Monthly Archives: August 2014

8/18/2014

HELLO FAMILY!!!!!
Yall sound like yall have had quite the week…. The sister’s name is Tami Reeves.  She is looking for a sister Smith as well.  ha ha!  I am confident that Katie will make a fabulous, powerful missionary!  I can’t wait to hear all about her experiences!  How is Zack? Can I be included in the email chain?   I can’t wait to hear how Miriam and Caleb like school and all the fun things they will be doing.  Miriam can date now right…? 😉  Fun stories to come I hope.
Thanks for yall’s strong testimonies and faith that everything will work out.  I too know that as long as we are faithful in keeping the commandments of god, that He will take care of us.  I studied 1Nephi 18 this morning, which is Nephi telling about when they are on the ship heading to the promised land and his brethren and the daughters of Ishmale become very rude and they decide to tie Nephi up and that is when everything goes wrong, the liahona stops working and strong storms arise and begin to push the ship backward.  Nephi stays tied up there for 4 days and then his brethren finally humble themselves and decide to loose Nephi who takes hold of the liahona and is able to direct the ship back on coarse to the promised land (America).  Nephi explains how he counted his blessings the entire time he was tied up.  He refused to murmur against God, but gave thanks instead in the midst of his afflictions.  That is courage!  I want to be so much more like Nephi.  I know that as we all strive to develop attitudes of gratitude and continually offer thanks for the many blessings the Lord has given to us that no matter what happens, we will be alright.  thank yall for yall’s constant examples of this to me!
 
One of the most important and probably hardest lessons I have learned during the past 16 months is how to be happy and have fun in difficult (sometimes unfair) circumstances. This is what the gospel of Jesus Christ does for me, allows me to have a perfect brightness of hope even in the deepest, darkest moments and experiences of my life. Happiness, for me at least, has become when I roll my eyes at the urge to give up or complain or be discouraged or sad. Yes it has been and continues to be difficult to find people who are genuinely interested in listening to and acting on the message that we share here in Madison, but Sister Olsen and I are working as hard as we can (seeking to improve every day by tweaking the tiniest things) having such a BLAST!


Life is hard. Bad things happen to good, righteous, honest people. Being a member of the church doesn’t fix those things. It doesn’t mean that we won’t experience pain or sorrow or disappointment, or even sometimes be angry or hurt and wonder why the Lord is allowing or has allowed something to happen. It DOES mean that we can have the spirit of the Lord to be with us always if we are living the way He has asked. It Does mean that we can find true and lasting joy in the midst of our pain and rough experiences. It DOES mean that we have a huge support system who won’t ever give up on us and that the Prophet of the Lord prays for us. It means that we have an army of spirits ready and willing to bear us up and push our handcart(s). It means deep abiding peace and confidence in the Lord.

Yesterday I received a letter from a young lady who recently returned to Alabama from school in Idaho. About a week or so previously I had seen her sitting alone in Relief society and decided to go sit by her and we got to chat a little bit. In her letter to me, she thanked me for doing so, and explained that I was an answer to her prayers.
Earlier today when Sister Olsen and I went to the library to take the survey we were asked to take part in, there was a gentleman we had met before (someone that another set of sisters in our mission had met and were working with) and took the time to listen to and invited to watch a certain Mormon message that would help him. This man just came over and said hello and eagerly told us how the other sisters had helped him and told us that he was doing well (much better than the first time we had met and talked with him) and happily inquired after us.

I know that the reason that these people (and they are not the only ones. there are many people who recognize us and seem genuinely glad to see and talk with us) feel such joy at seeing us again and eagerly converse with us, is due to the spirit of the Lord which is able to convey the love that their Father in Heaven has for them and it is so pure and helps them feel so good that they gravitate toward it. It is not me, it is not Sister Olsen, but our constant striving and seeking to be more obedient allows the Lord to use us to give His children that message. This is what helps me to know that I am a successful missionary. There have been so many instances on my mission when I have felt the Spirit surging through me as I have testified of Jesus Christ, the Love of our merciful Father and their plan for each of us. I have been able to see in the eyes of those to whom I testify that they feel the spirit and they know that what they feel is good.

Praise the Lord for the confidence which He gives me as one of His representatives! That is what I will miss the most, feeling such powerful love for each individual and knowing how to help them desire to change and feel it more consistently in their lives.

I love being a missionary in the Birmingham Alabama mission!

 
Love forever, Sister Wright

STEADFAST IN CHRIST
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