November 7, 2018


Temple Square


Sister Szendre

Put on your shoes and go- Week 14


I know I know! You just heard from me a few days ago, but I'm back already! This week has been quite amazing. A lot of changes have happened and I am more ready than ever to give my all to the Lord's work. Of course with the exception of those days when a good cry is the only remedy!

I have had so many different experiences this week that I would love to share, but sadly I may just need to CUT it down to two. The first is a major prompting that I had from the spirit or just from my own conscience, it is your choice to choose which is a lie.
On Sunday night as I was walking home I was thinking what I could do to change and turn my focus to be more on my mission. I have no idea why, but among all my thoughts I could not drop the idea of cutting my hair. I am so bad about thinking before doing and that is something I know I need to work on now more than ever. Anyways, I got home and went to the bathroom locked the door and put my hair in two ponies and before I could even think about it chopped more than half my hair off! It was great! I find it so humorous sometimes how we are taught what to work on by making silly decisions that we may regret. God sure does work in mysterious ways, even if it does mean cutting you hair to teach you to think before you act ;)

The second actually happened this morning. It was announced in church this Sunday that we would have the opportunity to hear from Elder Uchtdorf in relief society! We were so giddy! I had been looking forward to this all week pondering what he may say or what I would be able to take away from it. I'll just share some of my favorite things that happened and what I ended up taking away. First off we all got to shake his hand and I swear he made eye contact with me as if he knew my every thought! He would have definitely won at a staring contest let me tell ya! We then heard from his wife and she was just the cutest! She told us to just be happy and grateful for the time we have on the mission because it will be gone before we know it, and she is so right it's flying by!

Elder Uchtdorf then addressed us and simply said we are here for a specific purpose and once we realize that we are tools in the Lord's hands we will be so so blessed. He is so right. I seem to always dwell on how much longer I have left or focus so much on the numbers, but it really only matters that everyday I am waking up and preparing myself in a way where Jesus Christ can use my specific talents for his work. Elder Uchtdorf said, "Put on your shoes and go... well put all the rest on too."

I am a missionary and this is my divine purpose. I am so grateful to have experiences on my mission where I can not only help other to grow and come closer to Christ but allow myself to do the same. If I only converted one person on my mission and it was me I would be content knowing that my purpose was to bring myself unto Christ.

Moroni 10: 32 "Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God."

I love you all! Have a great week!

Sister Whitmarsh


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