Hello! CRAZY week everyone! It’s not the end of the transfer yet, and we haven’t gotten our transfer calls, but I am currently in Jonesville!
Saturday morning, Sis A, Sis Legg, and myself got a call from our Mission President explaining that one of the sisters serving in Jonesville had to have an emergency surgery and they needed an additional missionary to go there temporarily while she recovered. He then asked if I could pack a weeks worth of stuff and be picked up that afternoon. So on to packing I went!
I got to ride in the "Heap Jeep" (pic below) and talk to the Heaps for what seemed like ~an hour and a half. It was so fun to get to know them better and just have some good conversations with them. They’re amazing! When we got to Jonesville, we met up with the Sisters who had just gotten out of the hospital and we had a quick lunch. Then I went off with Sister Mamata!
Sister Mamata is AMAZING. I don’t know if anyone remembers my first district at this point, but Sister Johnson was one of the first sisters I got to serve around. She left our district after my first transfer to train Sister Mamata! Sister Mamata also trained Sis A so weve got a couple connections. She’s so sweet and empathetic which I love. She also is just like, ALWAYS happy. She seems happy even when she’s not. She’s very positive.
Yesterday I forgot my name tag when we went to church 🙃 but most of the members remembered me, so I was grateful. It was SO GOOD to see everyone, especially the people I never got to say goodbye to. We went to a fireside last night too about serving missions. The Branch President’s parents just returned from serving as a mission president and wife so we had a Q&A fireside type of thing. One of our friends and their kid came which was so fun. I missed them both, and wasn’t expecting to be able to see them so soon.
A couple thoughts from the fireside:
☆ God will consecrate who YOU are to be a missionary He needs. He has given you all of your talents, gifts, and personality. Consecration it just means giving it to Him and letting Him use those unique traits for His purposes
☆ If you’re struggling with your testimony or why you live the gospel, reflect personally about when the last time you read the Book of Mormon was, and when you stopped studying it.
☆ We won’t always know what the efforts of a mission have been (Alma 26:22) but it has been promised. The Lord will use ANY effort including service missions.
☆ If you’re thinking about serving a mission, GO! because you love God, or because you want to love Him more.
☆ ANY mission experience will affect the rest of your life, and your family.
Makes me wonder what there is to lose by serving a mission! The mission experience has been nothing but a blessing to me and to the course of my life. I’ve found greater purpose in what career I want to pursue. Better preparation for choosing a worthy, eternal companion and raising a family. And I’ve found a deeper conversion to the Savior, Jesus Christ, his gospel, and seeking to perform Heavenly Father’s will.
Something I loved about this fireside was that they made it so clear, that any sort of mission you served (procelyting or service) would undoubtedly be a blessing to you and that reading the scriptures, studying Preach My Gospel, and doing ministering work would help you prepare for a mission. I could not recommend it more. If it was easy, it wouldn’t be a sacrifice. If it wasn’t a sacrifice, you wouldn’t learn much. With 7 weeks left, I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting on the mission. I’m grateful I had support to come out on a mission, and for the things I’ve learned while I’ve been here. I would NEVER change the opportunity I’ve had to be here for 17 months (and more to come), the people I’ve met, and the things I’ve learned.
I love you all and hope you are safe and healthy, in all aspects of your life. Thanks for taking the time to read today. 😉
Sister (Katie) Malan