Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Last chance to WORK HARD Weekly email #79

EVERYONE! This is my last email home as a missionary. WOW! I can hardly believe it. 

This week we did some service for people in the Jamul ward. (said ha-mool) We were moving logs and sticks and they had been cut down recently, so it was REALLY HEAVY! I got some good scrapes on my arm and my arms were SUPER sore for 2 days. Serving was fun, though. 

Regina, the investigator that was going to get baptized this week, moved to Arizona to live with her dad. There was a crazy situation and to fix the problem her dad just had her and her brother come live with him. So she's not getting baptized this week. =[

Also, a recently baptized member of the ward decided she doesn't want to come to church anymore. That was a blow. Sister Latham took it really hard. 

We added a new investigator this week. His name is Tim. He wants to know what God wants him to do. His girlfriend is a less-active that wants to come back to church. We have high hopes for them! (on a slightly unrelated note, I made my first appointment for a time that I knew I wouldn't be there. It was weird.) 

On Saturday morning Yolanda tried to drop us. But we went to the Mormon Battalion with them that night and their family had a blast! We're not quite sure if we're dropped or not. We'll call them on Wednesday

Sister Latham and I are speaking in sacrament meeting this week. It's funny because it's like my farewell talk for my mission. Sister Latham announced that in ward council this week so everyone knows. It's alright, though. I'm embracing the fact that I'm going home without slowing down the work. I think I'm balanced. 

I had my last district and zone meetings this week. I gave my departing testimony in each of them. I tried to make sure it was a testimony and not a "thank-a-mony" or just things that I learned. I feel like my testimony has grown a lot since I've been on my mission. I already knew the gospel was true, but I feel like I'm been here testifying of it to people my testimony has become solidified, .......or.....I can't think of the word. I guess I'll just share a scripture with you to try and describe my mission: 

Alma 26:16  Therefore, let us glory, yea, we will glory in the Lord; yea, we will rejoice, for our joy is full; yea, we will praise our God forever. Behold, who can glory too much in the Lord? Yea, who can say too much of his great power, and of his mercy, and of his long-suffering towards the children of men? Behold, I say unto you, I cannot say the smallest part which I feel.

My mission has been hard. I've been looking forward to coming home since the beginning, and along the way I discovered I loved what I was doing. I have purpose and I know that I'm doing exactly what the Lord wants me to be doing. My spirit is never hungry because I feed it every day. I loved helping people. I wonder if I've helped everyone that I could have. I hope so. I know the Lord has a plan for me that is better than my own. And while it's taken me a long time to learn this, I love God more than anyone. I want to keep that up and be a missionary my whole life. What point is there in enjoying the blessings of the gospel unless we share it? One more scripture:

D&C 15:6 And now, behold, I say unto you, that the thing which will be of the most worth unto you will be to declare repentance unto this people, that you may bring souls unto me, that you may rest with them in the kingdom of my Father. Amen.

Mom and Dad, I can hardly wait to see you in ONE WEEK. I have to use lavender and relaxation techniques to fall asleep at night. XD I'm excited. I love you all!!! 

-Sister Bishop 

pic 1 - outside the mission office. 

pic 2 - reference to the temple on a magazine about San Diego

pic 3 - last district meeting (the writing in Arabic above us translates into "I know a little Arabic)

pic 4 - last zone meeting 

pic 5 - my companion is so blonde! 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

No!!! Only two more weeks! One more email. Weekly email #78

Hey family!!! 

The temple today was wonderful. As always. We ate in the temple cafeteria, and it was kind of expensive. Just make a note. But it was really good! 

I am late on this, but happy late birthday to Rachael and Taggart Bishop, and happy early birthday to Todd!!! Hope it's wonderful  in London. 

This week I did splits with Sister Arrington!!!! (woman we live with) We do splits all the time now because that's the only way to get things done. On Friday night we called so many people to try and do splits, but we could only find one lady. In desperation we called Sister Arrington and explained splits and she agreed to help us. It was fantastic!!! It really was a lot of fun being with her. 

Maybe I told you all about Regina, a 15 year old girl, friend of a member.......anyway. On Sunday she accepted a baptismal date for september 13th!!!! (I selfishly hope we're able to get her baptized on that day because that's my last Saturday. PRAY FOR HER!!!!!) (see pic 1 for a picture of Regina) She is a very sweet girl. 

Umm.......I read a great scripture this morning that helped me as I was wondering how I could make sure I fear God more than man. From 2 Nephi 8:12

I am he; yea, I am he that comforteth you. Behold, who art thou, that thou shouldst be afraid of man, who shall die, and of the son of man, who shall be made like unto grass? 

Just some food for thought. 

We had a visit with Susie Hawes, who is working on coming back to church. She was expressing how it was hard to come to church because of transportation issues and her husband kind of gives her a hard time when she goes, but she came!!!! I just connect really well with Susie, so I had to get a picture. (see pic 3)

It's wonderful to see people progressing. It's really weird  that I'm making plans and extending baptismal date invitations for a time when I won't be here. I can hardly believe the time is coming to a close, and other times seems like it. Only one more email home!!!!! Wowee. Love you all!!!! -Sister Bishop 

pic 1 - Sister Latham, Regina, Amber (member) and myself 

pic 2 - a project I undertook while Sister Latham was doing language study. (all the letters I've received while on my mission)

pic 3 - Susie Hawes and her son, Jeremy (or P-nut)