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, January 27, 2015

Forgetting yourself means remembering the Savior

Hello Everyone!

I hope you all had a great Martin Luther King day. We sure did! We went to the Mall just to look around. It was fun, but I feel like I'm outgrowing the mall. I never thought I would say that! It was fun, but I really do prefer missionary work. It feels me with happiness that is way more permanent.

So the past couple of weeks I've been learning about the angels that are around us. I've decided there are 3 different kinds of angels. There's the warning angels that warn people to repent, there's announcing angels that announce good news such as the birth of the Savior, and then there's the rescue angels that go around catching Sister Missionaries who slip on ice. Sadly, I have the greatest interaction with the last group! I have yet to physically fall (which truly is a miracle) but there's been some pretty close calls!

Funny Moment from this past week: Somehow Sister Martinez and I were talking about the muffin man, and she was like, "Yeah, he lives on Curry lane." I did another one of my infamous awkward pauses, before saying, "Um... Don't you mean Drury lane?" Who knows, maybe there's another muffin man who's lives on Curry lane and makes like fry breads or something instead. You never know!

Good news! This week was MUCH warmer. It was a tender mercy because, don don Don DON! I got a new companion, Sister Madsen! She is coming from the St Louis area, which is about 10 degrees warmer, and has less fierce winds, so she appreciated what was "warmer weather" for here. I'm telling you 40 degrees is warm! So toasty in fact that we leave our big coats in the car and just wear sweater. Perspective is an important thing. Just remember that!

Yes, Sister Martinez was transferred to the St Louis area. Yes I was so sad! And Yes I love my new companion! She has only been out for 4 months (I know I make it sound like I'm older when I'm really only 3 months "older" mission wise but that's like twice her life :P) but you wouldn't even know it! She's from Herriman, Utah and such a stellar missionary! She was such a good sport. After I picked her up, we barely had time to grab her some food before I hauled her off to dinner and another appointment after (we hadn't even unpacked). It was good for both of us though because we were able to forget the stressful day we'd had and focus on meeting someone else's needs.

Although this week was SUPER crazy, it was also one of the best of my mission (funny how that happens!). We had so many miracles! We were able to start teaching the wife of a member. Her husband has been hesitant to let missionaries teach her since she's from Thailand and doesn't understand everything, but Sunday night when we talked to him on the phone, he told us we could teach her whenever we wanted. Such an answer to our prayers! We also were able to start teaching the coworker of another member. The Member challenged her to be baptized and she accepted! It was so cool. We had been praying and fasting to set a date with someone, and out of nowhere the Lord proved the way. So many miracles!

People are constantly telling you as a missionary to "Forget yourself and go to work" and I never really understood how to do that or what that even means. I'm learning that what it really means is forget yourself, and remember the Savior more. Keep your covenants, and do your best to think of others more.

Life is wonderful! Thanks for all of your support and prayers! Sister Madsen has a picture of 2 sister Missionaries reading the scriptures, and they're surrounded by angels with swords protecting them. I love it because I know it's the truth! I know that those angels are there because you pray them there so thanks so much! I hope you have a wonderful week!

Lots of love and support,
Sister Edgel

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