It is week 17, so I'm going to write about
seventeen miracles that I have seen this week:
1. The miracle of
zone conference. Why was zone conference a miracle? Every zone conference seems
to address my needs exactly! This zone conference was focused on charity and on
teaching people, not lessons. I loved it so much. President Eaton was
incredible, as always.
2. The miracle of the Book of Mormon. We taught
Dave and Jessica on Tuesday about the Book of Mormon, and Jessica turned and
said to us, "I feel something different when I read this book." It was
incredible to see that light in her eyes. I know that the Book of Mormon is true
and its teachings can change lives!
3. The miracle of the piano. Sister
Hehl is preforming this upcoming Sunday in a trio. She is playing the piano. So
this week we took a half hour for her to practice her piece, "O, My Father."
Hymns have so much power. I can't explain how calm I felt listening to her, and
how much it strengthened my testimony just by singing the words in my head. I
know that I have a Father in Heaven who loves us.
4. The miracle of
being focused. Mom and dad, I thought it was gonna be killer knowing that you
guys were in Seattle this weekend/will be for a bit. So I prayed extra hard that
Heavenly Father would help me stay focused on my work. I can't tell you how much
He has blessed me to stay focused, even when I knew you guys were so close. He
heard and answered my prayers.
5. The miracle of our branch mission
leader. Our BML, Danilo, is from Chile and he is AMAZING. He has such an
incredible testimony and such a strong passion for missionary work. He came with
us to a lesson this week and it was SO beneficial to have him there. He
testified so strongly about faith, and that we don't receive a witness until
after the trial of our faith.
6. The miracle of member missionary work.
We have had at least four investigators introduced to us by members. They have
been looking for missionary experiences and have been finding them! We have been
able to teach a lot of people because their friends were willing to introduce us
7. The miracle of having a best friend for a companion. I
can't even express with words how grateful I am to have Sister Alyssa Hehl as my
companion. We have become so close in our three or so months together. When I
got set apart, my stake president didn't mention anything about companions, so I
just assumed that I would get along with my companions. I have, and become SUCH
great friends with Sister Hehl. I didn't expect a blessing like that. We laugh
together over the silliest things and just have fun while we are doing the work!
It is so much easier to be a missionary when I am happy, and Sister Hehl helps
me stay happy. I'm so grateful that I've been blessed enough to have her as my
8. The miracle of a typewriter. Did I ever mention that our
apartment has a typewriter? Yup. An old-fashioned, electric typewriter. It is
AWESOME. We have three lists of less active YSA's in the stake that we have been
taking notes on, and we definitely needed to consolidate. So, we pulled out our
typewriter and consolidated! Needless to say, I'm glad that we now have
computers with the capability to delete haha.
9. The miracle of our
Brazilian friend. We have an awesome Recent Convert named Deise from Brazil that
we have been working with. She doesn't quite have the testimony that she needs,
so we have been teaching her lessons and stuff. She has been such a positive
influence on us, and has helped me look for evidence in the scriptures to help
her that have ended up helping ME.
10. The miracle of being a
missionary. I actually felt like a missionary this week. I am starting to get
used to the schedule and the lifestyle, and I am loving it. It is extremely
hard, but extremely rewarding. I have seen so many blessings come into my life
because of the opportunity I have to serve. I can't even imagine my life without
being a missionary, and it is funny to think that a year ago a mission was NOT
even on my radar.
11. The miracle of the new member fireside. We had
an awesome new member fireside yesterday. Essentially, it is a testimony meeting
for recent converts. I got to see my sweet Dawn there! I worked with her in my
first area in Lake Holm. As soon as we saw each other we ran and gave each other
the biggest hug. I can't describe it accurately, but it gave me a glimpse of
what it will be like to see those I love in Heaven, especially people I have
helped do work for. I love Dawn so much, and I am so grateful that I got to see
her. She bore her testimony about the "little girls" (sister missionaries) who
came to her door and who have continued to work with her. I am grateful I got to
be one of those little girls.
12. The miracle of Washington. It has
been an absolutely gorgeous week. This morning, Sister Hehl and I were out
walking and the sky was absolutely gorgeous. The first rays of the sun were
hitting the edges of the clouds and each individual cloud looked like it was
glowing. I am so grateful that Heavenly Father created such a beautiful world
for us to live in! Being able to see and appreciate nature brings such peace to
13. The miracle of Luke 24. In zone conference, President Eaton
taught about Luke 24 and the importance of the fact that the two disciples
invited Jesus Christ to tarry with them. It made me step back and look at my
life and see if I am inviting Christ to stay in my life.
miracle of Sister Eaton. "You aren't adequate. But you aren't
15. The miracle of the blue dress. Last Monday, we took Jessica
shopping and bought her a dress for church. It was so rewarding to see the smile
on her face.
16. The miracle of the GPS. I'd be lost without it. We
cover such a big area that we would be absolutely useless without it. Thank you
so much mom and dad for sending it haha.
17. The miracle of the
sacrament. As a missionary, Sunday has become my favorite day of the week
because I get to partake of the sacred ordinance of the Sacrament. As a
missionary I think about the church A LOT, but it doesn't compare to the peace
that comes from sitting in the chapel and partaking of the
As I look back over this list, some of these things seem
like a stretch as "miracles." But I know that miracles are in my life every
single day, in all shapes and sizes. The greatest miracle of all is my Savior. I
know He lives, and this is His church! Hurrah for Israel!