week fifty-six: earth day

HELLO PEOPLE! This week has been crazy and wonderful and I have so much to talk about. So I’m still not feeling 100% but I feel much better….unfortunately they’re not really sure about what is wrong with me but things seem like they will get better eventually πŸ™‚

Well I have an announcement….*drumroll* transfers happened and I will be training a new missionary!! Ah! I am soooo excited. And nervous. But mostly excited. I don’t know who she is but I am picking her up tomorrow. I’m so grateful for this opportunity that I’ve been given. It’s a big responsibility but Heavenly Father has entrusted me with this, and if He believes I can do it then I must be able to.

Not a ton happened this week, a lot of our time was spent getting ready for "earth day". So back story: at the beginning of the transfer we wanted to come up with another name for Sister Paulson’s departure date other than "going home" and "departure", things like that. So she said, "how about we just call it my birthday?" But I thought she said earth day…so I was like, "oh, earth day! That’s perfect." And the rest was history. So all transfer we’ve been preparing for earth day, and this week was all of the final preparations. She had packing, her "earth day dinner", "earth day interview", "earth day temple trip", etc. it was crazy busy. But it was so good. I will miss Sister Paulson lots but she has so many amazing things ahead of her.

Thursday was Thanksgiving! It was a really good day. We had lunch with some members from Sister Paulson’s last ward in Brea, then had another late lunch with other members of our ward. I was soo stuffed. But I have absolutely loved this season of gratitude. We have met so many humble people who just live their lives in gratitude and it’s amazing. The quote we’ve been sharing as our dinner messages for the last month or so is one of my favorites:

"We can choose to be grateful, no matter what. This type of gratitude transcends whatever is happening around us. It surpasses disappointment, discouragement, and despair. It blooms just as beautifully in the icy landscape of winter as it does in the pleasant warmth of summer. When we are grateful to God in our circumstances, we can experience gentle peace in the midst of tribulation. In grief, we can still lift up our hearts in praise. In pain, we can glory in Christ’s Atonement. In the cold of bitter sorrow, we can experience the closeness and warmth of heaven’s embrace." -President Uchtdorf

Thursday night was when we had leadership calls and I found out I was training. Saturday was transfer calls and we found out I would be taking over the whole ward, this transfer we’ve been splitting the ward with a set of elders, but they were taken out and now it will just be my new companion and I. I am sooo excited.

Before I forget, the #LightTheWorld Christmas video came out on Friday. Everyone stop what you’re doing and go to www.mormon.org and watch the video. SO GOOD. The 25 days leading up to Christmas will be a 25 day advent calendar of service, and each day we can become more like Jesus Christ in some way. I would invite you all to participate, and see how much closer you are to Christ this Christmas πŸ™‚

It has been an amazing week. I’m so grateful for Jesus Christ. Without Him I would be nothing, and I would be nowhere. He walks side by side with me daily and it’s a blessing. I’m so excited for this Christmas season, to be able to focus on Him and share with people the wonderful message of His gospel.

I love you all. I hope your week is wonderful!

Love,

Sister Martinez πŸŽ„

My zone!

The district!

Candidz

Service at Mary’s Kitchen!

Before Sister Paulson’s departure dinner!

Awesome people

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