Monday, January 25, 2016

Three Amigos

Hello Family and Friends!

This week has been an adventure and a little on the crazy side. We
started it out spending the night in the mission home. The way things
worked out we ended up staying up really late talking with president
and sister Woodbury. It was a late night but fun with lots of ice
cream! We then received a new companion and we also gained the
responsibility of taking over another area... Which means another
ward! So covering three wards this week was quite humorous. Pretty
much we were running around like a chicken without a head. We attended
9 hours of church on Sunday. Yes, nine hours. Needless to say, we
survived it. Ha! It was also the most memorable week I have had on my
mission so far! I will most definitely never will forget it! Sister
stringham is absolutely hilarious. We definitely reflected upon the
scripture 2 nephi 11:3 many times this week. "Wherefore, by the words
of three, God hath said, I will establish my word. Nevertheless, God
sendeth more witnesses, and he proveth all his words." The three
amigos sharing the gospel and going about the work!  It has been utter
mayhem all week. But so fun!

The work is sometimes overwhelming because we cover a whole stake and
trying to find the young single adults and also the older single
adults and get them to come to church is sometimes difficult because
the building (school building)  where we go to church is so far away.
Buuut we can do all things with the help of the Lord! After all, this
is his work! However, missionaries CANNOT do this alone! we are
focusing on unity within the ward and using the members help of
seeking out and fellowshipping those within the stake. I have really
gained a personal testimony of member missionary work. Missionary work
would not be possible without the support of the members and the ward.
The gospel was never meant to be lived alone. The life and ministry of
the savior is a testimony of that. Love for those around us truly
helps us serve those around us. We are encouraged to Seek out the one.
We are all gods children and we need to support one another through
this life.

I Have a firm belief Of the importance of establishing a sense of
oneness with the Lord. Aligning his will with mine. I know that
Heavenly Father understands the individual. However, that being said
something that has hit me like a ton of bricks on my mission is
that...The gospel of Jesus Christ is not meant to be lived
individually! The gospel, the church, are here and preparing ways to
reach out to those who may be lost. Lightbulb. Everything we do in the
church is focused upon bringing others closer to Christ. The purpose
of the gospel is to help draw the individual draw closer to God and it
is all made possible through his son Jesus Christ. YOU DONT HAVE TO BE

I must say though, being a missionary is one of the greatest
experiences! There is no better way to grow closer to the Savior than
to teach and testify to others about Him. This week we had a lesson
with Romeo on Saturday and taught the law of chastity as well as
reviewed the baptismal questions. He is so ready for baptism and
practically a member of the church already! He has become so involved
with the ward and is busy helping the members of the YSA ward have the
desire to share the gospel with their friends! It's great! Romeo is
waaaay awesome! We also had a lesson with Katie this week. Bless her
heart. She is really struggling right now with some health issues. She
is also trying to quit smoking. However, her faith in Jesus Christ is
so strong and she is pressing forward each day relying on the Lord for
strength and preparing for baptism on February 14th.

It is incredible to watch people change as their testimony grows and
they become closer to their Savior. Last night I caught a glimpse of
what a piece of heaven will like. Last night, president gave us
special permission to travel up north to buffalo grove and attend Book
of Mormon fireside put on by the stake. Maddy was asked to speak at a
fireside and to bear her testimony  of the gospel and how it has
changed her life. I didn't tell her I was coming because it was so
last minute that I received permission to go so I surprised her! When
she got up to speak the spirit instantly filled the room, and tears
instantly filled my eyes. It was by far one of the sweetest
experiences on my mission. We sat next to president and even he was
crying!! It was incredibly powerful and I know that many hearts were
touched and inspired to testify of the Book of Mormon to see how it is
able to change lives.

In the worldwide missionary broadcast Elder Dallin H. Oaks said "Being
a servant of the lord Jesus Christ, called to establish his gospel is
that this is true.  I love my Savior Jesus Christ. I am so grateful
for his example of service and love for others. The Gospel of Jesus
Christ is here on the Earth to help men and women grow closer to God,
and it is all made possible through the Redeemer. I encourage all of
you to take part in this wonderful work! I promise you that the joy
you feel from sharing the gospel with others is one of the happiest

Thank you for your love and support! I love and miss each one of you!
Thanks for all the birthday wishes! Can't believe I turn the big 2-0!
No longer a teenager! Scary thought! Have a wonderful week!!

Sister Parke

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