I want to learn how to do a Chinese fan dance!!! Hope will have to teach me when I get home! :) I can't believe school is almost out!!!!!!! Time does go by so quickly! What are your plans for the summer? And I will keep Conner in my prayers, I hope everything gets better for him. Oh and tell Jan Hamilton I Love her and Happy Birthday!! She is one incredible woman!
This week was yet again another awesome week!! Tuesday we went on exchanges in Grand Blanc, I LOVE the sisters we serve soooo much! They are wonderful examples and I get to learn so much from them. Wednesday we had a pretty sweet miracle. We had met this woman last week while walking and asked if we could walk with her. We did for a short time and found out that she is really going through a tough time, we talked a little bit about our church, but then she had to go home. So we had set up a time to meet back up where we had met on the street. Well she didn't show up to the appointment... So we went to check out if she was home, and her apartment didn't exist :( We were pretty bummed, because we felt super good about her, and she seemed pretty interested. Well we were back in that area on Tuesday and decided to knock this door to see if he knew this lady. He did, she lived right behind him! And he was actually super interested, now we are teaching him and his brother in law! Anyways we went to the lady and she let us right in. She talked about how much guilt and shame she has and how she wishes it would just go away. We told her, "We've got a place for you!" And she said "I'm all in!" We're now teaching her!! We just see miracle all over the place! The Lord sends us where we need to be!
We went to MLCM (Missionary Leaders Council Meeting). The mission president instructs the leaders of the mission and helps us become what we need to be. I've been praying and pondering a lot about the calling to be a sister training leader, and I've just felt so inadequate. There are so many fantastic missionaries out here, and I just never felt like I could be an example to them. I've felt like Enoch did in Moses 6: 27-35. The Lord asks him to do be his servant and Enoch says "Why is it that I have found favor in thy sight, and am but a lad, and all the people hate me; for I am slow of speech; wherefore am I thy servant?" The Lord asks us to do things and we often times ask "Why me?" but this is the Lord's reply, "Go forth and do as I have commanded thee, and no man shall pierce thee. Open thy mouth, and it shall be filled, and I will give thee utterance, for all flesh is in my hands, and I will do as seemeth me good." We have to just Go and Do, and he'll help us out! :) I've been out on my mission for almost a year, and I've been a pretty good missionary, but there were times I knew I could be working harder. Since President has expected more of me, I've realized God expects more of me as well. This work is a very important work and I'm only out here for a year and a half! The time is flying by and I want to work my hardest everyday! I've worked harder these last two weeks than I have my whole mission. I'm grateful to be able to serve the sisters out here, but I also think Heavenly Father needs me to change, and putting me in a leadership position is pushing that change in me.
At this meeting we talked about the difference between testimony and conversion. Having a testimony is great! And we need testimonies, but more than that we need to be Converted! Elder Bednar gave a talk called "Converted unto the Lord" He says "a testimony is a personal knowledge of spiritual truth obtained by revelation." Conversion "is a result of revelation from God accompanied by individual repentance, obedience, and diligence." We do need that knowledge, but it's not enough. We need to ACT, we need to repent and change. We need to be obedient to ALL the things God wants us to do. And we have to be diligent in these things, it's not a one time, We're Converted and now I'm done. I'm grateful for the testimony I do have! I know God is real!! He is our father in heaven. I know Jesus Christ is his son. He is the savior of the world. I know Joseph Smith was called to be a prophet of God. And I know that Thomas S. Monson is The Prophet today. And I want to become converted unto the Lord, by now Acting! :)
I LOVE you all sooo much! You are amazing! Have a great week! :)
Love, Sister Tracy