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Living on His Grace

Monday, June 30, 2014

You ready for this? ;)

So as I said last week, it has been pretty rough with all the dropped appointments. What's worse is that we aren't getting any sparks of inspiration to be somewhere specific. So we've just been trying to stay anxiously engaged by visiting the unknown people on our ward list and contacting potentials. Last week I kept saying, "a miracle is about to happen because we are being tried sooooooooo hard right now!" But there we were working and working and waiting and STILL nothing. By Thursday I was completely wiped. My heart was just yearning to teach somebody, but my mind and body was just so exhausted. I remember sitting in the car Thursday evening, 30 mins before curfew, and Sister Craig and I are just looking at our books, so confuzzled, because we just didn't know what Heavenly Father wants for this area anymore. I remember crying internally and asking "what needs to happen?! Where do we need to be?! We're staying anxiously engaged, but still nothing." Friday morning we did our weekly planning and checked our goals for this week. We had two lessons. ONLY TWO LESSONS. Gah! Our goal was way higher than that and we were just there pondering, and praying, and practically begging Heavenly Father for a miracle to happen.

After weekly planning, we were driving to an investigator's house when Bro Mihlfield calls. He asks, "are you teaching a lot of people?" We had just dropped a ton of people, but I didn't want to sound negative, so I say, "we are teaching a good bunch." Then he says, "well, do you want more?" ECUMEH?!?!?!?!?! YES YES YES YES YES PLEAAAAAASE! He had a friend that he gave a blessing to before he went in for surgery. His friend has fully recovered in the span of a few weeks. He then asks Bro Mihlfield, "ok what is it that you guys believe?". Wooooo, baby! A miracle had come :)

Next we had planned to go and contact a potential/member referral. Her name is Divine and she's from the Philippines. Sis Thomas had met her at the Hampton Inn and they started talking and she gave her a Book of Mormon. She took us to the inn a month or so ago to introduce us and we got her address. We've tried to contact her before but she was never home when we knocked. But today we brought Sis Thomas out with us. We knock on Divine's door and her husband, Mike answers. He says she'll be back later. So we decided to visit Matt Westrup, our 17 yr old investigator. We were able to teach him inside the house for once because Sis Thomas was with us. Originally Sis Thomas was going to drive separate from us, just in case Divine wasn't home. But we figured maybe she could come with us to the rest of our appointments. Which was totally inspired because even though she's way older than Matt, they ended up getting along so well! Sis Thomas is a convert and all the questions Matt was asking were similar ones Sis Thomas had asked when she was investigating the church. We taught him the Plan of Salvation and the Spirit in there was just soooo strong. We invited him to be baptized and he accepted. YEEEEEEEEEUS! Plus, he said he was getting a phone for his bday so now we'd be able to contact him about church and rides and meetings. FINALLY! I was just so freaking happy and high off the Spirit after that lesson. We went back to Divine's and her husband says she's still not there. But Mike invited us in. Apparently he knew an LDS family who had given him a Book of Mormon and he's read part of it! So we did the Book of Mormon lesson and he invited us to come back. Boo yeah! Oh man, that all took less than two hours and on the way we were like, "what?! how did that all just happen?!" It was awesome!

On Saturday, after we did some service, we went to quickly contact a potential before we went to meet Bro Mihlfield and his friend. Tanya and her daughter, Shelby, came out to meet us and sat down on their steps while we taught them the Book of Mormon lesson. We asked if she had any questions that her heart was yearning answers for, and she says, "yeah...like is this all there is?". We testified of the Book of Mormon, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and how she can find answers and receive revelation to any question she has. Return-appointment for this week! Yeeeeuh buddy! There goes miracle #4, all in less than 24 hrs! Next we meet with Tom Sloane, Bro Mihlfield's friend. We taught him the Restoration. Sis Craig, Bro Mihlfield and I taught in unity like clockwork! It was awesome! And the Spirit was so strong, I started getting so dang emotional! At the end Bro Mihlfield asks Tom, "how do you feel?" He says, "it's true." There goes #5!

After them, we went to see Roy and Neola Haynie. They are a friends of the Patriarch Dale Wright, and we've been seeing them every so often. They are pretty much my adopted grandparents hahaha. They don't really want to learn more, but they love having us visit them every so often. We brought them a Book of Mormon and invited them to come to church on Sunday. Afterwards, Roy says do you mind if I say the prayer? And he gave such a beautiful, heartfelt one on our behalf. After he grabs my hand and says, "you girls keep doing what you're doing. You bring a special spirit in our home and we enjoy it. Bring it to other people."

Sunday comes along, and BOOM BABY, there were 6 non-members at church! Woo! Matt Westrup came early. He attended the Potosi Branch youth Sunday school, and then came to Sacrament with us. Sis Kerfoot had brought her neice, Matisse (who looks, speaks, and talks like Lacey Rose Ulloa to the teeeee), and her neighbor, Hannah (who we've been wanting to pick up as an investigator, but have been letting one of the YW fellowship her first. We were supposed to remind the YW to invite her to church but we forgot, BUT SHE CAME ANYWAY! YES!) Meagan, one of our investigators we recently dropped (just because they haven't been able to meet with us for a while) came too! And Roy walks into the church in this nice suit and I got so excited I almost jumped on him (but not really. Just imagine what I do when I see people I haven't seen in a while. That's what I did, minus the jumping on LOL). Bro and Sis Blum had brought with them a man named, Ed Wylde, who learned about the church is prison and ended up just loving it. He has tons of questions, and we get to meet with him this week! And then Sis Dempsey brought her other niece, Ananda, and we got to teach her after church. Ohhhhhh man. IT. WAS. AMAZING. That all counts more than just one miracle right there.

As I was sitting in Relief Society/Priesthood, it just dawned on me how tired I was. I don't remember how this thought popped into my head, but I was like, "wow I'm literally living off His Grace right now". I am so drained, I can hardly think or muster up my thoughts. It shows in the way I'm speaking, it shows in my journal entries, and it shows in my scripture studies. I am just struggling. But somehow, some way, I've been able to talk to the people I need to, teach the lessons, and even keep moving around! And I know it's not my doing. I'm so drained I don't feel an ounce of my energy being used. Like this moment is what I would describe as "the light leading me through the tunnel" because I know I'm not doing this alone. That's the Atonement. That's the Saviour's Grace. And oh how grateful I am for it! Then all of a sudden, I got emotional because I remembered Lolo.  And then it clicked that Lolo is helping me right now as well. I don't have any proof, I've never seen him, nor felt his presence. But for that one moment I knew I wasn't doing this by myself, I knew Lolo has been helping me throughout this week too. If not Lolo, somebody is. Because I don't know how all of this is even happening. I've felt so lost for days because of lack of inspiration/teaching appointments/success. And for some reason, at that moment in time, I felt it for a few seconds during my reflection and gratitude. I started tearing because a) I know I'm not alone. No matter how hard the week has gone, I knew Heavenly Father was there the whole time reminding me to be patient. We knew the miracles were going to come. We just had to wait. And then b) I've been studying the ministry of angels and have been pondering it for months, with the slight disappointment that I didn't think I was spiritually ready for me to recognize help from beyond the veil. But that moment during that class, I felt it.

So that was my amazing week :)

Other highlights:

* We got to visit a farm this week! We had a new family move in a few months ago and they are apparently less active. We had contacted the 21 yr old son because he is a prospective elder, and he actually contacted us back so we could come over! They toured us around the farm and it was pretty sweet! Minus the fact they had geese, turkeys, and the worst of all nightmares: Chickens. Oh man. The moment we walked by the coop, ALL the birds started running towards us because they thought we had food, and ALL TRAUMA from the 6th grade came back and I'm standing there clinging onto Sis Craig for dear life. Im pretty sure my life flashed before my eyes. I mean, the baby turkeys were KINDA cute and looked like raptors when they ran. And the mini chickens were cute when they ran. BUT STILL. I tried so hard to keep my cool.

* We went with an investigator to her Wednesday Worship. I already pre-warned Sis Craig what it would be like just incase (haha because the last time I went to something like this, Sis Fernandez wasn't expecting what would happened and I couldn't stop laughing at her face expression. I'm used to this non-denominational thing). Anyway, so we get there and everybody is uber friendly and welcoming. I'm standing there like wow, how come we as Latter-day Saints don't greet people like this when non-members/less actives come? Lessons learned, I tell ya. So we sit down and the music is awesome! This one lady had amazing pipes! And then the minister starts yelling. Not speaking or telling, but yelling into his microphone preaching about Christ and how we are saved because He died for us. I mean, you can get louder all you want buddy, but I think we all already know this. Everyone else was getting pretty excited. Which I understand...he tried to sound motivating. And usually I leave these things thinking, "that's cool they all get hyped up!" But this time I was just sitting there, waiting, not really know what I was waiting for. After I left I realized I was waiting for instruction. I was waiting for him to say something for the Spirit to teach me something. But it didn't. Then I realized how my testimony of church attendance has ben strengthened. I don't come to church to be entertained. I come to church to receive instruction on how I can better be who Heavenly Father wants me to be, and that I can do it because of Jesus Christ. I later told Sis Craig that before, I loved going to church. But the only times I'd get 'excited' for it was when there was something going on or whatever. But over the span of my mission, my excitement for church has changed. I don't get excited for Sunday to come because something is about to happen. I get excited for church because I get to take the Sacrament. I get that renewed strength and power, and then I get to be taught by the Spirit himself. And I'm not saying this because it's the right thing to say, but this is actually how I feel! I know that when I've had a downer weak, I'm just itching to get to church to take the Sacrament so I can feel that renewal. And then mingling with the Saints is the cherry and sprinkles that go on top (cuz I just love them so so uber much!) :)

* We got to cook dinner for the Bassetts this week! It was my first time cooking Adobo in a loooooooong time, and the second time cooking it...EVER. It didn't look ANYTHING like dad's, but it still tasted pretty good :D Any everyone liked it! Sis Bassett said that if Kyree is saying it smells and tastes like her favourite dish at Colton's restaurant, then that's the biggest compliment because she's the pickiest eater bahahaha. Sis Craig made one of her mom's most popular desserts! It was peanut butter cookie dough with marshmallows and M&Ms on top. It was soooo good!

* And we got to paint the Hargiss' home! It's so exciting. I went from helping sheet rock and mud and clean to priming and painting! The house is looking so good!

A few quotes to share with you:

* My favourite (and popped into my head while I was writing because it ties in with gaining revelation during periods of gratitude): "The last five words of [Moroni 10:3] offer an important admonition--'ponder in your hearts'. What is the antecedent of 'it'--the thing that we are to ponder? It is 'how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things.' We are to remember how loving, how provident, how good, how forgiving our Heavenly Father has been toward us. What usually happens when we begin to ponder how merciful the Lord has been to mankind? To us personally? What happens when we count our blessing, or perhaps our sins for which we must ask his forgiveness, and recognize his hand in our individual lives? Is it not true that our hearts turn to the Lord in love and gratitude? Do our faith and humility increase? Yes, and that, in my judgment, is the impact of verse 3--following the counsel therein helps us to become more humble, more willing and ready to receive new information and knowledge with an open mind." --Gene R. Cook

And from my studies in "Jesus Christ--Gifts and Expectations" by Ezra Taft Benson:

"Some men are willing to die for their faith but will not fully live for it".

"Man is greatest and most blessed and joyful whose life most closely fits the pattern of Christ!"

"We have work to do, to follow Him!"

"God's revelation to Adam did not instruct Noah how to build the ark." (ho-hoooo LOVE THIS ONE)

"Sometimes He temporarily grants to men their unwise requests in order that they might learn from their own sad experiences...Bad experiences are an expensive school that only fools keep going to"

"The Church is true. Keep its laws; attend its meetings; sustain its leaders; accept its callings; get its recommend; and enjoy its blessings."

^Think about those because THEY ARE AWESOME!

Hope you all have a fantabulous week and a killer Canada Day!!!!! I'm celebrating on the 4th. Tell me all about the fun stuff you guys are doing for the summer!

MUCHO LOVIN'!
Sister Limas :)

Holding the goats on the farm

...and that's it. Wow, I barely took photos this week :/

"Be true to the faith you DO have"

Monday, June 23, 2014

OOOOOKAY, so this week has been SO ODD.
We had dropped appointments one after the other for FOUR DAYS STRAIGHT, including 3 dropped dinner appointments. What the cheeeeeeese. I mean, I totally understand that people are busy and things come up--whatever, that's totally fine. But to have all your teaching appointments in a row cancelled STINKS SO HARD.

Even though it has been rough, there were a ton of tender mercies and Sis Craig and I have learned so much in those 4 days.

On Monday, Sis Craig got sick so we were in the apartment all day. Poor thing. Being sick on the mission stinks. But she's handling it well. Staying in the apartment was a tender mercy just because I got to catch up on a whole lot of letter writing. AND, Sis Craig's family sent back her iPod with lots of good pday music, so that made me uber happy to just jam and write letters.

Tuesday, Sis Craig is still feeling sick. I wanted her to get the rest she needed for all our appointments later in the week. But then I ran out of things to do!!! Haha I had a bunch of Ensigns in front of me that I was reading, but then I got bored. Then I started going crazy. Tender mercy: Jennifer Owen, who is preparing to serve a mission, said she wanted to come out with us to our lesson with our investigator. But the investigator cancelled. BUT she was still willing to come with me tracting while Sis Craig rested at the Bassetts just so I could do sooooomethinnng. We had dinner with the Toombs that night. It hit me that this is probably the last time I'm going to see Bro Toombs in a while. The Toombs have two sons on a mission right now. Sis Toombs has us over for dinner every week. Bro Toombs works in New York and comes home every 6 weeks and stays for 2 weeks. So I only get to see him every so often. But he's so awesome. I was just so sad thinking this was the last time I'd get to see him  before transfers! Anyway, dinner with them was a hoot. We were going to have bacon burgers, but then the BBQ grill caught on fire HAHAHAHAHA. It was hilarious!!! So we used Sis Toombs home-made buns and had lunch meat. It was still good. Oh mission adventures :)

Wednesday, Jennifer came out with us again to Park Hills. Which was awesome because we ended up having two random lessons. Having a member present was a bonus! All our other appointments in the evening got cancelled, which was a bummer. But Matt, our 17 yr old investigator, came to mutual! I just love the youth. Chelsea Adams from Fredericktown was there so I was happy to see her. She's like "you're still here?!" Sis Gratton, our YW president, says, "didn't you know she's not allowed to leave? We took her name out of the transfer book so President can't move her". BAHAHA I love her.

Thursday, we had district meeting and I felt SOOOOO CHASTIZED. Our trainings were on humility and diligence. I think those are the two Christ-like attributes I'm constantly studying and I always feel like I STILL have a hard time with those two. GEEZ SISTER LIMAS, WHY DO YOU HAVE TO BE SO PRIDEFUL FOOOOOOOR. AND WHY DO YOU HAVE TO GET SICK ALL THE TIMEEEE. Yep, pretty much what goes through my head all the time haha. The Cornicks, the senior couple that checks our apartments, came to our meeting. They are leaving next month! Oh my!!! I just love Elder and Sister Cornick. Sis Cornick is such a sweetie. When I was sick in Glen Carbon she just gave me a ton of tips on trying to get better, and every time she sees me now she tells me I look good (and not sick) hahaha. We had gone to Wal Mart to get my glasses fixed, which was so inspired because A) we bumped into Sis Thomas and she offered to take us out to dinner since our dinner appointemtn got cancelled, and B) We saw the Penroses! It is sooo hard to get a hold of them! And they are both trying to quit smoking. We told them about our Stop Smoking Workshop and that there are some items in there that will help them make the quitting process a little easier. So they invited us over for an appointment later in the week. FINALLY. The Widdows (a part-member, less-active family) were the only ones who kept their appointment today. I love meeting with them. The kids are awesome and Cassie, our investigator, is so mature about the gospel. I just love teaching her. Dinner with Sis Thomas went awesome. We went to El Tapatio mmm mmm mmm :) We were talking about missionary work and formulating ideas for a Family History openhouse, since that topic is what brought us most success at our booth. She told us about her son, Zack, who is a less active and is currently working in Alaska right now. She said that our previous dinner discussions at their house and the commitments we gave them were really good because apparently he's starting to read his scriptures again!!!!! Sis Thomas says to me, "you never know what happens to people by what you say. I'm so glad that at the dinner table you said you 'DONT know'. I think that made him feel like he wasn't alone in searching". :') And then we did a role play with her. HAHA it was so random but we were showing her how we teach people with the pamphlets and she says, "oh oh pretend I'm an investigator!" So we practiced, and she told us she really felt the Spirit SCORE. I think that's the first time we've ever done that with a member, and it was so great! Then we went to the Toombs to share something with Bro Toombs. It was like eating at me a couple nights ago that I had to share the Questions of the Soul with him. We had a really great discussion with him. I am going to miss that man! Kay, you should see my journal for Thursday. SO MANY LESSONS LEARNED!

Friday, our flipping service opportunity got cancelled. And our dinner appointment too. And all the other teaching appointments UGHHHHH. But as we were calling people during weekly planning, a family we have not met before (Brad and Melissa Minks) called us back and said they didn't have time the upcoming week, but they could have us over tonight. Super last minute, but SUPER BLESSINGS! We had an awesome evening with them and talked about Alma's conversion and there conversion stories. I LOVE CONVERSION STORIES. THEY ALWAYS BRING THE SPIRIT IN! We had a stop-by lesson with David Thorn, my most stubborn investigator. Haha oh but how I love him. We taught him about the Sacrament and told him we were going to start teaching the commandments to qualify for baptism. He had said at previous appointments that he can't come to church with us again because of his knee. But right before he left he summons me back and says, "i have to tell you something! God's telling me that I need to come to your church on Sunday". EXCUMEH!? OOOOK! :D Sis Craig left him with Mosiah 2 to read and told him it talks about how we can obtain joy in this life. Renee, his daughter in law, is sitting behind us smoking and says, "oh i need to read that!" PERFECTO! The Spirit's been eating at me that we should talk to her more, and that just brought up the opportunity! So she took a Book of Mormon and said she'd read it! WOOT! Oh, and my only progressing investigator with a baptism date relapsed on alcohol. OH MY HECK, I my heart just sunk. It took us a while to convince him to see us. Uhmmm, so turns our him and our ex-communicated member thinks its too hard to separate, so they'll just get married instead. Oh man, there is just way too much about that story. But long story short, there was a lot of chastising on our part--still no date, BUT at least they plan on getting married. Le sigh.

Saturday, we were kinda just going with the flow and seeing what would happen. We got to do service at the Hargiss. They have been remodeling their home for months! It's looking so good! I'm so glad that I've been able to help a bit as the house has progressed. They a friend named Randy over there helping out with the porch. Sis Hargiss said he knows the church is true, but wont join because he's afraid of what his family is going to say. Bro Hargiss kept going off on him about how true our religion is. But we got some time to talk to Randy while we worked on the porch, and he's super nice. We asked him a lot of questions and he said he's willing to have us over. Aw yeah! AND Sis Hargiss' neighbor apparently came up to her and said, I want to come to church with you. I know how the Owens family is and I really like them. I want to check your church out. HOW AWESOME IS THAT???? Oh and I really like this whole building-a-house thing. I just have so much fun doing it with them as I've been in this area. We had dinner with Whitney Shumway, one of our recent converts. I just looove her. She love hunting, and guns, and believes in disciplinary action, but she's also really good at doing nails and is gorgeous and is hilarious beyond belief. Her husband, Mel, was less-active and is starting to become active again. He's a sweetheart. And Whitney's son, Trent is SO hyper-active. He makes me laugh sooo hard. Anyway we had an awesome dinner and lesson with them. We did our Alma 50 lesson, but it was like a duo reading-lesson for Trent as well. It was a hoot.

Sunday was uber good, as usual! Bro Felker gave a really good talk about holding onto the iron rod, and shared 5 things Elder Bednar says we need to do to hold to the iron rod:
1) Have family prayer
2) Have weekly family home evening
3) Pay an honest tithe
4) Attend church every Sunday
5) Study scriptures individually and as a family

Bro Bassett's Gospel Principles lesson was about the Sacrament. The past couple of weeks I was answering questions left and right mostly because the topics of "Holy Ghost" and "Gifts of the Spirit" are two of my favourite. I was surprised to hear some of the things that came out of my mouth during this lesson though...and I got emotional! I guess I didn't realize how much the Sacrament actually meant to me. It was definitely a testimony-builder. Relief Society was about missionary work. BOO YAH! After church we had lunch with the Duvalls at church. Bahahah oh I just love them. And then we had dinner with the Bohns and had a uber good lesson with them. Ha, Bro Bohn knows I love my red pepper flakes on his home-made pizza....but we had pork steak this time so he got me some ground up red pepper. Hahahaha I just love Bro Bohn. He challenged me to put in on my cookies. Ha-ha! Man, I just love the people in my ward. They are all so different from each other and come from all different walks of life (literally, most of the people in my ward that I associate with aren't even from here), but they all have a love for the Saviour. I JUST LOVE THEM SO UBER MUCH.

ANYWAY, I'm so sorry I just went off on all of that. Not that you need to know every detail of my week....but there were so many bummers, but so many more good things that happened too.

Spiritual thought for this week!:

This is a mix between what Sis Chapman shared last week, what we taught Bro Toombs this week, what we have been sharing with members during dinner appointments, and some of my studies.

As a mission, we are currently studying the 4 Gospels together (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John). So there's this story in Mark chapter 9 where a man comes to Jesus, asking Him to heal his son. Jesus says, "If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth" (v23). Verse 24 says, "the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief". So if you've seen Finding Faith in Christ, then you know when it comes to this part in the movie, after the man said "oh, I believe", Jesus gives him 'the look'. Then the man quickly responds "help thou mine unbelief". That's probably the most funny part of that movie just because of Jesus' face expression. ANYWAY, because of this hilarity running through my head with those lines, I never thought about the deeper meaning of it. Sis Chapman shared that this was the theme for camp: JUST BELIEVE. The man crying, "help thou mine unbelief", is a lot more profound than I realized. The man knew he didn't have faith enough sufficient, but he cried for help to have the faith. Sis Chapman says that at camp they tried to help the girls not to focus on the trials, tragedies, and unbelief, but to "LEAD WITH THE FAITH YOU DO HAVE." We are a lot like this man. We have faith. We like to believe we have enough faith. We work to acquire/build/nourish that faith. But sometimes we feel like it just isn't enough---sometimes we have questions, sometimes we're unsure, sometimes we just don't know. But this is where "help thou mine unbelief" becomes profound--we can cry to the Lord to help us, and He fills where we fall short. It's okay to not know everything. I tell Sis Craig all the time that I am my worst investigator. Any question that any investigator has asked, I have already contemplated myself. Not because I don't believe it's true--because I know without a doubt that it is--but I'm always trying to look for more proof to prove that we're right. (Geez, like the spiritual experiences and testifying aren't enough. Goodness Sis Limas, just stop being so stubborn). I know I don't know everything. But I know enough. And I've experienced enough with the Spirit to know I can never deny the truth of the Gospel. I guess I'm just still learning to be patient about wanting to know and learn all the answers of the universe. 

Anyway, I know there are a lot more people whose wanting to know is a lot deeper than mine. Bro Toombs has an extraordinary testimony on prayer and the love Heavenly Father has for him, but he still doesn't know if the Book of Mormon is true or if Joseph Smith was a prophet. You know what's so awesome about the Book of Mormon? It answers the questions of the soul. I have a DVD from the California Oakland/San Fran Mission (via Sudweeks) that plays a short clip about conversion through the Book of Mormon/member missionary work and people's experiences. The song that plays in the background is "Healing Water". I've been thinking about the message a lot. We are told to immerse ourselves in living waters--our scriptures, most especially the Book of Mormon. But why a song about Healing Water? Here's what I've concluded: Living Water--the nourishment from the scriptures for our spirits--becomes Healing Water when we are able to fill the holes in our hearts through the messages from the Spirit as we read the Word of God. And sometimes, it takes a while. Conversion doesn't happen in a snap. But I love what Holland says, "be true to the faith you DO have". Just like the man in the Bible--his belief gave him enough drive to go and ask Christ to heal his son. That portion of faith he did have still drove him to do something. Christ filled in where his faith was short. So sometimes, yeah, we don't know. BUT, let the portion you do have faith in, no matter small it may be, be the drive that leads you to continue to search, and ponder, and pray, and live the gospel of Jesus Christ. Keep on keeping on your whole life. Let your love for Christ be the motivation to do what is right. And like Elder Holland says, "Don’t you quit. You keep walking. You keep trying. There is help and happiness ahead. Some blessings come soon, some come late, and some don’t come until heaven. But for those who embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ, they come." The blessings will come. The testimony and faith will come. The knowledge and understanding will come. It is promised! All that is asked of us is that we keep on trying and JUST BELIEVE.

I'm sorry that was so uber long. I wasn't expecting my spiritual thought to be as long as it was haha. But I hope you all got something out of that. Quotes for you to ponder:

"More important than speaking is listening. These people are not lifeless objects disguised as a baptismal statistic. They are children of God, our brothers and sisters, and they need what we have. Be genuine. Reach out sincerely. Ask these friends what matters most to them. What do they cherish, and what do they hold dear? And then listen. If the setting is right, you might ask what their fears are, what they yearn for, or what they feel is missing in their lives. I promise you that something in what they say will always highlight a truth of the gospel about which you can bear testimony and about which you can then offer more...If we listen with love, we won't need to wonder what to say. it will be give to us--by the Spirit and by our friends".--Holland

"He was a carpenter, a teacher, an outcast, a leader, yet he did what no carpenter, teacher, outcast, leader had ever done. Like all who preceded him, he lived and he died. But unlike all who preceded him, he rose from the dead. He lived again. He lives and because he lives you, you, and you, and she, and he, and they, and we ALL will live again. Because of him death has no sting, the grave no victory. We can start again, and again and again. Because of him guilt becomes peace, regret becomes relief, despair becomes hope. Because of him we have second chances, clean slates, new beginings. There is no such thing as the end. BECAUSE OF HIM"

Have a uber awesome week!!!
MUCHO LOVE!
Sister Limas

PS check out #calledtoshare on Facebook! Sis Craig's aunt and uncle started it in their mission and its going worldwide! Its awesome. We are participating in it with the help of members :)

Momma Bear and Papa Bear Toombs

Me and my little sunshine, Taeler Duvalllll. Isn't he such a cutie??

Me and Jade Duvall. Oh I just love their hugs :)

His Infinite Love

Monday, June 16, 2014

Man, this week has been a roller coaster! There were so many frustrations, but so many tender mercies in the making! So many good things happened, but so many frustrating things started pilling up at the end of the week; by Saturday evening, I was just not feeling the Spirit and my stomach was doing flip-flops because I just felt stuck in a rut.

Sis Craig and I decided to fast every Sunday this transfer so we could meet our baptism goals for this transfer. Sunday morning and I'm still not feeling the Spirit. I felt like everything good that happened was great, but all the bad stuff was just weighing so heavily that all the good stuff was being buried. And you know what...as a missionary, feeling those frustrations can really put you into a pit! There are no family or friends or "comfort places" you can turn to to forget about it for a while. And besides, a missionary cant just "forget about it" because its our callinnnnng. Siiigh. Anyway, we get to church and my heart just filled with gratitude. I can't even express how much I love my ward. How grateful I am to be a member of Christ's restored Church, and that no matter where in the world I go, I can always feel at home and find family with members of the church. The Farmington Ward has become my family! We were just standing at the doors wishing everyone "Happy Father's Day" and it just dawned on me how much I actually look up to these people and love them like I've known them forever. Once again, I say, when I opened my mission call and read "Missouri St Louis Mission", I didn't realize all the names behind it. I honestly can't even picture my life with the people I've met on my mission. My leaders, my companions, the other missionaries, the members, my investigators....they all mean so much to me! And because I feel that love, I know how much more Heavenly Father loves them and loves me. I only get a glimpse of that infinite love our Father has for all of us.

Sacrament meeting was AWESOME. Sis Chapman, the camp director, shared their experiences at camp. We has also helped Sis Toombs pack all the camp food into her car earlier this week(she was the camp cook). I just gained a new appreciation for my leaders, because I am seeing how much hard work and preparation these leaders put in to make a spiritual, fun-filled week for the youth. Girls Camp is a necessity for the YW because it's a time they focus on practicing gospel living without worldly distractions; its where they build testimonies. I've always had such a strong testimony of the youth programs because I know how much good it did to shape me growing up, but this week just strengthened that. Soooo summer is here and y'all are probably getting ready for youth or YSA conference. As you prepare to go, think about the reason those are even held for you. What are you going to get out of camp/conference this year? What questions are you searching answers for? What kinds of things are you seeking to learn? After camp/conference, what are you seeking to apply?

The primary kids sang part of the primary theme song for this year. I'm sitting there in tears. They sang the 3rd verse on Mother's Day, and yesterday they sang the 2nd verse for Father's Day:

A father's place is to preside, provide, to love and teach the gospel to his children. A father leads in family prayer to share their love for Father in Heaven. God gave us families to help us to become what He wants us to be-- This is how he shares His love, for the family is of God.

Patriarch Dale Wright gets up to give his talk and says, "we just heard what heaven sounds like". Gah. I just love that song because it's just SOOOO TRUE. God gave us families to help us become what He wants us to be. We teach this to people everyday! Because we do, it has allowed me to reflect many times on how my family has been a blessing to me, and how I learned the gospel from them. I ask people all the time how much they love their kids, and then explain that God gives us families so we can begin to understand how much love God has for us as His children. I am so grateful for the chance to do that because it reminds me how blessed I have been to grow up in the home that I did, with the parents and siblings and extended family that I have; which I am so extremely grateful for.

Dad, I just want to let you know how grateful I am that you are--like the song says--one that presides, provides, loves, and teaches, and that you fulfill your sacred duties as a father. Thanks for teaching me that I'm capable of so many things, and for treating me, Laura, Arielle, and most especially Mom, with the utmost respect and love. Because of you, I've been able to learn how much my Heavenly Father loves me because He shows it through you. You are the pure example of a worthy Priesthood holder who knows they have been given the responsibility to take care of Daughters of God. You take care of 4 of them :) (Not to mention a whole lot of others because you are a brother, son, and bishop too!)

Anyway, I wish I could tell you about all the awesome lessons we had because we had quite a few this week that were just so evident that the Spirit was working with them. But here are my tender mercies/miracles/funnies of the week:

* Last week's district meeting was about Alma 32. Sis Craig and I have been using that as a basis for our lessons all week and it has been so great!!! Its awesome how you can explain any gospel principle with that chapter :) We had at least 3 investigators who really soaked in what we were sharing. With the help of the Spirit, their walls were knocked down to help them know what they need to learn.

* David Thorn, my most stubborn investigator, accepted the invitation to be baptized!!!!! He's......special. Haha, like I said before he's really hard to deal with and most time as we're getting out of the car I say, "I don't know if I'm ready for this". Mostly because I've just learned that he's super hardheaded until you give him a stern talking to. So this week we planned to teach repentance and invite him to be baptized a second time, but he kept going on all his random tangents that I've heard about a billion times already. It just came to the point where we just had to quickly tie in what he was saying to a straight forward invitation to be baptized. Long story short, he said God's telling him that he needs to get baptized. Now he's just praying about a date. Pray for him! I'm probably never going to see him get baptized, but I just hope whoever comes in next stays patient with him....cuz it's taken me this long!

* We had a super frustrating lesson with one of our investigators this week that I was just close to tears. It came to the point where the Spirit said not to argue and just bear testimony of eternal families. This morning I was reading in the Book of Mormon and I have found why I have felt the way I did this past week: "And now I, Sister Limas, cannot say more; the Spirit stoppeth mine utterance, and I am left to mourn because of the unbelief...and the ignorance, and the stiffneckedness of men; for they will not search knowledge, nor understand great knowledge, when it is given unto them in plainness, even as plan as word can be". Hahahaha I was just laughing to myself this morning as I read that. It also reminded me of a testimony of someone who had said they learned the Book of Mormon was true because "no one but a missionary could have written this story. Joseph Smith could never have know what it was like to be a missionary to the Lamanites, for no one he knew had ever done such a thing before". I guess my tender mercy is just the fact that I can fully for relate to people in the Book of Mormon haha.

* We were looking for less-actives, and in the process found a new investigator! This lady was telling us why she didn't need us to be talking to her because she believed in this and that. So then I say, "ok, well do you know of anyone we can share our message with? Anyone who needs help right now that could use our messages of Jesus Christ?" And all of a sudden she's taken a back and says, "well, funny you should ask because I need help right now". And she starts telling us her story and my heart just wept for her! We shared a few verses in the BOM with her and she invited us to come back next week. YEEEUS! I was so grateful for that experience because I've been praying for help on how to get Sis Craig have more confidence in her choices and recognize that it's the Spirit. She was the one who picked out that less-active name to see, which lead us to this new investigator. Prayers are answered!!

* Kalene Bassett's hugs :)

* Sis Thomas told us her son was in Alaska and told the missionaries there that he had cute sister missionaries in his ward BAHAHAHA

* Seeing Taeler Duvall at church. HAHAAAA. Whenever I see that kid I just yell out his name and when I get to him and make faces he just starts giggling. haha oh he's my little sunshine :)

* Jennifer Owen is the only young adult sister planning to go on a mission right now. And she asked us if she could come out with us this week! :D She rejected our invitation before, but now she actually wants to come :D

* We've been praying for service opportunities because the Elders' previous weekly community service pretty much just waster our time. But this week we got to help out the members so much....and in the process get my arms pretty toned :p hahaha. The Holmes and the Elkingtons are moving out this week, so they needed a lot of help. PLUS, the boy scout yard sale was this week, so we did a lot of loading and hauling there too. Whewww. Love it!

* We found out that Farmington was one of the highlight areas at Mission Leaders Council, yet again! :D Hoorah! I don't even know what that means, but that's the 3rd time!

Anyway, I gotta go cuz I have less than 5 mins left.

LOVE YOU!
Hope your week is awesome!
MUCHO LOVIIIIN
Sister Limas

Our booth for Farmington Country Days

Cotton candy at the Scout Yard Sale :)

Farewell to the Elkington girls: Gabby, Evelyn, and Alainna.

The Carrot, the Egg, and the Coffee Bean

Monday, June 9, 2014

Once again I have a billion things buzzing through my head, so hopefully this conglomeration of thoughts don't confuse you! But it's going to be good, I promise. Just forgive me if it's a little unorganized.

I am mostly going to talk about Sunday because that has pretty much been my highlight for this week :) But it ties in with spiritual thoughts. You ready for this?

Sacrament Meeting was all about Trials (woo! one of my favourite topics!) Sis Majeske, our Relief Society President, shared a story that one of her counselors has shared in RS the week before. I want to share it with you before I make my comments:

A young woman went to her mother and told her how things were so hard for her in life. She did not know how she was going to make it and was tired of fighting and struggling.

It seemed that as one problem was solved, a new one arose. Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to a boil. In the first, she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans.

She let them sit and boil, without saying a word. In about twenty minutes, she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out, the eggs out, coffee beans out, and placed them in a bowl. Turning to her daughter, she asked, "Tell me, what do you see?" "Carrots, eggs, and coffee," the young woman replied. The mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. She then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, she asked her to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked, "what does it mane, mother?"

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity--boiling water--but each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard and unrelenting. However after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg has been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior. But, after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water. "Which are you" the mother asker her daughter. "When things are difficult, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?" 

Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity, do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength? Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water--the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you to come out of trouble. When the hours are the darkest and trials are their greatest, do you elevate to another level in life?

Awesome right? So ask yourselves, what are you? Are you the carrot, the egg, or the coffee bean? I have to agree with Sis Majeske on this one and say that it depends. We all want to be the coffee bean, but lets face it, sometimes we get thrown into a situation and we aren't as positive or optimistic about a trial as we know we could/should be. I would LOVE to say that with all trials I have been the coffee bean from start to finish. But I haven't. There have been some difficulties that have definitely made my heart hard. There have also been some difficulties that have left me feeling weaker than I have ever been before. BUT even though that may be so, I can testify with all my heart that even after those times of being hardened or weakened, we can still change. We can BE the coffee bean--to change the hot water and release fragrance and flavour! We just need to let go and let God! 

I feel like most of the time, I go from carrot, to egg, to coffee bean, with each trial. Its a process. I start out strong and know that it's going to do some kind of good. I'm optimistic, I'm happy. But as things get harder and rougher, I start to get overwhelmed and get weak. And that weakness can sometimes lead to a hardened and stiff heart. I don't mean hard by haughtiness or pride, but of broken self worth, a loss of who I am, and a desperate wanting to block any and every thing that can make me anymore vulnerable than I already feel. And it's in those time of vulnerability and lowliness when the Lord always lifts me higher. When we turn to the Lord, we no longer have to lift the burden by ourselves. That is why His grace is sufficient. He doesn't rush in to help us after all we can do, but He is there every single step of the way, SO ready to help us; if we would just leave it in His hands and learn to let go.

​The definition of a trial? ​It's a "a test of the performance, qualities, or suitability of someone or something". That is why we are given trials. Heavenly Father wants to test our ability. We have spiritual gifts, some that we don't even know about! But Heavenly Father knows them. He also knows what needs to happen for us to develop them. This ties into the other things I learned at church on Sunday. 

Gospel Principles was about the Holy Ghost (mmyeeus another one of my favourite topics!) We discussed what we can do to get better at using/recognizing the gift of the Holy Ghost. When we get promptings, are they ever convenient? Haha, hardly! Take me for example--I'm almost always having debates with the Spirit. But I've learned to just shut up and do it. Why do they sometimes seem inconvenient? Because it's a test to see where our priorities are at. Are we ready to go and do as the Lord calls and prompts us to? Or do we have other priorities that we put before the Lord? Oh-hooo. That's the hard-hitter question right there. So when we are living our lives, trial or no trial, do we heed to the promptings of the Spirit? Are we paying attention to the still small voice? Learning to act on spiritual promptings IS a spiritual gift! And we only learn to recognize the spirit better when we act. Sometimes we don't know it's the Spirit prompting at first, but after we see the results, we know without a doubt that it was inspired. The process of doing this helps us learn and become who Heavenly Father wants us to become. Why? Because we're acting in faith when we follow spiritual promptings. In relation to trials, we can only change the boiling water of our situation when we start trusting in the Lord, and following the Spirit for our "what do I do next?"s. Trials are able to release our fragrance or flavor--or allow us to unfold spiritual gifts and abilities, even stronger testimonies--when we choose to turn to the Lord for His help. If we turn to Him we need not worry because He does the molding. And He's perfect, so His molding doesn't have any mistakes. He doesn't make any mistakes with us. We just have to be willing to do and be what He would have us do and be.

Just another thought on the Spirit. When I was in youth there were always some friends that would say that going clubbing wasn't "bad" as long as we weren't participating in the "bad" stuff; and that it was a great opportunity to be an example that we can be in that environment and fun but still not do what everybody else is doing. OOOOK. So before I used to think, "ok they have a point. But I just wouldn't be comfortable in that situation anyway." Lesson learned this Sunday: the Spirit helps us feel UNCOMFORTABLE. I never thought about that before! One of our members shared an experience of when she used to go with friends to a bar and they would dance. They weren't doing anything bad, but it was all just great fun. Then one day she walked into the bar and just felt so weird all of a sudden. She shared, "sometimes we walk into a place where the Spirit can't walk in with us". I thought that was so interesting. I mean, I know I'm only supposed to go to places were the Spirit can be with me, but I never thought about the Spirit just choosing not to step into a place with you. What I've learned: If I consider the Spirit my best friend, why would I want to be in a place where He can't go with me? I mean c'mon, we always want to do everything with our best friends. Take them everywhere with us, experience all fun with them. And when we do something without them, something is missing, right? And that's the same with the Spirit. When we choose to walk into a place where the Spirit can't be, He stays outside. And when your best friend isn't with you, sometimes you tend to make choices you wouldn't have if your best friend was with you. Is this making any sense? Because it was like epiphany bursts to me during class XD haha. Here's another thought. When we listen to music, a lot of the time we say "I'm just listening to the tune/beat, I'm not paying attention to the words." (Ok maybe we don't all say that, but I know I have said that for some songs). Anyway, even though I may just be listening to the tune, the Holy Ghost is listening to everything else. The Spirit then withdraws. And when the Spirit withdraws we are more subject to temptation and the sons of perdition.....AND WE DONT EVEN REALIZE IT! This is when 2 Nephi 26:22 plays in. Satan's flaxen chords all of a sudden turn into chains we can't escape from. That's how satan and sin work, no? We start doing things that aren't that bad, and all of a sudden it turns into something super serious. How do we get there? Sometimes we don't know. But it makes a whole lot more sense to me as to how easy it can happen when I realize how easily the Spirit can withdraw.

Just some other quotes and thoughts for you to ponder:

"No trial goes unwasted"

"Seek to know your privileges"

"What we say and how we present ourselves not only betray our inner person but also mold that person and those around us"

"Hell is the man you are meets the man you could have been"

^Oooooh man, that last one is my favourite!

Anyway, I just want to tell you how much I love my ward. I just love all the members in Farmington so, so much. Sunday was just so good, not only because of things I learned and things that happened, but because of the members I'm lucky enough to associate with who are a huge blessing to be around. 
They are my tender mercies! :

* Sis Thomas just moved into the ward, and she is just so amazing. I love gospel conversation with her :D

* Hearing Sis Gratton say, "remember who you are!" and then hearing her 12 yr old daughter say this with enthusiasm as she walks away, "daughter of God. Born to be a queen!"

* Sis Kerfoot was so willing to drive us clear out to Ste Genevieve (30-40 mins away) when the Zone Leaders miscommunicated our meeting spot to pick up supplies for our booth. It was a very nice drive on the way down though :) We don't get out to Ste Gen that often because of miles, so it was nice to have that opportunity.

* The Bassetts have been such a huge help with setting up for our booth. And they stopped by our booth multiple times during the event. That family just makes my heart smile so big.

* 3 yr old Khloe Bassett is my little firecracker. She makes me laugh so hard! My new district leader, Elder Austin, is her new "boy-friend". She is just sooo funny.

* When Bro Bohn, the 1st councilor in the Bishopric dips his chip in my ranch dressing and says, "What?! It's ok! We're like family, right?" Hahahaha.

* Buzzing around after church, trying to talk to all the people we needed to, but having all the little kids swarm your legs and hug you so you can't move. GAH, I just LOVE them.

* Oh my goodness, little 5 yr old Taylor Duvall is my little sunshine! Every time I see him he gives me this little smirk then gets all shy and starts giggling while he's looking down. Bahaha oh he is just so adorable.

* Having lunch with Sis Paige and the Duvall family. Those kids are so quiet at church, but they told me so much at lunch! Haha totally unexpected! They are all so smart! And then Quenten says, "man, I hate it when missionaries get transferred. Just when you get close with them, they leave". Oh, that just broke my heart. Cuz A) that was the first time I even talked to the kid, and B) holy shoot, it's going to be SO hard to leave this ward when the time comes.

GAH, I JUST LOVE THEM ALL SO MUCH!

Anyways, I'm done. My emails really need to get shorter cuz we get kicked off faster because of summer, darn it. I hope you got something out of all of this haha. Just so you know, the awesomeness of this Sunday all happened after I got a peaceful feeling about the date. On the way to church I realized I had hit 13 months. And my initial thought process was about to be, "ok Sis Limas what else do we need to work on?", but instead I just got this peaceful feeling that I have come a long way and I just need to smile as I continue. I found out having my body remember things a year ago can sometimes be a tender mercy! ;D

Hope you all have a fabulous week!
MUCHOOOOO LOVIN' to you all :)
Sister Limas

My first ever soft pretzel!!

Meet Lucy, Sis Paige's new sugar glider (flying squirrel). She tickles me when she climbs up my arm XD

THE best root beer around! St Louis' FITZZZZ!

A Call For Prayers

Monday, June 2, 2014

This morning I played the piano at a funeral for Brother Melvin Minks. He is the grandfather of one of my recent converts. This is the third death experience in the past 3 weeks, and one of many I've heard about this transfer! First Lolo Albert, then David Thron's brother-in-law, and now Bro Minks. At times like this, I am extra grateful that I have a testimony of the Plan of Salvation. There is so much peace and comfort knowing that life doesn't end at death--it's just another step in our progression to becoming eternal. Our loving Heavenly Father has provided us a plan to receive ultimate happiness, and it is so achievable! We simply just need to have faith and follow our Saviour Jesus Christ. I know that it is through the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ we are able to know of truths that have been lost concerning what happens after this life and what we are able to do in order to be sealed with our families forever.

Also, I don't normally do this, but could you all pray for my investigators, please? The majority of them has health issues that keep them from meeting with us or coming to church because of all the hospital trips. I have never felt so helpless! Every time I see them, its just one thing after another of health conditions and deaths in the family. I stand there listening, trying to give words of comfort according to the Spirit, but I just feel so useless because I can't help/aid them financially or physically. Its just super heartbreaking.

Here are my investigators to pray for:
Debbie and Bill Penrose
Ron Robertson
Felicia Twomey
David and Shirley Thorn
Leah Saxon
Nancy May
Lily Simmons

​Thank yous!

& Here are three cool miracles of the week!

1. We went to visit David. Usually he doesn't know we are coming and its a surprise visit. But this week we're sitting in the car and David all of a sudden appears out of his garage and starts waving us over hahaha. He sits down on the work counter and he tells me, "God says to be patient with your [...]. I don't really know what [...] He's talking about, but He says it'll be resolved soon. Just be patient". I'm standing there like, errrrr ok thanks. It was kinda funny because whatever David brought up was something I had mentioned of concern earlier that day. Anyway, we got through the whole Plan of Salvation with David! YES! The last time we tried that there was a lot of heat. But this time he listened. Near the end of the lesson he says to me, "you should be happy. You took a man out of his dark misery and got him hoping in God again". I'm standing there in shock thinking, "woah. YOU of all people are telling me this. Really?" Although David and I have had our rough spots with each other, I have come to really care about him (the ONLY reason I come back each week and deal with him haha). I just told him it wasn't me and totally the Spirit. Then I helped him remember the first time we met. That wasn't by chance. We were out looking for less-actives. He just happened to be sitting outside, smoking, in the SNOW, when we passed by the apartment complex. He's still David, but there's a little bit more hope and light in his eyes. All trials are worth seeing that little glimmer.

2. We met with one of the previous Elders' former investigator, Heather Matthews. The teaching record said she knew the Book of Mormon was true, but when we met her the first time, she said she had some issues concerning the Book of Mormon and the Bible. So on our visit with her this week, we resolved her concerns and helped her understand the purpose of the Book of Mormon. Then she tells us she wants a new one because her 12 yr old daughter is using her Book of Mormon to read and study from to teach her youth class at church. ECUMEH?!?! THAT'S AWESOME!!!!!! We will be teaching her and her daughter this week :)

3. On Sunday Sis Craig and I were fasting for a miracle because we pretty much feel like we've hit a roadblock with finding people to teach. Elder Weight and Elder Kaiser attended our sacrament meeting with their investigator and two of her kids because she wanted to attend our 11am session. So get this. After church, Bro Majeske pulls us out of Sunday School and says, did you know there was a non-member here and she's about to leave? Did you talk to her? We look super confuzzled, but then we see that he was talking about the Elders' investigator. Turns out she recently moved and just barely made it into the boundaries for our ward. The two kids with her weren't investigators yet, but they are both solid potentials. We're meeting with them this week. SOOO STOKED. Heavenly Father answers prayers!

This week we also had our last district meeting together. The trainings given by Sister Minyard and Elder Weight were awesome. It was also the saddest district meeting everrrr. We didn't get transfer calls till Saturday, but we were pretty sure both of them were leaving. Sis Minyard has become one of my bestest friends on the mission, and I've only known her for 12 weeks! But we hit it off right off the bat and I just love her. She's one of the few sisters that I can talk about anything to and I just have a huge respect for her as a missionary. Elder Weight too is one of my best buddies on the mission. He is just too funny. I guess this transfer is just hitting really hard because there are no more, "I'll see you later and we'll serve in another zone/district again". That possibility is just minimal now and it makes me sooooooo stinking sad! Anyway, we get transfer calls and Fredericktown and Potosi are switching areas. So Sis Minyard is staying :D which I am extremely grateful for. But Elder Weight is leaving and being replaced by Elder Austin, who replaced me in my last area. Ahaaa. Oh boy. But all of a sudden I'm like what am I going to do without Elder Weight?!?!?! I call him my "mom". This is so weird. It's like getting a new parent. Haha.

Now for my spiritual thought. Forgive me if some of you have heard this before. This is something I learned about when I was serving in Paris, but I happened to be reading it again and just added to my previous thought. Anyway...

This is in 2 Nephi 10:20-21

"And now, my beloved brethren, seeing that our merciful God has given us so great knowledge concerning these things, let us remember him, and lay aside our sins, and not hang down our heads, for we are not cast off; nevertheless, we have been driven out of the land of our inheritance; but we have been led to a better land, for the Lord has made the sea our path, and we are upon an isle of the sea.

"But great are the promises of the Lord unto them who are upon the isles of the sea; wherefore as it says isles, there must needs be more than this..."

My thought: There will be times when the Lord calls us out of our lands of inheritance (our comfort zone) and asks us to build a boat (gives us a calling, trial, hardship, etc). We just need to take that boat onto the waters and let the Lord guide out path to help us make it to the Promised Land. With the sea as our path, most of the time the path isn't clear; sometimes we don't know where water takes us and we just need to go with the flow. But when we trust in the Lord, the Spirit will tell us when its right to steer. Otherwise, we just need to trust that the Lord is leading us to where He wants us to go. Also, we have to endure our boats! We can't just jump off ship. We need to endure and stick to it until the Lord leads us to the Promised Land, or leads us to where we need to be or what we needed to become.

Trust in the Lord :)
Hope you all have a fun week! School is out here. But not there, right?
MUCHO LOVIN'
Sister Limas

Cape Girardeau Crew!

Out in the boonies!
Sister Craig: Why are we walking on the highway? We're going to die.
Me: We're on the Lord's errand!

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