hi again everyone!
i can’t believe we are half way through september. but it’s okay, because that means it’s almost conference. ahhhh. my last conference here. these next few months are my favorite times to be a missionary on temple square. it is turning into fall. it’s the best. also, thank you for all of the happy birthdays. being a missionary on your birthday is really special. you get to think of everyone else, but yourself. it’s cool.
ahhh guess what? so for the year of 2016…the mission had a goal set that we would have 1016 baptisms this year. we met the goal already in the month of september. so cool. we are gonna have a little celebration. yay.
sis. schalk and i covered in humanitarian center one day this week. it is so amazing to see all of the things that the church does with humanitarian aid, and many times, no one knows that we are doing it. the church just does it because we are trying our best to follow our savior jesus christ. we show a video at the end of the tour, and one of the people that received help from the church says, “your appreciation for life is much greater. your prayers are different”. it is so important to remember the things that we are grateful for. one thing that i love that our mission presidents wife always says is that we serve a grateful god and because of that, we have need to be grateful.
jeff who is getting baptized 2 weeks from today, sent me a sweet text the other day…he said, “you have helped me out more than you will ever know. at times when i was going to give up on church, not feeling like i was worthy enough. you really helped me along the way and i thank you for that”. when i think about the different people that have been baptized on my mission, i am able to see how truly i am just an instrument in the lords hands. this really is the lords work, and i am so happy i get to be a missionary and represent him.
as i get closer to the end of my mission, i think a lot about who i am becoming, and if i am learning everything that i need to learn before my mission is over.
president monson said, “in the search for our best selves, several questions will guide our thinking: am i what i want to be? am i closer to the savior today that i was yesterday? will i be closer yet tomorrow? do i have the courage to change for the better?”
these are perfect questions for each of us to ask ourselves. god wants us to progress, we just have to be willing. i am grateful for my mission and the things that i have learned, and how i have seen myself come closer to the savior every single day. i still have much more to do and learn in my last weeks as a missionary, but i am excited to see the different things i learn, and the growth that i will continue to have before i am home.
“therefore, dearly beloved brethren, let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of god, and for his arm to be revealed”. d&c 123:17
i love you all!
sister abs clark