Monday, September 12, 2016

Thank goodness for Grace!

Hello family!

This week has been a crazy one. We had two exchanges, MLC, zone
training, TMTM (Thursday Morning Training Meeting) at the jail, shifts
at the jail, etc. I love these weeks though. I feel like it is during
all of this that we get to experience Grace - the enabling power of
the Atonement of Jesus Christ. We are able to do things that we would
not be able to do on our own.

Monday night after our intense game of frisbee with our zone, we went
to a members home to teach FHE :) it's the Russell family and I just
love them. We were praying of how we can help the members and we
wanted to teach the missionary lessons to a few active families and we
felt super prompted to start with their family. We taught the
Restoration and the Spirit was so strong. It was so cool, before we
started teaching the lesson, we were just getting to know their family
better etc and Sister Baggett told them how we didn't really know why
we needed to be there but we just felt like we needed to be there.
Brother and Sister Russell looked over at each other and just smiled
and then said, "there is definitely a reason why you are here". they
said they would tell us afterwards (ps.. Still haven't found out.
Biggest cliffhanger ever). The lesson was so led by the Spirit. I love
sharing the Restoration to members. The Spirit is just so powerful and
my testimony of this gospel is strengthened so much. We were talking
about the importance of prophets and how grateful we are to have
prophets back on the earth because of the Restoration and I was
thinking about what President Monson said in April. I love that he
said that "if we choose Christ, we will have always made the correct
choice". That is so true! I am so grateful for that I know the purpose
of this life. It has helped me to know why my choices are important
and what choices I need to make in order to live with my family after
this life with our loving Heavenly Father.

So Tuesday we went on exchanges with the sisters in Liberty 2nd Ward.
I was with Sister Peterson for the exchange. She is so incredible! I
learned so much from her. I think e biggest thing I learned from her
was about prayer. It is always a good reminder that when we pray, we
are literally communicating with Heavenly Father. I am so grateful for
the love that I feel from Him when I pray sincerely. That love is so
needed to have confidence in ourselves, and not confidence based on
worldly standards but inner confidence because we know God loves us
and we are his daughters and sons.

Wednesday we had MLC and wow! I missed MLC last transfer. Those
meetings have had such an impact on my life. President Vest talked
about the importance of the desires of our heart at MLC. I was reading
this scripture in the Book of Mormon earlier in the week that talks
about why our desires are so important. Enos 1:12 says "And it came to
pass that after I had prayed and labored with all diligence, the Lord
said unto me: I will grant unto thee according to thy desires, because
of thy faith." If we have righteous desires, we will accomplish
righteous things and same for the opposite. It is so important that we
are centered on Christ.

Friday we double zone trained in independence. Haha. Meaning we
trained at a zone training from 9:30-12:30 and then again at
3:30-6:30. So spiritually exhausting but it was so good. So the first
meeting, I trained on Grace and how the ought the Atonement of Jesus
Christ we can truly change and become better. It is something I am
super passionate about. I am so grateful for my Savior because He has
enabled me to become more than I could have become on my own. Anyways,
so we were about 30 minutes into the second zone training, and I did
not feel good about giving that same training to this second group of
missionaries which is what I had planned on doing. So... That
completely freaked me out but I followed the Spirit and got up and
just relied on the Spirit to tell me what this second group of
missionaries needed to know and feel about the Atonement. I love the
feeling of feeling the Spirit work through me. Even though it was
terrifying to get up and train with nothing prepared, I am so grateful
that I did that. The Spirit was so strong and whatever I said
(literally can't even remember) was needed for that different group I
guess! I love being a missionary long story short.

Saturday, we went on another exchange. We went with the Shoal Creek
Valley sisters. I went with Sister Eraso, a new missionary who has
been out two weeks, and I got to go back to my old area! Sister Eraso
is such an incredible missionary. She loves serving others. It was
definitely exchange that was inspired. I love her dearly.

Church on Sunday was amazing as always. I can't tell you how much we
need the sacrament and the whole sabbath day to renew us! I love it.
Also, I can't remember if I told you all last week how much I love
this Ward, and especially this Ward council. It so amazing. They all
(especially the bishop) has such a desire to improve as a Ward and is
constantly thinking of how they can progress more. It is the coolest
thing to see how humble they all are and how that spirit of humility
changes the whole Ward to be better and to have a more united spirit.
They also love missionary work which I know affects the Ward so much.

Anyways, I hope you all have a great week! I love you all so much!!

Sister Morgan

Picture time!!

- after our intense game of ultimate frisbee :)
- heart attacking members with Sister Peterson on exchanges!
- party with the Wilsons, our favorite senior couple, at the jail
- more Sister Peterson exchange pictures :)
- my lovely companion Sister Baggett ❤️ we went to our favorite
grilled wrap place Thursday night because we were craving it for
dinner so badly and we got their dessert s'mores wrap. So perfect
while we did a little preparing for our trainings :)
- selfie with Sister Eraso on exchanges!


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