Downs and Ups

hellooooo again everyone!

another week has come and gone and time is going faster and faster. not much is happening here in la jolla. we have been going around and trying to visit lots of people. we have street contacted for hours on end. that’s pretty much our week haha

we visited a lot of less actives. we helped sister cash with family history. that was fun! we walked with wendy 2 times and shared a lesson. we sat with sweet sister rodeen who i just love. she recently has seemed so much healthier and lively. she said, “you wouldn’t even know i was supposed to be dead last month” haha she’s great. we taught hali a good lesson. we also taught our sweet old man investigator ralph. it is amazing to see his progress in just the last 8 weeks i have been able to work with him. he said he would be baptized if he knew it was true. that’s exciting progress for him.

i think this week was a tough one for my companion and me. i feel like knowing that my time here is ending in a few weeks and not seeing a whole lot of progress in the area has been hard. it is great that we have 2 people on date for baptism, but i just want to find more people for the next missionaries to teach. we were both just feeling pretty discouraged and by the time sunday came around and we had missionary correlation meeting with our ward mission leader, he could just see it all in our eyes. then to add on top of that, he was also getting released which was tough because i love brother mcbride so much. he has been such a good example to us. anyways, he felt prompted to give us a blessing and man, it was needed. my companion and i both cried (we were probably throwing ourselves a pity party b/c we need that sometimes haha) but it was so needed. it makes me so thankful to know that the priesthood authority of god is in the church of jesus christ. the same exact authority christ held, i was given a blessing by. what a blessing that christ’s church is on the earth. it motivated me to go out and work my hardest. i also know that though we do not always see the fruits of our work – most of our work actually – we will see the changes that we made to those we talked to in the next life. i think that was not only perfect to hear for this area, but also for the work that i am able to be a part of on temple square. sometimes it is difficult to work and work and work and not see anything, but i have to remember and humble myself down to understand that this is not my work. i am not in charge. i am not speaking my words, but i am doing all of this for the lord because it is his work. i am grateful that my mission isn’t easy and that everyone doesn’t want to learn because i know that god’s timing is perfect! i just need to do my best effort and he will do the rest. he will prepare the people. he will give me the words to say. the truth of god will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent.

though we had a tough week, i can see the, “tender mercies of the lord are over all those whom he hath chosen, because of their faith, to make them mighty, even unto the power of deliverance”. do we have enough faith to see the miracles and tender mercies all around us? i know that mine wavers at times, but when i press forward with faith in christ, i see tender mercies everywhere. story time: after dinner saturday, i really needed to go to the bathroom sooooo we stopped at the temple which is usually our stop for the bathroom haha but anyways as we got out of the car, i saw sister sughroue, now lindsey…who is my best friend that i served with on temple square!! she just got home a few weeks ago and was going to the temple. anyways, so that was the best tender mercy of the week. it cheered me up and i know that heavenly father watches over us. he cares about us. he wants us to be happy! sooo yessss. that was sweet.

buttttt this week is already off to a much better start than last week was. when we continue to act in faith and expect miracles, god does provide. i know that we just have to keep working hard and we will have success in our efforts! yesterday, we had an awesome family home evening with some members and their friend, paul, who we added as a new investigator. and we also had a lesson with hali and her mom yesterday as well. #blessings

though the work is hard, i know i am learning so much and as a part of that, i am coming closer to my heavenly father and savior jesus christ. im happy to be a part of such a great work. of course it isn’t easy, but it is the most fulfilling, humbling, joyous work i have ever been a part of. and the best thing is…i get to wake up and forget about the hard moments from the day before and work harder that day. i think this scripture can pretty much sum up how a missionary feels most of the time, ” for i pray continually for them by day, and mine eyes water my pillow by night, because of them; and i cry unto my god in faith, and i know that he will hear my cry“. we just need to trust and have faith. he knows what each one of us needs.

“he will increase your opportunities, expand your vision, and strengthen you”

i love being a missionary! choose the right.
lots and lots of love
sister clark

email address –
abigail.clark@myldsmail.net

address through beginning of May –
7404 Armstrong Place
San Diego, CA 92111

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