Saturday, July 1, 2017

I'm Alive!! :D

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Dear family and friends,

Well, I'm alive! I'm home, safe, and having an amazing whirlwind of a time! Life back home is insanely busy... I've had very little time to breathe, haha! 

Being released and taking off the name tag was a bittersweet moment. I've learned so much from my mission and I loved it very much. I bawled like a baby throughout the whole meeting with the Stake President! 

It's been so fun to bring a little taste of the mission to my family as I've told them stories and taught the Restoration with cups for FHE (family home evening) on Monday. :)

To all my mission friends, I MISS Y'ALL!!! Hope everything is going well in Georgia!!

Y'all, this gospel is true! Even with the name tag off, we can still wear it on our hearts. We are all missionaries! All of us has the opportunity to testify of Jesus Christ to others through our actions, our words, and the way we live.
I know that Jesus Christ lives. I testify to y'all that as you seek Him, He will become a bigger part of your life. He loves you!!

Keep smiling, and have a blessed week! Remember to keep your knees bruised! :)

My homecoming party on Sunday. I got to play foosball with my "brothers"! :D

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

So I Didn't Know What To Title This Because...

Monday, 19 June 2017

Dear family and friends,

Aw, MAN ALIVE!!! I'm going to miss my mission!! I fly home this week. I have LOVED serving here in the Georgia Atlanta mission as Christ's representative. This has been such a joyful time in my life. I've had my fair share of ups and downs. Missions are hard. But it has taught me SO MUCH. I love it. I look back and I see how much I've learned. How much I've grown.

I've faced anxiety, depression, and heartbreak. I've missed my family. I've felt trunky at times (haha). I've been angry, frustrated, and exhausted. I've been sick. I've faced a lot of rejection, been anti-ed, cussed out, and treated disrespectfully. I've been sunburnt, couldn't feel my toes because of the cold, and I've also been drenched many a time with sudden downpours.

But--through all of that, I have come to know my Savior Jesus Christ. Isaiah 53:3-5 describes Him perfectly:

​"​He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows,
and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces​ ​from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.  Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.  But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.​"

​Our Savior Jesus Christ loves us. He lives. Through Him we can be healed! My favorite scripture in the Book of Mormon states that, 
"He doeth not anything save it be for the benefit of the
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world; for he loveth the world, even that he layeth down
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his own life that he may draw all men unto him.
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Wherefore, he commandeth none that they shall not
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artake of his salvation.
​"​ (2 Nephi 26:24)

​No matter what rejection we face, no matter how many tears we shed, the Savior feels it. He knows our pains. He knows our worries, our fears, our sorrows, and our griefs. He is devastated when we make mistakes. But His arms are always extended in mercy and love for us. He is always waiting with open arms for us to turn back to Him. To accept Him into our lives. To do our very best to follow Him wholeheartedly.

I know that Jesus Christ lives. I know that He carries our burdens. He frees us. He did face pains. He experienced heartbreak. His body did ache with exhaustion and pain and suffering. He felt the pressure of the adversary. He knew the sorrow of being betrayed and losing a loved one. He did struggle with everyday temptations. He felt grief beyond anything that we could comprehend. 

But through it all, through all the miles that He walked in our shoes, through all the suffering He felt, the one thing that carried Him through it all was this--Love. As He suffered in Gethsemane, He saw our faces. Each one of us He knew. He focused on the love that He had for us. And as He did so, the pain decreased. He no longer felt it, for He was given the strength to endure. He himself felt weak and depressed and discouraged. But through it all He relied on His Father in heaven. He relied on faith. He relied on His great love for us. 

I testify that Jesus Christ knows you. He loves you no matter what! Please, please turn to Him! (That is my commitment to y'all.) He will free you. He will heal your broken heart. He will help you through your pain. He will give you true joy!

​I testify that as you seek to make the Savior the center of your life, you will be filled with pure joy. Your joy will surpass your grief and struggles. And you will experience peace beyond comprehension!

You are SO LOVED! (John 3:16)

Keep smiling, and have a wonderfully blessed week. I love y'all!​

We went BOWLING last pday with the STLs! It was so fun! Haha I failed miserably, but that's okay! ;) Can you guess which one is me? (#JemisonStripes)

{Note from Mom:  I had heard that Golf Carts were a big thing in Peach Tree City and Sister Eggett really wanted to ride in one.  So I asked a woman in her mission to see if she could make that happen before she came home.  She totally came through for her and then some!  Carmody even got to drive it!!!}

Ordering lemonade at chik-fil-a... in a golf cart!


And The Adventure Continues...

Monday, 12 June 2017

Dear family and friends,

Man alive, I love my mission!! This has been such an amazing experience! I am so thankful for the time I have left to serve. I know that there are miracles ahead!

Last week I shared how Jerrie is on date for baptism. I have seen the attacks of the adversary lately as she's been preparing. IT MAKES ME SO MAD!!! Jerrie is so amazing and I saw so much progression in her. It's been frustrating to see what the adversary does when we give him just a tiny bit of space. Jerrie's health has been really bad lately so we haven't been able to meet with her. She wasn't even able to come to church because of the pain. But things will work out!

We had the privilege of going to a Marvin Goldstein and Vanessa Joy concert fireside yesterday, and while they were speaking, the Spirit helped us to receive guidance for Jerrie. Brother Goldstein is a Jewish convert to the LDS Church. He shared his story with us about how he found the Savior. It was a loooooong process. He told us he went through over 40 sets of missionaries before he finally found the Savior and joined the church. One of the things that he shared is that he has hand many back surgeries and he experiences a lot of pain. But every time he does a concert, the pain is taken away. He explained that "The Spirit is stronger than any pain, any heartache, any sorrow, and any trials we may experience." 

This struck me as I realized that we need to be more bold with Jerrie. We need to help her recognize that the Savior will carry her pain and help her through this. And as she is living the gospel in her life (and doing her "spiritual CPR": Church, Pray, Read), she will be given the strength to endure the pain and overcome it!

I am so excited to see where this week takes us. I know that as we are bold and loving in helping others come closer to the Savior, we will find success. We will find joy. And we ourselves will come closer to our Savior!

Y'all, this gospel is true. God loves you. Jesus Christ is our Savior. As we turn to Him, He will help us to find peace and true joy! :)

My invitation to y'all is to seek to have the Holy Spirit more fully in your life. Whether it be by stopping a bad habit that is preventing you from feeling His influence, or whether it be to listen to more wholesome music, or to be kinder to your family members, or something else entirely, the Lord will bless you. As you seek to follow the Spirit, He will guide you and you will find yourself developing a closer relationship with the Savior, and you will no longer need to fear!

Keep smiling, and have an amazingly blessed week full of epic-ness and joy! :) I love y'all!

Friends! (Deer)

And Sister Plehn! :D

The Cox family :)

Isabella and sweet Lauren, who wants to be baptized soon! (In August since they're out of town right now).

The Hoffmans! :)

This is what happens when the elders get ahold of your car while you're not looking... #missionpranks

The Freemans! :)

Sweet Sister Owen :)
She's a Senior missionary in our mission, and she is serving in our ward! I love her to pieces!

I love the South :)