This blog post is entitled: A million awkward pictures of me. Or: fashion blog parody part 1.
So, Sister Missionaries - not known for being the most stylish members of the church. And this post is not meant to try to change that. Just thought it could be fun to show what a standard week in the mish looks like for me. Or at least - what I look like on any given day as a missionary. Enjoi.
Monday: P-day. Means no showering and throwing something together last minute to be out of the house by 6 pm. Skirt from DI. Shirt was a mission find (missionaries are always leaving their clothes in apartments and handmedowns are where most of our wardrobe staples come from). Shoes were given to me by a member (male) of the church in Palmdale.
Tuesday: Early appointments means leaving the house with wet hair. I almost never do my hair. Or brush it. There are some dread locks developing under there somewhere. Skirt: mission find. Sweater and shoes: Nordstrom. Neckclace: from Hna Rodriguez de Guatemala.
Wednesday: Scarf: snagged from the lost and found in the mission office. Sweater: another mission find. Shoes: Nordstrom. Skirt: Ross (bought my first transfer in the mission).
Thursday: Its been cold! Tights! Sweater: Banana Republic. Skirt: Goodwill (from H&M). Shoes: my new TOMS.
Friday means District Meeting..which really means: don't look too cute cause there are gonna be Elders there.. Coat: mission find... Skirt: Forever21. Current nails: Pink glitter.
This is David Delgadillo. He referred himself online through mormon.org. On October 3rd we gave him a call, to see if we could come meet with him. He said that he wasn't interested in meeting with missionaries. Bummer. On Tuesday I figured why not text him and invite him to come to the church for a tour of the building. He said yes!
We gave him a nice little tour of the church. We sat in the chapel and talked about the restoration of the church and the Book of Mormon. The spirit was SO strong! We all felt it. We encouraged him to keep learning more about the church online and invited him to read the Book of Mormon and taught him that to know if it is true he should pray about it. We set another appointment.
In the next meeting with David (sidenote: every single lesson with him was a member present lesson held either in the church or at a members home. THAT is the way to do missionary work!) we asked David if he had a chance to read and pray about the Book of Mormon. The answer to this question is almost ALWAYS no. He said YES! And he believed it is true. We asked him if he would follow the example of Jesus Christ and be baptized. And... he said yes! Wooh.
Teaching David was wonderful. He would come to us with all these questions before we even taught the lessons...like, "So, can you tell me a little more about tithing and how I pay that?" or "So I've already stopped drinking alcohol but what can I do to give up the coffee??" He was golden. He IS golden.
I am so grateful to see people who the Lord has been preparing their whole lives finally come to learn about the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and make covenants with Him. It is wonderful. It's cool to watch these people come into our lives seemingly just "by chance." But we know that it is the will of God. We we see miracles every day. We have seen that by putting more faith in the Lord (which is done by being obedient) we are seeing more miracles. I love it. I love being a missionary. I love this work. I love my life.
Sometimes I think about my friends or other people I know at home. I think: "Oh what a glamorous life you lead. How boring." Ha.
My life is VERY different from how it was 11 months ago. It is VERY different from any one of my friends on facebook... but I am so grateful to have it the way it is. I don't want to get sucked back into the vortex of worldliness and complete garbage after my mission. I'm no nun ok... but I have learned a lot about happiness so far on my mission. I have learned where true happiness lies. That's something I hope not to forget.