Monday, June 9, 2014

Because of Him...

 The 3 Amigas

Mis hermanos y hermanas, hola!

This week has been super amazing!! First, I will start with a funny story....

So on Monday, we has cleaned out our entire apartment and found tons of Elder's old clothes, so we thought we would give it to the Elders that love nearby before they leave in case they could use any of it.  Well, 6 pm rolled around and we started on our way to an appointment and decided to drop off the clothes for the Elders at their door since it was on the way. Well as we approached the Elder's house, the door and screen door were wide open! So we went to the front door and I peaked my head in first and dropped the clothes in the doorway and look up and what do I see? One of the Elders, mid scramble, not completely clothed! He was in no way naked but .....Wah! I was so stunned as I hurried and turned away that I didn't have time to warn Hermana Schmit as she did exactly what I had done and saw exactly what I saw. The poor Elder just put his arms up at that point and didn't know what to do either. Hermana Schmit quickly turned away as I had and we bolted for the street. I couldn't help but start laughing uncontrollably. This Elder is like our little brother, and if we weren't missionaries, it probably wouldn't have been so awkward- but we are missionaries- and it was super funny and awkward! We had an hour walk to our appointment and I couldn't stop myself from laughing the entire time! We text and told him not to worry and that we weren't laughing at him personally. He wrote back apologizing profusely and said that he was cleaning and didn't want his nice clothes to get dirty! So lesson learned, never ever ever peak into an Elder's place!  -Even if the door is wide open!

Tuesday was super exciting!! Hermana Schmit and I arrived early to transfer meeting for the trainer meeting and when we walked into the room where all the trainees were I began making my guess as to who would be with us! There were three Hermanas and one of them looked Hispanic, was super adorable and has amazing style- so naturally I felt like she would be with us! Well transfer meeting starts and first the missionaries going home gave their departing advice and that was sad to see them and realize that next meeting, that will be me!

Afterwards they had all of the new missionaries stand up and introduce themselves and then one by one they read their calls of where they would be serving and who they would be with. Well the first two Hermanas went and they weren't with us......cute little Hermana Torres went up to the mic and announced her call and we came running from both sides and gave her the biggest hug! Hermana Torres is incredible!

First of all, she is from Monterrey Mexico but grew up in Texas so she speaks perfect Spanish and perfect English! A dream come true! She is such a natural teacher and doesn't even need to be trained! She knows exactly what she's doing! But she is SUPER humble and always eager to learn from us! Anywho, after the meeting ended we had a blast getting to see all of our missionary friends and catch up! The energy that is in a transfer meeting is unreal! When I get back home I want to go to all of the transfer meetings in my area and just feel the spirit of the work still. My temple recommend expired so I had to get interviewed by President Andersen for a new one after the meeting, and as I answered the interview questions I just was overwhelmed by the spirit as I answered with an honest heart. Being found worthy to enter into the Lord's house is an incredible blessing. I am stoked to have a temple recommend for the next two years that says my stake is the Tennessee Nashville Mission!

Tuesday after we dropped off Hna Torres' belongings, we got to work!
We went and taught the Restoration to Sergio's mom and it was incredible! Hermana Torres was just hours into the mission and she taught so powerfully and so naturally! I just love her! We've been crazy busy ever since then. I don't feel like I've had time at all to just sit down and breath but it's been amazing! We had several amazing lessons with Elvin and he gave us his coffee the night we taught him about the word of wisdom! He's incredible! He took us out to eat for lunch on Saturday to this super yummy vegetarian Indian place! I was in heaven and ate so much! We were so full afterward that it hurt out stomachs to walk! Probably the only time I'll get Indian food in the south!

There are a lot of really amazing things that happened last week but I just want to share something that I was thinking about this morning as I was writing my dear Aunt Jenny...

A few years ago, I was in a pretty bad place in my life. I had no goals, I didn't have the best friends and I spent all of my free time either sleeping or partying. I never cared about anything- I just lived moment to moment. Well, in the midst of this cycle of bad choices, I was working at Wingers in Downtown Salt Lake. I was working the lunch shift and wasn't feeling very good from the night before...

Then, to my surprise, my humongous teddy bear uncle JD walked in with a bunch of other business men! I was so excited to see someone from home and I was also a little embarrassed. We talked about how my cousin Jaxon was just born and he explains that they had to use a crane to get him out of my aunt! It was a nice short visit, and I was just grateful to have seen him for those 45 minutes.

Well, my Aunt Jenny wrote today about how Jaxon is getting ready to go to kindergarten after the summer and I looked back at who I was when he was born, and who I am now, just a few years later. I am living proof that the gospel of Jesus Christ is true and that it has the power to cleanse us and give us a new beginning. Five years ago I was confused, unhappy, hopeless and had no future with the way I was living life. Today I have peace, joy, guidance, purpose and hope. The gospel changes lives. I think of one of my favorite hymns, I Stand All Amazed, and see that song with new eyes. I truly am amazed at the person I have been able to become in such a short time. I am amazed that I no longer feel the guilt or pains of my past. I am amazed that I have had this last year to be an instrument in God's hands. I am amazed that I finally have purpose and that I finally have a hope for the future. No person can look at my life and tell me that the power of Jesus Christ and His Atonement isn't real.

I know, with all of my heart, that Jesus Christ is my Savior and that He is your Savior. Because of Him, we can have a peace of mind with our past, we can have new beginnings, we can see the hope in all things, we can be happy and we can live again with our families. This world is not perfect, we are not perfect, there's a lot of crazy things going on in our lives and all around us BUT, all can and WILL be made right someday through Jesus Christ. That is the promise that each of us have if we just accept Him and let Him work within our hearts and our lives. I promise you that nothing and nobody else can give you the happiness and peace that He can.

So, look forward with faith. Trust God. Trust in Jesus Christ. Love those that are in your life. Be kind. Share the hope and light that you have. Stay true to the child of God that you are. Know and understand that there are so many unimaginable blessings and promises waiting for us in this life, and after, if we but stay faithful.

I leave these things with you in the name of our loving Savior, Jesus Christ, amen.

Hermana Knight

"Because of Him"
Please click on the following for an awesome short video:

 Hermana Torres got her mission call
 The Parthenon- I think that's what it's called- downtown Nashville

 Sister Daines on her birthday!

Elvin gave up coffee this week!!!

Two of my favorite Elders! Elder McCray- I served with him in my first area- Madison-

-and Elder Schnell- he's just a cool guy and we geek out over filmmaking together
Me and Hermana Knecht of course
 Saying goodbye to my mom Hermana Hendrickson

...more of Me and Hermana Knecht...

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