We are going back and forth today between our old and new apartment, cleaning, unpacking, packing, and doing laundry. It’ll be a little bit of a chore-filled day, but it’s actually very therapeutic to clean. It clears my mind and you can see what you are accomplishing. My good friend, Sister Schafer (from Germany), once told me she loves to vacuum because you can see where you have been and what you have done. I identify. Not all work is immediately gratifying like that. And it really isn’t supposed to be. So I guess this is just a plug for being grateful for the instant gratification that comes from cleaning. Now go do your house cleaning! Just kidding. But really. No, read your scriptures first and pray, if you haven’t done that already. Then clean. Ok, I’m done.
Anyway, next week is our transfers! I’ll have news next time as to whether or not I’m shipped out, staying put, getting a new companion, etc. It will be exciting! All I know is that I am involved in the greatest work I could ever imagine and I can’t think of a better use of my time.
When I was still at the MTC, I had an experience one night walking back from a devotional that opened my eyes to the enormity of this work (it at least opened my eyes a little bit). While we walked along the sidewalks of BYU’s campus and back along the road to the MTC campus, I could see nothing but a sea of missionaries, walking in the strength of great numbers, emitting an energy of wonder, strength, untapped power, beautiful imperfection, and trust in the Lord. I was all at once hit with the thought of how big this work is; so much bigger than I could ever imagine. I am one of 80,000 or so of my Father’s children who are preaching the same gospel, all over the world, doing the same work, and seeing miracles daily. And then, as I have watched my mother working with vigor and excitement to complete Family History work from afar, I think of how much wider even than 80,000 missionaries this work stretches. The work on both sides of the veil is ENORMOUS. It is so much bigger than me, and yet it is so personal.
I marvel at the hand of the Lord in the lives of everyone I see, every day. I stand in awe at the way He directs His work, and His workers. I can thing of no better cause to be dedicated to, and no better use of my time, talents, energy, and efforts. And right now I get to channel all of that into the work in the Kanab Stake. What could be better?!?
I love you all so much. Did you know that? You cross my mind daily, I use what I’ve learned from you all the time, and I am so grateful for all that you are and mean to me. I wish you all the best in all things, always. Truly.
Much love and rice and beans,
Hymn of the week: (click on the photo)
This has been showing up everywhere, and is such a tender mercy. Shout out to Paul Grigg and Hannah Hyde Bayles! I love you both, and I love this hymn.
I DO believe in Christ.
Conference talk of the week: (click on the photo)