Hey y’all! So you know when you have a week full of lessons learned and you just want to share everything? But then it’d be a really long email and you don’t know how many people will actually read all of it, because they only care for the pictures? But then you write a lot anyways because it was still so great that you have to. So mom, since you’re probably the only one who will read this entire email, enjoy! For the rest of you, I hope you’ll read at least a bit 🙂
Side note: I hope you all are getting SUPER PUMPED for General Conference this weekend! Twice a year during what is called General Conference, the Prophet, Apostles, and other church leaders speak to us. It is awesome! Just imagine me chanting, “I’m ready! You’re ready! We’re ready! Whoop whoop yeah!” (Which is my prep chant each day before we go finding…) Seriously though, I’m so ready to be spiritually uplifted this weekend! So everyone, tune into General Conference because it will be great!
Back to missionary work- We had a few really great lessons with Jan this week and here were my two strong takeaways. First, everyday we must push against resistance to gain strength. And second, we have to let go of the fear we hold and move forward with faith.
Now for the background on these lessons. The first was from Jan telling us a story about some super strong, weight lifting, legendary guy. His secret to his strength was that every single day he pushes against so much resistance. And it’s like each of us. The more resistance we push against, the stronger we become. So keep on pushing, because you are getting stronger. Jan shows us this everyday. He’s still searching for a job and facing many challenges, but he’s becoming stronger through the resistance.
Second lesson learned with Jan was through a lesson the Elders actually joined us in. Elder Kashari continued to say, “Will you let go of the fear you have and move forward with faith in Jesus Christ?” You just have to let go of your fear. Trust the Lord. Have faith. President Uchtdorf gave a magnificent talk on faith during the General Women’s Conference this weekend (watch it! https://www.lds.org/general-conference?lang=eng) So, will YOU let go of the fear you have and move forward with faith in Jesus Christ?
So Jan’s lessons were great but you know what else is great? God’s timing. On Friday, Sister Zeng and I went finding. We found some new friends which was great! Then we were trying to smooch off some WiFi at a local cafe so we could find the address of a friend from church that we haven’t seen in awhile. After failing to find her address and were about to go home, the Elders just happened to show up, so we talked for a few minutes. While talking, the friend we wanted to see walked by! So we were able to chat with her for a little while, and then went to the tube. As we were waiting for the next train, a woman says, “Hello Sisters. Sister Fuhriman, where are you from?” I tell her I’m from Wisconsin and she says, “Is your dad Blake?” Turns out she grew up with my dad, and so we took some pics and after many smiles, went our separate ways.
Now it was awesome we got to see this lady from church, and it may sound silly that seeing complete strangers who knew my dad brought me incredible amounts of joy. But it’s the little things that Heavenly Father knows you need every once and awhile. Every little thing lined up perfectly because of God’s timing. We got to help someone from church and some strangers helped me. God is so very aware!
So I know missionary work sounds all sunshine and lollipops and awesome, and it is awesome! But it’s also really, really difficult. And this week we had one day that was just like the movies when nothing goes right. One of those Alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad, days. Or at least we thought it was.
Eventually I just wished we could start the day over, or at least move forward to tomorrow. I then found myself saying I had lost control of the day. On a mission, there’s a lot of things you just cannot control due to people’s agency. But I stupidly thought I lost control of the day and desperately wanted tomorrow to come.
How wrong I was! Each moment we have is a moment to make our current situation better. I wrote once about how nothing changes if nothing changes. Well I kept thinking it was already a rubbish day so we should just try to get through it. Instead, I should have let go of the single bad thing and moved forward with hope for the rest of the day.
President Monson once shared a bit from the show, The Music Man. He said, “Professor Harold Hill, one of the principal characters in the show, voices a caution that I share with you. Says he, “You pile up enough tomorrows, and you’ll find you’ve collected a lot of empty yesterdays.” My brothers and sisters, there is no tomorrow to remember if we don’t do something today.”
I’ve reflected on this a lot this week, and how we need to do something today. But that doesn’t mean life isn’t hard and that sometimes we will have bad days. That’s what makes the joy of tomorrow such a blessing. And then I came across a scripture, Pslams 30:5. “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”
I’ve held onto this scripture throughout the week and then Sunday evening I was on Facebook when I found this picture and was again reminded that there is always a tomorrow.
Today may have it’s tough moments, but we can always make a change for the better. It is our duty to be better today than we were yesterday, and better tomorrow than we are today. And so even if we feel like we’ve lost control of today, we at least have tomorrow. Life is about continually changing, growing, pushing, strengthening. We can do it! But it has to start today.
And it all begins with Jesus Christ. As President Uchtdorf once said, “Many of the deepest regrets of tomorrow can be prevented by following the Savior today. If we have sinned or made mistakes–if we have made choices that we now regret–there is the precious gift of Christ’s Atonement, through which we can be forgiven. We cannot go back in time and change the past, but we can repent. The Savior can wipe away our tears of regret and remove the burden of our sins. His Atonement allows us to leave the past behind and move forward with clean hands, a pure heart, and a determination to do better and especially to become better.”
How blessed we are to have tomorrow’s given unto us. But how much more shall we focus on improving today. We have never truly lost control of our day. As the sign back at mom home above the front door says, “It is never too late to start the day over.”
Resistance will strengthen us. Faith will beat fear. God’s timing is magnificent. Today is a new day. Tomorrow will be offered to us. How beautiful life truly is.