Wednesday, September 28, 2016

My Soul Delighteth ...

Hi everyone!! This week has been soooooooo busy and crazy! Full of running around, changes and the hole shabang. First off my companion Sister Christoffersen went home back to Arkansas. So when I went to drop her off I saw my other two companies - Sister Christiansen and Sister Erickson, who were also going home. I tried to be a big girl and not cry --  but I could hold it in. I was a mess. They all looked so good and I has so happy that they are going to go see their families, but I will miss their huge hugs and smiling faces. Everyone I knew is going home!! So, not cool.... because that means that I am a oldie out here in the mission.

I spent the week with the the Northridge sisters --  was a lot of fun and super busy trying to handle three Ward with lots of appts.   Miracle!! So when I was with the Northridge sisters we went to one of their recent convert houses and I met this guy- Carlos. He is YSA and super cool! I asked if he would want to join us for church on Sunday and he said yes! Sunday comes and one of our awesome members, Zach walked in with Carlos and sits on our bench. He stayed the full time and is going to hang out with some of the members on Monday.... well yesterday! Everything is coming together and it is fun to see

Cool highlight about this week was that I got to go to see Kelly's baptism!! I taught Kelly a lot but then found out she lived in the Roseville mission. So we had to have their missionaries take over teaching her. That was super sad!  BUT to see her come out of the water and having her burdens lifted just made my joy meter overflow!! I love her sooooo much!! 

Then Saturday night was General Women's Broadcast. It was amazing!  I felt like Elder Utchdorf's was talking to me. The right guidance at the right time I guess. Cool how the Lord does that, right?! 

Sooo transfers.... I got called to stay completely the same except my new companion is Sister Munk! She served in my last two areas so it is fun to hear how they have changed and such. I know that we are going to have a lot of fun!! She is from Bountiful Utah and one of the sweetest sisters I have ever met! 

I have been studying 2 Nephi chapter 4.  Mostly from verse 15 onward -- 
 I read it before and liked it 
but after studying it more and at the point of life I am living right now I just love it. 
A prayer of faith in the Lord and an example of humility -- 
showing me that I need to see how much the Lord has been there for me me (those tender mercies) 
I just love it ! 

15 And upon these I write the things of my soul, 
and many of the scriptures which are 
engraven upon the plates of brass. 
For my soul delighteth in the scriptures, 
and my heart pondereth them, 
and writeth them for the learning 
and the profit of my children. 
16 Behold, my soul delighteth in the things of the Lord; 
and my heart pondereth continually 
upon the things which I have seen and heard.
 17 Nevertheless, notwithstanding the great goodness of the Lord, 
in showing me his great and marvelous works, my heart exclaimeth: 
O wretched man that I am! 
Yea, my heart sorroweth because of my flesh; 
my soul grieveth because of mine iniquities.
 18 I am encompassed about, 
because of the temptations and 
the sins which do so easily beset me.
 19 And when I desire to rejoice, 
my heart groaneth because of my sins; 
I know in whom I have trusted.
 20 My God hath been my support; 
he hath led me through mine afflictions in the wilderness; 
and he hath preserved me upon the waters of the great deep.
 21 He hath filled me with his love, 
even unto the consuming of my flesh.
 22 He hath confounded mine enemies, 
unto the causing of them to quake before me.
 23 Behold, he hath heard my cry by day,
 and he hath given me knowledge by visions in the night-time.
 24 And by day have I waxed bold in mighty prayer before him;
 yea, my voice have I sent up on high; 
and angels came down and ministered unto me.
 25 And upon the wings of his Spirit hath my body been carried away 
upon exceedingly high mountains. 
And mine eyes have beheld great things, yea, even too great for man; 
therefore I was bidden that I should not write them.
 26 O then, if I have seen so great things, 
if the Lord in his condescension unto the children of men hath visited men in so much mercy, why should my heart weep and my soul linger in the valley of sorrow, and my flesh waste away, and my strength slacken, because of mine afflictions?
 27 And why should I yield to sin, because of my flesh? 
Yea, why should I give way to temptations,
that the evil one have place in my heart to destroy my peace and afflict my soul?  
Why am I angry because of mine enemy? 
 28 Awake, my soul! 
No longer droop in sin. 
Rejoice, my heart,
 and give place no more for the enemy of my soul.
 29 Do not anger again because of mine enemies. 
Do not slacken my strength because of mine afflictions.
 30 Rejoice, O my heart, and cry unto the Lord, and say: 
O Lord, I will praise thee forever;
yea, my soul will rejoice in thee, my God, and the rock of my salvation.
 31 O Lord, wilt thou redeem my soul? 
Wilt thou deliver me out of the hands of mine enemies? 
Wilt thou make me that I may shake at the appearance of sin?
 32 May the gates of hell be shut continually before me, 
because that my heart is broken and my spirit is contrite! 
O Lord, wilt thou not shut the gates of thy righteousness before me, 
that I may walk in the path of the low valley, 
that I may be strict in the plain road!
 33 O Lord, wilt thou encircle me around in the robe of thy righteousness! 
O Lord, wilt thou make a way for mine escape before mine enemies! 
Wilt thou make my path straight before me! 
Wilt thou not place a stumbling block in my way—
but that thou wouldst clear my way before me, 
and hedge not up my way, but the ways of mine enemy.
 34 O Lord, I have trusted in thee, and I will trust in thee forever. 
I will not put my trust in the arm of flesh; 
for I know that cursed is he that putteth his trust in the arm of flesh. 
Yea, cursed is he that putteth his trust in man or maketh flesh his arm.
 35 Yea, I know that God will give liberally to him that asketh. Yea, my God will give me, 
if I ask not amiss; therefore I will lift up my voice unto thee; 
yea, I will cry unto thee, my God, the rock of my righteousness. 
Behold, my voice shall forever ascend up unto thee, my rock and mine everlasting God. Amen.

Oh! We went to the Temple today and I loved it sooooooo much.
 Every time I go I feel peace and love. 
I got to see some members in the previous wards I served in and it was so nice! 

We also "contacted" this guy on a motorcycle and gave him a Book of Mormon. 

Hope you all have a great week!

Hurrah for Israel!

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