Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Feb 2 Amazing week!

So this week was amazing, my patience was tried as we had 9 appointments one day and 5 of them cancelled!! I have been able to have a lot more patience than I did last week lol!! And by having that patience, I have seen miracles! The Tates, a family who hasn't been to church since the wife was baptized and confirmed in October FINALLY came to church this week YAY!!! Also, the Bowdens and the Bryants came to church, both of which have been inactive for a ton of years!!! yay!! And the Moores came to church again!!! We also had 2 investigators at church, so we might be able to keep Makenzie's baptismal date after all, I am praying!!! We haven't had investigators attend church since I got to Carthage!!! So I was way super pumped!! The Tyners said they would take the lessons again which makes me so excited!!  If they were the only ones I helped baptize, I would be satisfied with my mission! lol Also Doug is praying about a baptismal date, we had a super spiritual lesson with him it was awesome!! Yeah just goodness and even though we had another super long service project, we were still able to teach a lot of lessons this week!!! It has truly been amazing and it has been so fun to grow with sister Johnson as we both become better missionaries! Also funny experience, we had the Jehovah witnesses knock on our door during personal study.  We traded them pamphlets a "is satan real?" for  restoration of the gospel, I think ours wins!! haha We have had a wonderful week and I just love being a missionary!!! The gospel is so true and so exciting and we are so blessed to have it in our lives!!! I love you all and hope you have an amazing week!!! 
Love, SIster Hamilton Eternally in the Lords service

Just FYI Prayer works!! I just want you to know that while I thought my mission was the most sacred calling of my life, being a mother is the most sacred and I finally understand why I needed to serve a mission now.  I wasn't prepared to be a good mother and the gospel needed to be a higher priority to me before I began to raise a family!! So while I thought it was to help me like girls and be more tolerant of them or whatever else I thought my mission was for, Heavenly Father knew I needed to serve so I could be a better mother and I am so grateful I chose to follow my prompting to serve even though I didn't understand why and I didn't really want to. It has taken 5 months to get the answer to my prayer as to why I needed to serve, I now understand!!! :) I love you all!! and I love this gospel!! talk to you next week!!!
Love sister Hamilton

Jan 26 First week training

This week was amazing full of lots of frustrations and absolutely nothing going right! :) So for district meeting this up coming week we were asked to take a Christlike attribute quiz thing and the portion we scored the lowest on to pray for that and then study it.... DONT PRAY FOR PATIENCE!!!! But seriously I prayed for patience this week and LITERALLY everything went wrong!! Including our brand new car breaking down....yeah so every appointment fell through, no one came to church, our service project lasted all day so we didn't get to teach, our preparation day was taken up by fixing the car it was just a whole lot of craziness.  I felt so bad for my companion because this was like the most abnormal week of missionary work I've ever had haha!! However, I am as happy as can be literally one of the greatest weeks of my mission!!! So my new Trainee I know you are all dying to know about her, is 5' 9" and she is from green River UT and so small town... super small town! She loves sports and the outdoors and hates to shop!! She is like one of my best friends and I am pretty sure we knew each other in the pre-existence because she looks SOOO familiar but I have no idea why!! She kind of ish in a weird way looks like me and we never stop laughing!!! (I have lucked out when it comes to companions) We absolutely love each other and are already praying we get to stay together next transfer! She hit me in the face with a paper plate cause I wasn't listening to her while I was talking to someone else (it was pretty hilarious). She is amazing and hardly needs any training because she pretty much came pre-trained!! She also had to help me teach gospel principles her 3rd day out, poor girl but she did amazing!!! We are loving Carthage and we are expecting miracles to start happening!!! No crazy snow storms this week!!! and yeah just a lot of goodness! I have seen the spirit working so strongly through our companionship this week. I realized that the only way I was going to have the ability to be good at training her would be to put all my Trust in the Lord and rely on His abilities to train and not my own. As I have done this, we have honestly been able to see the spirit direct us to scriptures we can't even remember reading and to people that truly need us!! The Lord is aware of each of us and knows exactly what we need way before we do!! When we pray for something he answers our prayers!!! I know this gospel is true and I have seen the happiness that it brings to people's lives and I would want nothing more that to see everyone experience this happiness!!! I love my mission especially the hard days because those are the funnest days... I to get to watch Heavenly Father mold me into the person that I can become only with His help!!! I love you all and I hope you have a wonderful week!!! 
Love Sister Hamilton
.....From the artic!!!! jk