Monday, January 04, 2016

Week #59 - 2016 Jan 04 - "New Year, New Me!" Jk that's lame and total fb status. BUT FO REAL HAPPY 2016!!!!

Hey y'all!

This week was good! We said goodbye to 2015 and welcomed 2016 in with welcome arms! I seriously can't believe that it's already 2016. WHAT THE...?! Weird. 

(So I totally just figured out how to write this using the "full screen" feature and my whole life has changed hahaha it's so nice to look at the entire screen and type instead of just looking at the tiny little box in the corner of the screen....haha seriously I am so easily amused. ANYWHO!)

Holidays on the mission are always so bittersweet because people are a lot more loving, but they are also a lot more busy! So you're not SUPER DUPER productive. I mean you are, but you're not because all people want to do around this time of year is celebrate EVERYTHING. Haha. So we do what we can and we try to work the best we can. So this week was on the slower side. BUT it ended amazingly. Like it was super good. We started off 2016 so strong! I love it. 

We spend New Years Eve and New Years Day with a few marines, the Elders Craun and Butters (our ward's elders), and the Juncker's at the Juncker's home. Ever since we started teaching more marines, we've been spending a lot of time at the Juncker's house. Which I'm sure you've noticed haha! But anyway, we were able to have a super spiritual lesson with everyone on New Years Eve. So while the world was out partying and doing whatever they do, we were inside sharing our conversion stories and what a mission is all about. We didn't have any nonmembers there that night, but we did have a few inactive marines that were there. And wow, the spirit was so strong as everyone shared how their testimony has grown and is still growing. Something I've always kinda known, but have really started to understand on the mission is the fact that our "conversion story" will never have an ending. It will never have "and they all lived happily ever after", at least not in this life! Our conversion story is an ongoing thing. It's a process that we are constantly going through. It's a masterpiece that we are always going to be working on and doing our best to perfect. It may be easy every once in a while and our creativity may never seem to slow down at some points, but at other times we'll get stuck, our creative juices will feel like they've run out, and we'll want to just give up and through our work away. But then, almost as fast as it left us, it seems like, the creative light will stream back in and we'll be right back at it again! That's what life is. It's full of ups and downs and in betweens. But we have to constantly be working on it. We have to be "anxiously engaged in a good cause" cause the minute we put our tool down (whether it's a paint brush, a pencil, an oil pastel, a chisel, whatever the case may be), that's where we get lost in other things. In life, that's where the adversary jumps in and takes that as an opportunity to try to get you to stray away from the path that you are working so hard to be on. Thus! Moral of the story! Never give up!! Even if your testimony isn't the strongest right now, or even if it doesn't FEEL the strongest, just keep putting one foot in front of the other. You'll eventually get to where you want to be. But you have to be actively pursing that course. My first district leader once told us "Don't ask the Lord to guide your footsteps if you're not willing to move your feet." Y'all are stronger than you think you are! I can promise you that!! (I'm not really sure where that all came from, but it started flowing so I went with it :) hopefully it all made sense and touches at least SOMEONE's heart!)

So overall, our New Years Eve and New Years Day were fantastic!! Definitely well spent with good food, good times, and with great people :) 

Later on we met with our investigator Cassandra. We thought she had moved into the other ward's boundaries but it turns out she's right on the edge of ours still!! HALLELUJAH! Tender mercies of the Lord! ( I can't remember if I had already told you this before? Oh well, now you heard again haha) Anywho, we met with her a couple times this past week and basically, to sum it all up. SHE IS THE BEST EVER! OH MY GOSH. SHE IS SERIOUSLY AMAZING! And as she put it, "spiritually on fire right now" (yes that's how she described herself). We have finished teaching her the lessons and she is so ready to be baptized. We have it all figured out, she'll be baptized near the end of the month and her mom is even on board and is totally accepting of that whole idea. :D YASSSS. It's incredible. We saw her yesterday, after she had come to church (which by the way, she loved it as per usual and we didn't have to stay with her the whole time, she stayed with some YW and still had a great time! YAY!) and we had a little testimony meeting with her, with it being fast and testimony Sunday and all. It was beautiful. We all almost started to cry because the spirit was so strong. Cassandra told us that she really thinks that the Latter-day Saint church is the real deal because she feels different when she comes to our church and when we come over. She told us how grateful she was for us and how she only smiles this much and feels this kind of happiness when we're around her or when she's at the church. She told us that Jesus Christ is her Savior and she knows that and she knows that He is there for her. She said a lot more things but her testimony is oh so strong already. It's wonderful. It's been such an honor to watch this young girl blossom in the gospel. From where she was when we first started meeting with her to where she is now, is night and day. And that's something that only the Atonement of Jesus Christ can do. I am so grateful for this opportunity I've had to serve as His representative and see how the Atonement blesses lives and not only that, but changes them. Enlightens them. Strengthens them. I love everything about this gospel and everything that comes with being a missionary <3 It's honestly the best. If you could, definitely keep Cassandra in your prayers, that she will continue to grow in the gospel and that her faith and understanding will continue to grow. All of that good stuff :) We appreciate it!

Other than that, I don't think I have much else! It's finally starting to cool down. It'll be in the 40s this week. Which is freezing. This happened:
Me: *puts on like 4 layers*
Sis Scrib: That's a lotta layers...
Me: I's cuz I'm freezing haha
Sis Scrib: It is. For California people...not for Canadian people!
Me: Blahhhhh. I knowwww. *pity laughs at myself for being such a wimp...*

Hahaha so basically next winter I'm probably just going to be an ice cube. "Oh where'd she go?" "umm, you might want to check that huge blob of ice in the corner over there..." Yep. That'll be a thing....hahaha. I'll probably have to migrate south or something...Yikes. Haha! 

Anywayyy! Man, I'm all over the place today! Sorry! Haha. I hope you all have a great week and remember to look for the Lord's hand in your life. I promise you that He's there, you just gotta look for Him :) The church is true, y'all! I know it with all my heart! I know my Savior lives and I know He is always there. He is our saving grace :) 

I love you all and hope you're all doing well. Take care! Be safe! And always remember to smile!! :) Life is good!

Sister Blumel 
xoxoxo <3

#militaryprobs heheh..I love serving in military places! 

This is Phineas (he's a member) and his friend, Will, our investigator. :)

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