For reals!! Its NOVEMBER!! Who woulda thought it would be november already! Im actually starting to get a little scared. But when i think that im closer to coming home than to when i left i just try to remind myself that i need to work hard and just have that day totally surprise me instead of dwelling on it constantly. Its hard... no offense... i dont want to come home.
We had another baptism this week. A little girl whos family are members (except father) and they have been less active. Teaching her and baptizing Jhanelle has made the mother and kids more active again! Our next baptism is scheduled for nov 13th. And hopefully lots in december! The hardest thing is people coming to church. Sometimes i get frustrated and just want Heavenly Father to smack them in the face. They have testimonies and have received answers about the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith but then for some reason they dont see how important it is that they come to church. I then get frustrated at myself cause in my mind it all just makes common sense... and i realize i need to teach it better so that they really understand. Pray that i can help others see the importance of coming to church... that is what i need right now. Thanks!
Sister Larsen and I are growing closer every day and really love being companions. We have a great meal system... i cook... she washes dishes :) Sometimes i do miss washing so i wash the dishes i used to cook while everything is cooking. One the mission, ive really learned that i love being in the kitchen! (but in the field teaching better, of course!)
I wish i had more time to do everything that i want to do. There are always so many things i want to study and organize... i am getting better tho. Gospel study is SO important and i hope that each one of us takes the opportunity to study the precious words that God has given us. He tells us the most important things that we need to know through the scriptures (including the words of living prophets). There is so much to study... it never can get old or boring! Just remember line upon line, precept upon precept. Dont get frustrated that you dont know or understand everything (im mostly talking to myself). Just look at it as an opportunity to learn and grow and become closer to God. President Malit compared the gospel to a ladder once. Each person's ladder is a little different. All have the rungs (each rung is a different gospel principle) but maybe the order of the rungs is different for each person. You cant jump 5 rungs... you need to take it one at a time... build upon your knowledge slowly and firmly.
Im so grateful for the gospel in my life and all the blessings i receive. As i teaching people about the blessings that they can receive i realize that i have received those blessings in my life! Its real! It works! Another thing about blessings that ive learned is that they dont come immediately sometimes but they are building up. We shouldnt only live a righteous principle because we want an immediate blessing but instead, we ought to live it because it is securing the greatest blessing we can have... eternal life with our Heavenly Father, Savior and precious families!
I love you all so much and can never thank you enough for all the support you give to me! Never give up... keep your chin up... and endure to the end!
Sister Carissa Jones