Date

April 25, 2016

Area

Laguna Beach Ward

Companion

Sister Hannah Rolfson

small and simple moments

Ok so... this week has been super looong. We did get our car back. Yay!! But it was just a crazy hectic week and we ended up covering two extra shifts at the temple tent this week, and going to spend most of Saturday with a sick sister and her companion to help them get work done in their area, so it really feels like we didn't get a whole lot done this week :(  But we are bound and determined to do more next week!

So I wanted to share an experience we had this week. Friday morning I just wasn't feeling very well, and I asked Sister Rolfson if we could go out for lunch instead of eating at the apartment because I thought it might help me cheer up. So we went to a little restaurant and got some sandwiches, and while we were sitting there eating, I was just kinda zoned out observing the people around us. People are so interesting. Anyway, I'm pretty good at tuning out and ignoring music when we're in public because it's distracting. But then this song came on that I knew from a couple years ago and for whatever reason, I just couldn't tune it out. It was making me really uncomfortable and I just felt like the Spirit totally left the second it came on. I decided to ignore it at first, but then I realized, "It's just not worth it." It's just not worth it to lose the Spirit. So I super awkwardly asked Sister Rolfson if we could leave and we packed up and hurried out. As soon as we left, she told me she had felt like we should go, too. We both felt so much better the second we were out of earshot and it was just one of those moments where I know Heavenly Father was teaching me in a small and simple way.

I love this scripture I read this week: "You know, brethren, that a very large ship is benefited very much by a very small helm in the time of a storm, by being kept workways with the wind and the waves." (D&C 123:16) I think most of the time, that is how God works with us and teaches us. Small adjustments, small promptings, small choices, that add up to big changes. It reminds me of how Elder David A. Bednar describes converson as small, consistent steps in several of his talks. I know that when we consistently choose to follow God's commands and directions, we will be kept safe from the storm. The waves and the thunder may not go away, but we will make it safely home. Our way will be lit by His light and we will find His strength as we turn to Him. I LOVE this song, "Brightly beams our Father's mercy, from His lighthouse evermore. But to us He gives the keeping of the lights along the shore. Let the lower lights be burning, send a gleam across the wave - some poor fainting, struggling seaman, you may rescue, you may save." The little moments do matter. As we choose Christ, we choose right. (President Monson) And I know that as we do so, we can light the way for others who need it.

I know it's short this week but I've gotta get going, so I love you! I'll write more later! :)
Sister Heather Bambas

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Sister Heather Bambas
California Irvine Mission
<a href="mailto:heather.bambas@myldsmail.net" target="_blank">heather.bambas@myldsmail.net</a>




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