Happy Halloween!!! I couldn’t ask for a better place to spend Fall. Elder Scoresby and I will be staying together for another 6 weeks and I’m super hyped for it! We’ve been having some pretty good times. This week was a little strange just because of all the fun fall festivals that were going on plus a few meetings we had to go to but it creates some great memories.
On Saturday we volunteered at an assisted living for their fall festival and I’d say that was a pretty unique experience, Elder Scoresby manned the cotton candy and they asked me to do face painting… I can barely draw stick figures and they wanted me to draw Minnie Mouse bows and bats on people.
Needless to say I messed up a few times but I think I also found a hidden talent. I loved painting little kids faces! Following our adventure at the assisted living we had our ward trunk or treat which got rained out so we had to move it inside. But it was still legit.
Now although we did a lot of service, I think the highlight of the week would have to be Sunday. We had the opportunity to attend a mission call opening for someone in the Ward who was going on a mission. Being 17 months out; it reminded me of the experience I had when I found out I would be spending the next 24 months in Georgia.
Looking back I would have never imagined the memories I have created, the people I’ve met, the trials I’ve been through. It is all truly inspired of the Lord and I could feel that it in the home as we anticipated this sister opening her call.
Most people don’t know, but before I opened my call I had stepped into a different room of the house with my call in my hands and I knelt down and prayed, I asked the Lord to confirm to me that the place that was in my call was where I needed to be. Following that prayer I went out and opened my call and when I had read the words, “you are called to serve in the Georgia Atlanta North Mission” the spirit engulfed me and confirmed that this was where I needed to be.
And I can truly testify that I have not only felt that but I have seen it. Now I’ve realized throughout my mission that this isn’t just a call for 24 months, it’s a call for eternity. Everyone is called to be a missionary, we are all given the opportunity to share the message that Jesus Christ lives.
I’ve compared a mission call to the experience that Jospeh Smith had when he prayed to know which church to join. When he went into the grove of trees he was not only given an answer but he came out having been asked to change his life. That is what happens when we come closer to Jesus Christ.
When we start to understand His gospel and what He has taught us, it’s slowly changing who we are. We are all children of our Heavenly Father and as we come to realize the power and honor behind that statement, we come to realize the value in our lives and the lives of those around us.
I couldn’t be more grateful for the experiences I’ve had out here, I’ve seen it help people to become who their Father in Heaven what’s them to be. This gospel can be such a comfort to someone’s life but they will never know unless someone reaches out and teaches it to them and helps them understand it.
The Spirit can guide everyone’s life if they listen to it, so my invitation to you this week is to look around you, see those you pass by in your day to day life, and listen to what the spirit tells you because I can promise that there is someone who needs to hear your experiences, or feel your love, or to feel the love that their Heavenly Father has for them.
I hope everyone has a wonderful week and a safe Halloween! I love you!