Monday, February 27, 2017

Another Week in Paradise- aside from the bi-polarness of everything

This was one bi-polar week! Yeesh! 

Concerning the weather, we went from flooding to really sunny days, and then suddenly we had a blizzard and got 4" of snow in a day. The next day it was super sunny, then it downpoured rain, and then it snowed again all the next day and we got another 6" or so. And THEN, it was sunny, rained for an hour, back to sunny, then snow and screaming wind, then back to sunny.......
This is too much for my body to handle! Whoa! 

And then, we saw some epic miracles followed by sadness, all in a row. I think God is making sure everything is balanced out right for us, or something.

So on the snowiest day we had, we realized after a long time of proselyting that we didn't have the phone... it was just gone. We figured we dropped it in the snow somewhere at some point and didn't hear it fall. That's all our contacts, our everything, lost somewhere in a snow-pile as snow-plows make their rounds through the streets constantly.... We said a prayer, followed some ideas that came to mind and looked around, and then as we were walking back from one house Sister Holtermann SAW THE PHONE, the corner of it poking out from under a snow lump she'd kicked a few seconds earlier. What a cool miracle!!! And the phone still works!!! We were saved.

After that, our lesson with L____ fell through, we rescheduled, it fell through, we rescheduled, it fell through again..... so that was sad. We hope L_____ is still interested and not passively avoiding us.

BUT then at church yesterday, we had two people that weren't members of the church come! And we were able to set up appointments with the both of them later in the week!! We're so excited for that!
And then after that, we found out one of our recent converts had gotten into some bad things, and now his wife is divorcing him... we're devastated for their family. It's crazy how bi-polar this week has turned out.

But it's been a really good week. I think I'm learning how to fully lose myself in the service of others. I've felt major joy and some crushing sorrow... but this is an odd feeling of sorrow. It hurts but it's not destroying me- it's like a love based sorrow. I don't know how to describe it- I know things will be ok, I just feel sorrow for the ones I care about so much, but it's good for my heart at the same time to care so much and so deeply for other people. I hope that made sense! I'm still figuring it out! It's tough being a missionary when you give your heart away to so many people, but in the same instant, it is SO worth it. I love my mission, and I love Idaho, and most importantly, I love the Lord. He's so good to me and to my family, and to all my friends. Pray to Him! He hears you, like He hears me. He will help you.

Till next week!

Sister Clark

Monday, February 20, 2017

Ran out of time!

Sorry!! But my week went amazing, and Sister Holtermann is already teaching me so much :D We've had a ton of experiences teaching us how to follow the Spirit, and teaching me how to pray. It's been amazing. 

N____ was baptized!!! He made it!!! It was SUCH a good service, and the Spirit was so strong!!

I love being a missionary.

Stay tuned for more next time!


Sis. Clark

Monday, February 13, 2017

BIG Changes Coming My Way!!

I've gotten the call to train a new missionary!!! :'D I've wanted to train again for SO long, and I'm so excited I get the chance now!! And of course, God and President Hancock love to throw in little twists to life I never saw coming- President has asked that I also stay a Sister Training Leader but to be a solo flyer as I train. "Adventure is out there!!"

The only problem is that I'm losing Sister Archer... I only had the chance to spend one transfer with her.... I'm really sad. It's not enough time, but, she's also going to be training in Soda Springs, and we know this is what needs to happen. I'll end my mission only two transfers after her, so you best believe we'll be reunited soon enough! It'll all be ok :)

It was an odd tender mercy to be sick all this week too... in a way Heavenly Father gave us more time together before we'll be separated this Wednesday haha!

N_____ is going to be baptized this next Saturday!! His interview went great yesterday and he is all ready to go :D We are so excited for him!!! 

With all the warm weather we've been having (yup, now I'm an Idahoan so "warm" is 38 degrees...), all the snow has been melting really fast. Considering how much we've gotten this winter, it's been a problem. We had some flooding and we stayed up late one night helping the members we live with sandbag their house, but we didn't end up getting any water in the house so that was a miracle. It was like we had a big bubble around the house protecting us!

This has been another fantastic week, everyone! Thank you so much for always being there for me! Look forward to another email next week full of even more adventures! :D

Sister Clark

Sister Archer chilling by the fireplace when we were sickos

More flooding!  It was what I made in the yard when I found out Sister Archer is leaving me


Monday, February 6, 2017

Another Day in Paradise

This week went really well!! I don't have a ton to write about though, sorry mom!

I'm alive though! :D Life is good! I'm the happiest I think I've ever been on my mission. We went on exchanges this week, had our Zone Training meeting that went really well.  And Sister Archer and I talked about turning our hearts to the Lord, we had the flu for a little bit but recovered really fast.... Yeah!

And of course, Fast and Testimony Sunday is my all-time favorite Sunday of the month, and S____ bore her testimony and thanked us for being her missionaries!! I love Idaho <3 And I'm officially going to BYU-Idaho in the Fall, I don't have to leave when I go home!

Sister Clark