Week 64

Hello beautiful people,

Because of connections, I knew that there was going to be a technology update, however, I was telling everyone that if it was Facebook, I am gone. I have really enjoyed not feeling as though that I need to be on social media to ‘connect’ with people, and I don’t want it to take away from my calling to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ.Long story short, I am still here and with access to Facebook. Wow, it was so weird, in fact, more overwhelming. Reality has definitely hit as I suddenly I could see the many births, marriages, deaths, parties, people, locations, that I have missed. It was so tempting to just scroll through the many events that had occurred, but yes, that is definitely not what we are supposed to be using Facebook for. We are just entitled to use it as a way of teaching others and helping them come closer to Christ. I am definitely understanding the spirit of discernment when it comes to the adversary and his deception to lead us astray with modern technology. I have also seen how this is preparing me for my return home as I had the opportunity to delete anything that didn’t represent myself well. I don’t know when I would’ve had the time or the idea to do this otherwise. We don’t know all the rules and regulations yet, but it’s something new.
Sister Wilkinson is fitting into the Chester Ward just fine ! She is not your typical Utahrian, but I’ll get to that in her companion focus. As you all probably know by now, I love this area. Fasting testimony meeting was both so spiritual and hilarious. Elder Larson is Elder Ogbeide’s new companion, and he has actually been called Mandarin Chinese speaking.
You can imagine that we wanted to hear him speak Chinese in his testimony, and so he courageously decided to translate. Anyway, I was in the back row sitting with some of the members and they couldn’t help but laugh. Firstly, although he was translating, they thought it was so random. Secondly, he is blonde hair, blue eyes and from Michigan, not expected at all. Thirdly, they thought it could be a missionary prank as it’s not like there are any Chinese speakers in the ward to correct him. In fact, the closest we have is Japanese, which isn’t really close at all. Chester isn’t typically a Chinese speaking area, but there are many Chinese International Students who will be returning to the University of Chester this month.
On a spiritual note, there was a testimony that truly touched me. He explained how on the Bank Holiday Monday he was able to meet one of the converts that he taught while serving in Dublin. The spirit was so strong, as he had such love for these people, and he stated how that made his mission worthwhile, to see them active in the gospel. He loved his mission, the good and the bad, but that is was the people that truly mattered. The spirit touched me, tears fell from my eyes, and it was at that moment that I knew I needed to look outwards and give all that I have in the next three months. There are people out there that I can help.

We Are the Lord’s Hands
“My brothers and sisters, we are surrounded by those in need of our attention, our encouragement, our support, our comfort, our kindness—be they family members, friends, acquaintances, or strangers. We are the Lord’s hands here upon the earth, with the mandate to serve and to lift His children. He is dependent upon each of us. …
“That service to which all of us have been called is the service of the Lord Jesus Christ.”

– Thomas S. Monson

I think back to those times where I have needed reassurance, love, guidance, even answers and I can see how the Lord puts certain people in our path to fulfill our needs. I ask you all to seek opportunities to be that hand for someone else, as there is no greater call that serving the Master, Jesus Christ through helping our fellowmen. I am grateful for the opportunity that I have to be a full-time missionary, to be able to constantly look outwards and to serve all that we come into contact with. Again, in the words of Thomas S. Monson, ‘Fill your minds with truth, fill your hearts with love, fill your life with service.’

Much love,
Sister Turnbull





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