Meanwhile my companion and I are still looking for people to teach. We've already explored much of our area in visiting the members, less actives, and also previous investigators. God has been showing us lots of tender mercies and small miracles along the way... I think those are the things that keep us going!!
Last week we had a huge combined zone conference for the north part of the mission to Meet the Madsens. It was such an incredible meeting, and totally different from any other meeting I've had. We focused so much more on the importance of remembering who we are as missionaries and focusing on our personal relationship with Our Father in Heaven. Sometimes amidst all of the stress and hustle and bustle, it's easy to lose sight of this. I'm looking forward to the incredible changes that will happen to this mission as President and his wife bring in a fresh dose of love, of music, and of applying the gospel to our own lives.
In other news, yesterday was ward conference, during which I saw many of my beloved Dunsan and Sunhua ward members!! It was so great to see them--again I was reminded of the blessing that I transferred not all that far. hahaha. ALSO!! I nearly died when my trainer, Sister Ha, walked in the doors! Couldn't help but run to give her a hug!! Such a surprise and one of the tenderest of mercies... God knows exactly what we need.
Anywho, this last week I've thought a lot about sacrifice during my personal studies. In the New Testament there are several parables and stories that illustrate the principle of the Law of Sacrifice--the story of the rich young man, the widow's mite, and also of the twelve disciples giving all to follow Christ. As I've thought a lot about my own heart and willingness to give everything to the Lord, this scripture really struck me:
"And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands , for my sake, and the gospel's.
But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life."
Any sacrifice that we make for the Lord's sake will not go without blessings.
My missionary companions (except for Sister Peseta, Sister Ha, and Sister McQueen)
The Filipina Sisters (who I met in the MTC) stayed the night with us at our apartment before they returned home last week from their 18 month missions!
Sister Marissa Hatch