{mis-sion-ary, [noun] someone who leaves their family for a short time so that others can be with theirs for eternity}

Thursday, June 25, 2015

If You're Happy and You Know It

I'm running on 3 hours of sleep, so if this email doesn't make much sense, I apologize. Being a missionary in and of itself is absolutely exhausting. But when you only get 3 hours of sleep, it's pretty much impossible.
This last week has been pretty great! We've been serving in the sites a ton, which is so great, but then yesterday I came to the realization that #1: the fourth of July is next week. And #2: Pageant is only 1 week after that! How is it already pageant time?! I can't believe that! That means I've almost been in the field for a year! I wish time would slow down! After pageant what am I supposed to look forward to next?!?! Just kidding! There will be tons to look forward to!
We had a great weekend! Benjamin came to church! We've been working with him quite a bit to get him ready for baptism. He'd been going to the Lyons ward for a while because he has friends there, so our bishop wanted him to come to the Palmyra ward a few times before getting baptized, which makes sense considering he'll be getting baptized into the Palmyra Ward. So he's been coming here the last few weeks, which is great and he's really starting to make friends here which is really great. He just has the greatest desire to have the gospel in his life. There have been a few obstacles that keep coming up, but the Lord is just making everything work out perfectly! After overcoming so many road-blocks, he should be good to go for Saturday:) WAHOO!!:) How wonderful to see the changes that the gospel makes in people's lives!
Also, we have been working with a cute 9 year old girl, Zoe. Sisters have been working with her parents for a while, but since the parents haven't really gone anywhere with it, we've really focused on the kids. Zoe is the smartest 9 year old I've ever met and always has the greatest questions about the Book of Mormon. Well this last weekend, we went over to visit her and her mom looks at us and says "Is there anyone that would be able to give Zoe a ride to church? She's just been DYING to go every week." My jaw just dropped to the floor. Since I got to this area, I've been praying for her mom to soften her heart and allow Zoe to come to church. So we called the Primary President right after we left. She lives about a half hour away, but it just so happened that she would be in Palmyra that night and would be able to go over and meet Zoe's mom and then pick her up for church the next day! Oh... and not to mention... She has a daughter that's exactly Zoe's age. Coincidence? I think not... She was such a doll at church! She even went up with the primary kids to sing for Father's Day! When church ended, we went and found her and she was SOO excited!:) She just kept saying "I want to come every week!! This is so fun! I just have to come every week!"
We've seen so many blessings, on top of being in the sites 6 days a week!:) On Monday, we did exchanges with PalMac who are the Site Trainers and they had to take another companionships shift at the Smith Farm, so I served my shift at the Smith Farm with Sister Olsen, then when we exchanged I got to stay at the Smith Farm with Sister Jones!:) Who else in the world gets to say that they spent 12 hours at the Joseph Smith Farm...? No one... And yet, with so much time in the sites, our areas are just exploding! It's amazing how the Lord can hasten His work without me! I'm just lucky to be a part of this great work! And Being in the sites is so fun! I saw a family from Smithfield yesterday at the Peter Whitmer Farm. I got to take one of the Elders that had been in my district in Irondequoit and my Zone in Buffalo and his family on tour as they came back to visit his mission. There are just so many great things about where I am!
I just can't even describe how happy I've been lately! Sister Olsen and I are best friends. I live in one of the most sacred/beautiful places on earth. I get to serve in dedicated sites where people come to me to learn about the gospel. I have great family and friends back home! Even with 3 hours of sleep, I'm still happy! And it's funny! Missions are not easy. There are people that are rude. Now that pageant is getting closer, we have more anti's at the sites. We get doors slammed in our faces and rude things said about us. And yet... We're happy. What the Heck? It's because we are sharing the true and living gospel of Jesus Christ. It's amazing the joy that really comes from this gospel! This really is the only way to true joy and happiness! To ETERNAL joy and happiness! 
Thank you all for your love and support!:)
I love you!
Love Sister Nield


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