Only In Kansas.....
Do people make small talk about the newborn cows
Can you see the lightening through your eyelids and hear the thunder through your earplugs
Is it socially acceptable to swat at your face during a conversation
Do the mosquitoes like you more than the people you are finding and trying to teach
Do the sunsets get prettier everyday
Is it 94 degrees at 10:00 in the morning on the 1st of June
This list will get longer and longer I am sure. Its amazing how i fall more and more in love with this place the more I am here. But boy its getting hot. Sister Power and I don't know how to deal. We are just two girls, one from Utah and one from California, who aren't used to the heat PLUS the humidity. Sheesh! its intense.
This past week we had two incredible miracles. The first was where Heavenly Father blessed me with a witness after my faith had been tried. On Friday, we were going to go over to Zoe and Colleen's, two twins that were recently baptized within a less active family. It was their birthday and I had asked my mom to send two CTR rings for them. I was thinking they'd come in the mail by Friday, but as the mail came on that day there were no rings. I was depressed. I really had wanted them to come by then. were in the middle of our weekly planning which takes a while at home and it was our lunch break. My companion had gone downstairs to rest and I was upstairs. I remembered a story that I had read while exercising that morning about a man who was doing family history work a little after the Salt Lake Temple had been finished and dedicated. He needed some additional dates and information to be able to do the work but did not have it. His children were playing outside and two men walked by them and handed them a newspaper, asking them to give it to their dad. When they brought it In, it contained the information he needed. The newspaper came from England to Salt Lake City, especially back then, it truly was a miracle. Seeing the opportunity, I knelt down and offered a prayer. I told Heavenly Father that i knew it didn't matter and that the girls could receive their rings another time but that i know it's possible and he had the power to make mail come a little bit sooner. I asked him, with all the faith that I had, to make the package arrive that day. Wouldn't you know that when I finished the prayer the doorbell rang. Sister Powell, not knowing the reason for my extreme excitement, questioned my sanity as I ripped open the beautiful package, and out fell two CTR rings. I was so happy! I told sister Power about this experience and even though it may seem like nothing, It was something to me. And those little girls were so excited to receive these rings and slipped them on immediately.
The second miracle was through a referral we had received. Her name is Amy and she works at a dry cleaners. We walked into the dry cleaners and started talking to her. She had this light and glow about her. I asked her what makes her so happy and she said doing the work of the Lord. She said she is a missionary for her church. She wasn't living the lifestyle she wanted to she prayed and the Lord told her to come to Kansas and live with a family who houses missionaries serving in this area. She said she just felt like she needed to come down. I asked her, when she meets with people, how she invited them to change. She said she asks them to reach beyond the natural man. I whipped open to Mosiah 3:19 so fast after she said that. I read it to her. "For the natural man is an enemy to God and has been from the fall of Adam and will be forever and ever unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit..." and talked about how she had just described that. She was is shock. She said she wanted to read more of that book. We left a Book of Mormon with her. Hopefully, she will read it and gain a testimony of it and see what she is truly missing in her life.
My spiritual thought for the week comes from the talk , Return With Honor, by Elder Robert D. Hales and an analogy that fits in with it. In the talk, Elder Hales talks about how we can return with honor by doing those things that will keep us spiritually strong. At the end of the talk, he says that as a father, he used to put his arms around each of his boys as they left to serve their missions and whispered in their ears, "Return with Honor." He said he can picture our Heavenly Father doing the same when we left our pre-earth life and started this journey. "Return with honor." This life is a test. Our Heavenly Father is the teacher. We need to do everything we can to pass the test. Sometimes, however, it may seem too hard or we may get the wrong answers. And a lot of the time, we have our classmates try to cheat off our tests or influence us to choose another answer. But we have the easiest and kindest grader. He has taken the test before and has all the answers. If we strive to do our best and take advantage of the beautiful atonement when we mess up, we will find true happiness. the atonement is real. Its strong. Its powerful. Its eternal and everlasting. this gospel is true. Love you all!