Happy Birthday America!
We met with President and Sister Vidmar, our new mission parents, last Friday. They were able to introduce themselves and share a little about their testimonies and conversion stories. Sister Vidmar is a convert to the church, and due to president Vidmar's olympic participation, he has yet to serve a full time mission, but I know that they are called of God and up to the task of leading the mission. :) We were able to get pictures with them, and they said that they'd be sending it to our families, so more on that to come.
This week is coming up on my year mark for the mission. It's hard to believe that almost a year has passed since I entered the MTC and started to learn one of the craziest, funniest, and best languages in the world: Vietnamese. More than that though, it's been almost a year since I've dedicated myself to be a consecrated, dedicated servant of the Lord. Looking back over the past year, I see a lot of growth amidst the rough patches, and I also see a lot of shining miracles, giving me greater evidence and witness that this is God's work and that He has sent me here to help these people. In this new year, I want to be more charitable, dedicated, and willing to branch out and try new things. I've been able to see great things so far on my mission, things that will shape me for who I am and the rest of my life. I know that this is because I have been called of God to help His children have everlasting life. It's because my prayers have been more consistent and sincere. It's because my scripture study goes into being applied to bless the lives of others. That being said, I know that I can do a lot better in all those areas of my life, and I pray that I will do so. I'm ready for the next part of my best two years!
We've been able to see a couple of miracles this week! Not only do we have 2 new investigators (and one of them is Vietnamese), but one of our new investigators is part of a part member family. That means that her daughter is a convert to the church of about one year, and she's agreed to start meeting with the missionaries. She doesn't speak English (nor Vietnamese) so we have a recently returned missionary come help us to teach/translate. The spirit of God is so palpable in any language as we testify of the truth the gospel will bring us the most joy, the most happiness, and the best chance that we have for eternal families. That is our goal, and, as Henry B. Eyring reminded us in his Priesthood session conference talk, that is what every major decision we make should aim to achieve. I'm excited to help build eternal families as much as the Lord will bless me to do so. The other miracle was a great testament to the power of priesthood blessings. A member requested that she get a blessing for her sprained ankle, which seemed to be really serious, and she had to stay off of her foot for the whole week in order to have it healed. However, after the blessing, she was able to walk without any pain, and the ankle was completely healed. Her faith in the priesthood of God is truly one of her gifts of the spirit.
I'm excited to continue to work hard, see miracles, and become all that my Heavenly Father needs me to be! I testify that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, and His open arms are outstretched to us all. He waits for us to say, "If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean." As we follow His teachings and His gospel and come unto Him, He will always always reply, "I will: Be thou clean." (Matthew 7:1-4 I think.)
I love you! Have a great week! God be with you! :)