This week sped right on by! I'm not even entirely sure what all happened!
On Wednesday we had a zone conference, the first one with President Pattison, and we had some really awesome trainings all around! Quick rundown of some things I've learned:
- We are constantly climbing a mountain with a big pack on. Our pack is constantly getting lighter. We are eating the food, drinking the water, etc. But at times it may seem like it's getting heavier. That's perspective. Put the pack down for a minute, look from where you came, and then shoulder the pack and keep going.
- Success comes from trying, but it's fulfilling when you actually reach your goals.
- Strong missionaries - they didn't come like that, they became like that.
- Love motivates us. Don't talk idly of anyone. Love everyone. If we love, the fear of finding will be cast out.
- You are tenderizing God's people if they are feeling the Spirit and love. They will become sufficiently consumable by the Spirit.
-Love breaks down walls and takes away their fear.
-In many situations you jump off a diving board. Sometimes you hit the cement and sometimes you slide into the water.
- Learn to be powerful from the podium.
- Goals are stars to steer by and not sticks to beat yourself with.
- Do your goals drive you in accomplishing your purpose?
- In the absence of a burning bush, get to appointments on time. And if you're not, warn others you'll be late
- If obedience seems to hold us back, seems to be a weight, we're looking at it all wrong.
That's about the just of the spiritual stuff from it I think! It was ready good though! We were asked to prepare two talks and two people would randomly be chosen to give talks. And that morning, Sister
Bischoff says "I don't actually think I'll be picked"....but I knew she would, and she was picked. She got most of her talk from the talk "Glimpses of Heaven" and it was really good. Heaven is all around us. We just need to recognize it for what it is. How have you seen heaven in your life?
On Thursday we went to a lesson with a member and the Spanish/ French Elders. We taught about the Plan of Salvation in "frenglish". That was fun! While I understood quite a bit of the French, I only spoke in English. There were a lot of us anyways! Haha! I love going out with the language Elders to appointments! I really hope to learn some other languages more proficiently!
Friday was my one year mark, and man, I have learned so much! Part of me thinks I've been a missionary forever and part of me thinks that it was just yesterday that I arrived in the MTC, so that's
conflicting! But I've learned so much, my testimony has grown a lot and I know that this time will mean so, so much for the rest of my life! I know that serving a mission is the very best thing I could be doing at this moment. I know that love is the best motivator for missionary work and that through Christ's Atonement, we can truly love everyone we meet! Heavenly Father loves each of us so much, and He is so willing and ready to help us overcome our shortfalls, and I have many! I am so, so glad I've been able to serve the Lord for a year and I'm glad to have had time to reflect back on the past year. I hope to work as diligently as possible for the next six months!
Which brings me to the title.... Yesterday we finally got to teach a man who kept telling us to come back when the weather was nice. He's a decently elderly, probably in his late 80's or early 90's, German man with some hearing issues. We taught outside his home and answered some of the questions he had about the differences between our church and Catholicism. He's Catholic. So we taught him a bit about prophets and Heavenly Father. He seemed to be really curious and the lesson was going well. He suddenly interrupted and said, "I'll never get dentures. My son hates it. He wants me to get them, but I won't." So we expected him to parallel it with how he won't ever change his religion, but he didn't. He just talked to us more about dentures, about his adventures, and then told us we were very good teachers and he wanted to learn more and come to church! So it was a neat
experience. We still aren't positive about what happened but hopefully we'll help him any way we can!
That's been our week in a nutshell! Hope you learn something new this week!
Love you all!
Sister Baker ❤️❤️