spanish, casseroles, chocolate milk, and more!

hello everyone!! i still have wednesday p-day. yay. i love transfers. it is always so exciting to get a new companion and new assignment, new schedule. all that good stuff. my header has to do with all the things happening this transfer…

sooo my new companion is sister solorzano from spain/peru. so lots of spanish. i can finally pursue my dream of learning spanish on my mission. next we are the relief society presidency. which pretty much just means that sister s. and i are in charge of finding people to teach the lessons for class every thursday and conducting. nothing too crazy, but i joke around because casseroles are what the relief society always makes for people. we are over 200 whiny sisters haha just kidding. we send the whiny ones to sister risenmay. then our assignment is welfare square!!! so we get to take people on tours of welfare square and explain the welfare programs of the church….this means free byu creamery chocolate milk, which is deadly…it’s okay. and more hmmm…lets see. we got 27 new sisters in today from the mtc. yay. sister tori clark comes back from outbound today! i haven’t seen her in 18 weeks. and that’s about it! transfers are always so fun with sisters coming back from outbound, new sisters coming in from the mtc. its just so great! the basement of the visitor center today is filled with lots of sister screams when we are reunited with sisters we haven’t seen. i love temple square. there’s no place like it.

i took sister brito to the traxx this morning at 6:00 am. sad to say bye, but she will do so great outbound! we had so much fun for our last day yesterday. we had beehive house for 6 hours and by the end of our last shift, i was just so done. i told a group that brigham young was 200 ft tall, instead of 200 pounds…i just couldn’t even talk haha. and we took a tour there, with this one single man from india, and for some reason the entire tour i couldn’t stop laughing. sister brito and i were just dying. companions are so fun.

last transfer, my zone took 4,000 tours. that many tours in 6 weeks. so cool! we worked so hard and it was great to hear all of the miracles that happened here. such a special place. miracles are happening all the time. there is no better place to preach the gospel, than under the salt lake temple, with historic sites surrounding us, and such an amazing heritage from the pioneers. this place is the greatest. even when antis are all over the square, which has been happening because it is summer! they are everywhere…lots of youth groups. it’s so funny. this crazy sister from south africa has been singing this song, “we love antis, we love antis, always come to temple square”, its so great. antis just make our testimony stronger hahah so nothing crazy.

i was thinking this last week of how important it is to see the tender mercies and simple moments throughout our lives. we often get to caught up that we don’t even notice them. i was reading the talk “forget me not” by Pres. Uchtdorf and i came across this quote.

“never stop striving for the best that is within you. never stop hoping for all of the righteous desires of your heart. but don’t close your eyes and hearts to the simple and elegant beauties of each day’s ordinary moments that make up a rich, well-lived life. the happiest people i know are not those who find their golden ticket; they are those who, while in pursuit of worthy goals, discover and treasure the beauty and sweetness of the everyday moments”.

as we recognize those simple moments in our lives, we are able to see gods hand in everything that we do. he loves us and cares about us. he wants us to be happy. so…look for those simple moments that make up your life, and see how god plays a part in even the tiniest of details.

i love you all and i love being a missionary! ohh yes, and happy fathers day pops. you’re the man.
sister abby clark

also, today is my year mark of being set apart as a missionary for the church of jesus christ of latter-day saints. this has been the best year of my life and i am so happy! being a missionary is the hardest thing i have ever done, but it also brings the most joy. it’s sad to think this all ends in just 5 1/2 months. i have so much more to learn and so much more to do. here we go!

ps: columbia stake is famous. your on lds.org for the flood clean up. i was watching it and it made me just love south carolina even more! go check it out.

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