Monday, February 8, 2016

Week 80: The Last Email

Hello everyone!
Wow, I can't believe this is my last pday! My mission has gone by so fast and I have loved it so much! I thank you all for your continuous love and support as I've been on my mission. 

I've learned so much while I've been serving. These are some things that have really helped me grow on my mission. 

1) Mosiah 2:41 "And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it."

I have come to understand how important it is to be obedient to the commandments of God. Just as it says in that scripture, we will be blessed and happy as we keep the commandments. We will be blessed in all things as we put our trust in God and keep His commandments.

2) 2 Nephi 32:3 "Angels speak by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore, they speak the words of Christ. Wherefore, I said unto you, feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do."

I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and that it does answer the questions of the soul. As we prayerfully study the scriptures, we will know all things that we should do. 

3) 3 Nephi 13:31-33 "Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? For your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you."

We must put the Lord first in our lives. There is nothing more important than living the gospel and we will be so blessed as we seek first the kingdom of God.

4) Everything we experience in this life is pertinent to our salvation. God has a great plan for each of His children. He knows our divine potential and He will provide every opportunity we need to become who we truly are. All that we experience in this life will be to help us reach our divine potential. 

5) D&C 1:38 "What I the Lord have spoken, I have spoken, and I excuse not myself; and though the heavens and the earth pass away, my word shall not pass away, but shall all be fulfilled, whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same."

I've learned the importance of following the prophet. I know that Thomas S. Monson is a living prophet of God. Our lives will be richly blessed as we follow the counsel of the prophet, because it is counsel that comes directly from the Lord. 

6) CPR (church, pray, read)

Just like how CPR saves lives, spiritual CPR will save our spirits as we devote ourselves daily to it. And add weekly FHE and weekly temple to this. This is the key to continuous discipleship and conversion. 

Before missionaries go home they bear their testimony and share their golden truth, which is the main thing they've learned on their mission. On my mission I've learned this golden truth that has changed who I am forever: we are called to know the richness of His blessings, we are sons and daughters, children of a King. I've come to know more of who God is, and I know that He is real and is a loving Father in Heaven. I've seen His hand so much in my life that I cannot deny His existence. I know that Jesus Christ lives and that He is our Savior. Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ we can put off the natural man and become a saint. Change is possible because our loving Heavenly Father blessed us with a Savior.

I am so grateful to my Heavenly Father who answered my prayers and called me to serve. Serving a mission is the greatest and most life-changing experience. I love New England, I love the New Englanders, and I love the Lord!
Love, Sister Harper 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Week 79: 18 Months.

Hello everyone!
This week has been pretty great! And the weather makes it even better! Today it's in the 40's and 50's! And it hasn't snowed in a long time! Last winter was so awful, so I'm very grateful that this year isn't too bad.

We had exchanges with the Burlington sisters and I was with Sis. Davies. We had a lesson with Jaqui at Samantha's and it went so well! And Jaqui committed to be baptized on February 27th! She's so excited for her baptism! She already asked Samantha to give a talk at her baptism. Jaqui said she talked to her parents about getting baptized the other day and they are not very supportive. But she said that she's going through with it anyways! She is so amazing and has such great faith! And she takes notes during our lessons! She's so awesome! 

We got a couple new investigators this week! One of them is the wife of a less active member and her name is Sis. Jewett. We though Sis. Jewett had been taught by the missionaries when her husband was taught, but she would sit in the other room and not participate in the lesson. We just assumed that she wasn't interested. But then we started talking about what happens after this life and eternal families and she got really interested! At the beginning of the lesson she told us that she didn't want to read the Book of Mormon. At the end of the lesson we told her that Alma 40-42 teaches a lot about the plan of salvation and she was so willing to read it! The spirit definitely softened her heart!

Oh also another reason why Samantha is the greatest member missionary ever! On Sunday she brought Jaqui and another friend to church, named Jessie. Turns out Jessie is a less active member. She goes to culinary school with Samantha and Jaqui and Samantha had no idea she was a member. Samantha is so great! She's helping a friend come in to the church and another to come back to the church!

Well, 18 months ago from last Saturday was when I entered the MTC. I can't believe how fast the time has gone by! I have loved my mission so much! I've met so many amazing people and learned so much! I love being a missionary! It's been a true blessing and privilege to serve alongside my Savior Jesus Christ in helping other receive the restored gospel. I am so grateful for one more week to be able to serve the Lord with all my heart, might, mind and strength! This will be the best week ever! I love you all!
Love, Sister Harper

The district! Me, Sis. Harward, Elder Benson, Elder Dortch, Elder Rappleye, Elder Andrew, Elder McCain, Elder Poe
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Us and the Burlington Sisters, Sis. Mill and Sis. Davies
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