Monday, April 6, 2015
Spent most of it in California! So close to a couple of you!!! I soooo wish I could have seen you... But alas, missions have a purpose behind that;)
We spent 15 hours straight at disneyland!!!! I'm pretty sure my friends' feet were covered in blisters... One thing I learned from my mission, always bring the right shoes.
Disneyland was incredible. The whole trip was!!!!!!!!! I haven't laughed that hard in a while. :):):):) made a complete fool of myself, but didn't have a care in the world!! Coming home however was a different story.. All these obligations and responsibility. But they just help us grow. It just feels great to get away from them for a short while.
Came back and went straight into General conference!!! Friday night we had a NOM mission reunion and holy cows it was fun:):) got to see so many of my NOM-ies again and all of their boyfriends&girlfriends. Weird. But exciting nonetheless! I brought my single self along with my dearest Ashley Curfew and guess who showed up to meet me?!??!!?
Jake Taylor from my Kearney YSA, and Ian Winkelmann!!! My concert from Kearney YSA!!!! So I got to talk to both of them for quite a long while. It was the BEST thing ever!!! And then Ian spent the weekend with me attending 3/5 sessions of general conference LIVE. It was the best thing to take one of my converts to general conference. He never ceases to amaze me with just how much knowledge he has of the gospel already. Serious, this guy is on fire!!
My YSA here got to go and sing on temple square during the priesthood session, and that was a neat experience, and then Ian got to spend Easter with my family yesterday (happy Easter by the way!!) we also attended the afternoon session of Sunday. And as soon as president Monson walked in the room, everyone stood and I just stared crying. I received another witness right hhere and then, that he IS our living prophet and so much of what that man has told the world, has completely changed my life!!!! The blessings of my mission have never, and will NEVER cease!!!
Another one of the best things ever!!! So on Saturday, I attended the Saturday morning session with Ian, and guess who sat right behind us?? THE FERUSONS!!!!! The members I lived with in Lincoln and the ones who have become like literal parents to me!!!!! I saw them!! And my family took them to dinner that night. So my Ferguson parents finally got to meet my actual parents and I just sat there in amazement at all the joy my mission has not only brought to my life, but to the lives around me. I love my Father and God SO MUCH that I could never express it right!!!!!
Along with alllllll these blessings though, I'd be lying if I said that there weren't trials right along side them. All these amazing things keep happening, but inside, trust me, I'm still having struggles. There are lots of things that I'm continually trying to receive answers to and diligently do the Lord's will that are hard! So don't think that anyone's life is handy dandy. You never know what people are facing behind the scenes! No one is exempt from trial. I just know that with time- in the Lord's timing, these trials will subside and I know that all these joyous things that keep happening are proof to me that the Lord is aware of me and literally is strengthening me more than I realize.
We all have the battle inside us between good&evil. Between happy&sad. Between confidence&timidness, but I know, and I have felt, that as I've just kept enduring, that I have GROWN so much even from the time that I only got home from my mission. I have learned so much and I'm so excited that the rest of my life will be like this growth as well if I just keep doing the little things the best I can. It's a slow change, but that only means it's becoming permanent.
I'm so grateful for general conference!!!! And for all the guidance I've personally been given through it. It's A LOT to take in, but just keep studying these words every day until the next conference, and make these words a part of you and the more we do that, the more the spirit will bring to your remembrance the things that he instructed you personally on, as you very first received it.
Keep going! All of the efforts we out in here, are an investment into our eternal happiness with our FAMILY around us. Remember that family is the center of it all. I don't know what I would do without mine, and I work every day to prepare myself to be a better wife&another for my own future family. Whenever that day comes.
Congratulations to my dearest best friend Kaitlin Cook who got engaged yesterday... Holy moly. It's so exciting:):):):) I still cannot believe it's happening! Life whips you in the face when your bestest friends start getting married. I'm so happy for here&kyle:):)
Keep on keepin on!!!! I love you all!!!!! Time goes by SO FAST!!!!!!!! So keep pushing and don't give up:):):)