You wouldn't believe how bi-polar the weather is here!! Its 10 times worse here than at home. It makes tracting very interesting. In fact I asked President Neilsen about rainy days and he challenged me to pray for them. Crazy guy. But, Ohio read my mind and the rain has been falling regardless of my prayers. I think the tornadoes happen more towards Kentucky and what not. I actually don't really know.
So far, I love the mission field. It's been so much fun working with the people! The work in Mansfield has been progressing Krissy is going to be baptized on May 16th. She is So So EXCITED. It's amazing to see how much she has changed these past couple weeks. I can't even express how much I love and adore her.
I explained a little bit about the training I had the other day. Let me elaborate on that. At the training we discussed change, and goal setting. We listened to a TON of talks from Apostles and did a few workshops. A few things in particular stood out to me in this meeting:
#1 A disciple of Jesus Christ is constantly striving to be better. A particular quote from Elder Holland is ingrained into my heart, "Be prepared to walk something of the path that Jesus Christ Walked." I like this quote because Jesus Christ did this all alone in order to help me NOT go through this alone. (excerpt from Elder Holland's actual talk "None were with Him" April 2009 "Brothers and sisters, one of the great consolations of this Easter season is that because Jesus walked such a long, lonely path utterly alone, we do not have to do so. His solitary journey brought great company for our little version of that path—the merciful care of our Father in Heaven, the unfailing companionship of this Beloved Son, the consummate gift of the Holy Ghost, angels in heaven, family members on both sides of the veil, prophets and apostles, teachers, leaders, friends. All of these and more have been given as companions for our mortal journey because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and the Restoration of His gospel. Trumpeted from the summit of Calvary is the truth that we will never be left alone nor unaided, even if sometimes we may feel that we are. Truly the Redeemer of us all said: “I will not leave you comfortless: [My Father and] I will come to you [and abide with you].”) 20
#2 Self evaluation and setting goals and plans are worth it. We talked a lot about this because a few of our goals weren't quite up to par. The ultimate goal is to help others receive eternal life, through faith in Jesus Christ and His atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost and enduring to the end. Each day of planning is so crucial now; lives are at stake.
#3 Always remember that I am not in this alone. I still don't quite grasp the concept of this, but I know that I am not alone.I love talking about faith. Since I've been out, one of my FAVORITE scriptures has been Alma 32:21. (And now as I said concerning faith—faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things; therefore if ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen, which are true.) Each time I study it, I see something new. Faith really isn't having a perfect knowledge of things, but if you have ever a twig of faith and do that which is good the Lord will bless you. I combined like 3 Scriptures with that. Sorry.
It's incredible how quickly the weeks have been going by. It was such a blessing being able to find 10 new investigators. My companion and I are planning to take the young women out with us. We want them to see how easy sharing the gospel is. Each day I see miracles. Whether it be someone wanting us to come back and teach them or an answer to a prayer, the miracles happen daily.
By the way, have you watched all of the Mormon Messages that the church has? (Link to Mormon Messages) They are so amazing. A lot of them are tear jerkers.
I love this gospel and I love the people I serve.
Sister Zoe Preston