Hi! Moab looks like it was so fun!! i'm so jealous! blue skies and red rocks. i miss it! Glad thanksgiving was fun and horseback riding with the whole fam. so fun! This last week was kind of rough. I got so stressed out about training and then I got really sick on thanksgiving, so the week was hard, but it’s ok. Wednesday we went to transfers and i said goodbye to all of the missionaries that went home. (tons!) :( like sister j and sister f and sister a! :( i was so sad saying bye to sis j. i love her! she will be at byu in january... and i'll see her when i'm home :)
After that me and the other 2 sisters who were training went up to trainer's training. (You asked about the piano. I played at training and I play in church a lot) In training we have all of the new missionaries and then all the trainers and we do some separate training and then training together. It was SO good. Seriously I could listen to President Christensen talk all day long. He is so inspired and the spirit was there so strong and it was just so so good. President talked about him and HF recognizing us as someone who is obedient and dilligent but he also knows our weaknesses and we can always become even better. He said we know who you are and we respect you and we expect you to be better. (he said it in a nice way- meaning always improving and trying to be better. sounds kind of harsh but it wasn't that way) anyway, just so good and motivating and so inspiring. I seriously love and respect President and Sister Christensen so much! Anyway, he announced the trainers and who they would be training. I'm training sister l! exactly one year later. so crazy! She is feeling a little overwhelmed and discouraged, after having been in Korea such a short time last Feb and then going home to recover from her injury for so long. It’s hard for her, but I'm trying to help her and encourage her as much as i can.
Anyway, so this week was my chance to be strong even though i felt sooo inadequate and worried that i couldn't do it. I was really worried about meeting with investigators and members and being able to understand them but this week I have been able to understand more than I ever have before. Seriously a miracle. This week we were walking down the street and i saw this little old lady walking and I felt like we should talk to her. (we were walking towards each other) and i stopped and talked to her and at first i couldn't understand her (the old ladies are hard to understand sometimes) but i wasn't sure what she said but i felt prompted to talk about the plan of salvation and that we will live with our families again after we die. and then she told me that she was out walking around the streets because she was sad because her husband just died. she kept holding my hand and thanking me and she was a little teary and we talked for a little while and she didn't want me to go. i asked her if we could meet again later and she said yes but she didn't want to give me her number or address. she was so sweet. I gave her a BOM and told her that it teaches about HF's plan and she was so thankful. she was so sweet. it was a miracle! I feel like we saw lots of little miracles and things like that last week.
Thanksgiving was on thursday. Sadly it was a pretty miserable day for me since i was so sick but still dragged myself out and worked. We went to outback for din din and i got the cheapeast thing which was a hamburger- so good though!:)
This week is my 1 YEAR mark!!! soooo crazy! I can't believe it's already December 1st. I can remember the feelings i had one year ago as i said goodbye to everyone and got ready for the mtc. so weird.
it's been a year since i've:
seen you guys!!
driven a car
watched a movie
been on social media
slept in my bed
read a non-church book
it's been a year of:
Bowing to everyone i see
saying hi to everyone i see
carrying a Book of Mormon all the time in my hands
Spending hours studying the scriptures
wearing a skirt everyday
representing Jesus Christ
wearing His name on my chest everyday
eating bizarre things
Church in Korean
sleeping on the floor
having an extremely structured schedule
praying before we leave- no matter how much of a hurry we are in
appreciating the temple- savoring our visit each transfer
meeting the BEST people in the world!
Being sooo humbled
Learning to rely on Christ
my testimony being strengthened more than it ever has before
Growing closer to Heavenly Father than I ever have in my life
understanding the Atonement more and learning about it daily
Turning my will over to my Heavenly Father and letting Him change me into who I can become.
it's been the hardest and the best year of my life so far!! I'm so thankful that I can be here in Korea serving with these people! i love it. i'm so thankful that Heavenly Father gave me the chance to serve a mission. I looked at a picture of me when i waved goodbye to you when i went into the mtc and i looked at myself and realized that i'm a completely different person. I've been through so much and it's changed me so much. I am so so thankful. I know that It is entirely because of Christ and His Atonement that has allowed me to serve. I rely on the Atonement daily and because of the enabling power of the Atonement, I can do things I could never do on my own. I am so thankful for Christ and His Atonement and the chance to serve the people here and tell them about it.
I love you!!!
love sis tar anderson
ps kiddy rid i can't believe you got bucked off the horse. that's s