Sunday, April 27, 2014

The Little Ducklings Out On Their Own

Oh my goodness! Another week full of the unexpected, which is pretty much the routine here in the MBM. This week we were stuffed full of revelation and guidance, starting with MLC (Missionary Leadership Council) on Wednesday. This meeting involves 6 hours of us learning all matter of amazingness from President and Sister Packard, which we are then suppossed to somehow condense into a 2 hour training for Zone meeting a couple days later.  Ai, ai, ai - the pressure! We came up with a great theme though: you've all heard that April showers bring May flowers, but this month APRIL SHOWERS BRING THE POWER! Haha, I don't think anyone else was as impressed with this catch phrase gold, but we did have a good meeting about how we can become more powerful missionaries. Sister Badham and I are in the Hingham North Zone (the mission is divided into 9 or 10 zones), but we went to the Hingham South Zone meeting because that is where most of the sisters we cover serve. The Hingham South Zone has all the missionaries serving in the ritzy part of our mission - Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, etc. So we drove out to Cape Cod and pretended to live the high life for a few hours. We were sorely tempted to just skip the meeting and go sit on the beach for a few hours, but we resisted.
Another revelation stuffing experience was General Conference, of course! Missionary life is a little busy for me to fully relish this weekend the way I truly desire as the General Conference Junky I am, but it is definitely a special experience to hear the Lord's chosen servants speak as a full time missionary. I feel like for 18 months I get to be in a special "full-time witness" club with them. I thought it was so powerful when President Boyd K. Packer was bearing his testimony and simply said, "I know the Lord. I am His witness." WOH. How blessed are we to have living Prophets and Apostles who have such a special witness of the Savior? SO BLESSED.
This week we also prepared ourselves for some big changes here in Foxboro. Sister Badham and I went APARTMENT SHOPPING (which really just means we go and look at the places the Office Elder has found for us), and boy are we stoked to move! Which is good, because the office Elder says we need to be out of our apartment by April 19 so a senior couple can move in. So hopefully this week we find a place and start packing!
The other big news is that Elder Tait is getting emergency transferred at the end of the week! Due to some visa-waiters leaving the mission, there is going to be a shuffle of a few companionships and Elder Tait is going to be a Zone Leader in Lynfield. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Need I remind you that he is leaving 4 missionaries who have only been here 1 week behind?! Luckily, we all totally believe that the Lord directs this mission and that President Packard is totally inspired in everything he does, but this is going to be an adventure! I've been praying extra hard that I will somehow develop a photographic memory to pick up all the information we need before he leaves. There is just so much good progress going on here that we don't want anything to slip through the cracks! But God calls the weak and simple and somehow makes it work. But extra prayers on our behalf probably wouldn't be a bad thing.
Okay yall, gotta go build some Quidditch posts in preperation for next P-day's activities.
(I'll be sure to send some pics)
Sister Gledhill

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