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.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Sept 14th, 2015 transferred, SLT, Columbia

Hello Everyone!

This letter is coming to you from Columbia, Missouri! I'm now in my 4th area. I've served in Paris, Champaign, St Louis, and now Columbia! I'm quite the world traveler ;)

Wednesday was transfers! After transfer meeting, we went to lunch with a member. I was walking back to the car that brought us there, and I opened the back door to grab my stuff and transfer to another car, but I couldn't see my stuff! I looked up, and saw this cute black girl sitting in the front seat, staring at me, and then I realized it was the wrong car! Whoops! It was too funny! The girl and I both laughed it off thankfully. Oh the awkward moments just roll forth!

This was one super duper week! Talk about a week of miracles :) Being an STL is super great and a wonderful opportunity to increase my faith, work hard, and learn to be more willing to sacrifice. I love it! I love my companion. She's so stinking cute. I'm learning so much from her about being bold and faithful. It's awesome!

On Friday night we decided to go to a smaller town in our area that hasn't been worked sure hard. We tried contacting some people, but nothing super spectacular happened. We were heading to visit a member, when Sister Sperry stopped for us to contact someone else. She wasn't interested, so we decided to go tracting. We ended up meeting this AWESOME asian family who are refugees from Southern Asia. Their story is amazing. They told us that they knew they could tell us about their lives because they could tell we're their sisters in Christ. It was great. We're looking forward to teaching them some more :)

Another neat finding experience happened on Saturday. We decided to try another area that has been worked less, and we ended up talking to someone who's met with missionaries before. We asked if he knew anyone who needed help with anything, and he referred us to his neighbor across the street. We started talking to her, and she has an amazing story too. She just had her work schedule change, and has Sundays off and wants to get back into things. Super great!

There were so many instances of us being in the right place at the right time. What was amazing to me, was for us to be in the right place at the right time, some of our plans had to fall through. I think that's so true for life! We have things that WE think we should be doing (good things!) but God needs us to do something else in that moment, so things happen differently than we expect so what God needs can happen, instead of what WE thought we needed.

God answers our prayers! Not always in the way we're expecting, but He does. He wants to bless us with so many things! He wants to pour out His spirit on us. We are the ones who need to ask and seek. He lives, He love us! This is His work! It's such a privileged to represent Him and help His children full time. I love this work! Thanks for all of your support. Keep being strong and helping others along your way :)

Lots of love and support,
Sister Edgel

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