So this week we get to GO TO THE TEMPLE!!! The Manhattan temple. I feel so stoked!!!! I loved in the new Provo temple dedication Elder Oaks said that everytime a new temple is built and dedicated it literally weakens and pushes back the forces of Hell. HOW COOL IS THAT!!!! and in General Conference they said go to the temple at least three times.
So there is a less active in our ward. Sister Reynolds. She is wonderful. She was converted in Arizona (she moved from jersey) was baptized, move back to Jersey after being strong, but when she moved into our ward boundary life just got away from her and she hasn't been to church in several months at least six. So sister Bulson and I went down and visited her by surprise because if you try and make appointments with most people.....well, they never have time. So we just showed up and got to talk with her for a good hour. We comitted her to come to church two Sundays in advance. The following sunday wasn't an option. So the Thursday before she was going to come, Sister Bulson and I asked Bishop Lindeman and his wife to come with us to visit her. So we got her to let us come, we went and visited and it was great. She was so excited to come to church, she was going to bring one of her daughters. We wake up Sunday morning to a text explaining she found bed bugs....in like three different rooms in her house. Satan does his job well. She's been telling missionaries for months she's gonna come...but no dice. It's gonna be ok though, we're gonna lick this.
This month for our mission is focused on the law of consecration. We had a zone meeting last week and it was such a good reminder to me! I started thinking about how in the morning each day I could make the decision of "I want to give all my desires and heart to Heavenly Father so in each action, do I do it just because I've been told to be obedient, or do I do it because I love him and He's asked me to? That's a question I want to work on for myself daily. Well, the day after the meeting I was having a rough day, and I turned to Sister Bulson and say "I need a frosty" she says ok.(lol, I know I know, but its me :)) So we drive down to Wendy's it's $2.76 for two small chocolate frostys. So I hand the guy at the window three dollars, and he hands me back a quarter, but I look at it and think, wait somethings off, oh, its' one cent extra, (quick thought, am I right, or am I just paranoid....all well, doesn't matter, just tell him.) "Oh, I think you gave me one extra cent" and I hand him back the quarter and he instantly asks "What church are you from?" It would not have happened if I hadn't pointed out he gave me an extra penny. I told him. we gave him a card. His name is Rex. I gave him the address and time to church for the next day, I wanted to tell him more, but cars were talking behind me. so I had to drive forward, but it was the coolest experence/tender mercy ever!! The rest of my day was wonderful. ......all because of a frosty :) (next time you're craving ice-cream, especially my family members, think twice before you fight the thought, it could be a prompting. :)
So before coming out, everyone says that there are really hard days (most of the time) and some really amazing days (some of the time). So I expected it, but one of the things I wish they would have added in that field of thought was how personal each of those hardships are. Each of them get to you differently. But that's ok. Heavenly Father helps fill the chinks in the armor so the next time you go out, you can be confident He'll help you when you come back more. This week He taught me once more, that he knows us. He knows where we came from, He knows how we learn, He knows where we're going, what we want. I'm sure that within a year from now, when I've been pulled through the ringer and am a lot stronger than I am now, I'll probably write back and hopefully will have grown and have a stronger testimony and say something very much along the same lines, but that doesn't matter. But I know He knows us. I know He loves us. and I know He has a plan for each of us. This life really is like an amazing tapestry.
I love you all. I can't say how much your letters mean to me. I love you all!
-Love sister Brook