Monthly Archives: September 2014

9/22/2014

Dearest family,
Sister Krause and I have had such a wonderful week!  Heavenly Father is so gracious and has lead us to some investigators who are looking for peace and direction and understanding in their lives.  I know that focusing on the Book of Mormon is exactly what we need to be doing as a mission.

One of the new investigators we were able to find just called and told us that she was reading the Book of Mormon, but wasn’t understanding all of it, so we invited her to keep reading but to pray for understanding and promised to read it with her at our appointment tomorrow.  The Book of Mormon is the work of God and it will bring the honest seekers of truth closer to Him than any other book.

Sister Krause and I have seen the Lord work through us the past four and 1/2 days and we are so grateful!  There is no way to work, but hard and effectively which is the Lord’s way.  We are waking up at 6:15am and working out until 7 and we are using every minute of the day to find.  My first transfer out here I did not take any breaks or naps or anything and the Lord blessed me to be able to do it (even though I was exhausted) and so I have decided that for the next 6 weeks that as I work my butt off especially when I’m tired, that He will strengthen me.  I’ve never been more exhausted in my life, yet I’ve never felt more joy or fulfillment.

Let me share some insights that I have had and been pondering over the past few weeks…

The evening of the multi zone conference with Elder Zwick, I felt impressed to begin a journal of the nature and attributes and attitude of the Savior and His Apostles (ancient and modern) so that I can better serve those around me as I apply these things to my own life and how I treat others.

“Jesus was constantly loving and serving, his focus was on building others because he loved them because he loved God.  How is this shown by the Savior’s prophets and apostles today?  PE(personal experience): Elder Zwick came to speak to us today.  Three things greatly impressed me about this general authority:

  1. He took the time with each person in the room to shake their hand and say their name while looking them in the eye and asking how they were doing.  This is a pattern of how the Savior treated others and showed his love and God’s love for them.
  2. He taught boldly, confident and steadfast and testified of simple truths that touched our hearts.  He taught by the spirit of the Lord and invited him to be there with us.  This may be described as “dignity and presence”, which made evident, the moment he entered the room, that a servant/messenger of the Lord was among us.
  3. His humility, which is NOT talking negatively about yourself and highly of others, but giving credit, praise and thanks to God as well as recognizing that we are equal to our fellow man and God is far above us and His ways are best, that we must simply love Him and follow His ways.  Elder Zwick told us personal experiences from interactions with members of the quorum of the twelve which opened my eyes to see that they are no better, no more special than I am.  We are all children of God and He loves each of us the same, perfectly.

Another thought which came to me, from the spirit, was that I can become as close to my Savior as the twelve apostles and other General authorities are, even the prophet.  The way I can do this is by consistently reading his words, communicating with him through prayer, practicing following promptings of the Holy Ghost and offering my heart to my Father in Heaven.  Sanctification comes as we constantly, consistently and earnestly do the little things from day to day and little by little we become who our Father wants us to be, which is greater than we ever imagined or could do ourselves.  I know that this is true.  I have seen it happen in my own life, and in the lives of others.  It begins with a seed, a desire, and it results in a tree, a magnificent life giving tree. ”

Also, this morning in my personal study, I was reading in 2 Ne. 15 and as I read the last line of verse 25, I remembered something my Dad taught me growing up.  My dad would open the scriptures and teach us what they meant and apply them to our lives as well as talks and books and articles from church leaders.  One of the things that my dad taught us was that Heavenly Father is bound by eternal law just as we are and that He would cease to be God if He broke those laws.  This is the thought that I recorded in my journal about the nature of Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and their disciples: “Heavenly Father is perfectly obedient to eternal laws, and the only way he could have become perfectly obedient is by practicing exact obedience.  Heavenly Father must obey the laws of Eternity, or he would cease to be God.  Even God cannot take away the consequences to our actions, but He can and does love us and reach out to us and offers to help us through those consequences.”

Obedience is a word that I always thought I understood, but the more I study it and practice it, the more my view of what it truly means changes.  At the Friday evening session of Time Out For Women this weekend (where Sister Krause and I met a young lady, who is attending school in Georgia and is being taught by missionaries there, who was trying to receive an answer to whether she should get baptized or not) Brad Wilcox spoke about what it means to be true disciples of Jesus Christ.  Brother Wilcox said, “Disciples of Christ actually live and do what they believe 24/7” and he shared an experience where he and his friends who were all members were consistent with what they professed to believe and it was noticed by nonmembers.  “The weird thing about those Mormons is that they actually do what they say believe” was the comment that the nonmember teenagers made.

Brother Wilcox continued to explain that the word “sincere” means without wax because in earlier days, people would use wax to cover cracks and mistakes in pots that they would sell and so people came to ask if the pot was “sincere” before buying it.  “Is it without wax?”  This was so brilliant to me.  I loved that he said that we feel peace when our behavior agrees with our beliefs after sharing Mathew 23:25 which is the Savior cursing the fig tree because it won’t bring forth fruit even though it has leaves, it is deceiving.

The next bit was neat too because he was speaking to a large group of women who constantly feel like they are not enough (like you talked about at transfers) so he explained that living the way we believe and standing for truth and righteousness is not always easy, and that we don’t have to be perfect, yet. “The light isn’t there because we’re perfect, the light comes because we’re honest.  Worthiness is not flawlessness, it is striving and not giving up.”

What a treat it was to attend, and to meet and talk with so many nonmembers who were there. The young lady I mentioned earlier, decided to tell the missionaries back in Georgia that she wants to get baptized next Saturday after both Sister Krause and I tried to help her recognize the peace and joy she was feeling from reading the Book of Mormon (which she said she takes everywhere with her) and many other things as the answer the Lord was giving her. Both Sister Krause and I felt so grateful to have been able to help her and we can’t wait for her to get baptized!

There is much potential here, Sister Krause and I are here to love and serve, but our purpose is to find, teach, baptize and retain and that’s what we intend to do with the help of the ward and the Lord!

Love y’all so much,

Sister Wright

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9/1/2014

Dearest Family,

I love hearing those stories of how the Lord just prepares the way for evrything to work out. How funny that Sarah had that experience! That is way cute! Can yall send the video so I can see? It sounds like she is just blossoming and really enjoying her experience! What fun it will be for us all to connect and share stories and experiences!

Beautiful sunset ;)
Beautiful sunset 😉

Crazy, almost trunky experience yesterday. We have a dinner calender and the family who had signed up to feed us just had a son get home from his mission this past week and he spoke in sacrament meeting and they had all the family over for dinner (well the family who live near) this RM’s grandparents actually live in Montgomery and I know them from when I served in their ward. It was strange and wonderful all at the same time. I was wondering if they could tell a difference in me from back at the beginning of my mission and now. I am so glad we are planning on coming back. The family was talking about the airport when they went to pick up their missionary, and that was the trunky part. It didn’t last long though cause I made myself zone out of the conversation and focus on something else. I am glad that yall told me about the change in date for my homecoming talk.

Hey! Super exciting about the temple! AWESOME!!! I can’t wait to go with Andrew and Sarah! Y’all will love the temple so much! I will get to go one more time before the end of my time here in Bama. Hey Mom and Dad, we should try to go when we come back!

Funny to hear about Tami and Katie! Are they really companions?

Mom, I am so glad to hear that everything worked out and that you were able to spend some time with David and Michelle! I love them so much and I am amazed at their genuine kindness! I love the story of that very kind sister that you met on your journey who was so kind to offer to help. We are working with a less active sister from one of the other wards because she is single and the Elders asked us to visit and teach her. She is actually open to gaining a testimony of the Book of Mormon and possibly coming back to church.

Sister Waters and I at Zone conference.
Sister Waters and I at Zone conference.

This week has been so great, even though I became pretty sick Thursday evening and still sound a wee bit hoarse and feel a bit rough… This week I was sick and had to rest for two whole days. During that time I couldn’t sleep because I was coughing up phlegm and had a soar throat and it was difficult to get comfortable enough to actually fall asleep, but anyway, I was able to watch some of the church videos. I had not seen any of these videos for over a year. As I watched Legacy, and Mountain of the Lord, I felt a deep appreciation for the pioneers (yet again) as well as a burning desire to study more in depth the history and life of Grandpa Woodruf and his family and the church as a whole.

Nevertheless, this week was full of tender mercies and joy. My patriarchal blessing has a few lines specifically about my mission, and one of them says that I will complete an honorable and joyful mission. I have learned that attitude is everything especially in having a perfect brightness of hope in Christ. Why shouldn’t I be happy?! The Lord is so good and has blessed me with so much more than I deserve. Even though this week was a little slower than usual, the Lord blessed us and our investigators! Sister Olsen was able to go out with a sister from our ward to see an investigator who we haven’t seen in over a week, and then to see a less active who expressed a willingness to gain a testimony of the Book of Mormon.

Sister Olsen and I ate a delicious little restaurant on Main St which is in the historic district right near where we live and the train that goes right through it.
Sister Olsen and I ate a delicious little restaurant on Main St which is in the historic district right near where we live and the train that goes right through it.

This week and every week for the rest of my mission, I intend to be even better than the week before and to work even harder than the one before. I know that the Lord will strengthen me and help me as I strive to be more obedient and exact in following the promptings of the Holy Ghost and more kind. I want to tell you I have grown a spine. I no longer worry about if people think we are being rude for challenging them. Don’t worry, we are still kind and respectful, but honestly, I am tired of people not following through with commitments and turning themselves around in circles because they just won’t climb the ladder even when we are showing them how to do it and encouraging them every step of the way. Goodness, I can just imagine how Heavenly Father feels with all of us. Good thing that He is perfectly patient and understanding, yet I think He still gets irritated even if for just a second.

Well, can’t really think of anything else to write, except thanks for your encouraging emails they really help. I love that yall let me know that you believe in me and that I can keep doing hard things and have fun while doing them. thanks for your constant example of that!

Love Always,
Sister Wright

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