The title of this email is not exaggerating in the least. March is going to be crazy!.. Crazy awesome that is!
1. Tomorrow: Elder Fielding called to tell us that we have transfer news. :( ... I'm super sad to leave Sister Sorensen.. but I'm super excited because I'm going to Oshawa!! Right on the lake. I'll get to go on exchanges in all the northwest sister areas of the mission. My new companion is Sister Zerkle. Sister Zerkle is the first person I ever went on exchanges with. It's going to be good. Sister Sorensen's new companion is Sister Edwards!!
2. 22 March: (this is really number one but we'll go in chronological order) Elder Bednar, Elder Soares, and Bishop Davies are coming to our mission!!!! At zone conference we were asked to diligently study 3 talks by Elder Bednar: "Seek Learning by Faith", "Ask in Faith", and "Converted Unto the Lord"... they're all really good if you want to read them. The spirit is going to be incredible not only because of our guests, but also because it will be the first time in history the whole mission is under one roof. President Scott also told us at zone conference if we aren't spiritually prepared, or in the right mind set, then to please not come. This is serious business.
3. 29 March: First ever Women's General Meeting! (This is also the mission temple trip date.. but of course I see the temple everyday for 4 months and then leave right before I can go inside!).. and then it's general conference. Life is so good. :]
Don't worry.. I'm taking March day by day.. especially since it's warming up. Single digit negatives! Woo! Sister Sorensen and I even went outside for exercise on Saturday. That's a miracle in itself.
..I'm really happy to be a missionary and learn all that I get to learn. One of my favorite scriptures is 1 Chronicles 28:9-10...
"And thou, [Sister Waldron my daughter], know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the Lord searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever. Take heed now; for the Lord hath chosen thee to [serve a mission]: be strong, and do it."
Over and over I ask myself and missionaries around me how we can develop a closer relationship to the Savior and be the missionaries we need to be. This scripture tells us. It takes our heart, our will, and our determination to seek, take heed, and do.
Lori used to tell us all the time at softball practice that skills are important. If you don't have the fundamentals there's very little you can do. But skills can only take you so far. Lots of people have 'skill'. The key to true success is playing with heart. And when you're absolutely exhausted you pull some more heart out of your back pocket and you keep going. You might win if you rely on your skills- but you will have truly succeeded if you play with heart. Same thing goes for missionary work. Skills are important. The fundamentals are crucial. But when all is said and done, we are successful missionaries when we serve with a "perfect heart and with a willing mind." And when the Lord asks us to do hard things (most of the things that He asks of us are hard) we just "be strong, and do it." That's what makes the difference.
I love you lots and lots and lots! Have a wonderful, marvelous week!! I hope you get to wear capris!! :]
Love, Sister Aubrie