"Dear Sister Conover:
You are hereby called to serve as a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You are assigned to labor in the Guatemala Guatemala City Central Mission. It is anticipated that you will serve for a period of 18 months.
You should report to the Guatemala Missionary Training Center on Wednesday, August 7, 2013. You will prepare to preach the gospel in the Spanish language."
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
January 14, 2014
I love you!
the Temple - I know I am going to go AT LEAST once a week when I get
back. I love the Temple and not having the opportunity to go when I want
has helped me realize that. I also want to work in the Provo Temple
when I get back to Provo, but we will see how that goes.
Agency is a good thing. It is central to the plan that God has for us, so it´s kind of important. :)
week, we taught a lesson where we taught 5 commandments in 20 minutes.
It was pretty awesome. It was with a girl that just got married to a
member. We´re teaching her and we think - really think and believe -
that she can be baptized on the 26th. We´re praying for her and teaching
her. She´s going to get baptized, it´s just a matter of when.
I thought about the parable of the currant bush. I don´t remember who
talked about it in conference, but someone did. It´s about a gardner who
cut back a currant bush that was trying to grow into a tree. And the
currant bush leaked out sap in the trunk as if it was crying and saying,
"Why did you cut me back? I was growing into a grand tree and you cut
me back. Why did you do that?" And then, with help from the gardner, the
bush grew into a fruitful currant bush.
We´re like that sometimes.
We´re living our lives and then, God shows us a weakness. And we might
have a reaction like the currant bush, "Why did you have to tell me or
cut me back?". It´s a promise, actually, that Christ has made with us.
As we come unto Christ, He will show unto us our weaknesses (Ether
12:27). As we
come closer unto Christ, we see things in ourselves that we need to
fix. And then, with the help of the Atonement, we can change. And then,
we see something else, and the process continues. I mentioned that to my
companion today, how the closer we get to Christ and as we work with
our personalities to better ourselves and improve, we see more things
that we need to improve. We´re continually becoming more Christlike (or,
at least, that´s the goal) and He will show us what we need to improve.
Anyway, there´s my insight for the week. And something from the
Book of Mormon, "O be wise; what can I say more?" (Jacob 6:12). That´s
one of our favorites for the week.
I love you, dad! Have a wonderful week! Do good things!
Con MUCHO amor,
Hermana Pumpkin Conover
January 14, 2014
I love you!
Wow, your weeks still sound as busy as they usually are. I feel tired for you. :)
This next week, we won´t be emailing till THURSDAY the 23. DO NOT email
or call President about this. I´ll email Thursday. Promise.
This week, we taught a lesson in 20 minutes and we taught 5
commandments in those 20 minutes. It was an inspired lesson plan, let me
tell you. It was with a girl that just got married to a member and
we´re planning that she´ll be baptized on the 26th. She´s going to get
baptized - it´s just a matter of when. So we´re working with her and
praying really hard.
We have changes [ed. note "transfers"] next week and Hermana Peterson thinks that she´s
leaving (President told her as much this past week). So I´ll be in
Sololá with a new companion.
[this next two paragraphs were a repeat from Michelle's Dad's letter.]
Currant bush story and comment paragraph--see above
In the mission, there´s
always something that we can improve (I couldn´t remember that word in
English - I had to ask Hermana Peterson what "mejorar" meant). Anyway,
here´s to always improving in the mission and in life.
Oh - I´m still talking Spanish in my sleep and in my dreams. So here´s to moving forward with Spanish.
I love you, mom! Stay strong and I love you! Thank you for everything you do - your prayers, your example, and everything.