Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tough Times Don't Last but Tough People Do

Dear Family-

Hey! So this has been a great week! Super busy. Sister Lynn just came from my old area in Highlands!! Haha So we know like all the same people. It has been awesome. She has been out only 3 months and she just finished training so I am follow up training her. She is great. She is a super strong missionary. She works hard and has a lot of greenie fire! She is from Mona, UT and she has been an answer to a prayer that is for sure. I prayed for a strong companion that would help me be strong as well because honestly these last few transfers I have felt like the only strong one and it is wearing me down thin. But it is alright because the Lord takes care of us.
This week was a little rough number-wise. All of our appointments canceled but that is alright because we still had some amazing lessons. We met with this less active lady, her name is Sister M. We had a lesson with her and we had her share her favorite scripture. She was talking about how she loved the bible and was glad we shared favorite scriptures from the bible as well so we asked her what her feelings were with the Book of Mormon. She told us that honestly she didn't know if she believed in the divinity of Joseph Smith and so that it was hard for her to believe in the Book of Mormon. I felt prompted to say, "Well, the question is do you want to? Do you want to believe; do you want to know? She responded with yes, I do. Man, you could feel the spirit in the room and it was a testimony builder to me that the Lord really does work through us. Sometimes we don't realize until after we have left that the things we said and did were prompted by the Lord but that is where you see His hand the most in your life is through the interactions we have with people. The mission may be hard but I would never trade it because it is these small moments that help strengthen my testimony to weather any storm.
We are getting a new ward mission leader in our ward soon and 8 ward missionaries! I am so excited. I am so ready to dedicate myself to this ward and this work. I can feel that good things are coming.
Reunited with former companions

My old district and companion
Okay so most exciting news! Mission conference was yesterday!!!! It was so amazing I got to see all those that I loved and they were all in one place!!! We had a reunion with the dragon district from back in Highlands area and it just helped give me so much strength to see the support and love from all my friends, past companions, and just everyone. Heavenly Father truly loves us, doesn't he? He gives us exactly what we need the moment we need it to help us move forward. We had a member of the Seventy come talk to us. He is from Africa and I am sorry I have no idea how to spell his name haha. He was awesome. My favorite part of the meeting was when he was talking to us about our heroes. He asked us who are heroes were and why they were our heroes. I thought first of mom and dad of course. Man I can't even begin to explain how much gratitude I have for the two of you. You have made me into the girl I am and I have been so blessed to have such amazing parents like you. I thought of some other people like Spencer and what he has done for me. I thought of all the amazing people that have inspired me on my mission: Buhler, Picket, Fisher, Hansen, Robertson. For people like Coleen and Mark and Julie. For my amazing grandparents and the wisdom they give. I have been so blessed with heroes in my life. The Lord has blessed me with rocks that support me. Like once was said in Conference (it might have been last conference)  "I stand on the shoulders of giants." Thank you! I just cried cause I realized how blessed I am and I hope all of you can feel the gratitude. He asked us to think of a scripture that would explain each of our heroes so that is going to be what I do this week. Find a scripture that makes me think of you guys. Remember, I am always looking up to you, always. Whether you're in Oregon, Utah, 1,000 of miles away, or just a few cities over.

Here is a quote I wanted to share with you that I heard this week:

"With even your strongest faith, God will not always reward you immediately according to your desires. Rather, God will respond with what in His eternal plan is best for you, when it will yield the greatest advantage. Be thankful that sometimes God lets you struggle for a long time before that answer comes. That causes your faith to increase and your character to grow.

Tough times don't last but tough people do. Thank you for everything. I wouldn't be who I am without such an amazing family that has grown to reach so many more people than just by blood. Mom, I love you more than anything. I hope you know that. I look up to you in so many ways. Don't you ever feel inadequate or unimportant. You are a rock and you can do hard things :)

I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always. As long as I'm living, your baby I'll be.

LOVE YOU!

Sister Lundskog
These are the creepy bugs that are in our apartment all of the time

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