Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Adventures Always Continue...

The past few weeks have been so crazy! I mentioned before that we had a baptism coming up... Which did happen last Saturday the 24th! (Which was also my 2 month mark). I can't believe I made it two months away from everyone! But I did and it was a absolutely perfect day! Elizabeth Brown was baptized! I was so blessed to be able to be apart of teaching her! She is such a sweet lady and was so ready to be baptized. Her whole family was able to attend, the spirit there was wonderful! It made me ponder a lot about my baptism and how wonderful that day was that I was able to join the fold of the gospel and be baptized by my father. To see Liz's excitement was wonderful, I can't remember the exact scripture but it is in 3 Nephi about the people learning about the gospel and how they clapped there hands for Joy at the opportunity to learn and to be baptized. That verse reminds me of Liz, she was excited and she was glowing, she could not wait until that day was hers. As a result her son Daniel (18) and his girlfriend Crystal (18) are now investigating the church! :) The Elders in our area covering the Young Single Adult branch are teaching them. I'll keep you updated! :)
It is exciting to see small actions take place and in result cause immense changes in the lives of so many people. I am excited about His work. Nothing in this work happens just because of random happenstance... It happens because Heavenly Father is the grand designer, He is carrying out the amazing design here on earth. I'm glad that my feet are helping to fill in the lines of his beautiful creation and plan.
Lots of changes have taken place in the last 24 hours.. I was able to help my companion Sister Miller pack up all her things and say goodbye to her as she heads home to her family as she finishes her mission. It has been a privilege to serve with her. She has a huge heart that has touched so many peoples lives. She truly cares about people and I have learned a lot from her example. I also got to welcome in a new companion, Sister Rowe! She seems wonderful already, she is from Salt Lake City, and has only been out 1 transfer longer than me! It should be an exciting ride as we both are new and trying to figure this whole thing out! I'm excited about all the things in store this week as we figure it all out!
I also wanted to just thank all of you that have supported me on my mission for the letters and cards and prayers. I am just so grateful to all of you who care about me and this amazing work. I think every night, that I am just blessed, TRULY BLESSED.
Thank You, Sister Pallas

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Crazy Week..

It has been a roller coaster of a week. I don't have much time this week to tell you about all of the adventures I have been having but I do want to tell you about the coolest day of my life.. It happened yesterday. It was a sad day at first... We spent some of the time helping Sister Parker pack up. It was her last day in New Jersey, she is off to Nauvoo today. I am blessed to have been able to serve with her and to know her. To lift us up out of the sadness of loosing our companion we headed off to an appointment to meet with Liz! So we were starting our lesson talking about what she read as homework from last week, she always gets really excited about what we are going to teach her next and she just flat out asked us... "So what else do I have to do to get baptized?" ...... Can you say EXCITEMENT? I can .. :) I am so excited about this.. She loves this Gospel it just shines out of her. She talks about what she learns each week and how she just feels SO GOOD. I am so excited for her. I have been very blessed to be able to be apart of teaching her. She is just a wonderful person. She is planning on being baptized on April 24th! this is about 4 days before the end of the transfer! So a blessing to Sister Miller, she will be able to be here for the baptism before she finishes her Mission!

Seeing how much Joy this Gospel can bring to peoples lives is a Miracle. I get to witness it everyday I am here. I am so blessed. SO so Blessed.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

New Jersey is sometimes the HOTTEST place I have ever been in my life...

I have had a fantastic week! So many good days! I hope all of you got the opportunity to watch General Conference! It was an amazing experience! For the first time in my life I got to watch it broadcasted at a church building. It was a way cool experience! I loved being able to really focus on what the speakers had to say, I learned so much!
We had one of our investigators attend the Saturday morning session! It was great, we met with her last night. We asked her how she like it, she said that she was filled with emotion and she felt completely cleansed. Her name is Liz, I'm not sure if I've already mentioned her already or not but, She is amazing, she really loves the Gospel already. Every time we get to teach her I get way excited because I already know the lesson will go great! She reads from the Book of Mormon and is also studying the Gospel Doctrines manual. She always just says: It makes sense!!
We had a wonderful picnic in between session on Saturday with Sister Nieves and her two daughters, Bebe and Maria!! They are some of my favorite people here in NJ! We had lunch with them and also some of the Elders in the Area. The weather here has been beautiful! The humidity is starting to get to me but i think i will be able to handle it...maybe! :)
One of my favorite talks from Conference was Pres. Uchtdorfs talk about being "His Hands". It made me really think about what i am here doing. Everyday I get to put on a tag that say: The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints. i am his representative. It is an amazing thing, listening to his talk made me think more about the calling of a missionary. How we are able to be his hands, eyes, and heart. It is such a privilege to be able to watch conference, to know that what these wonderful speakers have to say to us is directly from God. That there inspiring messages are meant for each one of us to improve our lives, to answer our questions and to give us comfort from our lives challenges. I had an experience that enlightened me on a few things... How grateful I am for the knowledge I have of the Plan of Salvation, that I know I can be with those I love again someday. How grateful i am for the power of the Priesthood, to bless and comfort my life. How grateful I am for people that are caring and look out for each other. How grateful I am for my FAMILY. I thought of them often as i watched conference! I realized how blessed I feel that I was lucky enough to belong to them! I love my family, i love the support they give me.
Another exciting thing that happened here, also happened everywhere... April 6th: The 180th anniversary of the Organization of this wonderful Gospel! Such a blessing!! We would be so far from where we are if not for the wonderful Prophet Joseph Smith who, had courage and strength and faith to fulfill the things asked of him. Also special to that day, the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. Who I am so eternally grateful too, for his infinite sacrifice, for his love and compassion, for his beautiful example of Charity. No amount of words can encompass the Love he has for us.
Another week down. Blessing.