Monday, April 24, 2017

Oh How Great the Plan of Our God

Diane passed away this morning. We went over this morning as soon as her daughter called us. 
It's hard to loose someone you love, but at the same time it's a relief to know that she's not in pain anymore. She's with her two sons that she's lost and her husband. 
It's wonderful to know that we have a plan mapped out for us bu our Father in Heaven, and that we know where we're going. We know that we're going to be back with our families again and with God. 
I know that I'll see Diane again one day, and all of the other people who have passed before me. I know that we will live again. I love Heavenly Father's plan for us, and that through it we can have hope. 

https://www.lds.org/ensign/2016/11/saturday-morning-session/o-how-great-the-plan-of-our-god?lang=eng

1. we went to the temple together as a zone. It's always comforting to be in the House of the Lord.



Monday, April 17, 2017

Live by faith. Not fear.


This week was super slow, but super exhausting all at the same time. 
So since I'm going home in a hot second, and by a hot second I mean a few months, I decided to sell my bicycle to the mission. SO in the mean time I'm using a mission bike.
All in the same night, actually within 5 minutes of each other, ..Sister Johnson's light broke, my kick stand fell off, and my seat broke. So we're just struggling over here. 
We went over to Diane and Debi's house this week and helped Diane with her family history. She wanted to see how much of her family's work has been done. SO I helped her with connecting her family search, ancestry, and lds.org accounts. Turns out..up to 6 generations of work in her family have been done! Miracles.
Sister Johnson and I this week were talking about how we can find joy in things that Heavenly Father gives us. 
Our stake performed Handel's Messiah. We didn't get to go to the performance, but we did get the privilege of hearing them practice. It was angelic, and hearing it in person was amazing. As I've been pondering the things that give me joy, I was thinking about when I first came on my mission. It was SO HARD for me to find joy and beauty here in Arizona. I've realized that there is beauty in everything, and you can find joy in everything around you. For example, my favorite things are classical music, the sunsets on the Superstition mountains, the stars, and lightening storms over the desert. These things somehow prove to me that God is real. These simple things to ME let me know that He cares about me and knows the things that I love the most, and that if you look around you can find things in your every day life that Heavenly Father gives us that can bring us joy and happiness. Find things that bring you peace. 

https://www.mormon.org/easter/principles-of-peace/faith

1. The lovely Diane
2. Sister Olson came to visit! 
3. Easter with the Hawkes
4. What we do in weekly planning (everything BUT plan)
5. fortunes s







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Monday, April 10, 2017

Ask of God


This week was absolutely amazing. After the week my companion and I have had..I could never deny Heavenly Father or this Gospel. 
It started off with Diane and her baptism. Diane has stage 4 cancer, and she wasn't doing well at all when we went over Wednesday morning. She and her daughters told us that she wanted to get baptized before she passed. It was amazing how everyone got together and worked together to make her baptism happen. Our ward mission leader, Bishop, and a member of our mission presidency (President Lowder) came over to give her a blessing and talk to her about being baptized. When we first got to Diane's house..she could barely speak and she was in so much pain. After her blessing she was herself again. She was still in pain, but she was talking, eating, and had so much energy. President Lowder called a member who has a patient transport business, and he came to Diane's house and loaded her up on a stretcher, and drove her to the church building. There the elders, along with president Lowder, carried her into the font and baptized her. The spirit was so strong during her baptism. All I could do was sit there and cry - a good cry of course. I know I had nothing to do with this miracle that happened. 
Saturday we went to the Rockin R Ranch and helped with a special needs fundraiser. I love those kids. Their spirits are so sweet, pure, and kind. 
This week we also got to go to a sealing of a family in our ward. 
It makes me so excited to one day be sealed to my own family so soon! 
 I know Heavenly Father knows the desires of our hearts, and that if we just ask..He will help us. He is always waiting there, willing to help us. 
https://history.lds.org/story/first-vision?lang=eng
1. Some of the Sisters 
2. Sister Weyand and I
3. Frog Legs
4. DIANE'S BAPTISM!
5. After the baptism
6. The Buchholzer fam 










Monday, April 3, 2017

#PrinceOfPeace

Just another rad week as a missionary in the AGM. 
Sister Johnson and I had a fun time together this week!
Diane, our investigator and one of my favorite people, was supposed to get baptized yesterday. We taught her 3 of the lessons this week and had her baptism interview.  Well Diane has stage 4 cancer, and this WHOLE week wore her out so much that she was in too much pain to have her baptism yesterday, so we're rescheduling it for this week! It's kind of a miracle that she didn't get baptized yesterday because her other daughter is coming into town today! So she'll end up being here for Diane's baptism. Everything happens for a reason.
On Wednesday we had zone conference. We got together with the Highland and Gilbert Zones, and got trained by our Mission President, his wife, and the Assistants. It's so awesome to be able to be spiritually fed and to grow and learn more about Our Savior. 
Speaking of..I loved General Conference this weekend. It was so amazing. I may or may not have teared up a few times during the talks. Everyone who spoke in Conference was inspired by Heavenly Father in what they needed to say. There is no doubt about that. My favorite talk was Elder Holland's talk in the Saturday Afternoon session. 
In it he says:" Among the realities we face as children of God living in a fallen world is that some days are difficult, days when our faith and our fortitude are tested. These challenges may come from a lack in us, a lack in others, or just a lack in life, but whatever the reasons, we find they can rob us of songs we so much want to sing and darken the promise of “springtime in [the] soul” that Eliza Hewitt celebrates in one of her verses
Brothers and sisters, we live in a mortal world with many songs we cannot or do not yet sing. But I plead with each one of us to stay permanently and faithfully in the choir, where we will be able to savor forever that most precious anthem of all—“the song of redeeming love”. Fortunately, the seats for this particular number are limitless. … “Come as you are,” a loving Father says to each of us, but He adds, “Don’t plan to stay as you are.” We smile and remember that God is determined to make of us more than we thought we could be."
I love the Savior and everything that He has done for us. Without Him and without our Father in Heaven and their guidance I know that I would be lost. I love the Savior and the fact that he performed the Atonement for us. He has felt EVERY pain, loss, suffering - everything that we have, and because of that we have someone to turn to. We have an instant best friend. He want us to be His friend, to get to know Him. So get to know our Savior and our Heavenly Father. Learn about them. Come to find peace through them.  https://youtu.be/Ly9xk59Qkfc