Sunday, September 7, 2014

What Time is it??!!! Summer time!!

What time is it?! SUMMER TiME!(: 

Well this week, the sun was shining, the birds were singing, the kids were laughing, and the beach was so tempting!! Haha! But, it was ok because it was warm and I LOVED IT!(: I took every opportunity to be in the sun I could get. And as a missionary, that isn't that hard.. since we are walking everywhere! But, its ok when it doesn't rain. And this week there was NO RAIN! So it was a good week!(: 

We had a baptism this week! It was Joy, Toga and Apisai! Man, it was so good! Baptisms are the greatest thing ever! And especially when they're kids, because to me the light of Christ is just so strong in them already, they just GLOW after baptism!(: It was such a sweet baptism. They get there and they brought their mom! Which was like the coolest thing ever.. because we haven't been able to get her to anything. But, she had  no excuse this time! haha!(: So they brought her and there is just something about a baptism.. the spirit is just so so SO strong, its like when Joseph Smith says "I knew. and i knew that God knew it, and I could not deny it!". You can't deny that there is a special spirit at baptisms! Its like heaven is having a party and since they can't celebrate yet, they just send the spirit!(: haha! But it was a good baptism and the kids were so happy. I really love that family. And I really hope the mom recognized that spirit. I think she did because she came to church yesterday! YAY!(: 

But, for some other news, Heavenly Father has a really funny sense of humor. haha! He sends me to Lami, and then, the says "ok.. 6 weeks in the best place ever is too long. So now..... I'M TRANSFERRING YOU TO MAKOI!!!" Yes, I am getting transferred.. It seems like since I left Nadi, i can't keep a companion for more that 6 weeks! haha! Constant change! Which is sometimes a good thing. But, Lami has just been so good and I have had AWESOME companiosn who have helped me so much, I am scared to leave! But, I know Heavenly Father has a plan for me in Makoi.. SO BRING IT ON!!!(: Makoi here I come! 

So something I have really been studying and reading about is the Atonement. This month we are focusing on being grateful for the Atonement and applying it more to our lives. Something that I tend to do a lot.. is seriously carry all of my burdens myself. And as I have studied more about the atonement, is I have really come to appreciate the scripture, "take my yoke upon you and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly of heart; and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." There is a talk that I have LOVED since before my mission, because I watched it on YouTube.. It is missionary work and the Atonement. President Eyring says something like this.. "When ever you feel like you have finished a hard task... I remember my savior.." He goes on saying more, but to me that is the most powerful line. He then talks about how the savior never stopped working. He had determination to finish. I have learned that this life is hard. I have been so blessed in my life, and haven't had to face a lot of things like other people. But, one thing i know is that Heavenly Father sent us his son so that we could have hope when things get hard. When things seem like they are never going to end, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. And all of that because the savior took our burdens upon him and he loves us more than we can even know! That is just something I have really recognized this week as I studied the Atonement. I don't think I will every be tired from studying the atonement!(:

I hope you guys know how much I love you! Thank you for your love and prayers! Even though I am an ocean away, I can still feel your love!(: YOU ARE THE BEST! 

Sister Rich

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