This week, we had the amazing privilege of having Elder Martino of the
Seventy come and speak at our mission conference.
Basically, he's awesome. He's from Texas, so he has this cute southern
drawl and he is just so sincere and honest and speaks with the Spirit.
It was such a treat to hear from him. I was asked by President Miles
to arrange the music for the meeting a few weeks ago, and that was
quite the task. I was expected to arrange a choir and another musical
number. You guys, that was so hard. So for the last couple of weeks,
I've been coordinating practices with our zone and the East Lethbridge
zone, trying to make some beautiful music for Elder Martino. It was
extremely stressful, especially when the elders outnumber the sisters
by... well, a ton. But things eventually came together and it sounded
just fine. We sang the EFY Medley and I was able to conduct it and it
was so much fun! Hard, and definitely challenging, but way fun.
I also was able sing a duet with another sister in our zone, Sister
Brown. Her companion Sister Merkley played the piano, and we sang My
Kindness Shall Not Depart From Thee. It was so neat! My companion got
a photo of us during our practice. After we sang, Elder Martino shook
our hands and told us that we should sing in our lessons. The Spirit
is so strong in music, especially in children's primary songs. And
then he teared up a little bit, so I felt pretty cool making a general
authority cry by singing(; *toots my horn*
Also, this week, we did a power hour. When we do a power hour, we
teach a lesson to a member family, normally the Restoration, and then
we go out to their neighborhood and contact people for an hour while
the family prays missionary minded for our efforts to be fruitful. And
we had such a cool thing happen! We met this guy named Mike.Mike had a
cardiac arrest last year and was pronounced dead for a short period of
time, but they were able to bring him back. When we talked to him, we
asked him if he'd ever had any questions about where he came from, why
he's here, or where he's going. He said yes, actually, those have been
huge questions on his mind! We gave him a Book of Mormon, got his
information, and we're going to see him this week! We're very excited
This little girl, her name is Marreah, and she is obsessed with
wearing our shoes. She's seriously adorable and she calls Sister
McDonald, "Uhm, excuse me, Old Mc Sister McDonald?" It's hilarious.
Especially because Sister McDonald is 24 and she feels super old
around us 19-year-olds(; She's a great sport about it, though.
And then this other photo is just a photo of me driving. Idk, just for
proof that they trust me to drive on the mission...? Haha.
Hey, I want you all to know that I love you so much!!!! I'm so
grateful for this gospel and for the blessings that it brings me and
my family. The last couple of days, I have felt like I am not doing a
great job at teaching. I almost feel like I don't even know what I'm
talking about or testifying of. But then I read my scriptures and I
feel so secure in my purpose here as a missionary, to help bring
others to Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel! And then
I think of how far I've come in the past almost six months and I'm so
grateful for this gospel and what it has done for me in my life. I
know this church is true!
Love you all! (;