Monday, October 24, 2016

Reject the Prefect (it rhymes and it's HP, therefore it's applicable)....October 24, 2016

Hello everyone! This has been one looooooooooong week that's just
seemed to fly by now that I look back at it haha

I have a new companion! Sister Hall from Kaysville, UT- can't escape
those Utahans for very long... lol :)  we get along well, and though
it's been a huge adjustment for her coming from Secaucus to the middle
of nowhere Sparta, it's been great! She has a form of narcolepsy
(never been diagnosed or anything) so it's been interesting seeing the
many ways and places a person can fall asleep in haha. She's cool, and
it's been a fun week! Seriously, I love how much I've been able to
serve and help my companions on my mission! I've had some with the
most random of trials, but it's been a huge blessing to me to be able
to have the ability and chance to help them, but to also receive
advice and help from them too. I love this mission ☺️

One trunky comment: I hope I die in this area.
Ok moving on!

This week we've really seen the members come out of the woodworks,
probably because there's a new person they can pick on, but it's been
super awesome and we've seen some miracles from it! We had a few
dinner appointments this last week that were such a blessing to go to-
seriously guys, if you can do anything at all for the missionaries:
FEED THEM! Doesn't matter what or where or how or when, but feed them
and you will literally make their day haha! There's nothing like a
home cooked meal, or fast food, or anything for that matter. Anyways,
this week we've really been able to get to know the members better and
I feel like I'm definitely building up my relationships with the
people here. There's a couple YSA age people that I know I'm gonna
stay in touch with forever!

Ok, I'm going to share a bummer experience with you, and then I'll end
on an awesome one.
Saturday we went knocking in a neighborhood for 2 hours, we were
determined to knock on every single door and we were not going to
leave until we did. We ended up staying over our dinner time because
we were so sure that the Lord would bless us with people to teach if
we knocked every door. Well, half the neighborhood wasn't home, and
the other half? Let's just say, they weren't very nice. One man got
really mad and told us to get off his property right now, he stood
there with a shovel in his hands till we got all the way down his long
driveway- then he kept yelling at us for a few houses as we continued
to knock. People are so grumpy haha! Then of course, after about an
hour and 30 minutes of this I started to cry. It just really hit me
that all we're trying to do is help these people, we're literally
bringing joy and hope and happiness straight to their doorstep, and
they won't receive it. S.Hall and I were more bold than I have been my
whole mission, we were straight forward and simple, and they just said
nope. I was crying because I realized this was just a sliver of what
the Savior felt during His ministry. He was "despised and rejected of
men...a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief" and yet all He
wanted was the joy of His brothers and sisters- He gave His whole
life, every moment of it, in the hopes that the people would receive
it. And then the last lady we talk to, I'm sitting there tears
streaming down my face and she says "what are you doing out right now,
it's too cold!" To which I reply, "we're trying to bring happiness to
people's lives through Jesus Christ but no ones listened to us so far.
Will you?"....slam. Lol! I love my mission. Not even being sarcastic
right now, I sincerely love it. I'm so grateful for all the
experiences I get. For the chance I have to better understand my
Savior and all that He did for me. I love Him so much.

Ew, so enough mopey. Now to the miracles through the Spirit! We
decided to knock the neighborhood by the church, which ok, it's been
knocked a bajillion times before, but why not once more? Haha! So
we're going and lots of stuff happens yada yada...ok! We knock on one
house and a young man comes to the door named Paul. We start talking
and then share the "because of Him" video with him, then his mom comes
down and starts watching it to. We talk a little more with Theresa,
and she's pretty hardcore into her religion, but Paul seemed to be
open. But Theresa starts walking us down her driveway so that was that
we thought. We go down the street more, knocking doors blah blah
blah...and then! It's time to walk back to our car so we can go to an
appt. We started back and we saw 2 girls, heavy makeup and tats and
jewelry everywhere, smoking by their car. We cross to the other side
of the road (the whole time I'm thinking, man, I should talk to
them...) and we call out that we like the shirts, etc etc, and we keep
walking. We get about 20 paces away when we both turn to each other
and say "we have to show them the video" so off we trot back towards
their car. At first they're super standoffish, but then one of them
says "you should show that to my parents, they would love
that!"....her mom is Theresa. Her brother Paul. What?! So she opened
up a little more as we talked about them, and then her friend Kim
wasn't really interested, but Michelle said we could show her the
video. We pulled it out, and NO joke Kim put out her cigarette and
watched the video too! Intently! Aw man. They both started chatting
with us and opening up to us, it was a complete 180 change from when
we first started talking with them! We've added them on FB, and hope
to continue it all. It just goes to show that the Spirit is awesome
and you should always listen to it even when you're lazy or scared.
Scriptures from my studies this morning:
D&C 64:33 "Wherefore, be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying
the foundation of a great work. And out of small things proceedeth
that which is great."
D&C 68:4-6 "And whatsoever they shall speak when moved upon by the
Holy Ghost shall be scripture, shall be the will of the Lord, shall be
the mind of the Lord, shall be the word of the Lord, shall be the
voice of the Lord, and the power of God unto salvation.Behold, this is
the promise of the Lord unto you, O ye my servants. Wherefore, be of
good cheer, and do not fear, for I the Lord am with you, and will
stand by you.."

Love you all!!
Stay Jersey Strong.
Love, Sister McAllister
 each one of these ladies have been each others companions....crazy how that works
 new comp loves Diet Coke just as much as S. McAllister
 Fall in NJ
 new area
 new comp....Sister Hall
 she won't see these ladies again before they die...BOO

1 comment:

  1. What a fantastic letter! She just is the most amazing: missionary, woman and spirit. She just blows me away. This made me cry, but in a good way. Super. Thanks for sharing it.