Boy that quote definitely fits for me this week. I have some wonderful news!! Both Beverly and Taylor from my last area got baptized in August!! I was able to go to the temple on Thursday and I got to see Both Sister DeBry and Sister Hooker and lots of the people who were in my previous area! It was truly so wonderful and such a great blessing! I really needed it, but I think because we got such a great blessing, there has been such a load of opposition this week! Haha, it's been rough but I've been learning so much about myself and about the people around me. It truly has been a great blessing and miracle.
There were a lot of things that I learned this week. A lot of hard things. It's been very trying, but the Atonement is real. And I'm so grateful for it. Sister Madsen has pretty much been sick for a lot of the week. I got sick as well which was not fun (If you must know it was diarea and bleh stomach stuff) But while she's been sick, I've just been learning how to take care of the area and getting things done. She still has cold systems (We're not really sure where she got it, she kind of just woke up with it) And Yes I did get the book on oils! It's been so fun! I haven't taken a lot of time to read it, but skimming through there was a lot of cool stuff, so I will definitely read it!! And yes I did get to sing in the choir which was super fun. We're also singing in the ward choir (I feel so bad for the director, not a lot of people come) which has been really fun too :)
I think one of the greatest things I learned (And I'm still learning this one :P ) Is how important it is to love the people around me. And to love myself. That I truly can be okay with the person that I am. That I don't have to try to be this ideal perfect image of something that I can't see but imagine what God expects me to be. But that God loves me for me. I don't have to be anyone else. He still loves me even when I fall. He loves me in my imperfection. I'm never going to be happy as I'm trying to be things that I'm not. I'm never going to be happy if I keep trying to be a robot. But when I open up about who I am, when I reveal my true self, I no longer have to be afraid of what people think. It won't matter. I can be me and it's okay. I still haven't figured out how, but God's helping me :) And it's okay.
I hope that everyone is doing well! Life is wonderful and I'm learning so much! God is real and He is good. I am so grateful for Him. And I am so grateful for the people that He has placed in my path to teach me and for the people that He has allowed me to reach out to. What a great blessing (Haha and hardship) it is to be alive. I wouldn't trade it for the world. I wouldn't trade this mission for the world.
Also I still want Ryan's address for when he leaves! Haha, I love that you chased the frogs! I would've totally been there with you! (Oh my goodness there are so many frogs in our apartment complex! It's crazy! And they're HUGE!! They only come out at night or when it rains, but they're so cute haha! We have to be careful where we step because they look like giant leaves!
Anyways, how's everyone doing? Anything new or crazy happening? How's gardening going? How are the gardenias? Have a fantastic week! I love you!