How are you all? I assume your great! Why? Because I read in studies this morning that "We truly have every reason to be optimistic and happy." Which I must say, I believe with all my heart! I have spent over a year of my life on a mission now, and I have gone through a lot of things. I have had really great weeks, and really not so great moments, and rough days, and joyful hours. Despite whatever circumstance I have been in though, I have made the choice that under it all I will ultimately be positive and happy! Optimism, positivity, patience, etc can all be elements of, and increase, our faith. Imagine how beautiful and bright the world would be if every rainy day meant to us personally that the flowers would be brighter and grass would grow greener, and not just that "I can't believe we will have to take an umbrella with us today." Please DANCE IN THE RAIN! The rain will dance with you.
Annnyyyy ways. About my week.
Last Tuesday my companion and I were walking home from visiting a member and she said "Sister Brooksby, guess what? Its almost Monday!" Keep in mind, this was a. She proceeded to explain that because of all the things we had to do last week, meetings, lessons, exchanges, etc that by the time it was all over, it would be again. I laughed. Partly because it was true. And what do you know folks?
We had a great Zone Conference this week~ Lots of good advice and impressions from the spirit! Our mission mom even taught us how to make a lot of good food with sweet potatoes! BTW Korean sweet potatoes are good. Very good. When I go back to America don't expect me to eat the sweet potatoes. He he.
We were walking past a lady who was dragging a big cart with lots of cardboard on it down the road and my companion asked in alarm "Is that her job or her home?!?!" Ladies and gentlemen, brothers and sisters, its her job.
We also had a funny quote moment again when we were going over what happened during a lesson. She said "I'm sorry I didn't stick to the plan." And I replied "Its okay! If you stick to the plan, you're stuck."
And then we both had to sit in silence a few moments in awe. It was just too brilliant. I can't even handle myself.
I am ashamed to report we did absolutely nothing fooly on April fools.
It is true, we cannot see God at the moment, but we have evidences of Him everywhere! Testimonies of others, the testimony of the spirit, scriptures, modern prophets, the very earth we stand on, air we breathe, bodies we use allllllll testify to us that there is a creator and that he is divine. I know that Christ is our Savior. I have felt it, I have read it, and with my heart I have seen that that is true. We can all know for ourselves. It is a gift of the Spirit. To some it is given to have a testimony of Christ, and to others it is given to believe on their testimony! There is a way prepared to know, and a time prepared to share! :)
I think I have some of the greatest proselyting conversations with those who know little to nothing about God or the Savior. I love to share my testimony of their reality, and how it has blessed my life.
I was talking with a woman on the subway the other day who had no religion, didn't believe in God, and had had negative experiences with other churches in the past. As I testified of the truths and doctrines of this restored church and we talked together I saw in her eyes a softening, a light, and an inkling of a desire to know what it was that made me who I am. Near the end of our conversation she kept repeating the words "Your face just looks peaceful. You look like you are at peace." And it was true. She felt it.
So it was a great week. Lots of good experiences, and all of them have served to wash away any stress or anxiety or trouble I may have been going through. Truly, our sorrows can be "Swallowed up in the joy of Christ"
I love you all! I love this Gospel!