Week 39

Hello beautiful people,
Guess what ? On Wednesday 15th March, I will have officially reached my half way point !
That’s right, so if this time without me has been slow, you only have to go through that again.
I miss you all so much, and you are always in my thoughts and prayers.

This week has been absolutely crazy ! I wish I could tell you all everything, and even though I do have the time today, it is best if we just forgive and forget. In the words of my beloved Lauren Conrad ‘, I want to forgive you and I want to forget you’. LC does it again. #TheHillsHaveTruth

Firstly, I was mentioned in this week’s Harvester – for those who don’t know what that is, it is like the mission’s newsletter. It was President Ulrich’s birthday and for all you curious cats, he turned 66 #scandalous. I asked the Assistants to the President to get the entire mission to send a ‘Happy Birthday’ text, and it must’ve worked. President wrote ‘I thought my phone was going to explode around the 10.00am hour from your many beautiful texts.’ You are welcome.

Moreover, a quote that I have taken a liking to is from President Heber J. Grant. ‘That which we persist in doing becomes easier; not that the nature of the task has changed, but our ability to perform in increases.’

From this past transfer, I can testify that this is true. My situation has not been easy, however as I have utilised the resources that I have, prayer, scriptures, the sacrament, preach my gospel, adjusting to missionary life, my journal and serving others, I have seen a greater strength, one that can only be of divine interference. I am so grateful for the atonement of Jesus Christ, as I know that without faith, repentance and the enabling powers from the sacrifice that our Saviour made, things would’ve been worse.

Doctrine and Covenants 121: 7-8

My son, peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment;

And then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high; thou shalt triumph over all thy foes

There was a change in the week, an emergency exchanged, and so Thursday – Sunday I was serving with the beautiful Sister Estamante from the Philippines. We have so much in common – we are both from islands, were born (mission term for begun our mission) in the blessed land of Wrekin, and were both trained by Sister Fernandez. So you can imagine that we had fun. We probably shouldn’t have taken so many photos, but it was an emotional time. Sister E was so patient and charitable though, she was honestly the best ! And, it was a long exchange so I am going to count her as another companion of mine.

Speaking of companions, transfer news ! I am going to be staying in Crewe !  Yayyyyyyy I can attend Sinead’s baptism. So look forward to those photos next week. We celebrated the news with Tim Tam Slams, you know because that’s what we Aussies do best. Honestly, I was so surprised, I don’t know why, but I just felt like I would be the one to leave. I said goodbye to everyone, photos were taken, it was sad, only to have it be revealed that I will be staying. Awkward.

I will be serving with Sister Mike from Malaysia. That means I have literally served with a companion from almost every continent. I am still waiting for my Australian and Antarctic companion. We always said that we wanted to serve together, so this is definitely a tender mercy.Doctrine and Covenants 58:4

For after much tribulation come the blessings.

Much love,
Sister Turnbull



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