Well folks, today marks 8 months that I've been on my mission! What a life? I love being a missionary.
Kicked today off with a hike at 8 am with our District Leader and Zone Leaders. To say I almost died would be an understatement. I thought someone was gonna have to air-vac me out. Thank goodness Sister Nelson was on the same page and we were just dying together. Just kidding, kind of. Best part? When we FINALLY made it to the top. We had to climb like 6 flights of stairs to get to the "look out" spot. My calves are literally already sore. HOLY COW the view was SO PRETTY though!! We were way high up and walking through fog and clouds. I have pictures obviously. The way down took half the time and was actually pleasant. Then on the ride home we passed this river and snowy mountains and rocks and trees and it was basically the prettiest thing I have ever seen. We pulled over, took pictures, built a sand castle, and dreamed of river rafting.
So the longer I live in Machias, the more I come to realize how weird it is. We were teaching a youth a missionary lesson and she told us her non-member friend came to church. Come to find out, the friend is 6...we went and met the family and they aren't really interested but the mom is all about her kids exploring and finding out what works for them...the kid is literally 6! What the heck?! And I kid you not, on Sunday during testimony meeting this woman stood up from the back of the room and started telling her life story and how "this girl" is joining God's choir and it was just bizarre. Also, really glad our investigator was there to witness that.
Speaking of...our investigator Josiah came to church!! If you can get an investigator at church, the more likely it is they will be baptized. He is also on date for baptism! May 11th! So we actually realized that May11th is a Thursday so we'll change that to May 13th! We also FOUND an investigator at church! She came with this guy who is leaving on his mission on Wednesday. He spent like 20 minutes explaining the Atonement so we finally jumped in and got a return appointment!
Saturday was eventful! We are low on miles for the month so this cute older lady, Sister Rasmussen, drove us around all day. She loves it. We went to a little girls baptism in the ward, Lylah, she had some non-member family there we were able to talk to! We were hoping to go to another baptism that day but we needed an investigator to go with us! After much effort, 2 of them fell through so Josiah was our last hope. We went to our lesson with him and we usually do them outside at his picnic table. Well Sister Nelson and I both forgot our coats in the car so were were sitting there so stinkin' cold! We invited him to the baptism and he was THIS CLOSE to going but his mom said she needed him to stay and work on the farm. Boo. We were totally bummed so we spent the evening with the Rasmussen's. They bought us pizza and we ate it in their ice chest of a house. We were so freezing when we got home that we just soaked our feet in the bathtub for like 20 minutes. It was much needed.
So I don't know if any of you remember Elder Yoon Hwan Choi's talk this conference but it was entitled "Don't Look Around, Look Up" He shared an experience he had while being a mission president in Seattle. He said, "When I was presiding over the Washington Seattle Mission, it rained many days of the year. Still, our missionaries were instructed to go out and proselyte in the rain. I used to tell them, "Go out in the rain, look up to heaven, open your mouth, and drink it! When you look up, you will be strengthened to open your mouth to everyone without any fear." It was a symbolic lesson for them to look up when they faced challenges even after their mission. Please don't try this in polluted areas." It's safe to say, that hit home with the Everett missionaries as well. This explains the picture I sent with Sister Nelson and I looking up and drinking the rain!
With Easter coming up this Sunday, I wanted to share this...
I think of how dark that Friday was when Christ was lifted up on the cross. On that terrible Friday the earth shook and grew dark. Frightful storms lashed at the earth. On that Friday the Apostles were devastated. On that Friday the Savior of mankind was humiliated and bruised, abused and reviled. I think that of all the days since the beginning of this world's history, that Friday was the darkest. But the doom of that day did not endure. The despair did not linger because on Sunday, the resurrected Lord burst of the bonds of death. He ascended from the grave and appeared gloriously triumphant as the Savior of all mankind. Each of us will have our own Fridays – those days when the universe itself seems shattered and that shards of our world lie littered about us in pieces. We all will experience those broken times when it seems we can never be put together again. We will all have our Fridays. But I testify to you in the name of the One who conquered death – Sunday will come. In the darkness of our sorrow, Sunday will come. No matter our desperation, no matter our grief, Sunday will come. In this life or the next, Sunday will come.
-- Joseph B. Wirthlin Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
I know Christ lives! He really did overcome death and He really has made it possible for us to overcome sin. I know that because of Him, we can be healed and we will live again!
HAVE A HAPPY EASTER AND REMEMBER THE REASON WE CELEBRATE! 💛