I want each of you to know, that I have never known joy so fully and so infinitely as I have during my time as a full-time missionary. The alarm goes off at 6:30am--I am tired, but I am smiling. I run up and down the hall-ways at our apartments for our 30 minutes of exercise--I want to see outside, but I am filled with the spirit being surrounded by my sisters from over 50 countries. I am inspired by them and their goodness. I see them and feel so much joy thinking of the impact they will have on their countries and communities as they return home from this sacred place and experience. 7-8am we are eating breakfast with our sisters in our apartment from Latvia and Arizona--they have testimonies of Christ that keep them going. 8-10am we are kneeling in prayer and counseling with the Lord about the day ahead. We are reading from the scriptures, studying Preach My Gospel, and having the spirit confirm to us each moment that what we are teaching is divine. 10am we run out the door--this message is too imiportant to walk. We talk to everyone. We exclaim, "Good to see you again!" because we know that no one is a stranger to us; we have all been together before this life. We call Africa, Luxembourg, England, Nevada, Utah, Alabama, South Carolina and are inspired to know which of God's children need us right then and now--we smile when they answer the phone and say they have been waiting for us to call. We eat lunch when we have time, but are mostly being spiritually fed by the sisters all around us--they have a light that burns so deeply from within. We spend our day on temple square, following the spirit in where to go and what to say--He never fails us, and we seek to never fail Him and His children.
|My planner for this transfer. The front quote says, "One of the principal purposes of our mortal existence is to be spiritually changed and transformed through the Atonement of Jesus Christ."|
How true this is, and I love Him for that!
Sister Brink loves to match with her companions, so we do! :)
As we started to talk to them, the man put his hand up. "You two have a light about you," he said, "It's there in your eyes."
We shared with them Joseph's account of the first vision, and the spirit fled into each of our hearts. Sister Brink and I were able to testify that his words were true, and that nothing in the world could change us from the testimony we have of this pure and essential truth. Think about it--God, the Creator of this world, of us, of this great eternal plan, has come to visit in these days! He is real, His Son and our Savior live. We can find our greatest purpose in life as we think of how we are connected infinitely and eternally with them. We are eternal beings, brothers and sisters, but please don't wait for eternity to realize that. You are important in His plan and there are many who need you to remind them of who they really are.Nick & Barbara thanked us for their time with them, and said that they really wanted to give anything to have this same light in their eyes, but they felt they were too far gone. Oh, how our hearts broke, yet inside was the prompting, "show them your ministerial certificate" and so we did.
Their eyes watered, the light began to shine. As we walked with them out of the Tabernacle, right then and there was our new sister from South Africa, Sister Sonku. Nick & Barbara looked at us as if they had seen an angel, and then again the light grew.
We know that God has a plan and a purpose for our friends Nick & Barbara. There is so much more to this experience that remains sacred in my heart, but know brothers and sisters, that every effort you give to bring others closer to Christ is never wasted. You are an essential part of His plan- never forget that.
Will we each focus on a Christlike attribute that we want to develop this week, so that this very same light can shine for us all? We truly can be that light that shines with Christ, He wants us to be there with Him.
Sister Briggs :)
SHOUTOUTS: SisterLin! ( thank you so so much for the package! You mean the world to me!), Sister Olden, Sister Walsh, Grandma Jeanie, Jessica Helm, Jacque & Summer, Amber, Sister Siegle, Casey & Bryan, Mom & Dad, Robert Donakey, The Donakey family