On Tuesday we were blessed with the presence and training by President and Sister Carlson. It was amazing. President Carlson talked about a lot of different things regarding the work. There are many changes taking place in the mission and how things are run. He would rather have principles and let the missionaries follow the spirit than to have rules. I love that. The Carlson's are invested and focused on the personal conversion of the missionaries. I've reflected a lot on that. Am I doing missionary things or am I being changed by my mission?? I want to be changed and more converted when I go home. Shout out to Madelin and Ciera for Returning with Honor!
President has changed how we record numbers and lessons taught. We have been figuring out what that means this week! It's been a riot! Students have been on campus, but mostly with their parents, so we are waiting until all the parents leave we can actually get to talk to the students!
Cool miracle the other day. We were on campus when a man, not a student, stopped us and said "Sisters, can I give you my daughter's number?" We thought, of course, but what is your story? He told us his daughter just moved here for her freshman year. Their family has been on the less active side the past few years but he wants her to get involved with the YSA and institute. He actually has an older daughter at IU too. So we are going to follow up with them today to invite them to church! It was a miracle because we had just barely been on campus when he walked past us and stopped!
We met with some recent converts and less active members this week. Calvin finally came back to Btown from Terre Haute. We had a good lesson with him about his conversion story. He is so sweet but still doesn't understand the priesthood and the baptism is a covenant. We are working with him. It's so great that he is back for the semester! Michael is another story. He came to our lesson very distracted and out of it. He brought up some of his big concerns but wasn't in a state of mind to accept anything we were saying. The spirit was definitely impeded. We made a plan to help him over come some of the problems he is having. Prayers for him are much appreciated! He has such a great heart, but gets distracted by the other things that matter less than the basic, bare bones of the gospel. He mostly needs to feel loved and accepted.
For the most part we have just been out talking to people. It's been fun being on campus with the new students! We've also gotten a few free things, like ice cream on Thursday! Yum!
My favorite thought for the week is:
"The sheep is worthy of divine rescue simply because it is loved by the Good Shepherd." - President Uchtdorf
I know this is true. God loves us so much. He has given us talents and abilities to bless our lives. He works with us when we aren't measuring up. He enables us to be better each day and he forgives our mistakes. We are truly blessed to be children of our Heavenly Father and to know He loves us unconditionally.
Have a fabulous week! Don't forget who you are and who made you that way!
Sister Mondragon <3
Photos from Zone conference with all the sisters in our two zones (: And sister Carlson!