Well hello there family, it’s been a full seven days since I wrote to you last and it seems like months ago with everything that happens in one week of missionary life. We had three exchanges, a couple work-overs, and four sleep-overs because of that. Haha, come Sunday Sister Hall and I were completely wrecked. We sat blank like zombies all through church, then after church I cried in the car before our dinner appointment because I was so tired, and then took a ten minute nap in the car before going inside. Haha, it was a rather intense week, but I wouldn’t have it any other way! Hard is good, as Elder Ellis said during Conference. I feel like Heavenly Father is trying to pack in as much stretching, and heat, and pressure as He can in my last transfer. My departing group is huge. At the end of this transfer an entire zone-worth of missionaries is leaving, and only a district is coming in to replace us, so President Leppard is trying to squeeze every last ounce of working energy out of us before he lets us go it seems like! Nearly all the missionaries in our group were either called into leadership, or training, or to open new areas for their last transfer, and we’re all so tired. 😅 It’s such a privilege to be able to keep serving though, and to continue to work diligently at the things the Lord entrusts us with, even if we’re so worn out. I’m sure Christ was much more worn out than this after He suffered in Gethsemane, but He still had that whole day of the crucifixion to undergo, and He kept on going.
I got to on exchange with Sister Pugmire this week! It was so fun, I love her so much, and we were able to be REALLY trunky together since our companions weren’t there to suffer from it. Not this week, but next, I’ll go on exchange with Sister Ackley during our LAST WEEK of our mission. Man, that’ll be fun.
Hehe, so we’ve done a LOT of driving this week, and for some reason things kept running out in front of us; like a HUGE pheasant, or a hawk, or a fox. Haha, Sister Hall says I have a really good-curdling scream. “You’d do great in a horror movie, they’d pay a LOT for your scream because it’s so terrible!” Haha, my heart was pumping so much this week that it felt like I was running all week.
I got my blood test results back, I’ll email them to you. I have no idea how on Earth to read them, but the doctor said in the email that it was all basically normal. I think the Ls and Hs stand for high and low on some things. Haha, I’m gaining weight again, oh dear. I got so thin in Cardiff but then we bought a bus pass so I quit losing, but then when I got a car I started feeling a little better so I was able to eat more, and now…..well. But my stomach started hurting again last week so now I can’t eat a lot again. The jeans I brought with me were like a sack last time I put them on in Cardiff, and today I put them on again and I actually fit in them better again!
Man, I’m just so grateful for the Atonement of Jesus Christ. This week I was reading in Alma about the People of Ammon after their conversion, and how they were so firm in the faith and never fell away. I noticed as they were relating their feelings about their conversion that there were so many references to happiness, joy, rejoicing, etc. I mark all those references in yellow, and everything to do with repentance and the Atonement of Christ in red, so as I was studying I noticed that before all the yellows there were reds. In other words, before each expression of joy was an expression of repentance; and its ALWAYS in that order, not the other way around. When the People of Ammon are talking about their conversion they use the phrase several times “all that we could do to repent/be forgiven/have our stain taken away” If our repentance is sincere and true, and if we do all that we can do to be forgiven, we will be made clean and we will be SO happy. I know that for sure. Repentance is what brings us happiness.
Ammon says that there were never men who had such great reason to rejoice than they since the world began. That is how I feel. We have the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we know what’s happening, we know where we’re going, we know how to return Home. There is no greater reason to rejoice than that! We have a healing balm for literally every ailment, and a comfort beyond measure when our burdens get to heavy. Man, I just love this Gospel. I enjoy living it so very much.
I hope you have a great week and I’ll talk to you again soon!
❤️ Sister Wadsworth