No time no time!!

Sorry everyone, there is just not enough time to write. But yes, I am training a brand new lady from the MTC ๐Ÿ™‚ sister Sauer-Davis and she is lovely. Also a visa waiter going to Brazil! we decorated our appt with sticky notes of Portuguese vocab this morning. YES FINALLY SOMEONE TO CONVERSE WITH! oh and in our first comp inventory she told me I had earthy vibes ๐Ÿ™‚ haha I love her so much already. Everything is going so great here. I will write more next week pinky promise!
Keep the faith, and give lots of love
Sister Packer

More goodness!

Ok so lots of awesome happening around here. Just to give a background.. when I first got to this place I thought it was dead. There wasn’t much going on, the investigators didn’t know our purpose and weren’t progressing. It was awful. But man we have worked our tails off and overcome whatever hold the adversary had on this place. Because we put God first, He helped us to overcome the curse of the land. And here are some miracles from it…
Our non progressing investigators we had are now progressing. Five have commited to baptism when they know it’s true, and one woman that we almost dropped now has a baptism date.
Our investigators kinda fall into our lap. My favorite are a mother and her two daughters. I love them more than my own life. Her daughters are 9 and 7 and we hope to have them baptized late September after little M turns 8. We found them while they were walking and they actually let us in when we went back to our appointment. Ever since then I knew God sent them to us. They’ve come to church twice and loved the Plan of Salvation with the little circles you lay on the ground ๐Ÿ™‚ every time we see them (before we’d even talked about baptism actually) little M was asking when she could be baptized. The gospel is true friends!
And some thing else awesome… A woman who has been inactive for who knows how long) came to church this Sunday. I don’t think she’s been for YEARS. And everyone keeps inviting her, but it wasn’t until we kept going over and helped her remember her OWN testimony of church that she told US she wanted to come back. When the spirit teaches, it works. She remembered how she knows it’s true and wants it again, without us even saying anything. I loved seeing her happy face as she got out of the car and said “I’m here! I made it!” She took off work time to come, and will have to make it up later in the week, but she decided this all on her own because the spirit touched her heart:)
Everything is just going so happy sunshiny here ๐Ÿ™‚ the spirit is with us when we try our best (even when it hurts a whole lot to try). I just heard from the mission president that everyone might be getting transferred Thursday.. so here we go again! I come to love the people more than I can stand, and then I move and just love all over again. It wouldn’t be possible to come up with more love to give if not for the Savior instilling it in me when I serve His people. I love Him for that.
Love, Sister Packer x

Hello Again!

Sorry for not writing last week. It was a crazy time to say the least. I won’t go into details, but man… sometimes the rain falls… and sometimes it dumps on you. And last week was a big dumping. (I hope any of the She’s the Man fans got that one ;))
But this week has been great! A lot of learning and growth. Some more painful than others, but I can honestly say I’m back on my feet and changed for the better.
Some things I learned that I’d like to share…
No matter how tempting or attractive or easy it is, don’t live in your past. It’s in the past for a reason. I read the talk called “remember Lot’s wife” by Elder Holland and I highly suggest it for everyone. Wow. It was a needed reality check for this sister missionary ๐Ÿ™‚ Some of my favorite quotes:
“The past is to be learned from, but not lived in. We look back to claim the embers from glowing experiences but not the ashes. And when we have learned what we need to learn and have brought wih us the best we have experienced, then we look ahead, we remember that FAITH IS ALWAYS POINTED TOWARD THE FUTURE.”
“God doesn’t care nearly as much about where you have been as He does about where you are, and with His help, where you are willing to go.”
Aren’t those just beautiful? That’s what I thought too.
Something else I learned is that the Lord’s way to heal is the best way. As a missionary, I was forced to heal from the past in the only way I can out here, by serving and forgetting about myself. And you know what? It sure works a lot faster than any other way. I’ll be the first to admit I’m an emotional person (I’m like all blue for those who know the color code) so I hold on to things for dear life. But now I have to let them go because I can’t serve the Lord and be wallowing in misery at the same time. It just doesn’t really work that great (I tried it for like two days). It’s just so painfully ironic because All God Wants is for us to Let It Go. Let Him take the pain so we DON’T have to. So I’m here to testify that it works. The Atonement is real. Jesus Christ knows what it feels like to have an “off day,” to feel like giving up, to want to just cry and punch a hole in the wall, to have a broken heart. It doesn’t matter how unique we think our situation is, He’s been there. And He didn’t just do it because it was on His chore list. He did it because He knows us and loves us and wants to live with us forever. Can you imagine? The most perfect person who ever lived on earth knows you? And not only that, He loves you even when you mess up or look like a hot mess. Because He sees what you can BECOME ๐Ÿ™‚ isn’t that nice to know there’s someone who will never give up on you.
Scripture of the week:
Philippiansย 3:13-14 “This one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before. I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
I know Christ lives. He is as real as we are, and He knows us. His Atonement works. I am proof of the miracle of healing He offers. I hope we all can experience that same healing, and not wait till “tomorrow” to do it. I love you all. Remember, Faith is always pointed toward the Future.
Sister Logan Packer