You know what I am doing today?? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. We made it our goal to not leave our apartment. Other than for emailing. We are literally going to sit on the couch all day long and write letters. Don't cry that I am not having Thanksgiving dinner, in fact, we had literally 13 different invitations, we just turned them all down. We bought pie, so we're good. :) Ironically, I've read several scriptures about Thanksgiving this week during personal study...as is my duty, I will share them with all ya'll.
D&C 78:19 "And he who receiveth all things with thankfulness shall be made glorious; and the things of this earth shall be added unto him, even an hundred fold, yea, more."
2 Corinthians 9:11-12 "Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God. For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God."
Ephesians 5:20 "Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."
Colossians 3:15 "and let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful."
This week was great. Kathy (the Wiccan who lives in Stockton) is getting baptized on December 8th and I am SOOO HAPPY. I went on my first exchanges as the exchange sister this week...the member dropped me off in Folsom with Sister Vaughan and sister Agavale. Normally, I'm supposed to stay the night with them, watch them plan, watch them do the morning schedule, go out and work in their area all day and then I write up a transfer report and give it to the mission president. Here's what happened instead: I got there and we planned, chatted and went to bed. I tossed and turned all night with hot flashes, woke up at 5 am to worship the porcelain throne for a few hours. The Sister woke up and watched me run to and from the bathroom until sister Oliphant came and picked me up to go back home. Some exchange THAT was! It was more like a sleepover...except it wasnt a fun one for me. Pretty sure I had food poisoning. I slept on the floor next to the vacuum when I came home. For the next two days, I was super dehydrated and we didn't do any missionary work, and I lost 2 pounds. Then, when I felt better on Wednesday, we got our new car and went out and today is Thursday. Thats been my week thus far. hah. BUT! I am much MUCH better. and I'll be eating pie today, so I'm sure to gain those two lost pounds right back.
I havent been too serious today, have I? Im kind of in a hyper/jolly-type mood right now. On a more serious note I noticed something about myself...I am still afraid to knock on strangers doors. This has puzzled me for quite some time. I felt like that fear should leave me on my mission. That I would be great and confident and happy even if people hated me. nope. It still hurts and I still cringe. And I am still afraid of strangers. HOWEVER! Upon further pondering the topic I realized that although I am afraid of people, I fear my God more than I fear them. Thats why I do it anyway. So, although I still so far from being a perfect missionary, I know that Heavenly Father can see my sacrifices for Him and He knows that I love Him more. I love Him more than myself, more than my fears, more than everything. Thats why I am here, thats why I go out every day and do what I do. I love being a missionary!
(I love you all too!) love, Sister Wilson
*We got a new car. brand spankin' 2013 Chevy Cruz. ooooh man. its fun.
*Our mission gets 19 new sister missions in January. Thats like.....16 more than we've ever had come in at once...good thing I'm outta here by the time all of this gets crazy! haha