sickness never was happiness

sooo sickness never was happiness, especially on a mission. but same thing as Alma 41:10, “wickedness never was happiness” so i guess you learn from both. anyways, seriously so many sisters on temple square were sick this week. the stomach flu, the cold flu, everything. i ate after a sister, then the next day we were both sick, which meant we had to stay in our apartment for 3 days straight… so boring. i have never felt so lazy in my life. i tried to sleep but i couldn’t help but feel like such a sinner haha. i watched 17 miracles twice and then read a lot of Jesus the Christ so it was pretty productive i would say. i tried to go back on the square yesterday, and Sister Poulsen(our mission mom) told me i had to go home. but they brought be soup and a bread bowl from kneaders so i was happy. πŸ™‚

well with that being the case, not much happened this week for me. but i do have a pretty cool story. so a month and a half ago, a girl came on chat and we talked for a good bit. she saw the “Book of Mormon” play and was interested in actually learning what we believed. it’s true, the books are always better than the movies, ya know? so anyways, she was really interested in learning more and reading the BoM, but she didn’t want to meet with missionaries yet. she is super shy. so i got her number and was able to teach her until her BoM gets to her house. so we just sent the referral to the MTC, who sends the BoM in the mail. so seriously, a month later and she still hadn’t gotten the BoM. sooo we hadn’t talked in like 2 weeks so i texted asking if she had gotten it yet and she was like crazy story. so the missionaries somehow got her info in new york, and called her asking if she still wanted the book and she said yes, so she met up with them at the church where they had a scripture study class and she got to meet them. turned out it was just her and then 8 other elders…come on.i am guessing their investigators didn’t show up. poor girl. she said she was so scared! she is only 25. but she is going to meet with the missionaries again and might go to church this sunday. but cooler story, she got home from meeting with them and the Book of Mormon that was sent in the mail was in her mailbox. Heavenly Father really does have a perfect plan. he made sure she would meet with the missionaries so that she felt comfortable in meeting with them again later. but she was at home for new years and her mom was interested so they read some of it together! yay the book is true and it changes lives.

well it has been a pretty sad couple of days in the mission. president poulsens last day is next thursday, so for relief society we all surprised president and did a whole program for him and sister poulsen. my zone sang the efy medley. we cried the entire time. then another zone sang “for good” song from wicked. president and sister poulsen are so amazing and i know he was the mission president that i needed for the first half of my mission. they are a perfect example of a couple that is strong in the gospel. i have never met someone so spiritually gifted as President Poulsen. He knows exactly what we need to hear. He has definitely changed me. As we sang our mission song with them, tears filled his eyes, as well as all 200 of us. it will be one huge temple square reunion in heaven one day, that is for sure!

President shares this quote with us a lot and i really like it. i might have put it on an e-mail before, but it’s okay. it’s good to hear things more than once πŸ™‚
“there is no growth in the comfort zone and there is no comfort in the growth zone”.
i have said this so many times but i know it is true. we have to be stretched in order to change. we aren’t here just to go through life day to day and not learn. we are here in this mortal life to face trials and to gain experience, and ultimately to rely on the atonement of our Savior Jesus Christ. He is the only one that can turn our trials into moments of learning. He is the only one we can truly depend on. We have to trust him. When we trust him, we are able to feel his love, and also feel the enabling power that comes fro the atonement. change is good. it’s so good, even if we don’t realize it in the moment!

this morning, i was studying the atonement during personal study. i was reading mosiah 3:7, “and lo, he shall suffer temptations, and pain of body, hunger, thirst, and fatigue, even more than man can suffer, except it be unto death, for behold, blood cometh from every pore, so great shall be his anguish for the wickedness and abominations of his people”. then i was reading in mark 14:35-36 talking more about the garden of gethsemane, “And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.” Though the atonement was not easy, Christ was able to submit to the Father. Though he suffered more than any of us could ever imagine, he did what he knew had to be done, in order for each of us to return and live with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ again. we have to learn to apply the atonement in our lives every single day. we do not understand the power that comes from the atonement until we try.

i love being a missionary. i love this work. i love you all.
sista clark

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