So, funny story from this week: One of our investigators had a question about what happens after you die. So I was trying to explain to her that after death, our personalities don't change. Apparently though I had memorized the wrong word from my Dutch dictionary... Our investigator kept giving me the weirdest looks and it took me forever to figure out why. Instead of saying that our personalities don't change, I was saying that our personalities don't "undress"... Haha oops! We got a good laugh out of that.
Okay so, I have just a couple pictures this week. Here's one of me holding a board that explains every missionaries purpose and our goal. Love it. It was the first thing I memorized in Dutch.
And one with the Zone Leaders! They're fantastic! It's been fun working with them this past week.
Also, Elder Oaks and his wife came yesterday and it was amazing! One of the things he talked about was how the Savior taught that when you lose yourself in serving Christ, that is when you find yourself. If you try to "save" your life though by earning praises of the world, that is when you lose yourself. It has been something I've been thinking about a lot this week, and I really enjoyed his talk. I am also just so thankful to be missionary and to have this opportunity to put my desires and my worldly ambitions to the side for a bit and lose myself in service. So far it really has been amazing, and I'm not even in Europe yet!
Another thing I'm super grateful for is the Atonement. I know, that sounds super missionary cliche, but it's so true! Elder Oaks touched on it yesterday. He said that "The Savior's Sacrifice is the ultimate good for the ultimate evil." Linda K. Burton came last week and talked about it as well. She challenged us to find a scripture or hymn that personally relates to us about the Atonement. One of mine is Phil. 4:13. "I can do all through Christ who strengthens me."
On our own we are so limited. There is only so much we can do. But through Christ and His Atonement we can do all things. Sister Burton also said in her talk that "To make everything right through the Atonement we must choose, through our actions, to do our part." If we are striving to be righteous, doing our best to do God's will, are "pressing for the mark of Christ," and are praying for help, Christ can help us with our struggles and he can make up for our shortcomings.
Love the emails and the letters!! I really appreciate all of them! <3
Have a great thanksgiving!