Hey it's me-- still alive here in LA!
This week was super dreamy because an APOSTLE OF THE LORD came and spoke to us!! Elder Neil L. Anderson in the house! and Elder Hallstrom!
Wow what a treat it was. So many good things were said and felt. Here is something I love.
Elder Hallstrom said something like, 'The work you are doing is really important and needed. But we care less about what you are doing and more about who you are becoming. We don't just want you for 18-24 months. We want you forever.'
After the conference we went to the temple visitor center with our investigator J and woof, it was so, so good. I love being a missionary because every single time we teach someone I learn something different and my testimony is strengthened. I am being taught.
We watched a video at the visitor center and it just solidified my testimony in the importance of consistently nurturing our conversion, especially when things are going good. We all face times where our faith is tested and going through the motions isn't enough in that time of need. Our testimony never stands still; it is either increasing or regressing.
As I think about the person I want to become, the list grows endless. But overall the goal is eternal joy. Happiness is the ultimate desire. And I've realized through observation in my life and lives of others, through question filled prayers, and hours of scripture study, that the happiest people attain that level of joy "because of the love of God which did dwell in the hearts of the people".
It isn't a magical golden ticket that will only come in that unreachable far away future. It is attainable NOW by the love of God that we have in our hearts.
And the coolest thing is we can take that love of God with us wherever we go. We can adventure the world, savor tasty treats in a crowd of raging teens, go wild and run free, and still be obedient to the laws of God. Without it, we are lost and searching for the next distraction to draw our minds away from the bottomless pit in our stomach that can't be erased. Joy is not temporal. It is an eternal principle.
Well, I could go on forever but I love you all and don't want to burn your eyes on your iPhone 15's. Stay cute and find your happy :')
your girl Sista D