This week has been so wonderful, and so full of amazing things!
We had a meeting with all of the Sister Missionaries in Austin, with our Lead Sister Training Leaders and President and Sister Slaughter. We were so spiritually fed! I love learning from my leaders. I always learn so much, and leave the meetings with so much fire and desire to continue doing good, and to change in ways that will make what I do better.
One thing that President Slaughter talked with us about was being overwhelmed. He used the example of the Apostles with Christ in the ship. They are all in the boat on the water, and suddenly, a storm arises. The Apostles begin to fear, and go to find their Master. They find Him asleep. Their natural side arises, and they ask, "Master, carest Thou not that we perish?", and the Master's response: "Peace, Be still". After these words were spoken, the waves and the winds ceased. As did the fearful thoughts and feelings of the Apostles.
In this account, the Apostles were very overwhelmed. They saw the winds and the waves, and feared. Maybe later on in their life, as they looked back, they felt silly for being overwhelmed. They were in a boat with the Creator of those waves and winds.
The point President was getting at is that there is no use to get overwhelmed. We too will look back on those moments, and feel silly for overwhelming ourselves, rather than trusting in Him who is in our boat.
It was a wonderful meeting, and did learn so much from my leaders.
This week was so great! We had a lesson with D and D. They are doing so well. They read in the Book of Mormon together every morning. We invited them to be baptized, and they said yes!
David is doing so great! We had a lesson with him and a Sister from the branch yesterday about Tithing and Fast Offerings. David is so excited to pay his tithing. He has seen a change in his life, and we have noticed changes too. When he first started coming to church, he would sit in the back of the chapel, with the hood of his hoodie up. In classes, he would sit in the back too, and wouldn't say much. Now, he sits closer up in the chapel, with members of the Branch. He doesn't wear a hoodie, but a white shirt and tie. In class, he volunteers, and asks questions, and shares his thoughts on the subjects with us. Conversion is real, and it is so powerful!
One of my favorite quotes, which also is found in Preach My Gospel, says, "True doctrine, understood, changes attitude and behavior" (Said by President Packer). I have seen this on my mission. In myself, as I have come to understand better the Doctrine of Jesus Christ. I have also seen it in so many other people, as they have learned true doctrine. Their attitude and behavior have changed. David is just one example of this, but there are so many people that have experienced this.
I love you all!--