Why Serve a mission?

When I was 15 years old I listened to the mother of a close friend talk about serving a mission. For the first time I remember really wanting to serve a mission when I turned 21. I just had to hear hundreds of missionaries sing "Called to Serve" in the MTC! Time went on, and I prepared for the different eventualities of life. When the age sister missionaries could serve dropped to 19, I was super stoked! I was 19, almost 20! I could go early! Well, it turned out that wasn't the time for me. November of 2013, I felt strongly like I should reconsider the mission idea. I did, and the pieces of the puzzle fell into place :) This is all really nice, but it's not really the WHY, it's more of the HOW.

So WHY am I choosing to dedicate 18 months of my life away from my family, friends, school, and a closet full of clothes to talk to people in Missouri? Well, 33 years ago, 2 male missionaries started talking to my dear sweet Momma. The message they shared with her changed the course of her existence, and our family. I'm so grateful for my Savior Jesus Christ and the knowledge I have of who He is, and what His plan for His children is. I can't help feeling like if I choose not to share this message with others that I'll be ungrateful for the amazing gift that I've been given. I've also been blessed with some talents that I'd like to give back to the Lord. As much as I love my family and the other things listed above, I love my Heavenly Father and Savior more. They have called, so I'm answering.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

Hello Everyone!

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving wherever you were! Ours was great. It was my first "White Thanksgiving". Yes it snowed! It was fun. We were safe and warm :)

We were at our Bishop's house for Thanksgiving. It was a blast! We were just sitting down to eat dinner, and Sister Martinez asks this 6 year old little boy who was there if he had named his turkey shaped dessert. He gives her this weird look and says, "Why would I name my dessert?" It was HILARIOUS! Little kids have so much sass it cracks me up :p

Another funny moment was when we were at the store buying some things to help us get over minor winter sicknesses. Sister Martinez was talking to our cashier and she said, "Everyone has their thanksgiving feasts, but I just have my orange juice." It wasn't until we were walking out that we realized she had made it sound like we were paupers or something! We could only afford orange juice for thanksgiving. We died laughing! It was pretty funny.

This week was pretty good. Our motto is that "each day things get a little better". We get more familiar with the people, the area, and our apartment gets a little cleaner and more organized. It's great!

We had Zone Leader Training this week. We learned a lot of cool things. Sister Martinez and I were chosen to do one of the role plays. It was my first time doing one in front of so many missionaries. It went well though I think. Sister Barret, my trainer who is now my Sister Training leader, was there too so that was AWESOME! It was exactly what I needed to see her and get her perspective on some things.

During our training, we were challenged to look for more of the miracles each day. It was so great! We were able to see so many! Since we were transferred to this area at the end of the month, we didn't have a whole lot of miles left over from the Elders. We had calculated it out Wednesday night, and we knew we were in trouble! We were going to have to walk all of Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Well, on Thursday night, after we got home from Thanksgiving dinner, I did the math again, and somehow discovered that I had been wrong (which I still don't understand because I did the math a few times the night before!). We had enough miles to get us through to today. This was SUCH a miracle because it had just snowed that day! We would've had to walk around in the snow. Thankfully we didn't have to. Such a tender mercy. It was exactly the reminder I needed that the Lord was aware of us and our needs and was taking care of us :)

Another really neat experience happened on Friday night. We had to go get gas. I decided that I was going to try to talk to whoever was at the pump next to me about the "He is the Gift" initiative. At first it seemed like the man was avoiding me, but then he started talking to me about the difference in gas prices here versus Chicago. I started talking to him about the cards we had and guess what? It turned out he was LOOKING for a new church! I wrote down our church address for him. So cool! Truly, the Lord blesses us when we open our mouths with those around us. If we are prepared, he will place prepared people in our paths :)

Another tender mercy from this past week was our Ward mission leader's wife. We went to their house to just grab a phone book since we didn't have one, and they come in handy when you have no internet access, and she decided to sit down and explain our area to us. She then went upstairs and printed out a whole map for us! She took the time to help us get organized and map out where every member in our area lives. It was incredible! She's such a great example to me of going above and beyond in our service. I'm so thankful for all the wonderful people I've been able to meet so far on my mission. Such a blessing!

All in all, this week was great. I know the Lord is so aware of us and our needs! This past week I've been thinking a lot about trusting the promises the Lord has given me. I mean, I trust that He's my Savior and that I'll live with Him again and everything, but sometimes I don't trust the specific promises He's made to me in my patriarchal blessing. I'm learning though that I'm gypping myself by doing that. Those promises are just as sure if I'm faithful! I was reading today in Alma 26 today and in verses 35-37 Ammon says the Lord is mindful of his children in each verse! It was as if the Lord was like, "Hey, I'm mindful of you. Hey did you hear that? I'm mindful of you and your needs! I'm watching out for you!" I know that He is. He watches out for us and cares for us.

I hope you have a fabulous week! If you haven't gone online to see the video, "He is the Gift" I encourage you to do that! It's so good! I love this video so much because it helps people understand our similar beliefs in Jesus Christ. It's provided a really great opportunity for us to talk to people, especially during this Christmas time. It challenges us to be better missionaries and talk to more people. It's so great! I know it's such an inspired initiative. It makes sharing the gospel a whole lot easier :) Yeah missionary work!

I love you all! Keep doing what you're doing :) Don't forget you're awesome and somebody loves you in Champaign, Illinois :)

Lots of love and support,
Sister Edgel

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