It has been a fantastic week! Cathy was baptized on Saturday, and she is doing marvelously. She recieved the Gift of the Holy Ghost on Sunday, and after sacrament meeting, she leaned over and whispered that she had felt it--running from the top of her head down to her toes the minute the Bishop had placed his hands on her head. She is so happy with her decision. :) She is already anxious and excited to go to the temple and do baptisms for the dead!
And we press onward. :)
Sister Lybbert and I are really focusing on finding now. We've been doing a lot of biking and tracting and trying to contact people the Elders had worked with before we came. It is exhausting and sometimes discouraging, but everytime someone lets us come back we are charged up to keep going another few weeks. :)
It is strange to me that even now (and with greater frequency) there are things being brought to my attention that I need to do much better as a missionary. I feel like every day I have a variety of epiphanies that only serve to remind me that I am imperfect, and that I still haven't "got it" as a missionary. Sometimes you get so burdened down you just cannot feel successful and you cannot feel the same drive that you used to. Lucky us, we have friends and family (or missionary companions) who remind us of our successes and our gifts. :)
I am so grateful for Sister Lybbert. She keeps me on track--both in accepting my weakness and expecting better every day. I guess the Lord didn't send us here to feel "good about ourselves" all the time, but to learn to have the courage to accept and seek correction while still finding joy and excitement in life.
In fact... I guess all of life is like that.
I read a cool talk this week about the veil that seperates us from God. :) We are teaching a sweet lady about the Gospel, and her greatest struggle is to understand why God would keep us from fully remembering him. This talk really clarified it for me, and hopefully it will help her understand as well.
I know God's plan for us is perfect. And I love when we are prepared enough to recieve a little further understanding on exactly how it's perfect. :) Hopefully someday I can understand perfectly why it is perfect. Until then, I love having prophets, teachers and families to help me understand in quiet and unexplainable ways.
1. Zone Conference two weeks ago. :) My last one!! :(
2. Cathy was baptized! :D
3. Our backyard. :) We live on such a beautiful property. Don't be too jealous of the green...
Have a good week!