Monday, July 11, 2016

"When you're an all star, you just rock."

(^^the title of this email is a quote from someone's talk on Sunday so that's fun. I feel like it really describes me semi-well)

(also--The weirdest thing is when your sisters email you your friends' homecoming talks and they sound really old and grown up and then you get anxious because you only have 8 months left and it's dwindling rapidly and pretty soon that's going to be you)

I feel likeI just emailed you all haha. sorry if this is kind of short!

We had a much more interesting week this week than last week, but that's mostly because we saw a lot more of the inactive members living in the trailer park around here so that was fun.

I wish I had a lot more to report on, but it's been a slow time for us lately. We are scrounging trying to find someone new to teach, but it's the time of year in PTC where everyone is traveling because they all work for Delta and have free flight benefits. So the city is pretty dead. CURSES!

Double-covering areas has been a lot of fun though--Whitewater Ward is pretty interesting and has some more rural parts so the congregation is a bit more diverse hahaha. In the best way possible! Also trio-life isn't as bad as i thought it would be. Tracting is incredibly awkward and difficult with 3 people because it's overwhelming so we haven't done much of that, but we've been going on splits with a RM in the ward so that's made it easier, and we get twice as much done at once. Plus we found a honey-hole neighborhood this week, so we're definitely going to be going back there soon.

We went to Zone conference this week and the thing that made the biggest impact on me was a discussion we had about commitment. Thankfully we have a loving Heavenly Father who has sent us here to become something better--a more committed, devoted disciple of him. Commitment simply means repentance and being willing to change. God has been committed to us since the very beginning--so much so, that He sent His Son to die for us. God's whole purpose is to "bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man." In other words, His purpose is to make sure that all of His children come home better, holier and perfected, just as He is. We have a loving God that is committed to teaching us every day and to help us come home. HOW BEAUTIFUL. I've decided that I need to be a more committed servant of Him who is ready and devoted to helping His family and my family come home the way He wants us to... it's going to be hard, but I'm excited to set some new goals, redefine the person I want to become and continuously repent every day! Especially considering i'm officially on the downward slope....yikes. the gospel is awesome.

**Mid-email invitation for everybody: Pray TONIGHT and ask God what you can change to become a better disciple of Him and how you can help those around  you to do the same. :)**

Sunday we went to 2 different wards which = 6 hours of church. i thought i was going to die, but I actually just soaked it up and wished there was another ward to go strange, but not. Both wards had the exact same topics for sacrament meeting, the exact same gospel principles lessons, and the exact same relief society lessons, but once again, Heavenly Father is awesome and I got the revelation i needed from all 6 different hours. 

In the PTC sacrament meeting, a brother got up and shared with us all what it means to take upon us the name of Jesus Christ. Everything he said was a giant culmination of what i've been studying personally for the last couple of months--joy, progression, obedience, mighty changes, and our earthly purpose. It was awesome and really helped me to connect the dots and know what God has been trying to teach me the most the last few months! I really wish I could have said everything as eloquently as he did, but sadly i'm Brenna and I can't because Ether 12:27.
IT'S ALL GOOD THOUGH. Just know that i'm growing and God loves you all.

Love Sister Lawson

1. Behind that creepy wall is the set of the Walking Dead in Senoia.
2. The dream team

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