Monday, October 19, 2015

 What's Good my Neighbas!
So these past weeks have been some of the hardest but most cherished of my mission--and maybe my life.

My last area was happy Mormon Valley with nice things oozing out of their ears and with people treating us like royalty and a pretty consistent feeling of love and familiarity. We rolled into my new area with bums on the corners, Budweiser factory off the exit, inappropriate billboards by our apartment and a California State University across the street. Ya I don't quite feel like the Great and Spacious building is across the street anymore... the iron rod is going straight through it.
THANK YOU SR/Valencia Area!!

I've had a hard couple of weeks, I won't lie. And training a new missionary again means there's eyes on me always. I always have to be an example and have a good attitude and I don't want to show weakness or ask for help. Which is hard when the reality of everything hits you square in the eyeball and you don't even have raw steak to soothe the swelling. So, I am truly learning what sincere prayer really means. I have spent A LOT of time on my knees-- because He's all I got.
I have a lot to say but a lot of it is really sacred to my heart so I will save it for another time but I do want to share a few scriptures that turned my whole attitude around..

John 16: 12,22,33:

12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.

22 And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.

33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

I have a sure testimony that God is mindful of every person and that He truly does show His love for us continually. We may not have all the answers now, but I find comfort in the constant assurances that the Man I put my faith in does know and cares for me enough to send His son to feel all of my pains so I would never feel alone. I have felt and I continue to feel the physical manifestation of the Holy Ghost, The Comforter, in my being and I know it is sent from my Father in Heaven to help me understand His love.
Oh and I met a Holocaust survivor last week and she told us some stories and she kissed my cheek. It was a good time. She's 90 years old!
I love you all so so so much and I really do feel your prayers. Thank you for being beauts. Have a fab week!

Sister Chelsea Dohner 
Cheers to the Mortensen/Framptons. Here's my Caramel Apple Cheer to you!

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