My weeks out here seem to have trends to them–each week we focus on something different as part of our companionship transfer goals. This week we were focusing on Charity and Love, and man were we able to do a lot of service!
On Wednesday night we received a phone call from Elder Ditty and Elder Jones, the Elders up in Nashville, GA. They were in tears and told us that their Recent Convert, Miss L, was rushed to the South Georgia Medical ER for a possible brain tumor and might have emergency brain surgery that night. They asked us if we were go visit her and make sure she’s doing okay because she has no family who could come down. So we sat with her and talked for a little while waiting for the priesthood holders to come give her a blessing. As we were talking with her, she told us about her conversion story and experience at her baptism. While she was under the water, it felt like time had slowed down and she felt such an incredible peace and pure joy. She said she wants, more than anything, to feel that joy again in the presence of Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father and is doing everything she can to return to live with them again. That is our goal and our purpose here on earth and why I am out on a mission–to help Heavenly Father’s children receive the pure joy and happiness that comes only through the gospel.
We met with C again this week. This week he asked about the meaning of happiness. We talked about how no matter what it is, the things in life we receive for free–no work involved–don’t bring the true happiness that comes with things with hard work. Like a mission. Or a family. Or playing a musical instrument. Or returning to live with Heavenly Father again. Or the Atonement.
On Saturday we were able to help out at the Young Women’s Yard Sale fundraiser. My goodness I have never seen anything like a Georgia yard sale. I was warned about them, but it was ridiculous! We had a constant stream of cars pulling into the church parking lot and we were able to contact so many people and teach many lessons! It was an amazing opportunity to help the ward and meet people :)
Later on Saturday we helped a woman move–a woman who isn’t a member of the church but has been working with the Bishop and he asked us to assist. We, along with 8 other kids from a nearby Baptist church and two sets of Elders, helped her move into her new house. We were able to feel the love Christ has for her as we helped her do things she couldn’t have done on her own.
“Everybody has an opportunity to be a sunbeam every week”
I invite you to be a sunbeam to someone today. Make a little girl smile. Be the answer to someone’s prayer. Be a disciple of Christ.