Monday, March 17th 2017
Hello my favorite people!!! It's Sister Gore comin atcha with another amazing week of service to the Lord!!
Pday was one of my favorites!! Some old missionary friends came into town and we all went to Sun Splash!! It's a "fun center" that has laser tag, go carts, mini golf, an arcade and a water park in the summer!! We just had a blast!
That night we went on exchanges and Sister Thomas came to my area! There was one problem, we switched at pday and she left her proselyting clothes in her companion’s car and they had already left. So luckily we are about the same size. We ran home grabbed a skirt and headed to dinner! After dinner we had a lesson with J. and the YSA sisters so we could "pass her off" to them, since she is YSA age. Going to miss that girl! She has a love for Christ and for the Gospel that is just growing brighter and brighter!!
Sister Thomas and I had an awesome day!! She is good about being happy in any circumstances and always seeking for the good! She never complains! I learned so much from her that day! We went tracting and no one answered....wahhh But that's okay we had so much fun doing it! :)
We ate dinner with a single sister in our ward, Sister M0. She took us out to eat at a Mexican restaurant called Cabo's! So good!! I ate so much I had to unzip my skirt to let my belly expand hahaha I love food okay! Well she gave us great life advice, she was chalk full of it because she has been through SO many trials in her life! She told us "It's all true, all of the gospel is true, live it!" And "Do it all, live your life, take opportunities!" Love it!!
Saturday was a beautiful day!! I was able to go up to Gridley to witness the baptism of M.W! She glowed!! The gospel has brought so much light into her life! Her mom, grandma and little sister came to support her! It was so awesome! I was so blessed to have a small part in helping M.W, grateful to know her and to be a missionary!
I was filled with fire and motivation to find, find find!! So we went tracting!! We met a lady named H. who is from Romania! She told us that she always prays for her children to find more light in the scriptures. We gave her a Book of Mormon and she is going to read Moroni 10! She took her bible, looked at me and said "Pick a number" so I said 12. She found a scripture in Colossians about peace, love, charity & long suffering. She then looks at Sister Tsalagi and does the same thing, except her scripture is about pride haha So she says "Well I don't know you and she doesn't know you, but God knows you." Hahaha it was hilarious!!
We had a beautiful Easter Day!! We had a musical Sacrament meeting filled with the Spirit!! We spent some time saying goodbye to members since Sister Tsalagi is leaving :( She is going to Gridley and Sister Kikel is coming to be my last companion!! So crazy!!
It's crazy to think that this is my last transfer!! Advice is more than welcome! I need all the help I can get. I'm just so grateful to have spent this time to serve my Heavenly Father and Savior! I know that He loves and He loves us!!
Ps Here are some of my favorite quotes from a few of the emails from President Marston!
“At some point the multitudinous sins of countless ages were heaped upon the Savior, but his submissiveness was much more than a cold response to the demands of justice. This was not a nameless, passionless atonement performed by some detached, stoic being. Rather it was an offering driven by infinite love. This was a personalized, not a mass atonement. Somehow, it may be that the sins of every soul were individually (as well as cumulatively)
accounted for, suffered for, and redeemed for, all with a love unknown to man.”
Tad R. Callister
Twas battered and scarred, and the auctioneer
Thought it scarcely worth his while
To waste much time on the old violin,
But held it up with a smile:
“What am I bidden, good folks,” he cried,
“Who’ll start the bidding for me?”
“A dollar, a dollar”; then, “Two!” “Only two?
Two dollars, and who’ll make it three?
Three dollars, once; three dollars, twice;
Going for three—” But no,
From the room, far back, a gray-haired man
Came forward and picked up the bow;
Then, wiping the dust from the old violin,
And tightening the loose strings,
He played a melody pure and sweet
As a caroling angel sings.
The music ceased, and the auctioneer,
With a voice that was quiet and low,
Said, “What am I bid for the old violin?”
And he held it up with the bow.
“A thousand dollars, and who’ll make it two?
Two thousand! And who’ll make it three?
Three thousand, once, three thousand, twice,
And going, and gone!” said he.
The people cheered, but some of them cried,
“We do not quite understand
What changed its worth?.” Swift came the reply:
“The touch of a master’s hand.”
And many a man with life out of tune,
And battered and scarred with sin,
Is auctioned cheap to the thoughtless crowd,
Much like the old violin.
A “mess of pottage,” a glass of wine,
A game—and he travels on.
He’s “going” once, and “going” twice,
He’s “going” and almost “gone.”
But the Master comes, and the foolish crowd
Never can quite understand
The worth of a soul and the change that’s wrought
By the touch of the Master’s hand.
In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.