Thursday, June 30, 2016

Hardest.. Yet the greatest

This week was really the weirdest, saddest, hardest and best weeks of my whole mission. Being a missionary is just so awesome!!

Being in a district with all elders is... Well you know.. The same as being in a room with a bunch of awkward 18-20 year olds. The conversation at lunch consisted of super powers, nerf guns, wishing that the more you eat the buffer you get, and food. Super intelligent.

Wednesday was awesome! So they changed choir practice from Sunday's to Wednesday right before Book of Mormon class which is great because so many people came to the class!! It was awesome being able to read the Book of Mormon and feel the Spirit with all of my Dover friends.

On Thursday a cute little old couple took us out for lunch at a cute diner called the CountrySide Diner in Corinth. This couple were some former investigators we taught, but who are all set in their own church. But we are still friends because they are awesome.

So this week has been way hard because unfortunately we had to drop all of our investigators. They weren't progressing and none of them had that desire to change, so we dropped every single one of them.

So now we are working on getting new investigators who are prepared and ready to receive the gospel. The 2016 mission vision is to have every member invite someone to be taught by the missionaries in their home. A really cool miracle happened with the Lincoln Elders where they were teaching two members to didn't know of anyone they could invite. Well the Elders set a date with the members to when they would be having someone to be taught in their home and said they would come that day to teach no matter what.

Well the days came and at the first members house there was no one to teach- except for when the mailman showed up. Who is now an investigator by the way. Then at the second members home the same situation happened until one of her friends just decided to show up and became a new investigators too.

Moral of the story is that God will always provide a way to get the thing he has asked accomplished.

So that is what we have been working on with a lot of our members. Setting dates with them and sharing with them these miracles and asking them to act in faith. I know God always pulls through, especially as you are seeking to do His will.

Now, let's get down to the good stuff. General conference. Oh my heck guys this conference was so good I could barely handle all of the Spirituality!
Here are some great quotes that I liked from conference.

"In today’s world, no matter where we live and no matter what our circumstances are, it is essential that our preeminent identity is as a child of God. Knowing that will allow our faith to flourish, will motivate our continual repentance, and will provide the strength to be “steadfast and immovable” throughout our mortal journey" Donald L. Hallstorm

"It is never too early for you to prepare for missionary service. … All of your preparation, … whether you serve as a full-time missionary or not, will accrue lifelong benefits to you as a member missionary." Gary E. Stevenson

"One key to forgiving others is to try to see them as God sees them. …
Too often we look at the offender the way we would look at an iceberg—we see only the tip and not beneath the surface. We do not know all that is going on in a person’s life. … Please do not misunderstand. To forgive is not to condone. We do not rationalize bad behavior or allow someone to mistreat us because of their struggles, pains, or weaknesses. But we can gain greater understanding and peace when we see with a broader perspective. …" Kevin R. Duncan

"As you do, I promise that you will feel nearer to God. Natural tendencies to childish whining, disgruntled entitlement, and derisive skepticism will dissipate. Those sentiments will be replaced by feelings of greater love for Heavenly Father’s gift of His Son. As we draw closer to God, the enabling power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ will come into our lives. And … we will find that the Savior has been nearby all along." Dale G. Renlund

"As we contemplate the decisions we make in our lives each day—whether to make this choice or that—if we choose Christ, we will have made the correct choice." Thomas S. Monson

"To assist us in our search for peace amidst the daily challenges of life, we’ve been given a simple pattern to keep our thoughts focused on the Savior, who said: “Learn of me, and listen to my words; walk in the meekness of my Spirit, and you shall have peace in me. I am Jesus Christ” [D&C 19:23–24]." W. Christopher Waddell

"Loving the mother of his children—and showing that love—are two of the best things a father can do for his children. It reaffirms and strengthens the marriage that is the foundation of their family life and security... We call on all fathers to do better and to be better… Despite our inadequacies, our Heavenly Father will magnify us and cause our simple efforts to bear fruit." D. Todd Christofferson

"Our Savior, the Good Shepherd, knows and loves us—he knows and loves you.He knows when you are lost, and He knows where you are. He knows your grief. Your silent pleadings. Your fears. Your tears.It matters not how you became lost—whether because of your own poor choices or because of circumstances beyond your control. What matters is that you are His child. And He loves you. He loves His children. Because He loves you, He will find you.. While our loving Father desires that all of His children return to Him, He will force no one to heaven. God will not rescue us against our will." Dieter F. Uchtdorf

"Only the adversary, the enemy of us all, would try to convince us that the ideals outlined in general conference are depressingly unrealistic, that people don’t really improve, that no one really progresses. … Don’t fall for that. With the gift of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and the strength of heaven to help us, we can improve, and the great thing about the gospel is we get credit for trying, even if we don’t always succeed... Please remember tomorrow, and all the days after that, that the Lord blesses those who want to improve, who accept the need for commandments and try to keep them, who cherish Christlike virtues and strive to the best of their ability to acquire them. If you stumble in that pursuit, so does everyone; the Savior is there to help you keep going... Brothers and sisters, the first great commandment of all eternity is to love God with all our heart, might, mind, and strength. That’s the first great commandment. But the first great truth of all eternity is that God loves us with all of His heart, might, mind, and strength… Keep trying. Keep trusting. Keep believing. Keep growing. Heaven is cheering you on today, tomorrow, and forever." Jeffery R. Holland

I know that this is the true gospel. And here we can find the most peace and happiness in this life.

I hope you all have a great week!!

Love you and stay safe.


Sister Dickson

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