Hey-oh, team! It's been another crazy and blissful week in the land of Fargo- I seriously can't believe it's already pday again!! Gooooodness, that's the true sign of a busy and beautiful week. We had gorgeous lessons and two exchanges and lovely dinners and AHHH, so much goodness. My soul is truly full of sunshine!! I thought there might be a cute little smiley sunshine emoji to stick at this part, but all I found was this kind of creepy one-...it seems a little biffed! There goes the dream, man oh man! I am getting a little antsy, in all honesty, about the upcoming reality of transfers because life is just so dang good lately...stress-FUL! But alas, we've still got a good two weeks until anything goes down for real, so I'll ignore it all for the time being...yikes!
But really, other than the upcoming and consistently dreadful transfers, life is perfection as of late. We're finding new people to teach and working hard with the lovely members of the Fargo 2nd ward and life is just beautiful. This gospel is true!! The work we're doing is of the Lord!! It's been amazing to recognize that once again this week, and to feel so completely that I am doing the will of my Heavenly Father. He is watching out for each of us, loving us absolutely, guiding and directing our path- He is simply the greatest. I have seen the His hand so much this past week, and it's when I acknowledge with astonishment His guidance that my soul is able to be filled with such sweet sunshine. I was reading in 3 Nephi 2 this morn, and I found myself pondering away verse one- that "the people began to forget the signs and wonders which they had heard, and began to be less and less astonished at a sign or wonder from heaven, insomuch that they began to be blind in their minds, and began to disbelieve all which they had seen and heard". It's so easy in life- even as a missionary!- to be less and less astonished...but I am determined to be joyful and grateful everyday for the tender mercies of the Lord. It makes all the difference!! It makes life meaningful and sunshine enters our soul. It's just the truth! This week was full of moments like that, of noticing and choosing the happiness and allowing Christ to cover the rest. I think that's the secret to good missionary work- allow yourself to be happy! It's the secret to life!!
Goodness, it's just been such a good one. My testimony is growing and I love my mission. I am exactly where I need to be!
Alright, haha, let me tell you about this most lovely week. We kicked it off with a blissful pday spent at the Cook's, where we ziplined (in their backyard, so cool!!), made freezer jam, jumped, played four square and volleyball, and drank pink lemonade while chatting away about life. It was such a perfect day!!
We ate dinner at the beloved Zollinger's following that adventure, and Bro. Z cooked a menagerie of various foods (Sis. Z was running late, haha), which we enjoyed while getting the scoop about how our two faves met. It was precious! They told us about how they were immediate best friends and knew it was right...gah, it was too tender. I adore those Zollingers!!
Yahoo for trampolines!
I also got this perfect mail flip flop from Aunt Jeannie with musical jokes- the best! :)
We planned away for a spell, got Sis. Lien's appointment for the morrow all scheduled up, tried a few less actives, and ended our glorious Monday with a glorious Bro. Kranto lesson- tender mercy of the Lord!! It was so good to see him again, and we taught him about the Sabbath day and the sacrament- it was perfection! Such a good Monday!!
We taught Sis. Moore and Sis. Koon Tuesday morn, and ran off in the afternoon to teach Sis. Lien at Sis. Billings'- it was so sweet!!!! I'm always a tad nervous to introduce our dear investigators to new friends, but they immediately adored each other and life was so good. We taught Sis. Lien about missionary work and obeying and honoring the law...AND WE'RE OFFICIALLY DONE WITH THE LESSONS, AHHHHHH!!! No baptism date yet, BUTTT her son Cody came to institute on Thuesday night and LOOOOOVED it...so I think and hope and pray that good things are coming for our beloved Lien family. Church remains the biggest setback, and we're working hard to figure out how to make it happen...we're fasting and praying oft! Sis. Lien remains the greatest woman on earth, of course, and I just adore her- and, on a totally unrelated note, Sis. Dresser cut her hair!!! OUR BESTIES ARE BECOMING BESTIES, YAHOOOOOO!!!!
We also ate at the Cook's on Tuesday, tried oodles of peeps, and went to institute with our dear Cody...and were able to give him a church tour afterwards, yeehaw!!! It was such a beautiful time! Cody is a total gem, and he even participated in class- it was so sweet!!
And then it was Wednesday- HAPPY ELEVEN MONTHS, AHHHHHH!!!! I still can't believe I've been out on my mission for eleven whole months, and that my time is winding down...it makes me anxious! I handled it all pretty well day off, but we saw Sis. Billings on Thursday and she told me to start praying for the strength to pray about my future and what I should do with my life- GAH, Sis. Billings has a knack for seeing into my soul and stressing me out beyond recognition! I'm officially praying to be able to pray (just like back in the day when I was praying about praying to be serve a mission, lol) and generally feeling stressed- Sis. Clark calls it my mid mission crisis. It's so problematic! But, as the beloved Preach My Gospel says, the only thing that helps you to overcome the general anxiety of life is work- so we've been working hard and seeing miracles and trying not to freak out. It's great, haha!
But, other than the grippling despair of being out eleven months and eventually not being a missionary anymore, Wednesday was such a good day. We taught Sis. Dresser in her salon in the morn and chatted with her about her friend Sandy who's been going through a hard time lately AND THEN WE VISITED HER FRIEND SANDY WITH HER IN THE NIGHT AND AHHHHH, IT WAS THE COOOOOLEST!!!!! I am absolutely obsessed with Sis. Dressssssser!!!! She's the best missionary around because she loves everyone around her with an unobstructed passion- she's the dream! I think if everyone in the world were like unto Sis. Dresser, we'd all be Mormon. It's just the truth! That was the definitely the highlight of our Wednesday and the highlight of life, probably. Yahoo for rogue new investigators found for you by your favorite members!!! LIFE IS SO GOOOOOOD!!!!
We also visited and ate lunch with our dear Sis. White and Sis. Richards on Wednesday, tried the masses and planned away, had Qdoba for dinner to celebrate being an old missionary, and spent our evening teaching Sis. Dresser and Sandy- such a gorgeous day!!
We also, on a total whim, tried the elusive and uncontactable Bro. Jallah following our Neuteboom dinner...AND SAM WAS THERE, AHHHHH!! We taught Sam about three months ago or so, he sat in on a lesson with Bro. Jallah and came to church and then fell off the face of the earth- BUT HE'S BACK AND HE WANTS TO MEET WITH US, AHHHHHH!!! He taught him the Restoration at his doorstep and scheduled a return appointment for today- whatta tender mercy!!
Friday was such a crazy day- we district meeting'd away following a morning of weekly planning, and then I headed off to Detroit Lakes with my beloved Sis. Luker!! It was such a blissful time! Gah, I adore Sis. Luker. She's just the fave! She's my soul sista and we chatted about absolutely everything while driving about DL and teaching the masses. The highlight of exchanges was going to OTTERTAIL, my literal spirit town that I've dreamed of visiting since I got to Fargo- SISTER LUKER MAKES MY DREAMS A REALITY!!! We taught a super cool less active out there and took oodles of pictures- Sis. Luker is my dream woman, man oh man!!! She loves me, people!
Also, look at this magical view. I love Minnesota! :)
Once back to my beloved Fargo on Saturday, we tried away and taught Bro. Klamm and Bro. Daudier and AHHH, it was such goodness. I adore Fargo! This is my place!!
And then it was Sunday- such a beautiful time!! We went on exchanges with the West Fargo sisters (I chilled with the gorgeous Sis. Bennett) and all the miracles happened- JULIANA CAME TO CHURCH, AHHHHHHH!!!! We stopped by her place before church and taught her about the priesthood and priesthood blessings, and then SHE CAME AND BRO. NEUTEBOOM AND BRO. LARSEN GAVE HER A BLESSING AFTERWARDS AND IT WAS JUST PERFECTION!!! My joy was maxed out full, ahhhh! Life is just so good in Fargo!! Bro. Daudier also came, so sweet, and all of our dear missionary friends had their people at church as well- it was just such a good day! Juliana sat by me and I just smiled through it all and AHHHH, Heavenly Father is so good to us.
Juliana and Sis. Bennett- such a miraculous Sunday! :)We also taught the beloved Sis. Koon yesterday, always the best, and ran by Bro. Daudier's, and ate African food with our too cool Juliana- it was just a gorgeous day. I love being a missionary!!! I love this gospel!!!!
Welp, that's my week! It's been a beautiful one, even though I'm nervous about both the upcoming transfer news and the inevitable future...but hey, Fargo is the promised land and life has never been happier! I am so content!! I love you all so much, and I am so grateful for each of you- have the most beautiful week!!