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Monday, September 22, 2014

My Heart is Singen!

Man, what a week!  It was a really great week.  It was a really nice week.  On Saturday, I got to experience and enjoy something that not every missionary gets to see and enjoy.  I was able to watch one of my friends go from hearing for the first time the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ to making a covenant with God to continue and move forward on that path.  I just feel so grateful. 



Profound.


It's such a sweet experience to watch someone be baptized, but the sweetness isn't in the baptism or confirmation itself.  The sweetness is knowing that someone wants to change and is working toward that change.  Moving forward from a former life and former habits to a better life that they can only see through their faith that they have cultivated.  For a long time on my mission, I thought that baptism was sort of everything.  That once you got someone through the gate of baptism, it was like your crossed a finish line.

But you know, I've been around the mission block ;)  There's something I have learned.  The Gospel, and progression in the gospel, is far greater than a few weeks.  It started a long long long time ago, and it will keep going for a long long long time.  That's why, it is a sweet experience to watch someone enter the waters of baptism.  But it is much sweeter to watch someone convert to the Gospel, to watch someone's heart change and watch that light come into their life as they learn of truths which they always wondered about.  That is the sweetest fruit I know of.  So, although for the first time on Saturday I was privileged to watch an investigator I taught enter the waters of baptism, I have been tasting the sweet fruit of missionary for a long time.  And, I have really learned that it doesn't end with baptism, but we have to continue to strengthen each other, lift each other, and help each other continue to change and be better for many days ahead.  In actuality, for eternity. 



Welcome to heaven!  I can tell you, it's great.

I think about how much time I have spent on my mission being stressed.  Just how much time I have been unhappy because of expectations in my head.  I feel like here in Singen Germany, I am learning how to just let go and roll with the punches.  To understand that I can't work harder than working hard, and to be okay with simply working hard.  To be okay with doing my best every day, and knowing that my best is not perfection, that I am not perfect but rather a human being. 

I have just really learned that I have to rely on the Lord.  Not just because He has asked me to, but because I cannot do things without Him.  But it is so true that with God, all things are possible. Well, not all things, but rather, with God, the best things are possible.  God isn't going to have us settle for less if He can help it.  With Him, He will only give us the absolute best. 

Sometimes we wince at what the absolute best looks like, because in our mind, that's not the best!  But then a few weeks or a few years down the road we realize, "Wait a second.  That really was the best He could have given me.  Man!  What a smart Father!"
He's a really smart Guy.  Actually, He is intelligence in itself, so He is VERY smart.  He knows it all, He knows exactly what we need and he knows exactly how it should be given to us.  We just have to let go and let Him do his work. 
I just look back at the last 14-15 months and shake my head at the lessons God has taught me.  14 months ago, what I thought I needed to go and experience on my mission is very different than what I actually needed to experience on my mission.  But God knew what I needed to experience and that's what he put me through.  Because he loves me.  He also knows what I need yet to experience, hence the fact that the future is ahead.  He loves us, He really does.

I love you all so much.  I am so grateful that I have a Mom that is able to let me experience my mission with all of you (through my blog, email, Facebook).  Thanks Mommy.  

Never forget that you are absolutely, positively, completely, and wholly loved by the most infinite, omnipotent, and kind being in the universe.
Liebe Grüße,
Sister Henry
Last pday we went to Hegne, a nunnery.  There wasn't much going on, but it was fun!






Oh and my flowers!  I planted them a few weeks after I got to Singen and they started blooming!  I was so excited at one and then they just kept going!



Five blossoms!
A few more pics from the Open House, including Sister Henry schooling the Elders at hoops in her skirt ;o)

Skinny minnie







1 comment:

  1. Beautiful photos! She has converted the most important person that she could. Herself! What an awesome missionary....

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