June 8, 2015




Sister Breily Russ

Nothing Mini about these missionaries!

MINI MISSIONARY WEEK! Hardly anyone in our mission got them this year and we got 2! They are set apart representatives for a week! Sister Morgan from the Ghana ward and Sister Higgins from the Newark ward! They both are here trying to figure out if they want to serve a mission so that puts a lot of pressure on us! It has been so fun though. I just have twice the mouths to feed and to clean up after now! I'm Sister Mom. We don't eat with members more than once or twice a month so I've learned to cook on my mission, but by the time all is said and cleaned up, we gotta go out and work again! But its okay, blessings from feeding the missionaries!

This week has been really good! We have been struggling trying to get people to church me making sure that everyone is actively involved in our efforts. Our investigators and less actives have fondly taken to calling me "bad cop" because they know I'll be the first to ask if they're keeping commitments, and the iron fist in helping them when they don't. It's been pretty funny. Sister Russ is so loving with everyone I have to remember I need to be that way too. I love the people of Ohio. I was just thinking about this morning how if you ask anyone what their favorite part of their mission is, most will say "the people!" While I refuse to accept that the people in anyone else's mission are as great as mine, I had a moment where the spirit said, "Sister Dowell, the best part about a mission -any mission- is the children of God." How true that really is. I have made a lot of mistakes in my life and I haven't lead the perfect Christ-like mission, but I have met people who HAVE HELPED me be perfected. Ironically, being perfect means being whole in Christ. When it comes my day to meet the author and finisher of my faith, I just want Him to know that I loved Him. For Him to lay out my whole eternity and see that love in action. How good it is to be a part of this work. Sister Dowell
PS: We have ipads and I hate them.


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