buenos dias hermanos y hermanas!
I feel like pday was like 2 years ago but also yesterday. TIME IS SO WEIRD. But seriously this week was probably the most crazy of my entire mission thus far.
So last week was transfers. Hermana Souza and I stayed together but the sisters we lived with one of them changed. Sister Arnold left, and we welcomed in Sister Roberts with Sister Herlin! She was so awesome. But unfortunately, her welcome was short lived because she had to go home Thursday night because of some complicated issue I still dont really understand. So she left that night which meant Sister Herlin wouldnt have a companion so she ended up moving out too and becoming a trio, which means Hermana Souza and I are alone in the house! and it's actually really sad. we loved living with the sisters. they were so fun and made meals and excercise time so fun. also, we realized we now live in a 2 bedroom 3 story town house alone... probably the nicest gig we'll have until we're like 35. Along with that, Hermana Souza got sick this week so we had to go to the doctor one day and stay home half of another so the days were all weird and suddenly we blinked and it was Saturday!
Saturday was quite possibly the greatest day I have ever had in my entire life thus far. Elder Rasband came and visited our mission!! He came along with Bishop Waddell of the Presiding Bishopbric and Elder L. Whitney Clayton, President of the 70s. CAN YOU SAY POWER SQUAD? It was so cool. A theme of the meeting was how many key holders were in the room. We counted 5! Apostle, President of 70, presiding bishopbric, mission president, stake president. All had their own keys! Elder Rasband said it was probably the most key holders in a room with all missionaries basically ever. The meeting started by having us all shake hands with every one of them. I kept my cool and didn't fan girl when I shook Elder Rasband's hand but on the inside I was dying. He seriously RADIATED love. He shared so much and I just wanna share everything he said but here are the biggies. One thing he shared was the divine direction of our calling. He talked about his experiences calling missionaries and how it was seriously a calling from God. Then in talking about keys he explained that our mission president holds the keys to make those assignments too and that our calling is divine down to the very area we are serving in. wherever we are and whomever our companion is is a divine calling from our Father in Heaven. There is a reason we're here. A reason we're in this mission, a reason we're in our specific area. It was incredibly powerful and just another testimony to me that Hermana Souza and I have a work to do here in Graham and a work to do together. Another thing that stood out to me was how much our Savior loves us. It was incredibly to see how the love the Savior has for us was physically effecting Elder Rasband. He was brought to tears multiple times trying to express the emotions he was feeling and how much love he know that the Savior has for us. The spirit in the room was so thick and so strong. I think I cried like the whole meeting and it was just streaming down my face. I kept thinking how lucky I was to be called as His servant here and to be His missionary. I dont know what I did to deserve such an incredible blessing as to serve Him every day. I love being a missionary!! He said a million other things, but another thing he stressed was how this work is so so so INDIVIDUAL. We teach to the individual. The Savior healed the individual. we do saving ordinances for the individual. This work is truly one by one. The Savior knows each of us, by name. Our pains, our worries, our everything. We are never alone!
I love this gospel and I love the chance to be a missionary. I love the people here in Washington and I love my family! ANother thing Elder Rasband said was how humbling it was for him to send out his own children on missions. He said as a parent you go your whole life dreaming that your kid will serve a mission and then when it comes it hits you like wait theyre actually leaving me? Its humbling and a sacrifice and its hard. So thank you mom and dad for making the sacrifie of letting me serve this mission. I cant thank you both enough for your love and teachings all my life. Youre truly why I'm here! And I dont know how I got so lucky :) Love you so much, and my sisters and big brother too! Know your lil misionary up here in the PNW is soaking wet and thinking of you always.
hasta el proximo lunes,
Hermana Reed IV
side note next week is halloween! we are still having pday but our pday is starting at 1 pm and going til night time so we're doing teaching and proselyting in the morning so i'll p robably be on later than normal :) talk to you next week!
1 we found this taco truck... literally a taco restaurant inside of a giant bus and it was AMAZING and we found TONS OF LATINOS So we got some investigators from it blessed
2 found a llama farm and decided that everyone needs the gospel so we shared a pamphlet
3 our investigator Victoria moved to California this week ): WHY DO THEY TAKE ALL OF OUR PEOPLE
4 on our way to see AN APOSTLE OF THE LORD
Hermana Fallyn Reed
Missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Federal Way, Washington Mission. July 2016 - January 2018.