Thats pretty much all I have to say about his past weekend. I am so humbled and grateful for the amazing experiences I've had in the past 3 days. If you're wondering what I'm talking about, watch this video.
Last week there was a FaceBook group created (by Lauren Hungate, Lyndsie Smith, and Sarah Kemer) for future sister missionaries to share our calls with each other and help one another prepare for our missions. Within a week they have had over 2200 sisters join the page and it continues to grow each and everyday. One girl that joined the page, Anna Finneran, decided it would be a great idea to have some of us get together to take a picture to send to the First Presidency to show how excited we are about the age change and our chance to serve! So we did. As you saw in the video that I created, around 200 future sisters gathered at Temple Square on Saturday December 8, 2012. Other sisters from the page that aren't in the Salt Lake area also gathered in Rexburg, Logan, Provo, and even La'ie Hawaii!
As we gathered we found girls that will be serving in our same missions, took pictures, and sang hymns. I can't even describe to you how powerful the Spirit was present there that day. It was an amazing experience to be surrounded by so many worthy young women that are preparing to serve the Lord over the next few years. The work truly is hastening and I'm so glad I get to be a part of it at this time.
I do want to make the point that although there is a very large surge of missionaries joining the army of missionaries around the world, you don't have to go on a mission to be a missionary. We should all be doing our part spreading the gospel even to those that we are around every single day at home. With this new age change the Lord has made it clear that He needs as many worthy members teaching His gospel as He can get whether they are on missions or at home going to school, raising families, or making a difference in their own communities. It is a wonderful time to be here on the earth and we are all so beyond blessed to have the knowledge that we have. We need to make sure that we aren't being selfish and keeping it to ourselves. Say what you know! He needs you in this critical time.
Over the weekend I have received multiple messages from people I don't know asking about the events that took place this weekend and even one young man asking how he can learn more about the church and how I came to know of its truth. As much as you think its not true, social media is a great way to share your beliefs. I have made connections with these people that I would not have had these events not taken place this past weekend. For example, one sister messaged me wondering about the sisters gathering having no idea that I had been called to Argentina. Turns out, she has been trying to find someone going to Argentina for the past few years because she has been trying to contact a former companion of hers that lives there. Well guess what? That certain companion happens to live in a city that is in my mission. Now I have this woman's contact information so that if I am able to find this companion of hers for her she will be able to be reunited with her. God knows what he's doing!! He has a plan for each and every one of us and we just have to trust in His timing.
Never forget that you are a loved and cherished Child of God.
I am overwhelmed with all the views, shares, and comments that have been made about the video above. I feel so humbled. I wish I could link all the sisters that were apart of it to see all the lives that they have impacted for the better. I want them all to know that they are making a difference and that I couldn't have made this video without them (obviously). I credit those sisters who created the FaceBook page and the event for the sisters to unite. You ladies are truly inspired and wonderful! All the future sisters missionaries, whether you were a part of this video or not, you are a part of this work! Get out there and teach until you can't teach anymore...and then go even further! God is watching over every single one of us! Good luck and GOD SPEED!
As Sisters In Zion!
Also, if you would like to read my initial reaction to the announcement, you can read that here.