Yea, and from that time even until now, I have labored without ceasing, that I might bring souls unto repentance; that I might bring them to taste of exceeding joy of which I taste; that they might also be born of God, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. ~ Alma 36:24

Monday, June 11, 2012

Letter: 6/11/2012 ~ :)

Dear Family,

How is every one?  How is life?  Elizabeth, Rob, and Molly thank you for writing me this past week. It was so awesome to hear from you. I was touched by what you wrote. It always gives me the extra push that I need to keep going each day.  It has been tough but I am so happy.  :) 

This past week has been super exciting lots of miracles have happened.  I finally had my first baptism this past weekend.  It was a part member family and have been less active for awhile.  The kids were able to get baptized. I spoke about the Holy Ghost at their baptism. It was so awesome to be there for the family.  They kept apologizing for not having opened their door sooner to us and thanked us for being so patient.  To be honest I have there was no need for patience. In the moment I may have needed it but now I am so happy and thankful for this awesome family.  It was such a privilege to be a part of their lives.  I loved teaching them. I forgot my camera cord today or else I would email pictures of it. I will send pictures next week.  It was such a special day to be there for their baptism.  Jonathan and Matthew are the sweetest boys.  It was neat to be there.  As I watched them be baptized I could feel the spirit testify to me that they were doing exactly what they needed to be doing. What a beautiful experience it was.  When I went back to my old area I felt like it was home even though I know Salt Lake is my home.  But people I grew to love and friendshipped were there.  They were excited and happy to see me.  It was a sweet reunion.  Moments like those are tender mercies. I can't imagine what it will be like when we will return to live with Heavenly Father again.  He loves us so much. I can't wait to hug Him one day. :)

Sister Anderson and I stop to talk to everyone. I am getting better at it.  In the sense Heavenly Father is blessing me with more courage and faith to do it.  It is not always easy to approach everyone.  People aren't really rude but I do hate the rejection.  It definitely can wear on your heart but Heavenly Father sends tender mercies your way and makes up for it.  My companion Sister Anderson made a comment yesterday when we were teaching a woman who is not a member of our church, she said we can have a perfect brightness of hope in our trials.  Because we can know that because of our trials Heavenly Father is preparing us for a miracle, a blessing.  So just know that at the end of your trial will be a beautiful miracle. So I think of all the things that our family has gone through lately and I have a perfect brightness of hope because I know there will be a beautiful miracle at the end of each one of them.  I know that it is in the storms of life that I truly come to know the Savior better.  I desire for the Savior and God to be a reality in my life. 

Sister Anderson and I always pray that the heat won't bother us but that we will remember the purpose of why we are out here.  It can be easy to forget that in the heat.  But the Lord has been mindful of those prayers.  I am learning not to mind the heat so much but it really isn't even that hot yet I hear. :)  I keep telling myself that I love the heat and I love feeling the sweat drip down my back.  I know when I sweat I know that at least I am working hard.  I have felt more exhausted lately but I just know that is the result of Sister Anderson and I working hard. 

We found two new investigators this week. I am super happy about it.  They aren't super solid but they need to be introduced to the gospel and have seeds planted in their hearts.  It will be interesting to go back into their homes.  One guy is 25 and I think the only reason why he agreed to meet with us is because we are girls. :) Well any way we get them will take them.  The Lord has a sense of humor and knows His children. 

I love you all lots.  I miss you like crazy.  But I am happy and content with where I am at. I wouldn't trade a mission for anything.  I know the Lord is shaping me and helping me become who He intends for me to become.  I am starting to pray that I may more fully and completely give myself this work.  It is my great privilege and opportunity to serve the Lord in this capacity.  I am extremely grateful to be where I am at and helping to rescue the one.  I have come to learn that the Lord puts a great deal into saving His children.  He goes to great lengths to save one soul at a time.  He'll do with us as He needs.  I hope you all are doing well.  

Love you,

Sister Kranendonk 

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