Saturday, July 21, 2012

The things we learn about ourselves

     We have spent the last week in Guam, at couples conference. All of the Sr. Couples in our mission gathered to be taught how to be better missionaries.  We got some great ideas and some new perspective.
      We have had a few struggles these last several months, one of those things where no matter what you do, or how hard you try, it is wrong. It has been weighing us down and we have not been as good at focusing on the missionary work we were sent here to do. We have felt pretty alone and like we were in the way, and even with as much prayer, fasting, scripture reading, etc., you know all those things we all have been taught all our lives to do when we are struggling, we just couldn't seem to get past it.
     Well we went to the conference, and we had decided to get to know some of the other couples on the other islands and see if that would help. It did.  We found the most amazing missionaries, I believe, on the planet. We listened as they told us of some of there struggles on each of there Islands. We listened to how they were dealing with them and we learned.
     You know what we learned?  THIS IS THE LORDS WORK, NOT OURS!!!!!!!!!, The things that have been getting us down, are just things.  It really doesn't matter. We just have to do our best and ask the Lord, what He would have us do. And His opinion of us, is the only one that matters. So we have come home with a new determination to put our focus on what the Lord sent us here to do and not let the other things get in the way of that.
     We love the Lord, and even more importantly, He loves us. That is why we left our family behind and went half-way around the world, to tell people how much they are loved by the Lord. You see when you get off your "pity party" and you start thinking about how much you are loved by the Lord, all the sudden, it does not matter, if others don't like you, all the sudden, you want everyone to know how much the Lord loves them. Loves us all, so much that He gave us His Son, Jesus Christ. Who came to this earth and suffered immensely, so He would understand what each of us goes through each day. And then He died for us, so each of us, if we choose, could repent  and be forgiven of our sins and transgressions. Died for us, so one day we can all go Home, to that God who gave us life, our Heavenly Father. I don't know if I will ever really be able to fathom how much we are loved by the Lord, but I do know, that in spite of my imperfections, He still loves me.
       I learned that I have to let things go and move forward with the Lords work. That is what He wants me to do and we are here to please Him and no one else.  
       He lives, I know this, He loves us, I know this. His  Gospel is true, I know this. 
Sis. Simram, one of our Young Adults from Pohnpei,
She is getting ready to go to BYU Hawaii, We saw her in Guam
at church, just before she left.

Sis. Hadley( another one of our young adults and a new Missionary),
 Sis. Hadley(her mom), Sis Mecham ( our mission mom),
 and me.  Young Sis. Hadley just left our island to go on her mission
to the Phillipines, We got to see her off in Guam.

Some of the Sister Missionaries in Guam

Our mission Pres.. Pres. Mecham and Sis. Mecham, Sis. Hadley (mom),
Sis. Hadley (missionary), Sis. Hadleys companion in Guam, Sis. Obenhour ( our
mission nurse) and me

Elder Cook, our newest missionary on Pohnpei, just before he
flew away to Pohnpei, we got to meet him in the mission home
just before he left.

Yes, our Mission President can do many things.

And his wife, is just as amazing, We love them both.and
 our mission nurse

Look Mom. I am still alive and now in Guam.
Elder Davis was on Pohnpei, but because of kidney
problems, is now serving on Guam. We miss him. He is a great missionary.

Some of our arriving fellow missionaries, we were the first ones on Guam, so we
got to greet everyone as they arrived. 

Patriarch Gittens and his wife. The Stake patriarch on Guam.

Dinner with all the Sr. Couples in the "Ruins of Zarahemla"
 what remains of a home that was destroyed in a Typhoon.

Our tallest missionary and his sweet wife, Elder Eakins and Sis Eakins, and yes
he did play in the NBA for about 10 years.

Getting ready for dinner in the "Ruins of Zarahemla"

The Nortons and the Eakins

The Tiffanys

The Best Missionaries on the Planet, how did Elder LeFevre and I
get to be so blessed, wow we get to serve with them.

Our Mission Mom, Sis. Mecham

We may have a lot of grey and white hair or no hair, but we can still work for the Lord, the best Boss

We love all the missionaries we work with

Just another Potty break, our bladders aren't what they use to be.

Who knew,  trail mix, chex mix, and preztals could taste so good

Table cloths work just fine when it is to cold from the Air conditioning, I
guess we are getting use to the climate.

Elder and Sister Kjar, teaching us

View of our Hotel, we think, not really sure

Just to prove, Elder Lefevre was on Guam too.

Dinner at the Jamaican Grill, in the Chammerron village

Wow, real fresh fruit

Who knew veggies could taste so good

Real meat

Dancers in the Chammerron Village

Frozen Yogurt, only 6 more months and we can have it again

Some members in the Barrigada Ward

Elder and Sister Nortan, serving on Guam.  Kindred spirits
    The Best mission in the Church and the Best missionaries to serve with, We love you all. It was hard to say goodbye at the end of the week.

1 comment:

  1. We are thinking of you both! We are so grateful for your wonderful examples. We hope things continue to improve for you and that you are doing well :) We love to hear about your experiences and see the pictures you post. Thanks so much for sharing!