1) Do the weeks fly passed you as fast as they seem to go here? Man. It is crazy how quickly time moves. Did you do anything different/fun for Valentine's weekend? Service opportunities?
2) Any chance you wrote to your brother this week?
3) What are your goals for the final 17 days in the mission?
4) Brother Walker gave me the topic he'd like you to speak on in Sacrament Meeting when you get home. You'll be speaking March 13th. Do you want that now? Or wait until you are home?
5) Also, the week after you speak will be the Provo City Center Temple dedication. Would you like a ticket for that?
- It's interesting. Because seriously, every day feels like a week--we'll get done with planning for the next day and then we report on what we did today and everything that happened that morning feels like a week ago. And yet the weeks fly by--like I'm pretty sure I wrote an email home yesterday....but no. Haha time is just so weird. As for Valentine's, we didn't really do anything. We had dinner with our Bishop and his wife, and that was fun. They are such good people.
- I wrote to him a week or two ago, actually yes I think it was last week.
- Funny you should ask that, because in zone training last Thursday, our zone leaders had us all write down goals for ourselves personally that we want to achieve by the end of our missions--kind of who we want to be. I found it somewhat ironic, but I did it anyway. It was kind of cool to look back and see how far I've come too. I'm certainly nowhere near perfect but I have changed immensely since the beginning of my service as a full-time missionary, a set apart representative of Christ. And it truly is amazing. As for the next couple weeks, I set the goal to pray daily for Christlike attributes and to account every single night for that day. Because I don't want to have a single regret. And I know that as I account for my labors, the Lord will help me feel that I am giving all that I am and all that I have.
- I don't want to know yet. I'll be speaking here in Sycamore on the 28th and I'd rather not be stressing about two talks at once. Plus, I just don't like thinking about anything at home for long periods of time. It's just kind of useless right now.
- Yes! Did you get tickets for the open house? (Por fis yes....)
Also, before I forget, just so you know: I signed up for Institute (it was part of My Plan) so I'll have that Thursday's from 7-8:30 at the high school.
As for this week, it was good. We're learning to work better together and I think we'll continue to see even more miracles. We also got to go on exchanges again so that was fun--went to Wheaton for the third time (it was actually only the fourth time I've left my area). I kept forgetting that I was in Wheaton and not in Sycamore and that it wasn't actually my area. Met a member named Roberto who knows a family from Pleasant Grove (Peterson, but I can't remember the first names...I think one was actually Saturday. Maybe another was Jaden? Not sure. But I didn't recognize the names when he told me. But it's possible I know them because I have forgotten SO much...)
We had zone training this week as well and it was great. I gave my departing testimony--I was the only one--and it was just as terrifying as I thought it would be. At the same time, I felt totally peaceful. It was cool too because a headache had started to build on the left side of my head and I kept drinking water and more water and it was only getting worse. Neither of us had any drugs I could take so I just had to deal with it. And then I get up to the pulpit to share my testimony and it was totally gone until I sat back down in the pew. Phew, talk about a tender mercy. I don't know that I said anything that anyone actually benefited from or needed to hear, but at least it's over and I can focus again. Except for the fact that it was announced in ward council yesterday that I'm leaving the beginning of March to go home and that made it real hard to focus because then all these members kept coming up to me and asking about various things that aren't important right now. I mean, I love the members, truly I do. But I just want to be focused on the work right now. There's a line in the Missionary Handbook (we read from it daily) that says "the time that you have to serve the Lord with all your heart might mind and strength is extremely short" and it's like a stab in the heart every time that we read it. It is SO TRUE people! And I don't want to make it any shorter so I will be staying as focused as possible.
This work means so much to me--we are literally saving souls. Maybe that's quite the claim to make but I know it's true. Because the thing about our church is that we aren't just about making bad men good and good men better. With any other church, a person can qualify for the terrestrial kingdom instead of the telestial, but only through the Church of Jesus Christ may a person qualify for the celestial kingdom--which is the only place where a person can live for all eternity with God the Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and with their families. There's a saying that a missionary from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is someone to leaves their family for 18-24 months so that others can be with their families for eternity. And it is so true. No one else has the capability to seal families for time and all eternities. Sure, you can be together until death do you part, but unless you are sealed by someone holding the priesthood power of God, that marriage ends with death, just like they warn you in the ceremony. I say this not to threaten or to scare anyone, but it is the truth. I've felt the Spirit of God witness this truth to me time and time again. And I want those around me to have their families forever, and not just for this life.
I may not be able to control the circumstances that come upon others, but I have the very thing that will bring them peace in this life and eternal life in the world to come. And it my responsibility and privilege to share it. I know that this is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It was lost after His death and the deaths of His apostles, but He Himself has restored it to the earth through a living prophet, even Joseph Smith. I testify that Christ lives and He directs His Church today, just as He has throughout all of the earth's history--through prophets. I am so grateful to Him and His Father for all that They do for me, so that I may be happy and have joy. I know that this Gospel that I share everyday is the one thing that will make a person truly and enduringly happy. And I know that any person may come to know and feel these truths by the power of the Holy Ghost, if they will but desire to know and believe. Of these things I testify, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Love, Hermana DeBuck
Little late, but better late than never.
Little late, but better late than never.
|James, one of the McConkie Family children. He loves the limelight--this|
is a regular occurrence in family photos, we heard.
|The McConkie family plus us and the elders (Christian, Elizabeth, Sis M, Bro M, Rosemary, Emma, E. Hibbard, James, H. Albrechtsen, E. Jones, me)|
|We had to do one more funny one with James. Too good.|