Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Holy Ghost

If there is one thing that has grown this week, it is my testimony of the Holy Ghost. Many things have happened this week that would normally put me in a slump, but after getting on my knees and praying for comfort, I immediately felt the love and reassurance from the Holy Ghost. I believe he is one of the greatest overlooked blessings in our lives. We often thank our Heavenly Father for our families, the gospel, the prophet, the book of Mormon, etc. But not often do we thank our Father in Heaven for the gift of the Holy Ghost and all that his constant companionship entitles. I am grateful to be baptized into the true church where I can receive the Holy Ghost and his guidance and comfort in my life. I have seen his role in my life remarkably more this week than ever before. He comforts me by reminding me that God has a plan for me, and I know that if I stay worthy, true and faithful, everything is going to be better than I could ever hope for. He is my comfort, my guide, and my beloved blessing.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Called to Serve!!

Dear Sister Brock,
You are hereby called to serve as a missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. You are assigned to labor in the Utah Salt Lake City Temple Square Mission!!!!!!

Someone pinch me!!! Is this real life?! Did I actually just get called to the mission that I WANTED?! Goodness! I feel so blessed. I leave September 25th 2013 and could very likely get out of the MTC (missionary training center) right before conference weekend! So guess who gets to be a green-y missionary on one of the busiest weekend of the year? This girl!! I have just over 4 months to start preparing for this, and I am NOT going to waste it! Starting June 8th, the day after graduation, I am going to start living the missionary schedule! Though I may not be going out to proselyte, I'm going to wake up at 6:30 and do the typical missionary morning routine: Wake up, eat breakfast, workout, shower, get ready, personal study for an hour and then companionship study for another hour. Now who wants to be my companion?!

Though it's probably pretty silly... one of my favorite preparations for my mission thus far has been going shopping for mission clothes!!! Now that I know where I'm going, I'm able to scope out more clothes at work. I get most of my shirts from my work (Plato's closet) but have struggled to find long enough skirts there. One of the few drawbacks of having mile long legs. But recently I have ordered quite a few skirts and dresses online... and I LOVEEE them!! It's from asos.com. If you have not checked it out, I highly recommend you do. Modest and suppper adorable!

Monday, May 6, 2013

I love President Monson!

I love President Monson!!! There is no doubt in my mind that he is the living prophet. Yes, I do admit that when President Hinckley passed away I wasn't fond of President Monson, only because I grew up and loved President Hinckley so much that I felt no one could replace him. And no one can! But there needs to be a prophet, and President Monson has turned out to be one of my favorites.

A scripture in the Bible I often use to explain to non-members why we need a modern day prophet is Amos 3:7. It is so powerful because it is out of the book they already have a belief upon! It states...

"Surely the Lord God will do nothing,
 but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets."

This scripture is amazing, because it is so true! The Lord knows our needs and he counsels the prophet on how to lead our church in our modern day. The scriptures are very important, but the prophet's words are even more important to me. They are made for US in these MODERN days! They are to lead and guide us through these last days, to help us stay on the straight and narrow path. People too often take general conference and other broadcasts too casually. Pay attention people!! The Lord is trying to speak to you! You can't accuse the Lord of not answering your prayers if you are unwilling to listen. Open your ears, your mind, and most importantly your heart.

P.s. My mission papers have been assigned and are on their way!! I should get them on Thursday! YEEEE!!!! :)

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Not the "typical" Sister Missionary

As of today, my mission papers have been sent in!!! Now it's time to sit and wait...

I am a huge fan of Sister Diederich's mission blog! She is so beautiful, inside and out! Her love for others shows through her blog posts and her dedication to this work. She said something in her last post that really stuck out to me...

"I remember how hesitant I was to serve a mission.
I'm no gospel whiz, or poster child for LDS living magazine. 
I'm not a "typical" sister missionary.

But then again. No one asked me to be"

DING DING DING!! I think she read my mind. There is so many things I need to learn and work on before I leave, but I know that as I study, pray and prepare it will make all the difference. 

In my interview with our stake president, he said that he believes sisters are so incredibly spiritually ready to teach others about the Gospel. He also said I am a very influential person and will be a powerful missionary (no pressure right?). He advised me to be myself, not try to be the "typical sister missionary" as Sister Diederich said. I'm going to wear my cute skirts, curl my hair and wear my bows. I'm not the one softening people's hearts or converting the children of the Lord, that's all Him! The Lord asks us to be tools in his hand, and that's exactly what I intend to do! I want to go out everyday and have others feel the Spirit touch their hearts, just as it continually touches mine. I know this Gospel is true. I know that as I stay valiant and faithful the Lord will work through me to touch the hearts of others, and by his power, I will be able to teach with the Spirit and change lives.