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.

Monday, March 23, 2015

transferred to Webster Groves

Hello Everyone!

I hope this letter finds you all happy and well. Things are pretty great here in Mahomet. We had some rough stuff happen this week, but through it all we've been able to see the hand of the Lord, so it's all worth it :)

This week we've had all 4 seasons. We had summer on Saturday, spring on Thursday, Winter on Tuesday, and Fall on Friday. It's really impressive to me the varying temperatures here.

On Saturday we got transfer calls and guess what? I'm finally going to St Louis! I will be spending the next 6+ weeks in the Webster Groves area. It's south of Frontenac, Missouri. I'm super excited! If you know of anyone who lives in that area that you want me to see (because a lot of people told me they had family in St Louis area) just let me know and maybe they'll be in my area so I can see them :p I will still be a senior companion, which I wasn't really expecting, but that means I'll still be driving! Driving in an actual city again! We'll see how that one goes. I will miss all of the people I've met here. I have grown so much during my 4.5 months here in Mahomet. I'm grateful for the learning I've gained during those times I had to walk in darkness. I'm looking forward to a new adventure in the beautiful state of Missouri!

We did a lot of walking this week to try to save miles for a conference the last day of the month. On Thursday the forecast was rain, but we prayed that it would hold off until we were done with the majority of our walking and it did! I am so grateful for a loving Heavenly Father who answers even our smallest prayers.

On Monday night we got to see an investigator who is the only person we're still teaching that the Elders were teaching when I got to this area. She has been able to realize the strength that has come into her life as she's read and studied the Book of Mormon and met with her. She set a goal for herself to come to church, and to write in a study journal daily about the things that she's learned. She is such a great example to me of the power that comes into our lives when we hold onto the Word of God and have faith in Him.

Saturday morning we went to see a less active member who, it turned out, wasn't home. On our walk back, we passed this man. I asked him if he'd ever talked to missionaries before. He told us his sister had, but his brother was more into religion, so he gave us his apartment number and had us go see him. We did, and taught him about the restoration right there. It was cool to see how the Lord places people in our pathway. We just have to open our mouths. He will provide :]

I love you all and hope is well. Keep on keeping on!

Lots of love and support,
Sister Edgel

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