...the best "up" being that Jennifer got baptized on Saturday!
It was kinda stressful haha. She was late getting to the
baptism...she forgot a towel...she took 15 minutes getting ready...but it turned
out beautifully in the end. :) President Eaton was the one who baptized her! I
gave a talk on baptism, which went pretty well. (In front of my mission
pres...no pressure.) Jennifer is so sweet, and it was so wonderful to watch her
With the baptism of Jennifer, we are back to ZERO
investigators! Blank slate, I guess! Time to start tracting hardcore! It'll be
This weekend I got pretty sick, which was a bummer. I had a
bad sore throat, headache, stuffy nose, ear aches...just a bad cold. So, Sister
Hehl and I did splits. I stayed at Sister Grisham's, and Sister Hehl went out
with two other sisters from the branch. Sister Hehl is such a hard worker. I'm
so blessed to have her as my comp.
Going to the Relief Society
Broadcast this weekend was THE BEST! I am so so so so so excited for General
Conference. Even as a missionary, I still need to fill my spiritual well every
once in a while. I loved that the focus of the meeting was covenants. I became
very overwhelmed with gratitude as I realized how blessed I am to have made
sacred covenants in the temple at the age of 19. I'm so grateful for the temple.
I miss it so much! Hopefully we will be able to go to the Seattle temple once or
twice in the next year...
So funny story, Jennifer figured out my
name from my scriptures, and now she calls me Rachel. Yesterday, in Gospel
Principles, I made a comment and she commented after me. "I really agree with
what Rachel said..." Everyone started giggling. I heard some people behind me
say, "Her name is Rachel?!" You know you're a missionary when your first name is
some big secret....
One last thought. During personal study this
week, I read from some old Ensigns we have. The particular one I was studying
was from the October conference of 2010. David M. McConkie gave a really great
talk called "Gospel Learning and Teaching." My favorite quote from the talk:
"Successful gospel teachers love the gospel. They are excited about it. And
because they love their students, they want them to feel as they feel and to
experience what they have experienced. To teach the gospel is to share your love
of the gospel." This really made me step back and look at my teaching style. Am
I teaching out of love? How can I develop the attitude necessary to be a
successful gospel teacher? Well, Elder McConkie answered my questions.
1. Immerse yourself in the scriptures
2. Apply the things
you learn to your life
3. Seek Heaven's help
4. Act on
promptings you receive
This talk made me realize that to be a good
teacher, I need to be a good student. I need to absorb the gospel, and love it
with all my heart. :)
I love you all, and I am so thankful to be a
missionary. Hurrah for Israel!