Last Wednesday was zone conference and It was probably my favorite one we have had. One of the focuses was joy, and how we can feel joy on our missions! Joy is the fruit of pur spirits, a key to spiritual survival! And when we have joy it increases our desire to do the lord work. Joy truly is a principle of power! The night before zone conference at 9:30 we got a call from the AP's asking if I could play the mission song the next morning at conference. Me being me and trying to be enthusiastic said of course! Not realizing I would be having to learn a very challenging song in 1 hour. So the next morning comes and I still cant play it through. Soooo I decided to play top hand and sister trepanier played bottom hand. We played it through once and called it good. Zone conference was 6 hours long, and at the end we finally got to play the song. Let me just day it was the BIGGEST fail of my life. I couldn't play the intro. Everyone was just staring and the elder leading the music looked at me panicked. I apologized to the 80 missionaries in the room and tried to start it for a 4th time. After a pep up fro. The crowd we were finally able to get through the song snd played it perfectly. I just had a slight moment of panic. WHICH IS NOT LIKE ME AT ALL. I perform all the time! Man it was a weird moment. Good thing missionaries are the most forgiving people so I was fine after. Man i was on a spiritual high the rest of the day. Zone conference was just soooo good!
We taught Emma and then Susie right after! Emma is 20 and has been progressing slowly but shes getting there! Emma is a a very logical person, so it's been hard for her to accept things because she wants proof for things, and to understand everything now. we are helping her to understand we cant know everything all at once, nor will we ever know everything! Somethings we will simply never understand and we just need to have faith in our heavenly father and faith that that knowledge will come one day! Susie is 68 and so amazing. Susie finally excepted a date! Because its summer and some things have happened it won't be until September, but I'm so excited for her and so proud of her for wanting to make this commitment! Later in the day president walton our stake president invited to what's calledthe stake packet meeting. The zone leaders, stake presidency, and mission presidency all attend. And for some reason we got invited haha. We went and it was so cool to see what goes into helping each stake grow! At the end they asked me to bare my testimony on what we call the 21 day plan (a plan for new people we teach) and how it has helped with the work. It was such a great opportunity for me to stand in front of all my leaders and bare my testimony of the work, and talk about the work we have done. It was such a good experience to take place in that meeting, and get to share our thoughts and testimonies.
Saturday was so fun! We did service at old town and then went finding all day! After finding we hadthe opportunity to go to a Padres game! It was previously known as mormon night, and now called just serve night! So all the members get a discount to the game. Sister circuit and her baseball family bought us tickets and were going to take us, but ended up not being able to go. So sister Kirk ended up taking us instead! Sister circuit spoiled us and got us super good tickets. It was such a fun night, and so cool to see so many members and missionaries! And in case anyone wondering the Braves won in the 11th inning. Lots of disappointment fans at the Padres that night Haha.
Sunday I was asked by the bishops wife to sing for her sons welcome home! I decided to sing "Be thou my vision" which Is an old Irish hymn. Sister Trepanier played the piano and we found someone to play the cello for us. We did it for the 7th ward and after bishop wing of the YSA asked us to do it again for the ysa ward right after! So we got to do it twice. It was sooo good. As I've said before is my favorite way to share my testimony, and such a powerful way to do so.
I love every moment of my mission. Even the hardest days I still find JOY in the work. I am so grateful for all the opportunities I've had this far, and in looking forward to the next 12 1/2 months! Time is flying!
I love you all so much! Thank you for all your continual support and prayers. I can feel it ❤ I hope this week you can all look for ways to find joy in your lives. Even when it gets hard! Have a great week!
Kaitlyn.firstname.lastname@example.org 7404 Armstrong PlSan Diego CA 92111-4912United State
1. Zone 1!2.our free 7/11 slurpys on 7/113. The elders wanted a dramatic photo4.padres game5.cute sister Stubbs 6.sis kirk and us at the game7.qts at Scripps cliffs8.zone hike9.we love ice cream