Tuesday, November 10, 2015

What an Announcement.

So last Monday the other companionship of Sisters who were living in our house moved to another house while we were writing home and buying groceries.
When we walked in the door, we were just in the middle of saying how sad we were that they wouldn't be living with us anymore, when we saw some exciting stuff on our desks.

​Packages and letters!! :)
We weren't so sad anymore. Thank you everyone who sent me packages and letters! It brightens a missionary's week to receive this kind of love :)

That wasn't the only significant event of the week though.
It was about 9:25 on Tuesday night when our District Leader called us.
Now, at 9:25 we are still all planning. The Elder usually calls after 9:30. So we knew something was up. I happened to be the one who answered, and he said, "Hermana, I have an announcement. You and your companion will both be training starting next week. You need to be in the mission office at 3:30 tomorrow for a trainer's training meeting."

Spanish Lessons with Hermana Clark:
Entrenador(a)- Trainer. As in, "When a new missionary arrives in the field, their first companion is their trainer. The trainer Has 12 weeks to teach them how to do stuff well enough to train another missionary afterward, if needed."
Compañer(o/a) Mayor- Senior Companion. As in, "In each companionship of missionaries, one of the missionaries is assigned as the senior companion, and has certain responsibilities that their companion doesn't have. I've never been the senior companion. But here I go."
Extrañar- to miss. As in "I will miss Hermana Ferrell greatly! This month serving together has been fantastic, and she's taught me a lot."
Escrituras- Scriptures. As in, "The scriptures are the word of God given through His prophets. Although they are old and sometimes it seems like we can't relate to them, they were written for our day. God inspired His prophets to write the scriptures, knowing exactly what we would need in these days. We should search the scriptures daily to find the guidance that we need in our lives."

One investigator story.
We're teaching this woman who is a teacher and has one young daughter. We met her in the street and she invited us to visit her because she was surprised and delighted that we would just smile and start talking to her in the street. Not many people do that. We had given her a Book of Mormon last week and invited her to read the Introduction found in the front. When we got there, we asked what she had learned from the reading we left her. It was pretty fantastic. She began to explain to us exactly what the Book of Mormon is- the records written by ancient prophets who lived on the American continent and testified of Christ. She then began to explain that she was pretty sure Joseph Smith, who translated the records, was also a prophet, and it impressed her how recently he lived in comparison to the Prophets in ancient scripture. She loved it and wanted to hear more.
It's pretty fantastic to see someone learn from the scriptures like that. It's a testimony of our purpose as missionaries. We aren't here to tell everyone all the doctrine we believe in. We are guides to help people find answers to the questions of the soul by studying the scriptures and praying to ask their Heavenly Father if the things they learned are true. We don't just talk to people and expect them to believe us. The only way we can learn the truth of all things is from our Heavenly Father.

So, I won't know who my companion is until tomorrow when I meet her. I only know what area I'll be training her in. 
I'll tell you all about it next week :)

Sorry for the short email. It's one of those zone conference Monday's again.

Thank you for all your support! I hope everyone's week is fabulous!

~Hermana Hannah Jo Clark

​Happy Halloween a week late!! :)​

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