Hey everyone! I hope you all had a great week and enjoyed hearing the words from our loving Prophet and Apostles! I sure did!
This week was full of emotions! It started off with sating goodbyes last Monday! It was so sad and I really didn't want to leave the amazing people that I met in Indianapolis!
Tuesday was transfer day! We made a quick stop at Long's Bakery in the morning to have their famous donuts! Then we headed to the mission office! I hung out with Sister Miles the whole time because she was GOING HOME! I was so sad to see her leave! I also said goodbyes to the people I was serving with and Sister Burgon! I love that girl! Then I got my new companion and we headed down to Bloomington, my new area! We dropped off my stuff at home and then went to campus at IU (Indiana University). It is a HUGGEEEEE campus! Like WOW! With a ton of people everywhere!
Wednesday was my first full day here! We contacted people in the morning and had a super cool miracle of finding people and they are really prepared to hear the gospel! It was a little grace that God let me see on my first day :) We had lunch and then went and got ICE CREAM with the elders and sisters to celebrate Sister Jones and Sister Yu's halfway mark and Elder Boutoille's 20 month mark! It was some REALLY good ice cream! Then we came back to the Institute building (its a building where they hold institute of religion classes for the students on campus that are member's of the church) to meet up with Benjamin, an investigator, to teach a lesson! Sister Porter (the sister whose spot I took) got to Skype into the lesson! It was so cool to have her there! It was a great lesson and I already love Benjamin!
Thursday morning we had a District/Zone meeting! There are some awesome missionaries here and i'm excited to serve with them! Then we did more contacting on campus, service at a food pantry! It was a fun day, especially because we got RAINED on! So funny story. We were contacting people on campus and it got dark all of a sudden. Then it started sprinkling. It was getting close to the time we needed to head back so we started walking toward the institute building. (still a good 15 min walk) and then it starts raining harder and harder and harder! And now we are really wet! Just trying to walk fast to get home! Then it is a TORRENTIAL DOWNPOUURRR!!!!! WE ARE SOAKING WET, FEET GUSHING WATER AND MAKEUP RUNNING DOWN MY FACE! We walked into the institute building...looking like we just went swimming in our clothes and the elders and sisters were sitting there and just stared at us and said "wow, you guys are wet!" hahahaha it was so crazy!
Friday was just more of the same stuff!
Saturday and Sunday was GENERAL CONFERENCE!!!!! On Saturday we watched it at the institute building with a bunch of people and with food and games in between! And then on Sunday we watched it at a members house! They made us "breakfast" for lunch! In between we went on a walk to the park which was fun! And then after it was over we played this hilarious game called "watch your mouth". We all got a good ab workout from laughing so hard!
Insights: Theres 2 talks that I wanted to talk about!
M Joseph Brough: He talked about how Heavenly Father has given us each our own "care package' for this life! It includes things like Him, our Savior, families, the scriptures, words from the prophet, commandments, etc. He listed 3 ways that we can feel this care package working in our lives: 1) Live the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 2) Connect with Heaven. 3) Let go. I loved this people it really helped me know and feel that God does love me and He does help me all the time!
Jeffery R Holland: IS AMAZING! His talks always speak to me! He talked about how we are all part of Gods choir. If we have moments in life where we have to stand there silent, thats ok because the people around us will make up for it. But he said do everything you can to STAY in the choir! It wouldn't be the same without you there! Its also ok to be different! The best choirs have 4, 5, 6 different parts, but that doesn't mean we can stand up there are sing whatever we want! We have to be within the realm of the song and the conductor (the Gospel of Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father as the conductor). GOD IS DETERMINED TO MAKE OF US MORE THAN WE COULD EVER IMAGINE.
I love you all so much and hope you enjoy your week!
-sister emily griffiths
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