Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Week 38: Transfers

This kind Sir is from Alaska

Transfers are tomorrow and I will be staying here in Lynnwood! It is a very special area all in its own way. Sister Barletta is going to be leaving and so that is sad, but she is off to bigger and better things! I will find out who my new companion is tomorrow (4-26-16) and I am very excited! I love being able to serve with so many different people because of the fact that I get to learn and become better from the things that each companion has to teach me, this so awesome! 

Elle says, "This sister (Sister Foster) has become one of my best friends"

This week was super crazy! Brother Coles is progressing so well! I am honored to be able to teach him. I am super sad he is going to be moving at the beginning of June but that is okay. The Lord is going to take care of him wherever he and his family goes.  We were able to have our Ward Mission Leader come to one of the lessons with him and then the Bishop invited their family and us over for dinner so we could have a lesson with him after! When it is the right thing the Lord makes everything fall into place. But the only way that can happen is if we choose to use our agency wisely.

The District

On Tuesday we got to go and do some yard work for some people and let me tell you, “IT WAS THE MOST AMAZING THING IN THE ENTIRE WORLD!!!” I love yard work and didn't realize how much I missed it. So all of the times I fought you mom you knew this was going to happen, right? Well if not surprise! 
We also had dinner another night with the Paces. They hunt fossils and have quite the collection. That is where I was able to take a picture with the Skull. I don't remember his name but he is from Alaska and has quite a story.

We also got to go a visit a Less Active member and little did I know we were going to be there as long as we were. He as so many different taxidermies animals from around the world in his house. He has been able to go hunt and then get them all taxidermy. I don't think that I spelled that right. He literally has a museum in his home that he has let over 800 people tour. Needless to say we were there for 2 hours and still didn't finish looking at everything. It is so amazing! 

The weather has been really nice the last couple of weeks minus today and so we have been able to go out and contact people! I love talking to everyone. It is so much fun, so when the weather will work with us watch out Lynnwood here we come! 

The home museum 
I have started reading Jesus the Christ and I am only in 100 pages. I love it so far! It has so much information in it. I didn't realize how much of my Savoir I didn't know about! My goal is to finish it by August 11, so this means I am going to have to be reading 6 pages a day, wish me luck. I have been thinking a lot about President Dieter F. Uchtodrfs talk, "He will place you on His shoulders and carry you Home" (Click Here). Someone said to me earlier this week...."It is hard to come to church (do anything like that) when your sins stink." That struck me; here was someone that didn't want to enter the church building because she smelt of cigarettes. I didn't have an answer for that response because it must be hard. I think that would be one of the greatest smells in a church building not the smell of the cigarettes, but of someone trying and doing their best to come back to our Savior. President Uchtodrf says in his talk, "Just as the Good Shepherd finds His lost sheep, if you will only lift up your heart to the Savior of the world, He will find you. “It matters not how completely ruined our lives may seem. It matters not how scarlet our sins, how deep our bitterness, how lonely, abandoned, or broken our hearts may be. Even those who are without hope, who live in despair, who have betrayed trust, surrendered their integrity, or turned away from God can be rebuilt. Save those rare sons of perdition, there is no life so shattered that it cannot be restored." Then he compares it to the parable of the lost sheep. He continues, "To me, the parable of the lost sheep is one of the most hopeful passages in all of the scripture. Our Savior, the Good Shepherd, knows and loves us. He knows and loves you. He knows when you are lost, and He knows where you are. He knows your grief, your silent pleadings, your fears, your tears. It matters not how you became lost-whether because of your own poor choices or because of circumstances beyond your control. What matters is that you are His child. And He loves you. He loves His children." I think that it is all so true. I do know that there is nothing we can do that will make our Savior ever turn away from us. His hand will always be out stretched and we can always come home.

I love you all so much and I hope that you have an amazing week!

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