Change

What a wonderful week it’s been! I keep being reminded this last week of how aware the Lord is of me and my efforts.

I’m in my new area in St Joseph with my new comp Sister Hansen, and this week we had Stake Conference. I was excited for the direction that we would receive, but had some unexpected, but wonderful surprises. Recently, the Grand Rapids Stake became split into two stakes: Greand Rapids & Holland. The Holland Stake takes up most of the West coast of Michigan. Because of this split, the Spring Lake Ward (my second area) is now part of the Holland Stake. I ran into my old Bishop and a few other members I worked closely with.

On top of these wonderful members, one in particular I was thrilled to see! I didn’t write about her a lot on previous weekly’s (and usually don’t due to privacy with these being a bit more public, but she was a returning member and is just absolutely fantastic. All I can describe is how far she’s come and the light shining all around her. She was telling me her home felt different since she began this journey last year. She’s gone to the temple and has done incredible things considering her prior circumstances.

Knowing how much different her life was and that she still remembered me was a sign from the Lord for me that even my weakest efforts were used in this work. I’ve been struggling (as I’ve mentioned in a few weekly’s) with feeling like my weaknesses have tainted the mission and the Lord hasn’t been able to do anything with the little I’ve given him this past 17 months. But to see how much has been done in this member’s life has been a witness to me that He uses even the most flawed and weak efforts. I needed that this week.

I also got to meet so many people who knew my Aunt and Uncle that lived in the area which was so fun for all of us. (They were sad when they found out I was only staying for a transfer) I also ran into someone at Stake Conference that was related to my best friend and her family, as well as the mother of my best friend’s friend. There’s just so many connections that the Lord has put in the mission and I’m grateful for the signs he sends me to tell me he is aware of where I am and it’s been planned. That actually brings me so much comfort.

Overall though, I suppose it doesn’t necessarily matter what impact I have on people. Just the Lord. The mission I’ve served isn’t about me (though I have learned a lot), it’s about the Lord and bringing the joy and light of his gospel to those who are truly seeking light. Doesn’t matter where you are, who you are, or what you’ve done. God loves all of His children (this excludes no one) equally, and wants them to repent (not a session of getting your lashes) so they can experience the freedom, joy, and progression experienced through repentance through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. That’s what I learn in The Book of Mormon.

Something I said to a friend recently:

"The world gets darker, but Christ shines brighter.

I don’t mean to make everything about religion, so I hope it isn’t a bother. But I know it’s not fake. It’s not a hoax. And Christ and what he taught is the only light that never flickers in this world. I will never let go of that. Don’t know why I shared that, but I’ll stand by it."

This is a part of me. It’s what makes me happy. It’s what I’ve seen makes others happy. Jesus Christ has changed my life. CHANGE. I don’t pick what’s right for me. If I have received a witness from God that something is true, I change my actions, my views, my desires. No one can do it for me. The beauty of agency.

That’s probably it for this week. I’ve got a busy day today! I love you all and hope you have a wonderful week. 😊

Sister (Katie) Malan

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Published by Katie Malan

Sister Malan is currently a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving in the Michigan Lansing Mission (United States).

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