We just finished the last week of the transfer... and I've decided it's one of the strangest transfers I've experienced as a missionary thus far. hahaha. I have no idea why that is. Probably just means God decided me and my companion needed some experiences to help us grow in new ways.
We were both pretty exhausted this last week, and it was honestly a bit of a struggle. But we kept trucking along and doing our best to serve those around us. As a result, we saw quite a few small miracles along the way.
One of the miracles was in talking to one of our investigator's mom about her daughter getting baptized. We had roleplayed the discussion earlier that morning during district meeting (roleplays are always so awkward, but so necessary!). It didn't quite go as expected... she didn't say yes... didn't really say no... but she did say that she wanted to be more involved if this is what her daughter wants to do. The mom said they should attend church, learn about the gospel, and do it together!! Reflecting back, I'm am grateful the Lord knows better than I do. Things turned out better than we had planned, hoped, and prayed for. I hope that this family continues to progress~ Lately I've been reflecting immensely on the blessing that this gospel brings... families need it!!
Another miracle came on Sunday... probably one of the best Sundays thus far I've spent as a missionary! We've been meeting with a family for the last couple weeks and teaching the two daughters both English and the gospel. After the lesson we often eat lunch and spend time talking with the mom about our church and the gospel... they are a super sweet family and take high priority on their family relationship! We've previously invited them to church, but they hadn't come. Saturday night we felt a strong prompting to text the mom and invite her once more... she quickly responded and said she would be there the next day!! Not only that... but the Sunday she actually came! And even brought her husband. It was a happy day!! :) The members were awesome and quickly befriended them all and bonded over lunch after the meeting. Also, Nayeon, who was baptized in March will be going to the temple for the first time this Saturday to do proxy baptisms!! Ahh... it makes me so happy. Seeing people take steps that bring them closer to God and their Savior brings me so much joy... I just love being a missionary.
Anywho, reflecting back on this week I've thought a lot about God's wisdom. His commandments, His timing, His plan... it is all so perfect! I know He loves us all dearly and desires our ultimate and eternal joy. He would never ask us to do something except it be in our best interest. Elder Holland once said, "You can have what you want, or you can have something better." I'm so grateful that God truly has our best interest in mind and gives us things in our lives that benefit us. I've learned, am learning, and will continue to learn so much about this truth as a missionary. I am forever grateful for this opportunity to serve. It's changed my life. And more than anything I do not doubt the great love that God has for His children.
"Believe in God, believe that he is, and that he created all things, both in heaven and earth; believe that he has all wisdom, and power, bot in heaven and earth; believe that man does not comprehend all the things which the Lord can comprehend." (Mosiah 4:9)
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!! LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH!
HAVE A GREAT WEEK!
Sister Marissa Hatch