Sunday, February 8, 2015

Not a whole lot to update you on, still in Green River, still loving it, still cold.

For all of last month as a mission we were studying about Repentance.  I felt like I had a pretty basic, but firm understanding about repentance...  Why we do it, how we do it, and so on, but through reading in the scriptures and reading tons of talks from general authorities there was a part of repentance that stood out to me.  A part that I hadn't really thought about before.

Forgiveness- not forgiveness on my behalf, but forgiving others. President Uchtdorf said in his talk titled Point of Safe Return,  "For our own good, we need thmoral courage to forgive and to ask for forgivenessNever is the soul nobler and more courageous than when we forgive."

When something upset me I would just shrug it off, i thought that was me forgiving. By just letting it fall where it may, realizing later on, when what upset me would get brought up, I would feel a stir of anger or hurt, sadness, or disappointment. I had not truly been forgiving, I was still harboring what I thought I had let go of. Through reading more on repentance I started to come to a deeper understanding that in asking for forgiveness I need to extend and equal amount of forgiveness to others. 

"We will receive the joy of forgiveness in our own lives whewe are willing to extend thajoy freely to others. Lip service is not enough. We need tpurge our hearts and minds 
of feelings and thoughts of bitterness and let the light and the love of Christ enter in.  As result, the Spirit of the Lord will fill our souls with the joy accompanying divine peace 
of conscience"

Other news-
There are a couple Tongan families out here, believe it or not.  Last night we asked if we could meet with one of them that lives in Green River but they said they were going to the hospital to visit a family member.  That same night we drove out to Little America to visit some other Tongan families, LO AND BEHOLD, the family that we had asked if we could meet with was there and they were all watching the super bowl together. CAUGHT RED HANDED SUCKKAA! lol All I could do was laugh, polys will be polys.  We set up an appointment with them and let them get back to their game.  I love this work!!

I have a strong testimony that the Lord has a plan for each of us, each day in Green River only confirms that for me. This is where I am suppose to be at this time in my mission. 
Love ya!

Sister Efnor

Typical Green River grammar… 
 On my way to my new area… this was my view.  Wide open- and empty!
Me just trying on Wyoming! 
  So we drove to an investigators home the other day… Yep-
 A good day!  Scored these boots for 4 dollars!  A missionaries budget!