Monday, July 29, 2013

Hey, Hey, Hey!

So, I'll go ahead and tell ya the news.  Transfers are tomorrow.  I GET TO STAY IN PARK CITY!!!!!  I'm so happy about that.  We don't know where Sister Villoso is being transferred to.  It's sad because we only got to be companions for 4 weeks.  We found that out this morning from our Zone Leaders.  Last night just as we were closing up shop at the Family Tree Center, President Eberhardt called me.  He said, Sister Marlow we'd like to ask you to be a trainer.  Can you do that for me?  My heart was pounding and I answered him yes sir.  He said he knows that I'll do great.  I'm so glad to have the faith and encouragement of the mission president.  And the phone call was over.  I was in so much shock.  I couldn't believe it.  I'M TRAINING A NEW MISSIONARY.  I just kept saying it over and over.  I'm training, I'm training.  I was literally freaking out.  AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.  I don't know if I'm gonna be able to do it.  HELP!!!!  I'm so nervous and excited and anxious and all of the above!  But last night when I was on my knees I told Heavenly Father that I can't do this.  I am so weak and inadequate to be a trainer.  But I told Him.  Father, I know I can only do this through you.  Please help me to be able to do this.  I know with Him that I can do this.  And in my studies this morning I am in Ether 12.  And guess what I read?  

Ether 12:27
27 And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.

I got a little teary-eyed.  I had an interview with my district leader last Thursday and he told me the same thing.  Because he told me that there are very few missionaries that have been out for about a year.  And that the Lord needs the more experienced missionaries to help this mission.  And that I'm going to be a leader in the mission.  I told him I wasn't ready, and I didn't know that I could do it.  He just said Ether 12:27.  

I love this scripture.  It explains why the Lord gives us weakness.  So that we are humble.  To remember who it is that gave us life and everything that we have.  To remember who it is that we need in our lives to make life worth living.  But even though we do have weaknesses, HIS grace is sufficient for all of us.  But we first have to humble ourselves and recognize that we can't do it alone.  So we have to be humble and have faith.  Something that is taught so much in Ether 12.  And I know that is something that I struggle with.  To have faith.  The faith that leads to miracles.  But the Lord promises us in Ether 12:27 that He will make our weak things become strong.  I know He cares for all of us.  And we are human.  We struggle with life.  We have temptations and weaknesses.  But the Lord is aware of them.  But as we look to Him, He can make them and us, strong.  I know that for sure.  

This is going to be such an adventure these next couple of transfers.  Please pray for me and for my new companion!  I feel like this is going to be a make it or break it time for my mission.  It's either sit down and complain, or get up and rely on the Lord to keep you going.  I know this is going to be a big test for me.  But this is HIS work.  I know it is.  

Another cool experience.  We were having dinner last night at a member's home, and they fed us salmon and tilipia.  And guess what?  I ate it.  And it wasn't pretty bad.  But that wasn't the cool experience.  Another guy from the ward, who is preparing for a mission came over for dessert and they were all talking about a guy his age that he's worried about, because when he leaves for his mission he's afraid that his friend will stop going to church.  We all were talking and I got this really strong impression to ask if his friend has received his patriarchal blessing.  The Spirit was like nagging me to ask.  And so I did.  And he said that his friend hadn't.  But that he'll talk to him about it.  He was really grateful that we were there to talk to him about his friend and he asked us to pray for him too.  We said we would.  It's amazing how the Spirit works through us.  Those simple tiny promptings, and you gotta listen and just do it.      

Also, cool thing!  We get to go to the Pioneer Day parade in Salt Lake City!  Pretty exciting!  That will be fun!  I remember going with Bethany a couple of years ago!  Oh, hey!  Ashley Sloan (I don't remember her married name!) came into the Family Tree Center on Saturday with her husband, Bryan.  It was so much fun to see her!  She is so amazing!  I hate that I had to end the visit short.  We were having an emergency district meeting.  It was so fun to see her!  Love you so much!  I'll talk to ya next week!


Sister Marlow ;)

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