Monday, August 29, 2016

Doniphan Ward and other tender mercies :)

Happy Monday from Liberty!

We had transfers on Thursday and I got transferred to the Doniphan
Ward (which borders my last ward) with Sister Baggett! We are STLs
over the Liberty Jail and the sisters there. Sister Baggett and I met
before our missions at byu and served the first 6 months of our
missions together, so it is super fun to be able to be companions with
her now :)

But before I crossed the border into Doniphan, I had to say goodbyes
in Shoal Creek Valley. Goodbyes are easily the hardest part of a
mission. I put my whole heart into SCV and it was so sad to leave, but
I am excited for everyone that is going on in the area.

We said goodbye to Will and Mandy Wednesday night. I LOVE these two
people. I needed to meet them. I learned so much from them, so saying
goodbye was not the easiest. Will let us have some of his favorite
apple pie before I left that he only gets once every 4 months from
Mandy's grandma to show us his love. ☺️

We have a fun tradition at the jail where the nit before transfers we
all dress up in the old fashioned clothes they have downstairs and
take pictures in the jail and "kill" the sisters leaving in a few.

Thursday was transfers like I said. Sister Taylor came into the
mission this transfer! It was a happy little Church History Tour
reunion!! She is serving at the VC right now :)

Okay, cool thing I learned at the jail this week during a presentation
Sister Baggett and I took at the jail.... We were talking in the
history room about the importance of centering ourselves on Christ
because that is where a majority of the problems come from to the
members of the church in Missouri. Then in the rotunda, I was praying
to know what to share with this couple and the revelation about being
chosen stuck out to me from the sections that were revealed there. D&C
"34 Behold, there are many called, but few are chosen. And why are
they not chosen?
35 Because their hearts are set so much upon the things of this world,"
Then all of a sudden the words "tender mercies" came to mind. I was
talking to another sister this week and asked her why missionaries see
so many miracles and tender mercies. As you all are well aware that
there are miracles every week! Haha. The scripture in 1 Nephi 1:20
came to my mind.
"But behold, I, Nephi, will show unto you that the tender mercies of
the Lord are over all those whom he hath chosen, because of their
faith, to make them mighty even unto the power of deliverance."
As I was sharing this scripture with the couple we were taking through
the jail, I realized that this scripture says that tender mercies come
to those who are "chosen". We learn from that D&C scripture that this
means that if our hearts are not set too much upon the things of the
world, we are "chosen". Receiving the maximum amount of tender mercies
in our lives is completely dependent on our obedience to the
commandments, faithfulness, and consecration. In essence, how centered
we are on Christ. Anyways, the jail is awesome. The scriptures are
awesome. The gospel is awesome.

Saturday morning during our Saturday Morning Training Meeting that
Sister Baggett and I trained at, I shared that scripture and did a
training around it. If any of you all are looking for a super awesome
talk to read look up "Tender Mercies of the Lord" by Elder Bednar from
Oct 2005 conference. It's so good!!

Well, that's a whole lot for you all from my week, I have lots of
pictures to send though!

- Almost 18 months later! From volunteering at the Mtc together to now!
- last day in SCV!
- Will and Mandy <3
- Summer came to visit me at the jail which was so fun!
- cute Sis. Peterson during our dress up night
- jail hangout.
- I would definitely be too tall for this jail. Ha.
- first day of our companionship!
- transfer selfie! (With Elder Anderton, the AP, running to get in the
selfie while putting up the transfer roster. Lol)
- CHT reunion with Sister Taylor!
- all of the jail sisters after SMTM :)

I love you all so much! I hope you all have a great week!
Sister Morgan


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