Subject line...quote President Wadsworth ;) He thinks he's funny. I'll have you all know that when he told us that we were very reverently sitting in the chapel. ;)
I have no clue how I am going to put this past week into words. Possibly the best week of my mission. Or ever. Yep. It was that great. I just...ah. I love being a missionary. I love it so much. I wish all of you could come and run around with me for a day and just SEE. There are miracles in every single moment. I have never been so happy. I've never worked so hard. I've never cried so much. I've never laughed so hard. I have never seen such a beautiful place. I've never felt the spirit so strongly. I've never loved anything or anyone SO much as I have being a missionary. This work of salvation is amazing. And I will never ever ever be able to express how grateful I am that God called me on a mission through personal revelation and by a prophet of God. I want this to last forever. :)
I have been SO BLESSED on my mission. I can look back and see that each experience I've had has been for my personal spiritual education. Missions are like the MTC for the rest of your life. Everything I'm learning and doing every single day has application to what I will be doing later on in life. GOD IS SO GOOD. :) I can't say it enough. I'm just so HAPPY. :)
There is so so so so soooo much I want to say. I'll try and get as much down as I can.
This last week started out wonderfully. We finished up the last exchanges of the transfer. I love love love the sisters here. They teach me so much. I spent some time in Frenchtown (cute little town. I about cried of joy. I've missed the good ol country) and also had the YSA sisters both come to our area to do an exchange. So much fun. We worked hard, pounding the pavement and taking to everyone all day long, and then came home and planned and laughed the night away :)
We were positive we would have a bunch of people at church on Sunday...but none of them came :( Something came up with Jonathan, Morgan, and other families we are working with. LAME. But, they'll get there. We learned a lot the past few days about how to teach them better. Jonathan is doing AWESOME besides coming to church. Keep Morgan in your prayers. We had a great lesson with Darlene. The Ward is excited and giving us lots of referrals :)
Ready for the craziness? So on Sunday we got to church at 7:30 for Ward council. Stayed at church until 12. Came home and loaded stuff into the car and drove 2 hours to Helena to meet up with Sister
Pearson and Sister Anderson. Drove with them about 5 hours to BILLINGS. My stomach was in knots being in my old area. It was so weird. We took a little walk around the temple and then stayed the night in the heights with Sister Lyon :) The next morning MISSION TOUR BEGAN. Elder Wilford W Anderson and his wife were there to teach us. They know the scriptures SO well and are master teachers. It was so wonderful. After mission tour ended that day at 3 we had MLC. Best meeting ever. I've never enjoyed being chastised so much! Hahaha That ended at 5 and then we drove 4 1/2 hours back to Helena, talking about what we learned the entire way.
We stayed the night in Helena and headed to round 2 of mission tour there. Because our mission is so big we can't ever gather all together, so it was SO cool to be able to see every single missionary and to see how both parts of the meetings ended up. The principles were all the same, but were taught totally and completely by the spirit when the time was right. My biggest take away from it all was how EXACTLY the words of the prophets and apostles translate to the 70's and then to the mission president (or stake president) and then to us. Gods word never changes. I have a sure knowledge of this. I have never wanted to badly to apply what we learned and BE a missionary, not just do missionary things. After the meeting, Sister Hodgson and I were invited to have in interview with Elder and Sister Anderson. It was so amazing :) and such a blessing. I KNOW that I am here in this mission for a reason. I know that President Monson is a prophet of God, that he holds all of the keys of the priesthood and that he has called people to operate with and under those keys. As a missionary, I am called to teach repentance and baptize converts. There is no greater work on earth than missionary work except that of a parent. But in the end it is the same work isn't it? :)
I couldn't be any happier. I can't wait to get out and WORK for the rest of this week. As fun as it was to learn for 2 days straight...I'm ready to put it into action. :) The gospel is nothing unless we take
it from our minds and hearts, and put it into our souls. And we do that through ACTION. More on that next week.
Love you all! Love, Sister Fletcher :)
Attempting to pack. Our closet exploded.
Literally. I'm in the most beautiful place on earth.
So sick of driving
Love my companion!
On our way home.
These crows were just about going to eat us. I'm sure of it.
Got caught in a nasty storm. We parked, walked and then got
DRENCHED. Not a cloud in the sky when we left!
DRENCHED. Not a cloud in the sky when we left!