We got dumped on this week!! So much snow. But hey, creating even more memories, so I can't complain... Too much ;) I will have to say though in my opinion Arizona is the promised land! I'll take the sunshine everyday, no problemo!
We've had numerous events occur this week. The last week of a transfer for me is usually the most stressful. And I somehow always end up getting a big, fat zit because of it. It feels like an eternity waiting and waiting and waiting to find out your fate for next transfer. And I had good reason to get a big, fat zit... So good news, I am staying here in my favorite place!! Morehead and all the people here have my heart. And I get to train again!! Woot woot :) I'm excited to get this opportunity again. I for sure have seen the most growth in myself when I have trained, so this will be an awesome time. I can already feel how tired I will be, but hey being slap happy can be fun!
So, sadly this was Sister Campbell's last full week as a missionary. And a full week indeed! We had a very spiritual first lesson with a family we are teaching right now. After walking out of this lesson, I realized I am probably the most happiest when I am teaching others about the gospel. It's just so amazing to share with someone something I treasure in my heart so much. And to be able to promise them how much knowledge and light can be opened up to them, as they discover this truth for themselves. Teaching the gospel is thrilling, give it a try :)
We also got to attend another church this week and that was eye opening. To be honest, I was quite terrified to go to this church. I didn't know what to expect, or if I would be called out, or what would be said. After praying about it, I knew it would be okay for us to attend this church with our investigators. I feel like I needed this experience to teach me and place me in the shoes of the people we invite to church so often. I realized that I need to explain more clearly what would be taking place, so others won't have my same fears. And who knows maybe more people would come if they knew what to expect.
Also, attending this other church showed me that there is a lot of goodness out there in the world. There are truths, but only The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints containes the fullness of Jesus Christ's gospel. I noticed how I was moved by the pastor's words, but I never felt the holy ghost. I am so thankful throughout my time here serving the Lord, I have come to more fully see how the spirit communicates with me. I have less confusion about when the holy ghost is speaking to me. The gift of the holy ghost is one of the greatest prizes we could ever have in this life. We will know truth, and never forget the experiences we have when the holy ghost teaches and testifies to us. Clarity will cast off confusion.
Helaman 5:8 says, "And now my sons, behold I have somewhat more to desire of you, which desire is, that ye may not do these things that ye may boast, but that ye may do these things to lay up for yourselves a treasure in heaven, yea, which is eternal, and which fadeth not away; yea, that ye may have that precious gift of eternal life, which we have reason to suppose hath been given to our fathers."
A father is pleading with his sons to be watchful of what they desire in life. After reading this I had the thought to make two lists. One for what will fade away in my life. And the other was a list for my kingdom in Heaven. There are so many things the adversary puts into our minds to make us think are important, but really have no eternal significance. In reality, it's just a distraction from what's really important. If we can see what will fade away and see what's binding and everlasting, our priorities can be in check. What once may have seemed like the end of the world, won't even be a crisis anymore because it doesn't matter for YOUR kingdom in Heaven!! I invite you all to make these two lists for your own life. By doing this I was able to regain and realign my focus on what is eternal.
Remember who's voice matters most, do the best you can in the moment, and darkness and light cannot occupy the same space at the same time, SO choose the light!!
Sister Lauren Ashlee Ludwig
Ps. Our email server has been acting up lately, and sometimes delaying emails or not allowing us to recieve emails at all... So If I don't reply it's probably because I didn't get your email that day or ever, but I still love ya!
1. And the Book of Mormon😉
2. Our member has a fiddle shop and showed us around! It was so cool!
3. The snow is warming up to me😊 (there's your pun AJ)
4. Sister Campbell's funeral... I'll miss her so much💔