So It’s just me and Sister Green in Farmington now. We got a call on Thursday during personal study from President Gerber. He told us something about a state law saying that our apartment couldn’t have more than 3 people in the bedroom. I guess he’s been pushing it off as long as possible, but they have been really pressuring him lately. So he prayed about who should leave, and Heavenly Father told him Sister Gordon was needed somewhere else. She’s in Grand Blanc now! I love that place and I pray that she will be happy there :).
So that was kind of stressful, trying to get her packed in a couple of hours and have her say goodbye to a few people. And then some more drama happened after that, but somehow we were still able to focus on the work. God has truly blessed us this week.
I had a really cool experience this week with the Holy Ghost.
So at the very beginning of my mission, I got a letter from somebody who I look up to a lot. This person gave me some really good advice. They said: “Never make it about you”. So I’ve tried to remember that since I read it. I went back and read that letter again earlier this week. But it wasn’t until yesterday until I actually GOT it. A man in the ward who I haven’t met yet gave a talk. I don’t even remember what his topic was. But he started telling a story about someone who’s dad always told him “It’s not about you”. And the guy never understood why his dad always told him that. Then this guy went on a mission and got sent to a really rough area. Rough as in, his companion would stay inside all day while he went out with a member of the ward and then got mugged and beat up everyday on the way home. He got shot, and mocked for 4 months. Finally he got transferred. Then after many other transfers his mission president asked him if he would be willing to go back to that area. He really did not want to. So his mission president called his parents with him there on speaker phone (they didn’t know he was there) and asked what their opinion was on him going back. His mom of course, did not want him to go and basically yelled at the mission president. Then the president asked his dad and all he said was “Well, I would tell him that ‘It’s not about you.'” And then they hung up. The missionary decided to go back to that awful area. And for the rest of his mission, he was beat up every day, alone.
I finally realized that IT’S NOT ABOUT ME. I never understood until yesterday. I finally took the advice that was given to me. And guess what? I still made it about me yesterday, even though it hit me. But I was a lot happier and more willing to do whatever Heavenly Father asked me to do. We are here on this earth to become like God. And to God, nothing is ever about Him. He never does anything for Himself.
He asks us to go through things so that we can learn and grow. And we need to be thankful for those things because we have the Atonement to help us through everything.
I’m so grateful for the Holy Ghost that comforts me, brings things to my remembrance, and testifies of truth.
So that is my goal this week. To not make it about me.
I love you all so much!! Have a great selfless week!
Love, Sister Watko 🙂