Each life that touches ours for good

This week for Soeur Holt has been focused around gratitude. Her mum had sent her a talk that she had given in Church and this set my week off in its theme of recognising so many tender mercies throughout and God’s good guiding hand; thank you mummy for sharing that with me… One of the things that Soeur Holt has constantly recognised is the importance of relationships with other people. As she approaches the end of her mission and completes the ‘last’ of so many things, including last exchanges, she is noting the importance of those she serves around and with. I had the chance to go on exchanges this week with Soeur Hansen; Soeur Hansen has been a constant throughout my mission experience- we received our calls at the same time and were supposed to come out together; I love her kind heart and her open ears (always willing to listen and share and care) she is a great friend to me and a great consecrated missionary. Soeur Hansen is a friend that I won’t be letting go of easily!

A cute hymn that we sang on Sunday that I have never heard before went along this theme, 293 “Each life that touches ours for good”, kind of like “For Good” from Wicked that daddy always seems to quote but one that we can sing during a sacrament meeting! Haha! I shared with her the quote daddy sent last week

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others” (Marianne Williamson).

I added that she is one of the most brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous people that I know, friends for eternity…

Last p-day we headed over to the aquarium; it was so cool so many fish and as close to the ocean as we are going to get really!- sorry, the photos are taking forever to load cause all of the elders are emailing at the same time as us, how dare they!! haha

The rest of the week was teaching, contacting and exchanges. We taught a lady from last week- she hadn’t read, so we read with her in 3 Nephi 17. It was a really interesting lesson- we left it feeling happy and that we had felt something together, so much so that we engaged her to continue to read by herself.

I found a scripture about ministering 1 Peter 5.2 which talks about being an instrument in the lord hand. To feed his sheep is all that I want and this week I had this experience multiple times I can’t tell you how much it brings a thrill to my heart! LOVE IT!!

We met up with Soeur Constant to go and see a new investigator who wasn’t there so we were in the middle of driving to visit a less active instead when we see Soeur Wendy. Soeur Constant leaps out of the car and just wouldn’t stop hugging her. So after a little chit chat we left them to talk. This is one of the example of being an instrument in the hands of the Lord this week- Soeur Constant lives in St Rose- ages away- and it is not every day that she works with us in Baie Mahault but it was amazing to see how much Soeur Wendy needed Soeur Constant in that moment and although we didn’t do anything we worked the organisation so they could meet…

Over to Soeur Delice’s home where she was with her friend-both were complaining of sore feet; and so I ended up massaging her friend’s feet, we shared a short message on missionary work but according to Soeur Delice – her friend slept well that night!!

On Friday we were contacting and we ended up answering a prayer. A lady had her door wide open and after seeing that she was in the middle of washing her dishes we headed on in to help. She started crying and repeating over and over that God had sent us to help her in her time of trial. We ended up cleaning basically her entire kitchen including the fridge! I think she needed a moment of unloading and so we sat and listened for a while and after she had told us a very scary story of her life we shared the plan of salvation and the hope that can come. In leaving I asked if there was anything else we could do to help her to which she showed us a room with a mound of clothes that needed organising. So we have an appointment for this week to help her…

On Tuesday and Wednesday I was on exchanges with Soeur Hansen. First off we made some chicken and sweet potato chips for lunch and studies.

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We then had the chance to go contacting with Soeur Ode Montredon- she is the one who served in London South- it felt like we were working in a trio as she was so on the ball with everything- asking for numbers, appointments etc.

The rest of the afternoon and evening was contacting and suivis mostly in Baie Mahault centre it was a national holiday and so it was slightly slow. At the end we had the exchange review before grabbing a salad and going to find our companions at the Layne’s home where they were waiting for a flat tyre to be repaired…

Love you all have a great week and work hard…

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