August 7, 2018


Provo Mission Training Center


Slothful? Never heard of that- Week 2

Hello all!

Second week down and I still feel like I've been here for eternity! HAHA just kidding just a solid 20 years or so... more like a solid 20 pounds but 'free' food is 'free' am I right?! This week I have noticed that my college sleep schedule just won't cut it here in the MTC. There have been times when I have felt like a literal sloth walking around.
It's be a wild ride brothers and sisters but no energy drink can save me from this work.

Last week I talked about my weaknesses being turned into strengths, I can joyfully report that it is still 'pending'. This week I decided to take a 180 and focus more on some of my strengths. As we all know I'm pretty good at pulling a conversation out of mid air and continuing it for quite some time, or until it gets a little awkward. Of course there's the exception when I become slightly introverted when I talk to... you know who ;). Luckily, that's the least of my issues here at the MTC lol. As I have been teaching this skill has come in handy for so many reasons. When we first meet someone it can be awkward at times unless you get to know them, and as you teach it's easier to testify towards their needs rather than just preaching at them. I also never thought I would say this, but my ability to speak my mind and be open about everything is finally getting the headline it deserves. It has been awesome way for me relate and strengthen my relationship with the people I teach. Knowing through these strengths I can bring them unto the gospel of Jesus Christ and expand their knowledge of God's love for them is a feeling I can't describe.

As I've been going through this long and often difficult process of personal change and development it has been vital that I rely on this gospel in all my doings. Praying was something I have never had a huge testimony of. My parents were amazing at making sure we did our family prayer and blessed our food, but I never really did it personally. I seemed to only counsel with the Lord when I needed something. No wonder I seemed to get nothing out of it. I was kinda being a bad friend to my heavenly father and only talking to him when it suited me.
My favorite scripture is Alma 37:36 "Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good; yea, when thou liest down at night lie down unto the Lord, that he may watch over you in your sleep; and when thou risest in the morning let thy heart be full of thanks unto God; and if ye do these things, ye shall be lifted up at the last day."
I never thought about turning to the Lord for everything. I had so many misconceptions about prayer. For the past 2 weeks I think I've prayed well over 100 times. If I was praying for gratitude, strength, guidance or just to have a friend. The Lord always answered.

I testify to you that if you counsel with the Lord for everything he will show unto you an even clearer path so you can be lifted up in the last day. I challenge you this week to pray daily and ask a question to our Heavenly Father. If you want to take it a step further do some scripture study after in search for the answer to your question. I promise you if you do these things you will receive blessings you can't even comprehend.

Miss you all sooooo much!

Lots of Love,
Sister Whitmarsh


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