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, August 20, 2012

Letter: 8/20/2012 ~ Hold the Phone

Hi Everyone!

How is everybody? How is life? Are you happy? I sure hope all of you are. So much has happened this week. I hope I can tell all of it. There are so many wonderful things happening. Heavenly Father has blessed me and my area so much. I don't deserve it but I am thankful to be a part of it. I know He does all of this because He loves me. I know God loves His children.
Transfers are happening this week. I am staying in my area. The only changes are that I am not at the visitor center this transfer. I am full field. So you can still send mail to me at the visitor center but I will only be able to pick it up once a week. So you can send it to the Val Vista address that is on the blog. My companion is Sister Mackenzie. She is from Kenya. I am super excited to be her companion. She is wonderful. I think it will be a lot of fun.

I continue to change the longer I am on a mission which is a wonderful thing. I feel like time is going by so quickly and I am not changing as fast the time is going by. I am afraid I will come home the same. I don't want that to happen. :)

HOLD THE PHONE.... So this is mine and Sister Anderson's favorite saying to say. She thinks it's funny. I told her that it came from dad. We laugh every time we say it.

Molly you would have been so proud of me. I sang a duet with Sister Anderson in sacrament meeting. I sang my own part. I have to tell you it was intense. You all know that I don't do those kinds of things. So it was a new experience. Sister Anderson and I sang If the Savior Stood Beside Me. We have been trying for a long time trying to figure out which song we would sing. We sang different hymns but nothing was coming to us. It was coming to the time that we needed to decide. We decided to sing Jesus the Very Thought of Thee. We started to practice with Sister Beckstrand. Later on that week when we were at district meeting, I decided to sit down and play the piano. I looked for a primary book in the bench but then I found the song If the Savior Stood Beside Me. I started to play it. While I played it, I had a thought come to me this is the song we need to sing in sacrament meeting. I thought it was my own thought. I thought to myself its too late to change the song, we have already been practicing. So I tossed the thought off. Later one I remembered that I had had that thought and thought to myself maybe that was a prompting. I told my companion and she said alright we can sing it. We changed the song.

Come Sunday morning we were practicing. It was early in the morning. We felt like we sounded awful. We were having a hard time warming up. It just wasn't sounding good. I thought why did I think this was a good idea to sing in sacrament meeting. Sister Anderson was nervous and was having a hard time singing her part. So we prayed. We prayed that the angels would be singing with us, that Heavenly Father's grace would attend us and that we would sing to the best of our abilities and that Heavenly Father would make up for what we lacked in. We know that we truly are representatives of Jesus Christ. We are inviting others to come unto Christ through this song. I was trying to make sure that I sang with my heart and testimony and sing with all the feelings I have in my heart. I wanted to please Heavenly Father. I knew that if we sang with the purpose of singing and praising Heavenly Father then all would be okay.

The time came and we got up and sang. Sister Anderson and I both noticed that the first few notes were different but in a good way. We immediately knew Heavenly Father was helping us to sing. It was an incredible experience. I knew it wasn't really me but Heavenly Father helping to magnify His Son Jesus Christ through us. We wanted others to feel the spirit and be touched by the song. We were able to sing without any problems.

Afterwards there was another speaker who got up and emotionally said We have a loving Heavenly Father. Who loves us very much. He said, "I have been inspired to tell this young lady on the front row who much Heavenly Father loves you. You truly are His daughter. Remember that the Savior is beside you." I love that Heavenly Father was so mindful of Daycy who is a recent convert that he would an inspire a speaker to tell her how much Heavenly Father loves her. Heavenly Father is truly like that with all of us. It is amazing. I absolutely love that. I also loved that Heavenly Father helped us to be prompted.

There were so many people who felt the spirit that day. People told us how beautiful it sounded and that our voices blended well together. They appreciated us singing. Sister Knight said she could hear more than our voices singing with us. I know she truly heard angels singing with us. I have no doubt about that. Molly, just think you are going to have these experiences all the time. I am super excited for your callings. I know that God truly glorified His Son Jesus Christ through music yesterday.

I love you all. xoxoxoxoxo Miss you tons. :)

Love,

Sister Kranendonk

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