Happy Tuesday Family!!!!!!
So a day in a the life of a rancher goes like this...You wake up early in the morning and you think of all you have to do the list never seems to end, but as the day goes on you find a fence is broken, so what do you do? You deal with it. Later you find your cows are out, so what do you do? You deal with it. Still more you find one of your precious steers is sick, so what do you do? You deal with it. This week I learned alot about dealing with it. But first things first, we had a Mission tour with Elder Martino of the 70 yesterday so my P-day is today, so I hope you can deal with it. Haha, Sorry I forgot to mention it last week, hope you didn't think I was dead, or hated you or anything...what can I say I just like keeping things fresh!
Anyway, this week was amazing!!! It was so busy and this week is shaping up to be even busier!!!! Last Tuesday we had Zone Conference, and then I was on exchanges with the Sisters serving in Firth, My companion and I got back together on Wednesday night, Thursday we planned, Friday we had Mission Leadership Council ALL day, but it was so amazing!!!!! Saturday we had to put together an on the spot zone choir for the conference yesterday so we were working with that, and then we got to take a trip up to Idaho Falls to go to the visitors center with an investigator! Sunday was great, church is always amazing, Monday we had Elder Martino all day, and I mean all day, after the mission tour Elder Martino had a special mission leadership council with the Zone Leaders and Sister Training Leaders from the southern zones, so Blackfoot, Chubbuck, and Pocatello, Today he'll meet with North. Now let me tell you, it was probably one of the most legit things ever to get to spend two hours in this MLC with a member of the 70, let me tell you, THE CHURCH IS TRUE! Today we have P-day, and tonight we are going on exchanges again! (don't worry dad I want wont be staying in Blackfoot, so no need to look!) We'll come back tomorrow night, and then plan a training. Thursday we have Zone Training, which I'll train at (YIKES THAT'S SOON!), Friday we can breathe, Saturday we'll have another zone training (not our zone but we are the STL's for that zone so we get to go), Than thankfully Sunday will roll back around and hopefully things will slow down!!!!!!! The reason I tell you all the small details of my week though has to go along with the story above, of dealing with it. I have found this week especially with every situation that has happened conflicts that needed to be resolved goals to be set and councils to have, training given, and to give that what really need to do most as missionaries and members is to just deal with it. No sense in crying when the cows get out, you fix it, deal with it and move on. I've been thinking back alot to the premortal life (random I know) but really think about it, each of us chose to come to earth, even though we knew it wouldn't be easy. Heavenly Father knew more than we that things would be hard, but he provided us ways to deal with it. He gave us a perfect example to follow, scriptures to read and get strength from, a means of communication with him, baptism, and the Holy Ghost. He truly gave us so many ways to deal with the hard things that come to our life. At the end of the day just like the rancher everything we need to do still isn't done, we will still have to wake up in the morning and deal with it. But we know that if we truly strive to follow the example of Jesus Christ, if we truly look to our Savior in all ways than he will be the greatest ranch hand ever (poor comparison for the Savior, but it's all I have) he'll be there helping us deal with every difficulty, every hardship thrown our way until the very end, when we can stand before our Father and he will say "Well done, thou good and faithful servant". Sometimes the work load thrown at us seems to much to bear, but I am grateful to know that I am never bearing it alone. That's not my Fathers plan for me, or any of us. Out of all the trainings I had last week, the lessons that were given, this is by far the greatest lesson I learned, what the spirit taught me, that I must not only deal with it, but deal with it with my Savior, because than, and only then are we truly successful.
I have so much more to say, but not enough time, I hope this makes sense though. I'll give you one thing that may make you chuckle before I go though. So you know how way back when I took piano lessons for like a year? Well I had to use those skills in front of a general authority because nobody in MLC could play...I don't even play!!!!!! But the Zone Leaders volunteered me.Thankfully we read in D&C that the song of the righteous is a prayer, and not the song of the righteous with an awesome piano player is a prayer because we definitely didn't have that...But I got through it and really didn't mess up, so consider that a miracle!!!! I am counting my blessings for sure!!!!!!
Oh and also I got my packages last week!!! Thank you so much!!! I think you managed to make every missionary jealous though! It's all I heard about all day!!!! Sister Sondrup you know you have like 10 giant packages back there right...yeah I know, but I shared don't worry, the Mexico missionaries were ecstatic to say the least!!!!!!! Thank you so much for sending them I really appreciate them!!!!!!!! Well I got to go!!! Hope you have a super fantastic week!!!!
Sister Kaycie Sondrup