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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Where do I even start? Got a car, made a tough choice, prayed a lot, and the world cup.

This week we got a car. It just happened that when we went to go pick up the car President Weston and President Marston were doing the president exchange. So we got to say goodbye to President once again and meet President Marston. President Weston left some final words of advice for us before he left and one line really stuck with me. "In the Church we don't compare, we just love." So I've been trying my best to implement that wiPresident Marston, and I do all ready love him.

Unfortunately I've spent more time with him then I've wanted to this week. At our leadership correlation meeting he pulled me aside after and told me I had to make a decision about my visa. He said that I was almost at my half way mark and that if I wanted to I could permanently reassign myself to the California Roseville Mission or continue waiting.

I was so torn and didn't know what to do, I didn't know what I WANTED to do, I didn't know what The Lord wanted me to do. I was just a confused mess. So he told me to pray about it. Fast about it. And get back to him. So needless to say it was an emotional weekend for me. Every morning and night I poured my heart out to God and tried to understand what He wanted me to do.

Yesterday I was fasting (Fasting is Real and It Works), and as I began my studies about Faith I ran into 1 Nephi 7:12

Yea, and how is it that ye have forgotten that the Lord is able to do all things according to his will, for the children of men, if it so be that they exercise faith in him? Wherefore, let us be faithful to him.

And an overwhelming feeling filled my heart that I needed to continue to have the faith that God is in charge and He can do ALL things, including getting a little sister missionary's visa to come through. He cares. It gave me great strength and was an answer to my prayer. I am confident that He will get me to Brazil, even if it's just for a small part of my mission. I just need to continue to be faithful to Him. And it's going to tear my heart in two when I leave this mission. I love it. I love the people of Northern California. But I am certain there are going to be great things awaiting me in Brazil.

Anyway, I'll get off my soapbox. M was confirmed at Church yesterday. It was beautiful. Elder Champagne did it. It was his first time confirming someone a member of the Church and it was beautiful. The priesthood is real. The words he spoke were the same words I know Christ would have spoken if He Himself were giving her the gift of the Holy Ghost. Then she bore a sweet tender testimony that touched everyone's heart. We had a ton of people at Church this week and it just makes me smile when I see the pews a little more packed. We had a family we've been teaching there and 6 less actives we've been working with :)

Took care of someone's chickens for a week.

We're still working hard. Trying to find those that have been prepared. It's been nice to have the car to escape the summer heat, but I sure do miss my bike! It keeps you more physically and emotionally stable. Not that I'm unstable, but it's just good for you.

I miss y'all. Have a great week. Open your mouth and share the gospel when you can. :)

Love you!!

Sister Byrne


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