hello again everyone!
transfer week is always the slowest week of my life haha. but it was a good week! we saw lots of miracles and worked really hard. it is so hot here, and we are all dying. it makes us just want to go jump in a pool and swim. ugh also, they had the “slide the city” right outside our apartment on saturday. no better way to rub it in missionaries faces, than to be studying while listening to apostate music playing outside and everyone in bathing suits. it’s okay though. good thing i love being a missionary, more than that stuff…
on thursday, we went to go eat in the church office building, and while we were walking through the tunnels, elder ballard and elder cook were on the golf cart and they waved at us, and then elder cristofferson, walked into the building with us to go to the doctor. he was like “hey sisters!” and shook all of our hands. i think sometimes we take it for granted here, but it is so special that we are able to be around apostles and the prophet pretty much every single day! that is what makes temple square so special.
so serving in welfare square…so stressful! so many facts i have to memorize, but it really is so cool that we are able to see how the church works its welfare program. this is literally a way for us to be christs’ hands. he fed the multitudes in their need, showed love, mercy, and compassion, and that is what welfare square is all about. we shared the story of the pool of bethesda. jesus spent his ministry among the poor and needy. when he went to the pool of bethesda, he saw many people who were waiting to be healed. a certain man had been sick for 38 years. the savior recognized his needs and asked, “wilt thou be made whole?”. the man said, “i have no man to assist me,” but because of his faith, the savior healed him by saying, “arise, take up thy bed and walk.” just as the savior did something for this man that he could not do for himself, we can follow his example as we care for the poor and needy to assist them in becoming self reliant. by assisting others to become self reliant, the opportunity is also opened for them to be lifting and serving others. to “take up” their own bed and walk! it really is amazing. the church is so true.
funny story: i was applauded by security, who walked up behind me while i politely asked a group of anti’s to leave temple square and not come back hahahha they said they want to hire me here when i am done.
“nevertheless they did fast and pray oft, and did wax stronger and stronger in their humility, and firmer and firmer in the faith of christ, unto the filling their souls with joy and consolation, yea, even to the purifying and the sanctification of their hearts, which sanctification cometh because of their yielding their hearts unto god”. –helaman 3:35
as we yield our hearts to heavenly father, we are able to be purified, sanctified, and strengthened through the atonement of jesus christ. we are able to develop that firm faith in our savior jesus christ.
i love you all! have a great week. choose the right.
sister abby clark