This will be a blog filled with updates during my service as a full-time missionary in Des Moines Iowa. I will be serving in the Spanish language. After Full-time service it will also have updates on life as a full-time Member Missionary. Balancing church and work and all other aspects of "normal life"
Monday, October 28, 2013
I know I have been really bad at writing to some of you and I apologize for that. These last few months have been really trying for me and I have been experiencing many health issues. It was decided on Friday that I will be returning home in order to get the health issues fixed as best as possible. Thank you so much for all that you have helped me to learn. Thank you for your support and prayers. It breaks my heart, but through prayer, fasting, and priesthood blessings I know without a doubt that it is the Lord's will for me at this time.. Nos Vemos, Hermana Bricker
I am so sorry for not being as good about updating the blog lately, things have been really crazy around here.
I have recently been transferred to an area that is much more of a city. It is a college town with a lot of young families that are working on medical residency so there is a lot of turnover in the congregation that I am serving in. There are quite a few members of the church in this area so I am serving in a Ward that has both Elders (the guy missionaries) and Hermanas (me and my 2 companions. Sisters that are called as Spanish speaking missionaries).
That's right, I said that I am working with 2 other people. We call it a trio or a tripanionship. One of them is from Idaho and the other is from Bolivia. The Bolivian sister has been serving on Temple Square in Salt Lake City for a while now and she has been called to serve here for her outbound mission for the next 3 months.
The area is really great and we are working to gain a lot more member support and help. We are trying to increase the number of members who help us to find, fellowship, and testify to their friends and loved ones that are around them.
We are not here just to baptize people but to develop strong friendships and help them to realize that the church is a family and it is part of life, not just a place to go on Sundays.
I am really grateful to be in this beautiful place, especially during this time where the trees are changing color. It has been really cold here lately, no snow yet but it has been down in the upper 20's and low 30's so snow is not too far away.
I love you all and I hope to hear from each of you soon.
I really hope that many of you were able to watch the Semi-Annual LDS General Conference this Saturday and Sunday. It was amazing! One of the best ones that I have watched in a while. For those of you who haven't had the opportunity, it is available online at LDS.org you can type it in the search box for easy access.
Conference is great because it is a time where the Prophet who is on the earth today, as well as the 12 apostles and others who have been called of God, speak to the world, the world just needs to listen.
The topics were all sought out, studied, and pondered. None of the speakers were given a topic and yet they all worked together to edify all those who heeded their words.
I know that many people can get something different out of each talk than that which I got, that's the way that the spirit speaks to individuals.. however, I wanted to focus on the 3 main themes that I felt were running through each session of conference.
2. Missionary work in ALL forms and places
3. Utilizing the Atonement.
In regards to family, the family is being attacked... more and more people are choosing to delay creating a family, they are choosing to work crazy hours instead of spend family time, they are choosing to degrade the role of the family today. I am saddened by all of the broken homes that I see as I am out here. I am saddened by the choices that some people choose to make simply because they don't think of the consequences for others they just think of the temporary joy that they can get.
I know that families are supposed to be together forever and they can and will be if founded upon the proper teachings and principles of the Gospel. I know that I am part of an eternal family and if I live a righteous life, I will return to live with my Father in Heaven again as well as with my family and loved ones.
2. You don't need to wear a black name badge on your shirt to be a missionary. Paint it on your heart instead. Elder Edward Dube, in the Saturday Morning Session said, "In the work of the Lord, it doesn't matter WHERE you serve but HOW you serve." Serve others will all of your might mind, strength and heart and I testify to you that you will be greatly blessed.
3. The atonement is one of the most unused gifts we have been given... no, it is not a free gift. Jesus Christ, our brother, suffered in order to provide that gift for us. He paid the price so that we might not suffer as much as we would have had to when we sin. He paid that price so that we could become clean again and one day return to live with our Father in Heaven and receive eternal joy. He did what he did out of love.
Yes, because of the Atonement (the perfect life of Jesus Christ, the suffering in Gethsemane and on the Cross, the resurrection of Jesus Christ) we will live again. All of us on earth will be resurrected. All of us will be restored to our perfect state with our spirit in our body however... only those who keep God's commandments, live faithfully and actually utilize the Atonement when mistakes are made, and we all make mistakes (President Uchtdorf talked about this on Saturday as well) will be able to truly be saved and inherit the kingdom of God. We need to use the give that he gave us or his suffering was and is in vain.
I love you all! Please watch conference if you havent, and if you have, it doesnt hurt to watch it again.