This week has been amazing because we’ve had so many things. Meetings non stop then general conference. Need I say more? Amazing. There were so many talks that I thought wow, that answered every question and doubt I’ve EVER had. Then there were many where I thought – wow, this is exactly for my family. I don’t even know what else to say because those men are inspired. President Monson talked about one of my favorite things he’s said in his past talks, “shall I falter or shall I finish” Plus in his book he tells the whole story about finishing and compares it to our Savior on the cross saying he’s finished the work. Just feel free in every letter to add stuff from conference talks or full talks.. i love it!!
President Holm told us to write down soul searching questions before conference and they would be answered… guess what.. they were alllll answered. one was almost word for word answered.
I asked, how do I access the Atonement? How do I give my burdens and sorrows to the Lord? It just FEELS SO far away. The Atonement has felt like a word, not a reality. Russell M Neilson said “to access the atonement, keep the commandments eagerly, willingly and exactly” welp. They’re inspired!
Also I went on exchanges this week. It was so fun! I’m really starting to become myself out here and it feels good. I hope I’m doing exactly what the Lord wants. A lot of the sisters are perfect in following the way the pamphlets are set up, etc. They are “well versed” and I’m sooo not that way. I can’t ever remember scriptures. But this week I REALLY learned to follow the spirit, and discern how individuals are feeling. Sometimes I take it too dramatic where I’m not bold enough because I stay so calm. But I connect with people well and I think that’s one of my strengths. But that’s one of the only ones haha. Twice this week I literally cried because these people won’t except the message! Bible belt was not a joke. There is a scripture in the BOM that says something like just by saying Lord! Lord! won’t get you into the Kingdom of Heaven. And that’s what everyone here thinks. All grace. “As long as we all believe in Christ then we’ll get there right darlin’?” And I awkwardly agree and then let my companion say “BUT we have to do our part” haha. They think we worship “John Smith” and when we try to tell them differently they cut us off and say stuff like “we don’t need that Joseph, we go straight to the source!” And I say boldly, “We don’t pray to Joseph Smith” and they say “I know honey, I know honey, but I just go straight to the source.”
SO frustrating. I just cry because they have SO MUCH faith but they think the Lord doesn’t expect anything from us. Also yeah mom I sang at our LTM meeting. Hahahaha all my roommates sang and my companion played piano. They are all pro singers. My voice was going crazy shaking. I was so embarrassed.
We’re going to the Zoo today. It’s a rainy day so we def won’t see any animals but we get to wear our cute rain coats and go out on the town so that’s fun. I’m rambling. We had a tri ward party and they gave us left over food.. FIVE CHICKENS. I’m getting so chubby and I care.. but I also kind of don’t because going non stop makes me starving. My companion packs me snacks to surprise me with always hahaha.
We haven’t taught too much this week due to meetings. We’ve seen a lot of less actives which is so fun. They all are attending church and activities. They just needed a little push and they’re all women so it’s so inspired they sent sister missionaries to this area. I never want to leave here! There are SO many less actives here. it’s crazy especially because the ward is awesome at missionary work so we’re trying to figure out how to help them stay active. Also! Our district hit our baptismal goals the last two months so we get to go hang out with President and Sister holm for 4 hours on Wednesday. Okay that’s all the information I can think of. Send me your favorite talks everyone! Even the kids. I can’t wait to hear it.
I love you guys. Thanks for your support. I pray for y’all every single day!
Sister Glauser the second