Being a missionary is awesome. Seriously. So awesome.
So on Wednesday, Sister Apiyo went home and that was heartbreaking. She truly helped me so, so much on my mission and I love her immensely. I was so blessed to have six incredible weeks with her! Uganda is so lucky to have her back. I wish I could have had more time with her, but I know that Heavenly Father knew I needed her at that time, and I will forever be so thankful for her. However, we always need change in order to learn and grow, and so I got my new companion, Sister Zeng!
I’ll talk a bit about Sister Zeng later, but first the work here is great! Mike is truly growing. During our lesson, he realized he must take a leap of faith and follow Christ. He also explained how he would like Elder Neeley to baptize him. Well, the Neeley’s leave on September 29 and Mike comes back from his travels on September 26. As we were leaving the lesson he said, “You know, miracles can happen. How much time do you need to plan a baptism?” He’s getting there! Please, please, please say some extra prayers for him.
Michael will be getting baptized on Saturday and I plan to Skype into his baptism! So that will be exciting. Jan continues to have trials, but he brought his wife here from Germany so it was wonderful to meet her. Mina has become a missionary already and brought two friends to church. These people are awesome!
I had a fun little lesson learned while finding this week, before we got completely down poured on. I try to stop people on the streets by asking, “What makes you happy?” Then as we were walking, Elder Kashari said back to me, “What makes you happy? You are happy all the time.”
That made me reflect. What makes me happy? Well, there is so much to be happy about! First off, I am in London, serving the Lord, and sharing the beautiful message of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. But another thing that makes me so happy is the knowledge that because of the gospel of Jesus Christ, I have a bright future ahead. I’ve really tried to focus on my potential as a daughter of God and that if I continue to live a life centered on Christ, there will always be happiness.
I then asked Elder Kashari what makes him so happy. He said it is seeing other people happy! This is so true. When someone turns to Jesus Christ, their happiness increases so, so much. They just glow. We are all children of a loving Heavenly Father, and bringing people to know more of their divine destiny is a glorious experience. They become so happy and I love the people I have met.
Now about my new companion- Sister Zeng is from China and she joined the church only a year and a half ago! She’s awesome and I love her. She has already taught me so much and she’s so sweet. Her dedication is incredible. We’ve been working on helping her know English which has been a really humbling experience. She has helped me realize the importance of being as a little child, just by how loving, patient, and humble she is. Not that she is a little child, because she is older than me, but well in mission terms she’s my “daughter.” (I don’t understand mission lingo sometimes, but because I am her trainer, I am her “mother” and she is my “daughter.” The family tree in the mission gets pretty crazy.) Regardless, she’s just wonderful!
I guess having this “motherly” role and trying to help a brand new missionary, who truly is so calm and humble like a little child, has made me ponder on how we must become like little children.
Randall K. Bennett of the Seventy said, “The Savior taught that to inherit the kingdom of God, we must become as a little child. So, spiritually speaking, the first principle is that we need to do what we did as children.
“With childlike humility and willingness to focus on our Father in Heaven and our Savior, we take steps toward Them, never giving up hope, even if we fall. Our loving Heavenly Father rejoices in each and every faithful step, and if we fall, He rejoices in each effort to get back up and try again.”
This then led me to thinking about parents. My little “daughter” Sister Zeng, always says, “I’ll follow you!” She just trusts that I will help lead her and guide her. It’s like our earthly parents. As little children, we just trust that mom and dad know best.
My mom wrote to me once, “I often think of how trusting we are as a child and how we believe everything our parents tell us. We know that they are there to watch over us and protect us. We do not doubt at all. And this is why Jesus tells us to become as little children. He wants us to just believe with this incredible faith. He wants us to see that He is there to watch over and protect us.”
This led me to ponder on how we must trust our Father in Heaven and Savior to know that They always knows best. They will lead and guide us. We just need to trust Them and always exclaim, “I’ll follow you!”
Lastly, this led me to my final thought of how we are all truly children of a loving Heavenly Father. We had a lovely conference this weekend in which us Visitors Centre Sisters and the Elders in our district sang, “I am a Child of God.” (I added the video at the end of the email, and also Blessed 4 singing it.)
“Lead me. Guide me. Walk beside me. Help me find the way.”
We sang those simple words in Japanese, Chinese, and Polish, but they continue to echo through my soul. God will lead us. He will guide us and is always walking beside us. He is helping us find the way back to Him. We just must do as Christ says and become as a little child.
I love you all so, so much. Thank you for your continual love and support. It means the world to me and helps me on the tough days. You are all children of a King with divine potential. Never forget who you are. Follow Christ and you will find true happiness, just as a little child.