So for starters, I'm in Columbia, Missouri and I LOVE IT HERE. Columbia is a super cute college town for The University of Missouri, aka Mizzou. Downtown Columbia is like a smaller version of Downtown Boise. AND they have more than just McDank here!! #soblessed
The sister that I was with for the first 3 days in Columbia is actually headed home today because of some medical reasons. So I am on my way to pick up MY NEW GREENIE! I've been asked to train her in Columbia which is actually really stressful because 1) I have no idea what I'm doing as a missionary lol and 2) I know like 3 people in Columbia. So I'm low-key white wash training, RIP. My greenie has actually been called to serve in the Philippines but has been assigned to the Missouri St. Louis Mission until her Visa comes through. So we have absolutely no idea how long she will be here. But, I'm a mom!! HECK YEAH.
So apartment update lol- our home is infested with Brown Recluses which, good news, are insanely poisonous and can totally kill you. Honestly, would take a haunted funeral home again in 2 hot seconds. But our apartment is 2 stories so holla. We are looking into moving into a new apartment which is going to be a pain and a half but it'd save us miles and would probably save our lives from these spiders. None of the earlier missionaries who have lived here have been bit, but considering the carma I've had so far on my mish, chances are pretty high.
I'm finally designated driver! Tiwi thinks it's hilarious to yell at me 20 times a day, probably because I have a really bad speeding problem lol. But we drive a super cute Malibu, hello 😍
I hit my 5 month mark yesterday which is absolutely disgusting. I feel like I've been here for a week and I'm almost less than a year away from coming home, which straight up makes me want to cry. Missions need to be like 7 years long, not just 18 months.
SPIRITUAL THOUGHT- Alma 27:17 Now the joy of Ammon was so great even that he was full; yea, he was swallowed up in the joy of his God, even to the exhausting of his strength; and he fell again to the earth.18 Now was not this exceeding joy? Behold, this is joy which none receiveth save it be the truly penitent and humble seeker of happiness.
As I was studying these 2 versus, I was thinking about how we too can have this same exceeding joy. In the verse it says that we have to be penitent and a humble seeker. Penitent means to repent and turn closer towards Christ, but what the heck does a humble seeker of happiness even mean?? The more I thought about it, the more I thought about Joseph Smith. He asked God SO many questions. He humbly sought to find each answer to each of his questions. He relied on the Lord SO much and we see all that Joseph Smith recieved from the Lord in the Doctrine and Covenants. I think that a humble seeker knows that TRUE happiness comes from righteous living. A humble seeker relies compeletly on the Lord and does everything they can to be obedient to Him with all of their heart, might, mind, and strength.
xoxo from CoMo
Pic 1. This is 1/10 traps in our house and this one just so happens to be the one right next my my desk.
Pic 2. Last time with Sister Alder