Monday, May 11, 2015

Week 71: "Because He Lives"

March 30, 2015
Dear Everyone,

Has anyone told you that they were happier than they ever have been while serving their mission? Well, I know for a fact I've experienced that on so many levels while being out here.

This week was an absolute blur. I can't think of what happened from start to finish, but I do want to share a miracle!
Sister Zelaya is from North Carolina, but she is originally from El Salvador. Thus, she needs to get a renewed, updated green-card in order to travel (fly) within the United States.

Well, her release date is April 8th. A week from Wednesday. A month and a half ago, we were waiting for her green card to come in. And we waited. And waited. And waited. And pretty soon, we were thinking of alternative plans. She starts school at BYU-I 10 days after her release date, so perhaps she would have to drive to school? Perhaps her parents would have to drive out here? None of it seemed like a good option. And plus, every return missionary wants to come back to their home and family. And so Sister Zelaya contacted the mission office, because if she didn't get her card they would have to cancel her flight. Well, our mission President decided we would wait until Friday (3 days ago) and then move forward with making alternative plans. However, when the day came and the card didn't come in, the office staff decided to fast and pray for it to come. Sister Zelaya and I also fasted that it would come. And this morning, I decided to say a specific prayer. I prayed that Sister Zelaya would find out her green card came in today.

Well, sitting here and emailing, we got the news. It came! She'll be able to go home! I know that was an answer to prayer.

This week, I got to go on an exchange with SISTER WILLARD! We've been waiting to serve a day with each other since we were companions in the MTC, and finally, more than a year later, it came! We had a blast together. I gave her a voice lesson, we saw a lot of people (this is her old area where she stayed 7 and a half months!), and we shared the incredible easter message, "Because He Lives."

If you haven't seen the new video, watch it.

It is so powerful! I know for a fact that the message it shares is true. Jesus Christ truly was victorious over death. He rose from the grave, and we can each have a personal relationship with him. We can know him, if we seek him. We can know him as we become like him, and follow his footsteps. I would be lost in my life it it weren't for my knowledge that Jesus Christ is my Savior.

Share it with everyone! :)

I'm excited for General Conference. It's my favorite time of the year.

Other moments this week? Well, we left our "Because He Lives" card in a door because no-one was home. When we got out of an appointment next door and got in our car, we noticed that someone from that house had noticed our card. She looked at it briefly, and then went over to the trash can. And then, for about 10 seconds, it looked like she had second thoughts as she read the card. But then she put it in the garbage. Noooo!

Sister Zelaya is a frog whisperer. Remember the story about her singing out the loud frog in the Dixon's pond? Well, Brother Dixon conducted sacrament meeting, and he shared what Sister Zelaya did....and then continued to say that he didn't know what she did, but now he has the worst frog infestation he's ever had in his pond! Haha he connected that to saying we don't know the influence we have. ALSO, after Sister Zelaya bore her testimony, the "character" of the ward, Brother Moorehouse got up (we love him), and said, "There are mixed emotions about going home, but what you all don't know is that she has a cute boy waiting for her at BYU-I!" Hahahahahah! Well, it's true, but now the whole ward knows, and EVERYONE is asking her about it. Sister Zelaya is so modest too, so it's hilarious. We have a plan to get brother Moorehouse back. I'll update you if it goes as planned. ;)

Missions change us. It's changed me. I look forward to doing what we do each and every day. 
Until next week! Enjoy conference, and I invite you to go to conference with personal questions that you're seeking answers to!

I love you!

Sister Bennett

We caught Mr. Frog.
Colin Dixon transferred him to another marshy land on his way to mutual. 
Too bad he was the Alpha frog, because as soon as he left, the pond because infested with other frogs! 

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