Tuesday, August 5, 2014

To every Nation, Kindred, Tongue, and....Caribou?

Man! These weeks keep getting faster and faster before I know it, a 3rd of my mission will already be done. 
The other day Sister Mat and I were able to go on splits. I was companion for a day with Sister Stabenow from Utah. She leaves this next transfer (August 13). It was cool to see the difference of a new missionary with not much experience (that would be me btw) and one about to go home. I can easily tell that the decision come on a mission was the best decision that I could have ever made. Her advice was that as we loose ourselves in the work, the Lord helps us to become the person we are meant to be and the mission becomes all and more of what we could have ever possibly hoped for.
It is true what is said in Doctrines and Covenants, "The Lord calls us in his weakness, and qualifies us for His work." Sometimes, it is hard for me not to get discouraged. Lately we have had some of our progressing investigators become less interested. They might loose faith and desire, and all I can do is question what else can I do. I don't know the language well enough to really understand what is going on or to say exactly what I want to say. Sometimes I feel soooo weak. But that is why we have grace.
The best line of my favorite hymn "Come, Come, Ye Saints" is "Grace shall be as you day." (hence why my blog is named that). It is all about the pioneers and their trek across the US. After being mocked, beaten, and thrown out of their homes multiple times, the early saints walked for so many miles, some dying along the way, until they could find peace. But the thing that kept them going, was their faith in the Lord, Jesus Christ. Through Him and His Grace we can do all things. His Grace is sufficient for all men. Each and every day that we rely on him to make up for our weaknesses and do our part in what He would have us do, we become stronger. He qualifies us. That is the beautiful promise that He gave us.
I hope that by the end of my mission, I can say that I have felt His Grace everyday, strengthening me and that I have become a stronger person because of it and that I can share that knowledge with all that I meet.
Have a great week!
Mahal ko kayo!
Sister K
We got some good rain that made the ground pretty muddy and uh...mud is not my friend : /
[an exerpt from her Dad's letter I thought I would share.]  Erin wrote:  "Wow! Congrats on your epic bike ride anniversary, Dad. I think that is really cool that you and Doug were able to do such a thing.  And to think of all the good things that came from it. I definitely don't have that desire to ride a bike all the way across country, but in a way, we are all enduring through something. The other day I read a talk in the Liahona about how when we ride a bike, we have to keep pedaling or else it starts to shake and wobble and then you fall. We all need to keep pedaling, keep enduring, and hold on to the gospel and doctrines that will take us to where we our ultimate goal is and not take a fall. Along the way there will be blessings, like the wind at your back that will help to push us along  ...or sometimes you have an awesome Dad with his hand on your back pushing you up Mt Albert : )   This mission thing, I KNOW, is a blessing, not only for me, but for all. It is hard work, but I know it is always worth it."     

--For those who don't know our  little family story, Erin's dad and one of his mission companions who, soon after the ride, became his brother-in-law, set out on a 28 day bike ride from ocean to ocean exactly 25 years ago this week, it was kind of big deal! :D   

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