Monday, April 6, 2015

T.0.A.S.T. (Thrive on awkward situations today)

Dear family and friends,
What a wonderful Easter week it was! I love being a missionary on
holiday's like this one because we get to be so focused on the true
meaning, which is our Savior Jesus Christ. SO thankful for his
sacrifice and his resurrection that brings us so much hope in this

This week was a pretty normal one! We just had lots of appointments,
and made lots of visits. We were able to be in a lot of members homes
and teaching them which was amazing; trying to get that missionary
fire going! We had transfers on Wednesday and so since we have the
mama van, we get to haul everyone's luggage around everywhere so that
took pretty much the whole day! Unfortunately, I had a few bad
headaches this week, but I was able to get a blessing from my zone
leaders, and things are good. Sister Kentner is amazing and I love her
more and more each day. Right now we are just trying to find more
people to teach and working hard at being in their paths. It's hard
work, but it is the most rewarding work I will ever do in this life.
So thankful for this amazing journey!

We had a zone meeting on Friday, and Sister Kentner and I got to do a
lot of the training. The focus for April is "Contacting" and the
objective is the use our "Because He lives" pass-along cards more
effectively as we contact. We got to train about the doctrine behind
that. So we got to go through the last 10 days of Christ's ministry
and talk about each day and what happened, and how as we more deeply
understand His life and why He did the things He did, that we would
have an increased desire to share. I learned SO much about the Savior
and Hid life and His incredible gift that He gave to each of us. It is
very humbling, and I can testify that my desire to share has grown. So

Now for the best part of the week.....General Conference! I loved it!
I learned so much and all my questions were answered. It is amazing to
know that each talk is inspired and directed at each one of us
individually. We were able to watch it at home with Sister Wayment,
Lori(our recent convert), our Bishop and some awesome members who all
fed us really great food! Here are some of my favorite highlights:
-"Satan tempts us in our misuse of procreative powers because he is
jealous of our power to create."
"The Atonement of Jesus Christ bears no scars." -Boyd K. Packer
-Focus on the things that matter most....the to-do list can get done
later."-Linda K. Burton
-"Press on toward the light, even if you lose sight of it at
times.....NEVER give up."-L. Whitney Clayton
-Godly fear dispels mortal fear." David A. Bednar
-"We learn the dance steps with our minds and hear the music with our
hearts...have patience and keep practicing!" Wiford W. Anderson
-"God cares a lot more about who we are and who we are becoming far
more than the person we once were....He is disappointed when we don't
recognize that others are trying as well." Dale G. Renlund
-President Monson's announcement of the 3 new temples! Evidence to me
that God's work is moving forward more than ever!
-"The Lord can only teach an inquiring mind."-Rosemary M. Wixom
-"Go about each day with more enthusiasm for life and for living God's
commandments....choose now to follow the Savior, don't wait until
tomorrow." -Jose A. Texieria
-"Never do ANYTHING to risk the loss of your constant companion and
comforter."-Gerald Causse
-Are we destined to fail? NO!" Jeffrey R. Holland
-"We can't just unlock the gate, we have to enter in the gate."
-Dieter F. Uchtdorf
-"How we LIVE our religion is far more important than what we say
about our religion."-Robert D. Hales
-"Don't just hang in there, endure to the end!
1. Don't forget to pray
2. Come unto Christ and be perfected in Him
3. Press forward with faith
4. The Book of Mormon is key to spiritual survival
5. Don't be distracted or decieved
6. Stay by the tree"-Kevin W. Pearson
-" Can you see the hand of God in your own life?"-Rafael E. Pino
-"Make the Sabbath a delight!" Russell M. Nelson

I couldn't choose a favorite! They were all so good. Conference is an
amazing time to recommit ourselves and set goals, and try harder! I
love how refreshing and empowering it is. Easter was great and we were
well taken care of! Thank you for all your love and support! Funny
quote of the week: "T.O.A.S.T. (Thrive on awkward situations today.)"
That defines the mission life haha. Have a wonderful week! Love you!
xoxoxox Sister Bigelow

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