast and testimony meeting listening to the testimonies, and I was sitting between Jessica and a sister in the Ward that I had never met, and all the sudden I just started crying. Typical, I know. But I had fasted to find strength that day, and then one of the testimonies set me off. This sister I didn’t even know scooted over and put her arm around me and held my hand while I just cried for the rest of the meeting. After the closing prayer she looked at me and simply said, “You are loved. I feel that very strongly right now.” In that moment, I knew it wasn’t her that was speaking, but it was Heavenly Father speaking through her.
I told her that she had answered my prayer and then she started crying too! Oh dear. But I know without a single doubt that God is there, that He sees us, that He watches over us, and that He cares about us. He loves us and He always finds a way to answer our prayers. Most of the time, He uses one of us to answer the prayers of those around us, particularly our loved ones. But sometimes He’ll even use you to answer the prayer of a complete stranger, so don’t even ignore the impressions of the Spirit.
God has answered my prayers so much this last week. One was just a few minutes ago. I made a plan this morning for my last twelve weeks, and decided to go through the Christlike attributes again, but I wasn’t quite sure how to do it. I just made a goal, and then a plan as best I could, and then prayed to ask God if it was acceptable. I got the impression that my goals were worthy, and the plan would lay itself out. When I got to the chapel a few minutes ago there was an email was the APs with a calendar schedule for studying and developing all the Christlike attributes in Preach My Gospel over the six weeks of this transfer. I almost cried, just because I knew Heavenly Father answered my prayer. I need to call the APs and thank them for it.
I know that God has perfect love for all of His children. The most profound way He has shown that one is by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to be our Saviour and Redeemer. Love doesn’t get any deeper than that.
I know my love is nothing compared to His, but I love you all as much as my heart can muster without exploding.
P.S. They’ve been selling a lot of vegetables for really cheep on the stores lately because it’s harvest time, so I’ve been eating a bunch of zucchini (they call them courgettes here), carrots, butternut squash, and all that good stuff. Oh😳. This is what happened when I was cooking part of a squash for the next day one night, and sort of got tired, went to bed, and forgot about it. In the morning…..well, yeah.