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