Monday, September 29, 2014

A Testimony of Missionary Work

Hey everyone!

Wow! This is the last time that I will email you, since by this time next week I either should already be at the temple or be on my way there. It still doesn't feel quite real yet that I'm coming home so soon! Just think of it-next week I'll see you guys in the flesh! It's crazy! I am still trying to stay as focused as possible and work hard! My talk at the wedding wasn't very long, as it was on a topic that I don't know anything about! I used you and Daddy as an example in it though. :) I won't need the wheelchair at the airport I don't think. The zone leaders only brought it for me because I can't walk as far or as much on the crutches so it was hindering our missionary work. I can walk with crutches though, and I can also walk without them, but I limp (it looks really pathetic, haha!) Anyway, I don't think I'll need the wheelchair at home. I can use crutches. :) We did go back to the doctor and he ordered an MRI, which was taken last Thursday, and I have a follow up appointment with the doctor about it tomorrow who will tell me what's on it. I also have a copy of the disc to take back to the States with me.

Fun stories from this week though. Someone else was pushing me in the wheelchair, but they started to go before I got my feet up, and my good foot got ran over! It now has a lovely, scabbed bit on it (it was bleeding), and it's a bit swollen. I'm just an accident waiting to happen! Sister Erasmus and I also ended up getting ill this weekend. For two days we were sick enough that we couldn't even leave our flat, but we're doing so much better now! I know that you probably don't like hearing about all these not-so-fun things that keep happening to me, but that's life, and I'm doing fine, so it's okay! :)

On more positive notes, my mission truly has been a huge blessing in my life! Heavenly Father has definitely prepared the way for me to be able to come. I have a firm testimony of that! This is where I am supposed to be and what I am supposed to experience. On your mission you go through a lot of tough times, but the amazing miracles that you see happen far outweigh the tough times, and you don't even notice them anymore. I have really come to realise what it means to be "in the world, but not of the world" (see John 17:14). That's really how it is as a missionary! I've never seen so many worldly things as I have on my mission, but we have a "bubble" around us of the Spirit that helps us to be IN the world, but not OF the world, just as the Saviour was. It means living on a higher plane of thought and action, and as we are obedient to the commandments and the mission rules we are entitled to have the Spirit with us, which gives us the spiritual power to do what we do. Our purpose is to "Invite others to come unto Christ..." That is the whole point and purpose of why we do missionary work! It is the most amazing experience, and I am so grateful to have had this opportunity to take part in the great work of salvation!

I want to thank you guys so much for all of your love and support! I know that I couldn't do any of this without your help, and I so appreciate all of it! You are such an amazing family and I am so grateful that you are my family! I'm excited to see you all, and to be able to share more of my mission experiences with you guys! I hope and pray that you have a good week, and that everything will go well! I love you guys so much!!! :D See you next week!

Sister Connery

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