California to Kennewick.

California to Kennewick.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Sister Gresham in Richland WA - June 30 2014

I love you all!!! :D
I'm not going to lie, this week was probably the hardest of my mission so far. I've learned that P-days kinda set the tone for the week, so please, unless someone is dying or dead, please dont tell me sad stuff or drama. Thanks!
So yeah, monday and tuesday were really rough, but I just reminded myself "Forget yourself and go to work" the Lord really taught me how important that is, and that focusing on others and my purpose and working hard cures a lot of problems :D One of my fave quotes is by Ab Lincoln that says..."To lighten anothers burdens, is to forget ones own" or something like that. That is soooo true!!! Thinking of others = happiness. Seeking your own happiness = sadness/being unfulfilled.
But by tuesday night around 6, me and sis pugh were feeling blue and things were not working out and there was lots of confusion,and we were just saying how much we just wanted ice cream and we went to Bishops house for a lesson that was no longer happening and Sister Sintay, his wife, said "do you girls want some ice cream?" then we she took us to DQ and got us frozen hot chocolate! SO GOOD!
Tender Mercy :D

Then on wed, we had interviews with Pres Ware and training, it was nice. I learned a bunch! and President thanked me for always having a cheerful smile and working hard! haha
We also did role plays and the thought came to my mind...."You know your  theater kid on a mission when you say...just like in a show, when your in a lesson, dont think about what your going to say next, just listen, be in the moment and trust that you'll know what to say when its your turn" :D
Later that day it was still pretty rough, so we went next door to the Craigos, and Sis Craigo helped a bunch! Love her! They are the best! :D
on Friday I was reading in 1 Nephi 8 (i got a new Book of Mormon and each time I read it on my mish, im going to have a different focus and just highlight those things, right now its Jesus Christ/Atonement and Heavenly Father) but anyways, 1 Nephi 8:2 always makes me think of Les Mis and it was stuck in my head the rest of the day lol. #MissionaryTheaterNerdProbs
Then the Turners in our ward took us to Chinese for dinner! It was glorious!

On Saturday, we did a 2 hour exchange with Sisters Toomer and Camplese, so I got give my feet a break from tracting, it helped a lot, and it was nice to spend time with Sis Camplese who is also a convert from CA, so we have lots to talk about :D
We also met with an elderly woman in our ward who has been super depressed since her husband died and her whole life situation is just awful, but we taught her about the plan of salvation and the spirit was soooooooooooo strong!!!! It was really amazing! :D

Then we had Dinner with Bishop Sintay and his family. Sister Sintay called our families to get our favorite recipes then made them for us for dinner! It was sooo sweet and delicious! They are so sweet and the spirit is really strong in their home. Bishop works at the Temple, like really works there for his job and its so cool! We talked a lot about the importance of the temple and doing missionary work, it was awesome. I know that the temple really is worth any and all sacrifices :D
We get to go to the Temple next week!!!!! I'M SO EXCITED!!!! <3

Yesterday, was...interesting hahaha like, crazy. So crazy.
But the Sacrament was so powerful me, since it was such a hard week. I really foused on trying to turn things over to the Lord and recommit my whole self to His work. This is HIS work, not mine, I'm just a tool, but because of that, He is always there, I just need to get out of the way haha.
"Missionary work isnt easy, because Salvation isnt cheap" but every bit of this experience is important and matters. I know that Heavenly Father is working miracles in this area. I know that He uses trials to bless and refine us. I can always see His hand in this work, which includes me, He is working on me, making me better than I was, but its a long process haha, thank goodness I have eternity.
I love and miss you all, but I know this is where I need to be! and I wouldnt trade it for anything :D
Have a wonderful week and keep writing! A lot! Letters make me happy!! :D

Love always,
 Sister Gresham :)

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