Monday, June 26, 2017

How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard

(Winnie the Pooh) I was going to quote the goodbye song from Fox and the Hound... but I thought that would be way too depressing... so I settled on Pooh Bear ;)
So why did I title it this? Because it's President Ulrich's last week! So.. that's crazy! We will all miss him so much!
We are getting our new mission President on Friday. We had a goodbye multizone, and well let's just say, many tears were shed! It was so good to hear from him.
We also met some amazing people that we are now teaching! They have the sweetest spirits in the world, and I love them both so much! So that has been SO exciting! We met them on a bus (that we didn't even mean to take) and she automatically opened up to the gospel. I feel like I have found my friends! :) and
During Sacrament Meeting yesterday, we were talking about prophets. So, I wanted to tell all of you that I have a strong testimony that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, and that our church is still lead by a prophet on the earth today - Thomas S. Monson. My testimony compares to that of Elder Holland, and I want to share his testimony because it is powerful and true.
"When Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum started for Carthage to face what they knew would be an imminent martyrdom, Hyrum read these words to comfort the heart of his brother: "Thou hast been faithful; wherefore … thou shalt be made strong, even unto the sitting down in the place which I have prepared in the mansions of my Father... And now I, Moroni, bid farewell … until we shall meet before the judgment-seat of Christ.” A few short verses from the 12th chapter of Ether in the Book of Mormon. 
"Before closing the book, Hyrum turned down the corner of the page from which he had read, marking it as part of the everlasting testimony for which these two brothers were about to die. I hold in my hand that book, the very copy from which Hyrum read, the same corner of the page turned down, still visible. Later, when actually incarcerated in the jail, Joseph the Prophet turned to the guards who held him captive and bore a powerful testimony of the divine authenticity of the Book of Mormon. Shortly thereafter pistol and ball would take the lives of these two testators.
"As one of a thousand elements of my own testimony of the divinity of the Book of Mormon, I submit this as yet one more evidence of its truthfulness. In this their greatest--and last--hour of need, I ask you: would these men blaspheme before God by continuing to fix their lives, their honor, and their own search for eternal salvation on a book (and by implication a church and a ministry) they had fictitiously created out of whole cloth?
Never mind that their wives are about to be widows and their children fatherless. Never mind that their little band of followers will yet be “houseless, friendless and homeless” and that their children will leave footprints of blood across frozen rivers and an untamed prairie floor. Never mind that legions will die and other legions live declaring in the four quarters of this earth that they know the Book of Mormon and the Church which espouses it to be true. Disregard all of that, and tell me whether in this hour of death these two men would enter the presence of their Eternal Judge quoting from and finding solace in a book which, if not the very word of God, would brand them as imposters and charlatans until the end of time? They would not do that! They were willing to die rather than deny the divine origin and the eternal truthfulness of the Book of Mormon" - Jeffrey R. Holland (Safety for the Soul)
I want to say that I know the Book of Mormon is true, and I love everything Elder Holland says in this quote!
Sorry, I don't really have many funny stories this week, but it was FILLED with SO MANY miracles :) I guess a quick kind of funny thing that happened this week was that we were trying to figure out how to make it to a members house for a tea appointment because she lived about an hour away, and so we decided to call her and see if she could possibly give us a lift. And right as we called her, she was actually in town where we were, and she saw us on the street. So, she just said, "Yeah, hop in!" And we ran into her car as fast as we could while she was stopped at a red light. I thought it was so funny! And talk about perfect timing!!!
Alright, week that's about it. Love you all! Till next week!
Sister Wilkinson

My First Kebab- Well, I was kebab-tized last week, so here are some photos. I didnt really like them, but I had to try them!

Also, I got a crazy sunburn last week from the crazy heat!

That's all for now. Have a great week everyone :)

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