Monday, June 30, 2014

Hey Everyone! 

Thank you so much for your emails! It was so good to hear from you guys! Sounds like you've had a fun week. :) I can't believe Jennica is off to the MTC! I'm so excited for her! It's so neat Natalie, Jennica, and I will all be serving at the same time! :) Going on a mission is probably the best decision I've made in my life so far. I'm so grateful for my mission. So grateful! It's amazing to get to feel so close to my Heavenly Father every day. Mom, sounds like so many neat things are happening in Relief Society! I bet the Sister's love having you in there. Dad, Thank you so much for your email! I'm going to apply it for sure this week! Dad, I feel peace about everything with the job situation- the spirit comforts me each day, I know Heavenly Father has a plan. I'm so proud of you for who you've become, I was so touched by your perspective- you trust Heavenly Father so much- there's this Mormon message that really reminds me of you- it's called "The Will of God" I love it! I know that Heavenly Father always makes what will be best for us in the long run happen- even though it's really hard to accept at times.... I'm so proud of you- I pray for all of you each day. <3 

So much has happened this week! I absolutely love the cute Sisters we live with- they are so funny, one night they were joking around and dressed up like pirates, made balloon swords, and turned on some up beat church music and made a music video, they are so funny! I just love them, They called themselves, Riptide Rees, and Pirate Piliami. Aha, they always bring a smile to my face. We got our transfer calls last night, and wonderful news! Sister Reed, Me, Piliami, and Rees are serving another transfer in Moscow! :) I'm so grateful, I really feel like we are going to see baptisms this transfer! I feel like good things are around the corner. Yesterday was a hard day. Our district leader Elder Church and his companion Elder Tingey both "died" yesterday, don't worry remember that just means they went home- We got some pretty great pictures- you'll love them! haha... Elder Church and I have served together for 6 months! We both came to Moscow from Spokane together. We are all sure going to miss him. He was the District leader over 6 of us Sisters, we teased him and called him our relief society president. He has such a kind heart, you could tell his mission truly changed him. 

I have to tell you how grateful I am for your prayers, this week I saw them answered! :) This week we taught Meghan and Matthew "The Gospel of Jesus Christ" that we can truly be cleansed from sin, and that Heavenly Father created it as an incredible way of life, that helps strengthen us in our trials, and is there to help us overcome our weaknesses. We read Enos 12:27 with them as we talked about repentance, and asked Matthew why God gave him weaknesses. He responded that it was so he would rely on God. Light came into his eyes as we explained that his weaknesses could become strengths as he relied on God. We talked about how as we live this gospel it prepares us to again live in Heavenly Father's presence. That as we are baptized, and made clean, and continue to live the gospel we will feel comfortable in God's presence and we will be excited and want to stay there with him. We committed Matthew to pray about baptism. Later that week, During our follow up visit something incredible occurred! Matthew explained to us that he'd had a dream in which a man had spoken to him about baptism, the man explained that the more he sinned the less time he'd want to spend in God's presence. "Matthew!" We exclaimed! :) Heavenly Father answered your prayer! Most people don't have that dramatic of an experience, he'd felt the spirit afterwards- and the doctrine in his dream is true! He said he still wanted to seek out his answer just to be sure. The spirit brought to my mind 

2 Nephi 32 3-5
3 Angels speak by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore, they speak the words of Christ. Wherefore, I said unto you, feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do.

4 Wherefore, now after I have spoken these words, if ye cannot understand them it will be because ye ask not, neither do ye knock; wherefore, ye are not brought into the light, but must perish in the dark.

5 For behold, again I say unto you that if ye will enter in by the way, and receive the Holy Ghost, it will show unto you all things what ye should do.

We asked them what the words of Christ were. They held up there Book of Mormon, talked about the Bible, and coming to church. They understand! :) It's been a surreal experience to see Matthew grow from not believing in Christ, to desiring baptism. His heart has truly been softened! :) They both came to church on Sunday with questions. Meghan came with the question- when should I be baptized. 

God blessed us with so many miracles this week. We met so many people with open hearts! We met a guy who's Catholic, named Daniel who wants to strengthen his faith in Christ- we're meeting with him on Wednesday! We are working with a girl who's recently become re-activated. Her name is Crystal she's had a hard past, and she really wants to make it to the temple. We are teaching her the lessons, and helping her make those changes in her life to make to get her there! :) We are so excited for her! The Anderson's who had us over on Easter had us over to dinner, and invited Meghan and Matthew. We also got to go to the ward barbeque on Saturday and Meghan Matthew and Crystal came! :) Such a good week! Heavenly Father blessed us with so many tender mercies this week. 

I'm so grateful to get to be a part of God's work, Meghan and Matthew asked what missionaries do all day, and we shared this video with them- the spirit was so powerful! 
Missionary Medley it was sweet it made me think of all of you guys preparing for missions as well, and after I looked at my name badge, and the spirit overwhelmed me that I have this incredible privilege right now!

I am so grateful to get to be serving my Heavenly Father, I wouldn't trade this experience for the world! 

I love you all so much! I can't tell you thank you enough for all of your prayers in my behalf, and all of your love and support! 

Much Love, Sister Sarah Clark 

"Funeral" for missionaries going home

Matthew, Meghan & Sister Reed & Sarah

Goofy Roommates

Some members of the Singles Ward Sarah & Sister Reed are serving in took them out to dinner :)

Monday, June 23, 2014

Hey Everyone, 

It broke my heart to hear that Dad didn't get the job... I was sure that he was going to get it! Dad, you would have been wonderful in that position! I was so excited for you... I'm so sorry it didn't work out, :'( .... That's hard to hear.... I'm so proud of you for your faith Dad. It was so touching to read your email and hear about all the things you were thankful for... All of you have so much faith- I know Heavenly Father is so aware of everything that's happening right now.. Even though it's not the answer we wanted... I wanted so badly for Dad to get the job. I'm sure it's hard for Heavenly Father to see us going through all this... Dad, I'm so proud of you for who you are. That you still trust in God. Thank you for your incredible example! I'm so sorry though... That breaks my heart.... :'( I'll keep you in my prayers, I know God has a plan for you. It was sweet to hear about all the people who were praying in your behalf. I sure miss all of you, and hope you're doing alright. I love you guys! I wish I could be there right now to help, I love and miss all of you. 

It was sweet to hear about everyone who reached out, Aunt Nancy and Uncle Dennis. Everyone! I'm so proud of the perspective you all have cultivated, I know Heavenly Father understands when we are sad, he understands that we can't see the future, and that it's okay to be sad, but then when we are ready he will again take us by the hand and guide us. Dad, I know Heavenly Father has a great plan ahead for you. 

As for The Lord's Work in Moscow- things are looking up. We'd had a really time with the work these last two weeks. Nathan (the miracle in Sister Reed's email) He'd gone back to Troy to visit his Sister, then he came home and got into some heavy drugs again... We dropped by his apartment, and it was so hard... The glow in his eyes wasn't there- We tried to talk to him about the atonement, and he just wasn't in a position in which he could feel the spirit... It broke our hearts.. He won't return our phone calls. We keep telling him that what he felt was real. We keep praying for him... Also, Tyler's family has been picking him up and taking him home for the weekends, and he is going to another church with them, and keeps cancelling on our appointments. We were getting so discouraged- we'd go for days on end that no one would listen.. But we did have our miracles that kept us going. 

This week, we were able to teach Meghan and Matthew about the Plan of Salvation- Matthew was concerned that a Loving God would let us go through such hard things- he said it just didn't make any sense. then Meghan bore her testimony to him she said, "Matt, my trials have made me the person I am today. If it weren't for me being legally blind, I wouldn't have as much compassion as I do for people with disabilities." Sister Reed and I felt the spirit so strong as she spoke, I know Matt did too. She loves the gospel, it's been amazing to see her countenance change- she has more confidence because she knows who she is- She is a daughter of a loving Heavenly Father. She was able to come to the Relief Society Activity, and Church. Sister Reed and I set a goal at the beginning of the transfer to help someone change their life through the gospel. The answer to our prayers- Meghan. :) I love her! She wants to get baptized, we are waiting for Matt to get on board as well- We are going to teach the law of chastity soon- so who knows we might get to throw a wedding! 

Another Miracle- yesterday, Sister Reed and I were having a hard day... We were trying to have a positive outlook on things. We prayed with all our hearts that we could find those who had open hearts. Because this last transfer has been difficult we are now grateful for every little miracle. Yesterday my heart was filled. We went to an apartment of a ward member who'd moved home for the summer, two men from Saudi Arabia were standing outside his apartment- they didn't speak much English- they motioned us over to there apartment- their friend Ozi spoke English. He's also from Saudi Arabia but he has residency here in the United States! So we can teach him! :) He was so kind, and said he's been looking into Christianity. He said his friend awhile gave him a book of Mormon, and he'd been wanting to read it, but he'd lost his copy. We gladly gave him a copy, and are going to see him again tonight! :) 

Then, we had another miracle! We were going to see a former investigator, and this cute Asian woman looked out her door, and motioned that no one lived in the apartment that we were knocking on. She didn't speak any English, haha. She invited us to come into her home, it was a cute humble apartment, they didn't have much at all- there was a mattress on the floor, and a little tiny card table. She was so kind, she hugged us, and we sat down, and she looked at the Book of Mormon Sister Reed was holding, and excitedly ran over to her counter, and pulled out her Chinese copy! We didn't know what to do, she and her husband didn't understand us, and we didn't understand them. Sister Reed pulled out the Book of Mormon, and turned to the pictures, pointed and explained what was going on in each. I was praying in my heart to know what we could do. Then the spirit brought the thought to my mind- "Sister Huang speaks Chinese!" We called her, and she and the Chinese woman started having a conversation. Her husband just smiled, ear to ear. They were so happy! Sister Huang then told us she'd met them just a few weeks ago, and that they are moving back to China soon. Sister Huang asked them if we could pray with them. Sister Reed prayed, and the spirit filled the whole apartment, as we left the kept saying "Shi Shi"= Thank you! They came out on the porch and waved to us until we got to the car. They were so grateful, they recognized the spirit, and evidence of God's love. I just felt so much love for them. 

After that my heart and soul were filled. God is preparing people! He is! :) Thank you for all of your prayers they have truly been answered. 
I love the scripture- 
Alma 26:16  16 Therefore, let us glory, yea, we will glory in the Lord; yea, we will rejoice, for our joy is full; yea, we will praise our God forever. Behold, who can glory too much in the Lord? Yea, who can say too much of his great power, and of his mercy, and of his long-suffering towards the children of men? Behold, I say unto you, I cannot say the smallest part which I feel. 
I'm so grateful he blessed us with those miracles. I know he loves each one of his children and is so aware of them. 

I'm so grateful for the privilege of getting to serve the people of Moscow, my love for God, and for them grows every day. I know God will bless us with his tender mercies time and time again, through thick and thin. I love this gospel, and I'm grateful for the peace it brings to my heart. I know Heavenly Father loves each one of you, just keep holding on... The miracles will come. I love each one of you so much! 

I hope you have a wonderful week! 

Love Always, Sister Sarah Clark

0614 and 0615- We heart attacked our cute Ward Missionary Audrey's door. She's leaving to go study abroad in Argentina. We love her and are going to miss her- There are more cute pictures Sister Reed got from this week- I'll send them next week. :) 

Anyway, love you lots! Have a wonderful week!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Hey Everyone! 

Thank you so much for all of your emails! Dad, I hope you had a wonderful Father's day yesterday! I love you so so so much! A card should be coming for you in the mail from me soon here. :) Yesterday all of my Sisters here- Sister Rees, Piliami, Reed and I were all talking about how much we love our Dad's. We were all in tears. Dad, I'm so grateful for all you've taught me, and I'm so grateful you've always been there for me! I'm so grateful for all your sacrifices in providing for us. I would not be the person I am today, if it weren't for you. (I promise, your card is coming soon) :) I absolutely loved the pictures this week, it touched my heart hearing Josh found so many names to take to the temple, when I went to do baptism's with Sue they spoke about how one day, we'll meet all those people, and they will come wrap there arms around us, and we'll feel that connection with them. I have no doubt that they are here to help us. Josh and Michael, that's incredible that you had that opportunity! :) What an incredible experience... Dad I'm so excited for you with this job, I know you'd be wonderful for it. I'm so proud of you and Mom for keeping faith throughout this time, although I know it's been hard. 

I have learned so much this week! I have learned how aware my Heavenly Father truly is of me. I was really struggling after many rejections, Sister Reed and I are obedient, we teach with the spirit, we had a 40 day fast to help us have the spirit even more. We have done everything we know how to do. We had Interviews this week with President and Sister Mullen, and I felt the spirit so strongly as they walked in, I felt so much love from them. As I went in for my interview with Sister Mullen, I felt the spirit so strong! She asked me about how these last few transfers had gone,  I talked about all the rejections and how it just hurt, how the pain had broken my heart so many times, I told her my love and compassion had grown so much for my Savior- as he was rejected over and over. Even Jesus Christ could only work miracles in people's lives, and they had humble hearts, and were willing to repent. I now more deeply appreciate my Savior. People like the pharisees were angry with him for performing miracles. When Jesus Christ atoned for us, he wasn't even given a fair trial, people told him he was blasphemous. I can't imagine how heart breaking it must have been for him... He was performing the atonement for all those people, yet they rejected him.

 I told her how in the scriptures, I'd been especially touched by Abinadi's story. That he was called of God to share the gospel, and during his life, everyone rejected him. Yet, there was the miracle after Abinadi's death- Alma was converted, and went on to baptize many people! Abinadi was an incredible prophet- although he didn't get to see the fruit of his labors, many lives were changed. That story gave me hope, that although now I might not see the miracles, that I have helped people. I told her about the challenges I'd gone through, that it had been hard. That although I'm going to miss my best friend's wedding, I broke up with someone I truly loved, I've cried a lot over you guys that you've had to go through this struggle with Dad on his job search, Facing rejection daily etc... That I now feel an overwhelming peace, The spirit has enabled me every single day. I love and feel more deeply, I know who I am, I feel that God has taught me that trials are necessary for growth and progression. I told her how incredibly grateful I am for this mission, I'm grateful God has changed me. She then bore testimony to me, she said, "Sarah, You came to this Earth because you wanted so badly to learn what you were capable of, to prove yourself, and to grow." tears streamed down my face, the warmth of the spirit touched my heart. That is truly what this life is about- constant growth and progression which requires trials. 

I absolutely love the scripture

Romans 8: 16-17 

16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
I know that trials are a necessary part of our growth and development. Hard times, truly teach us what we are capable of- I didn't think I was capable of all the things I've gone through. I'm so grateful God loves me enough to let me grow. 
As I was in my interview with President Mullen, I bore that same testimony to President Mullen, I told him that I was discouraged that I hadn't brought many people to baptism. He said, "Sister Clark- the indication of a good missionary is not how many baptisms they have- it's how obedient they are. I know plenty of missionaries who baptize frequently, that aren't consecrated missionaries. That doesn't measure your success. The Lord knew that you had enough love, to be patient and help nourish their testimonies. He knew you'd stay out, even if you didn't get to take as much part in the harvest. Sister Clark, by the spirit I feel, you are doing the Lord's will." I again felt overwhelmed by the spirit, it brought me to tears. When I get home, if people ask how many baptism's I had, I'll say, "Ask me how many miracles I saw." :) I felt peace in knowing that I am doing God's will. Blessings come in many different ways. Sister Reed and I spoke in Sacrament meeting a few weeks ago, she in her talk said, " When we ask people what blessings they've seen in their life they usually say, 'Job, Health, Family, etc...' on a mission you don't have a 'job, your health deteriorates every day, and were not here to get married, so what blessings do you receive on a mission? The blessings are that of change." That really touched me. So when you feel you aren't seeing tangible blessings coming to you, look for the ways in which God has blessed and changed you! :) 
I'm so grateful for each and every one of you in my life, I can't tell you how much it touches my heart to hear from you each week. I know Heavenly Father is so aware of each one of you and your personal struggles, he loves you and wants to help strengthen you, happiness doesn't come always in circumstance, it comes in how we react in that circumstance. Remember that God will strengthen you through your trials, and show you what you are truly capable of! I'm so grateful for you all, it touches me to see the great things you are doing with your lives. I love you all so much! I can't even express how much I love you! 
I hope you all have a wonderful, know that I love and pray for each one of you! 
All My Love, Sister Sarah Clark 
In honor of Father's Day- I thought I'd send this video! It's one of my favorites! :) Earthly Father Heavenly Father  

Monday, June 9, 2014

Hey Everyone! 

I'm so glad to hear you all had such a fun week! It looks like you guys had so much fun in Disney Land! :) I bet Josh did a great job in his production, looks like fun. :) Wish I could have been there, but It's alright- the Lord needs me here right now. I'm glad you guys all had a fun time! Thanks for the fun pictures, I loved them! :) I bet that was Andrew's dream vacation! How fun... Thanks for the updates, I'm glad you guys are doing well. I sure love and miss you guys!

Well, It's been a week of Miracles! After a painful 3 month dry spell, Heavenly Father has truly answered our prayers. We got in contact with a Less Active named Don, that has been on our minds for 3 months. We met with him, and he now wants to read the Book of Mormon to know if the church is True. We now have 4 investigators! God is answering our prayers! 

Oh. My. Goodness! Do I have some amazing stories for you this week! So first off, rewinding back to a few months ago.. 

We met the Prodigal Son
Sister Reed and I were knocking on a less active members door- Ky. We waited for a few minutes and finally the door opened. A man opened the door, he looked about 40. From the look of his clothes- tattered and torn, he looked exhausted, swollen, and worn. He told us Ky didn't live there anymore. We talked with him, learned his name was Gary and asked him if he'd like to hear a message about Christ. In response, he said- "I actually served a mission in Chile! I really could use a message though.." We shared a scripture with him, and promised him that meeting with missionaries would help him get back on his feet again. We got his information, He smiled at us. We told the family ward Sister's to give him a visit. 

A week later,on exchanges Sister Reed and Rasmusson ran into him on exchanges. he seemed discouraged... Sister Reed felt prompted to ask him if he had a copy of his patriarchal blessing, he responded that he knew it was somewhere, but he didn't know where it was anymore. She explained that he could go to and send a request to get another copy from Salt Lake. He was excited about this idea! Another week passed, and we ran into him again. He was across the street, and he walked with energy in his steps toward us. He was glowing, he was all cleaned up. 

He said, "Thank you girls so much for finding me! When you knocked on my door, I felt this compelling feeling that I needed to answer the door. I moved to Moscow the day previous from Colorado, my life was a mess. I'd gotten into drugs, and felt no point of return. After you girls sent the other Sisters, I went to General Conference, I met with the Bishop, and he's helping me get my life back in order. I read my patriarchal blessing, and feel hope again. The other Sister Missionaries are great, but I want to thank you girls. YOU found me!" It was such a touching experience, I felt like I was talking with the prodigal son. Weeks later we felt prompted to stop by his home to share a scripture- We were so sad- we learned he'd moved. :( We wanted to cry... We thought we'd never see him again... 

Just last week on Tuesday- We went to the Addiction Recovery Program with our investigator Tyler. You'll never guess who was there! Gary! :) He moved to Troy- a town 20 minutes away. He bore a powerful testimony on how the gospel is helping him overcome his addictions! During ARP- he Thanked us for finding him. :) Such a sweet experience. 

After ARP we talked with Gary, and learned that he is from Bountiful Utah! He said he went to Woods Cross High. I asked him if he knew Dad. He said, "Dave Clark?!?! I know Dave Clark! He lived on Sorrento Dr. Right? and His sister is Nanette?! And his Dad was a bishop! I went back packing with him!" At that moment the spirit touched my heart. I know that it was no coincidence that Sister Reed and I found Gary. It was a confirmation to me from Heavenly Father- That yes! He had prepared people for me to meet here. I asked him his last name so I could tell Dad. It's Gary Langdon.

This week, what has really stood out to me- is the power of repentance. - Christ is the Greatest Physician

We had another Bus Miracle! We met a kid named Nathan- Sister Reed is going to type out his story since we don't have much time to email- So I'll forward her email so you can hear about Nathan our miracle! We've shared a lot about Repentance with him, Tyler, and I've seen the power of it in Gary's life. 

I've learned the Christ truly is the greatest physician. Sister Reed found this scripture the other day- and I absolutely love it! 

Mark 2:15-17

 15 And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his house, many publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him.
16 And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners?
 17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
As we shared with Nathan that he could be forgiven of everything he'd done, it looked as though a weight was lifted off of him. He was glowing. At ARP- the people there bore the most powerful testimonies. Through Jesus Christ atonement people can truly be healed spiritually. Sin makes us sick spiritually, and we can't move forward normally if we are sick. ARP is truly a place of healing. I think that was one of the most powerful spiritual experiences I've ever had! 
I know with all my heart that Jesus Christ's atonement covers all, he loves us, and he wants to heal us. If we just turn our hearts to him, He can heal us. There is the most powerful video about Repentance- It touches my heart every time! - Come Unto Christ
I love you all, with all my heart! I hope you have a wonderful week, and when times get hard, remember- 
"You have a Savior for that" - Sister Mullen. 
Much Love, Sister Sarah Clark 
2129- Us, and Gary! :) 
0015- The Elders set up a booth at the Farmer's Market, we manned it for a few hours. 

From Sister Reed, "On Thursday Sister Clark and I had a lesson set up at the institute at 3:00. In order to get there on time, we needed to take the 2:45 bus. But for whatever reason, I had it in my mind that we needed to take the 2:15 bus. So we get on the 2:15 bus to the institute building. As soon as we sit down I turn to Sister Clark and say "Sister Clark, we're on the wrong bus. We don't need to be at the institute until 3:00, and we're going to get there at 2:30." She responds "It's okay, maybe God has someone he wants us to find." I think it's possible, but it hadn't happened for a while, so I wasn't expecting anything. After a few more stops these two people walk onto the bus. An older guy sits in the bench next to us and so we talk to him. Sitting in the seat in front of him is this younger guy, and since we teach young single adults, that's who we want to talk to. And the whole time that we're talking to this old guy, the younger guy keeps looking back at us like he wants to say something. The old guy won't stop talking, so finally I just talk over him, reach out my hand to shake the younger guy's hand, and introduce myself. I figure out that his name is Nathan, and turns out his girlfriend is a member of the church and he's been wanting to check it out. Wait, what? So we talk to him for a little bit after we both get off the bus, and set up a lesson with him for the next day. He said he has a lot of questions and that he's looking forward to meeting with us.

The next day. We teach him the restoration. We tell him that God is his loving Heavenly Father, that Jesus Christ came to the earth, that he can be forgiven for everything he has ever done is his life, and that the guilt that he feels from past mistakes can be washed away through faith, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift if the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. We teach him about how the Priesthood, God's authority to perform ordinances like baptism and to perform miracles, was restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith. That there's an ancient record of the people in the America's, the Book of Mormon, that points us to Christ and gives comfort, guidance, and direction. And we tell him that he can come to know that this is all true, simply by reading the Book of Mormon, and praying and asking Heavenly Father in the name of Christ if it is true, and that the Holy Ghost will testify to him that it is. During the lesson, we asked him how he felt. He said "I feel warm. But it's not coming from outside of me, it's coming from the inside, from my heart." We told him that that was the Holy Ghost, letting him know that everything we taught him was true. He said he believed it. He is preparing to be baptized on July 5th, and we are SO excited for him. 

He told us that he feels like we were supposed to run into him, that all of his questions about life that he's always wanted answers to are being answered, and that everything just makes sense. We told him that we took the wrong bus that day. That really made him freak out, haha. It is evidence that God knew where he was, where we were, and that he needed to know the truth because he would act on it. 

And you need to imagine this kid. He's a normal, typical, 17 year old "too cool for school" looking kid, saying he feels warm, asking if he can really be forgiven for everything in his life, interpreting the scriptures we read with him right after he finishes reading them, and desperately hoping that everything we're telling him is true.

After the first lesson, when he said the closing prayer, the first words out if his mouth were "Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for Sister Reed and Sister Clark." I have NEVER had someone we teach pray for me by name while I was with them. Ever.

After the second lesson, he told us about how he is going to have to give up a lot to practice this lifestyle. He has a rough family situation, and he said that always left a hole in his heart. He said that he tried to fill the hole with partying and drinking and other things that were fun, but every time, the hole got bigger and bigger and he just felt empty. He said that once he started meeting with us, the hole was starting to close off. That he felt filled for the first time ever. He doesn't have anyone. The only people he has are his friends, that he parties and drinks with, and that that is the only thing they have in common with each other. He told us how they have already tried to tell him he's crazy for meeting with us, and he stood up against them. At the end of the second lesson, when he prayed, he said, slowly and thoughtfully, "Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for Sister Reed and Sister Clark taking the wrong bus. I realize that in order to live this way, I'm going to have to give up all of my friends. And I'm willing to do that." 

Words cannot describe the love that I have for Nathan. He is giving up everything for the gospel, everything. He is changing his whole life, because he knows it's true. He has received a witness, he cannot deny it, and it has made him happier than anything else ever could.

I am so grateful for this miracle, because it was a miracle. I now know that the voice in my head telling us to take the 2:15 bus was the Holy Ghost. Heavenly Father knew his child, he knew that Nathan was searching for truth, enough to tell us that we needed to leave earlier than necessary. God LOVES Nathan, He cares about Nathan, and I have felt more joy this week than I have in a LONG time. I am so grateful for Nathan's stalwart example, and that Heavenly Father let me come to Moscow so we could meet him."

Sunday, June 8, 2014

June 3, 2014

Hey Everyone! 

Today is our preparation day, because we spent the day yesterday in Liberty Lake for Sister Reed's Doctor's appointment. So we called Sister Mullen, and she said that we could switch our preparation day to today. It was wonderful to hear from all of you! Rachel looked gorgeous on graduation day, and Michael congratulations on graduating from elementary school! :) Rachel, congratulations on getting the job! What an exciting time! Dad, I'm excited to see how things go with the interview. It sounds like your video is incredible! Wish I could see it, I really feel this is what the Lord has planned for you. :) Sounds like it would be an incredible job, and I know you would be perfect for the position! I'm so excited for you, I pray for you every day. It's amazing to see that Heavenly Father truly has prepared you for this position. Mom, thank you so much for sharing those moments that have strengthened your testimony. The spirit touched my heart as I read about your experiences. I'm glad the cards I sent made it to Rachel and Andrew. :) That story about Andrew made my whole day! Thanks for all the updates, sounds like you all had such a fun week! 

This week has been so wonderful! The last few months had been so dry... we were really struggling, yet we put our faith and trust in Heavenly Father. It was hard- we would find someone who was interested, they'd meet with us once, and then fall off the map. I was getting discouraged. Day after day we kept pressing forward. On Thursday this week, our 3 months worth of prayers were answered! We were on the bus traveling to an appointment, and we were talking with a guy named Jason. His friend then came and sat right in front of us. He gazed at our name badges, and exclaimed, "You're Missionaries! My boss has been talking to me for a year and a half about your church, and has been wanting me to meet with missionaries! A huge grin came across my face, and the spirit rushed over me. We told him we'd love to meet with him, and he said, "Really, you could?!" He was so excited. 
We read Alma 26:37 with him 
37 Now my brethren, we see that God is mindful of every people, whatsoever land they may be in; yea, he numbereth his people, and his bowels of mercy are over all the earth. Now this is my joy, and my great thanksgiving; yea, and I will give thanks unto my God forever. Amen.

After he read it, a smile came to his face, he said, "So God, really is aware of me...." he just sat there for a moment in thought with the Book of Mormon. We set up an appointment to meet with him on Friday. On Friday we taught him about the restoration of the Gospel. As we got to know him, and establish expectations and explain our purpose- we learned that he has been struggling with addictions he smokes and chews, but he has such a strong desire to overcome them. He's now living in transitional housing, he has challenges in his life, but he really wants this. I felt the spirit touch my heart that Tyler was the person God wanted us to find. As we invited him to baptized, and he was so excited, he got out his planner to mark the date. June 28th

We took him on a church tour on Saturday, he brought a friend along with him. His friend's name was Josh. As we talked with Josh, he said he'd met with missionaries in the past, but the timing hadn't been right. His grandparents are active members, and he grew up in Salt Lake City. His Mom is an inactive member, and he said now more than ever in his life he wants to feel that God loves him. He said,"I just feel that the timing is right, for me to start looking into this." As we walked into the chapel, and waited in a moment of silence to feel the spirit. We then asked Josh how he felt, he replied, "I feel like my worries and troubles are lifted, everything is clearer." It's incredible that that is the peace that is brought into our lives as we step onto dedicated ground, that as we feel the spirit, we have a  more eternal perspective. As we invited Josh to be baptized, he responded that, As he comes to know it's true it's something he wants in his life. We had members with us, Michael Clark, and Nicole Reed. As they both bore testimony the spirit filled the room. Member's testimonies are the most powerful... 

We are going to meet with Tyler tonight, and go to (ARP) The Addiction Recovery Program. It focuses on how the Atonement can help individuals overcome their addictions. I'm excited for tonight! I can't even explain the  love I have for Tyler. He already has a love for his Heavenly Father, and his Savior and has such a desire to change. 

This week, I've learned so much from my studies, I was reading in True to The Faith, about the Restoration of the Gospel, and it testified clearly that as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, we have access to blessings that were lost for almost 2,000 years. The gift of receiving the Holy Ghost, and the blessings that come from being sealed as families, and having a prophet on the Earth. I can't even imagine what my life would be like without those blessings. I'm so truly grateful! I know without a doubt that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is restored in it's fullness, and that we have access to so many miraculous blessings!

This Church is true! 

I hope you all have a wonderful week, I love each one of you so much! 

Love Always, Sister Sarah Clark 

Picture Captions
1609- We went to get frozen yogurt after our District Meeting (This was our whole zone) :) 
1619- After a meeting with our zone at President Rigby's home (The Stake President) They had us over for breakfast at their home. :)