What a time this is. Things are going well. I keep randomly crying, I’m not sure if it’s because I’m sad to go or really excited to see you all, probably it’s just everything and my body doesn’t know what to do with it so it just cries. But that only has happened at weird times, it still feels normal to be out working, I’m so grateful for that! I really am so excited to come home and see you guys, I know it’s the right thing and the Lord’s timing is perfect and I feel at peace about it all. It’s like when I came out, I guess, I know that this next adventure will have challenges and wonderful times and everything, I think I’m nervous that it will be hard to keep spiritual things up.
I gave a talk this week (they caught me on my last sunday in Dundee, dang it!) and talked about my mission experiences and the temple – it got me really excited to go back there. The departing testimony went well I think, I don’t remember what I said. But I think at one point I told them they have to be obedient, so that’s probably a good thing. The conference was amazing, usually they have the missionaries who are leaving go do a class about real life during the conference, but they didn’t have someone to teach it up in Aberdeen so I got to stay in and listen, I was so grateful for that! My favorite part was when the STLTs did their instruction and part of it was about how “when we are obedient with the written things, God will give us the unwritten things.” We follow the white handbook, PMG, the commandments and scriptures and counsel from our leaders. As we do these things we know to do, they are on the surface and then God allows them to sink in and become those unwritten things – our testimony, Christlike attributes, conviction, joy, love, etc. It helped me understand a bit better why we “go through the motions,” even though it shouldn’t feel like that!
This week was great and crazy! We had our conference on Tuesday and then brought back the Aberdeen sisters with us for exchanges. That was a bit of a drama time – we’ve had some of that too! I was grateful for the lesson though, I learned how to say “no” and stick with it when I felt it was right. President used to tell me that, to be an effective leader, you will have to have people who don’t like you. It all ended well and the exchange was good, so I was happy it worked out:) We had interviews on Thursday, I love interviews with President Donaldson!! We talked a lot about the sisters and how I’m feeling now and then he talked to me about dating and boys for a lot of it haha, it was pretty funny. But also amazing. I think I learned that you can absolutely have a fairytale – you just have to work hard to create it! So I will think about that more in about a week:) We had exchanges again on Friday and they were great:) I’m so excited for this week, our friends at uni came back and we’re teaching Natasha tonight! And Dale on Wednesday! We are going to try to baptize one more time, which will be interesting, we could use your prayers!!
This week in my study I was reading about Alma and his brothers going to help the apostate Zormaites who were praying on the rameumptum… I have no idea how to spell that! A few things were really cool to me – first that Zeezrom came along! He was the one who, on Alma’s first mission out, was contending with him and fighting against it, then he was humbled and healed, and now he’s a missionary! And then Alma got to serve with him on his next mission! Also in verse 19 it says they all went in to see the people praying and they were “exceedingly astonished” and that just made me laugh a little bit, I wonder what that looked like! Last, there are a lot of verses in that chapter that talk about how Alma’s heart was sorrowful. He sorrowed to see the wickedness and hard-heartedness of the people. I think that’s what it means to serve with all your heart – he didn’t hold back his emotions from his work! I’ve seen that in so many of your stories about your adventures with primary, how it can be stressful or sad or most of the time it’s so happy! I know that when we don’t hold back our heart from our calling and from the Lord it will be an emotional thing, but it will also be the most wonderful thing. I remember in my first area, the first friend I cried over was Emily when she said she didn’t want to learn anymore. It was a hard night that night. But then, a few months later, she was baptized! That was one of the best days of my life! Since then, there have been ups and downs with that, sometimes I’m tempted to withhold my heart a little bit because I know it can be hard, but the blessings that come from giving all are more than worth it.
Well…I love you tons!! See you soon!!
Love, Sister McOmber