I’m Home

I am home.

 

I am a Mormon.

 

I am a Returned Missionary.

 

I know, this may come as a huge shock. It did to me and my family however, I just want to plainly and simply explain that I know that my Heavenly Father loves me and I know that He has a very specific plan for me.

 

I wonโ€™t go into much detail other than to state that missions are hard but oh so worth every second of it. I sacrificed a career, relationships, friends, family, everything I had to offer the world to go and do the things the Lord has commanded me to do and everything I have to offer to God. As in my first blog post explaining why I decided to serve I will add in my testimony that I know this church is true. With all of my heart. I know that Heavenly Father knows each and every one of us personally and loves us so so much. I know that Jesus Christ established his church here upon a rock foundation. I know firmly that Christโ€™s church has been restored here again on this earth through the Prophet, Joseph Smith. I know that Jesus Christ lives. I know that he has felt my pains and afflictions. I know that I am not alone. My mission has blessed my family in so many ways and I am so eternally grateful for that. Nothing short of a miracle ๐Ÿ™‚

 

In Mark 12 it talks about the Widowโ€™s Mite. โ€œ41 And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. 42 And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. 43 And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: 44 For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.โ€

 

In Genesis 22 it talks about Abraham and his son, Isaac. โ€œ9 And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood. 10 And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. 11 And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. 12 And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me. 15 And the angel of the Lord called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, 16 And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the Lord, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: 17 That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;โ€

 

โ€œBehold, I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been called of him to declare his word among his people, that they might have everlasting lifeโ€ (3 Nephi 5:13).

I am so incredibly and humbly blessed to have served a great mission and to be back home.

 

I am so blessed to have had the unconditional love and support from you all. Especially those who wrote and emailed me ๐Ÿ™‚ May God bless you and your families forever.

 

Tag or no tag, I will always be a missionary. I love you, all.

Week 6 – TRANSFERS

10Okay, so I have a few interesting stories for you all but first, if you haven’t checked out #princeofpeace yet please watch it! It’s 2 minutes and 30 seconds!
So, it has been six weeks which means I either stay here in Boise for another six weeks or I get transferred to another area in Idaho! Roll the drums *bbdbdbdbdbdbdbdbdbdbdbdb*
I’m staying in Boise! Woo! I love the area and the people are amazing to work with. Recently we’ve been getting a lot of doors shut in our faces but it’s okay, we still love them. We get told a lot that we are “bold” and “courageous” for doing what we do. Well, yeah! 18 months of our lives are dedicated to being bold and courageous and literally talking to every single person that walks in our direction!
So I have seen so many blessings with the #princeofpeace initiative and sharing messages about Jesus Christ.
1) We are meeting with a part-member family (a household with a member of the church and a non-member) and we shared the #princeofpeace video. It intrigued the non-member so much that we decided to also watch the principles of peace. Because of how awesome our Media department is and it was the right place and right time- we have a new investigator! He’s been investing in the church for a couple years but he is a devout Catholic so he never wanted to meet with the missionaries but he’s supportive of his wife who is a member of the church. He goes to church with her every single Sunday and I think he’s considered a “dry-mormon” aka a person who does everything that mormons do except isn’t baptized or something like that, I don’t know I’m still new. ANYWAYS, their excited to start meeting with us and we’re excited to teach the lessons ๐Ÿ™‚
2) We are meeting with a member who is starting to come back to church and we read the Book of Mormon with her once a week. As we were listening to her and discern her needs my companion and I knew that reading the Book of Mormon right now wouldn’t have a big effect on her at the moment so we decided to share a message from Matthew. “14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” We reminded her that everyone has the light of Christ in them and to let her good works shine before everyone she meets. Turns out her Caregiver was listening to the message and told us “that was exactly what I needed to hear today.” She then started to tell us how she used to go to the LDS church but stopped going for some reason and thinks it’s “now the right time to go back.” But she had a lot of questions, of course. My companion and I decided to ask if she would like to start taking the lessons and hearing from us once a week. She said “yes, I think that is what I’m supposed to do.”
WHAT
IS THE REAL LIFE
TWO NEW INVESTIGATORS?!
The church is SO true and that this is His church! I’m so grateful for the unexpected missionary opportunities and that we’re able to share a message with those who’s hearts are ready to hear it. It’s the little things, ya know ๐Ÿ™‚
Big brother sharing the #princeofpeace initiative!
โ€‹Boise East Missionaries ๐Ÿ™‚
Part 2!
Last day with our cars!

Week 5 – Prince of Peace

Before you go any further- watch this video:ย https://www.mormon.org/
You’ll notice it has nothing to do with the LDS or the Mormons. It has everything to do with the reason why we celebrate Easter- the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
You may not be religious or you may very much be but there is one thing that we all have it common and that is the phrase “life is hard.” When Jesus Christ was sent down to this earth, he had one very specific purpose- to save us, help us, love us, lead us.
Life is hard and the trials we go through are not easy. Nor is it easy to recoup from those events but Jesus Christ felt those pains, afflictions, and sufferings you have felt. He never raised a sword, never took spoils, never defeated dragons but the one thing he defeated that no one else could or would was death. Jesus Christ is our ultimate example of finding peace through trials. When he was lifted up on the cross in agony, he focused on joy. Having peace knowing that when we leave this earth, we will be resurrected just as He was. He truly is our Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6)
Real life experience of normal people experiencing their biggest trial and how there were able to find peace. I encourage you all to share one of these videos on facebook for me ๐Ÿ™‚ You never know who is going to watch it and really need to hear it ๐Ÿ™‚
I leave my testimony with you all that Jesus Christ is our brother, savior, redeemer. I cannot think of a greater love from a brother who took upon himself the pains and sins of the world just so we wouldn’t have to do it alone. I love what my savior has done for me but especially, I love the selfless act he has done for everyone that I love and adore.
I love you all:) Oh and it other news- I’ve officially been in Idaho for a month now ๐Ÿ™‚
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WE GOTS A CAR for a week! I am the driver #prayforme
Our District hiked Table Rock, ID
I’m official!
I named this bunny Auntie Cheyenne
LOOK AT IT