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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Yikes, not doin THAT!

"I'm never eating that!"  "I'm not doing that ever."  "Yeah no.  Count me out.  Not doin' it."  There are many variations of how you can say it, but we are all guilty of saying "I never" at some time in our lives.  When I was young, this typically pertained to food.  Yes, I'm guilty of being a picky eater.  My mother would place something in front of me and instantly I would turn my nose up at it.  Claimed I would never eat it.  As I have gotten older and somewhat wiser, I have found that the word "never" is a word to be very careful with.  On the first transfer of my mission I learned a valuable lesson when saying the word "never."

As missionaries, we are sent to many different areas within our mission.  Ever 6 weeks we have a lovely little thing called transfers where our mission president can move us to another area or have us stay put.  Those are the 2 general things that can happen.  There are other outcomes too, but those are the main ones.  My first area was Vacaville, where I was trained by my lovely trainer Sister Kenemore.  I learned so much there!  But, sadly, the 6 weeks would come to a close.  At the end of that 6 weeks Sister Kenemore and I talked a lot about what might happen at transfers.  If she would stay, if I would stay, where she might go, where I might go, and all sorts of "what if's."  Of course, I voiced my opinion on what I "wouldn't" do.  "I know this much, I'm not training.  That's for sure."
Sister Kenemore, Me, Sister Gorder
Well, Sunday rolled around and we received the dreaded call.  Sister Kenemore and I went outside and listened intently as our Zone Leaders listed off the changes.  Sister Kenemore was off to a new area and I, you guessed it, was training.  My first response was "WHAT?!?!?!", followed by "WHAT?!?!?!"  That was the one thing I didn't want to happen.  But, I quickly learned that it was exactly what I needed.  Sister Gorder (my padowan) was the most amazing new missionary ever!  Training her was the best thing that could have ever happened to me.  We learned so much together and worked till we collapsed every night.  At that point, I decided to Never say Never.
The Lord knows us best.  If we are open to what He has in store, we will NEVER be lead astray.  Again, I have faced another transfer call.  This time, I was nervous, but know that it is what I need.  Word of advice, Never say Never.  Be open to what the Lord has in store for you.


Sister B. D. Gorder said...

You are so funny. Yes those 12 weeks were just full of so much learning and excitment! Good times. It's true that the Lord really does know us and He knows what will help us improve and be better! Love ya ma!! :)

Sister Brook Kenemore said...

the "WHAT?!?!" FOLLOWED BY ANOTHER "WHAT?!?" was so true! it was pretty funny! i thought everyone from church would hear her! haha. i love the family tree photo! we are going to have to take one tomorrow at the all mission!

Mary @The Sweet Bookshelf said...

Am I looking at the Bennett Valley Building?!? I served there and loved it!

Training so early on is a scary thing for sure. I did it and had a similar experience over the phone with my mission president when he called to tell me. I screamed,"What?" and then I laughed. I told him he was crazy. I didn't mean to say those things but it all just came out! I couldn't help it. When I hung up the phone that's when the shaking began. My daughter and
I learned to be missionaries together. Working hard and smart is what we did. We didn't know hardly anything about being missionaries but we knew we had a job to do and we loved the people. That was all we needed. I learned SO much during our time together.

Keep having fun sister! Wish I was on another mission! My husband I keep talking about going on a humanitarian mission for a few weeks, here and there. I'd love that experience.

Sister Brittany Nestman said...

Mary, that would be such an amazing experience for both you and your husband! And my missionary and I did a lot of learning that transfer. Our first time tracting was great! She asked what I usualy said and I told her "haven't done this yet", then we went knocking.

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