So let me tell you about my travel to Ohio, I did not get into the Cleveland airport until about 1 in the morning because I kept having flights cancelled and delayed, so that was really fun.
So I didn't meet my companion until Tuesday afternoon. And the night I got in my mission President told me that I would be at the Kirtland historic sites...I was totally suprised because I really did not think that I would get to serve at the visitors center. But what is even more interesting is that Sister Frisch and I are full sites, which means that we are at the sites all day everyday. Usually the sisters do half day of sites and half day of their proselyting area, but we do not have a proselyting area. We are at sites from 9-7 tuesday-saturday, and then after church on sundays and from 6-9 on Pdays (which is monday). It is kind of weird because I was expecting to be knocking doors and teaching investigators, but I am now giving tours all day, and then when we don't have tours we are working in the referral center.
When someone from the tour gives us a referral we call them and offer them a free book of mormon or finding faith in christ dvd or something. It is not always super fun in the referral center, people do not like to answer their phones. I got two people to accept missionaries to bring them a dvd, but it is hard. The people are usually really nice but they don't accept or they don't answer, we of course call back every few days for those people who don't answer the phones. But I am trying to have faith that I am still doing missionary work here at the visitors center, and that people I talk to on the phone will accept missionaries. We also receive calls from the pass along cards. And in the tours we of course talk about the gospel, these historic sites are to strengthen the saints, and to hopefully interest non memebers. We basically give the first lesson and parts of the other lessons during our tours. My favorite room to do is the School of the Prophets because it was basically a temple for them, and many of the men saw visions, some of our savior and heavenly father. It is so cool to be here in a place where 65 revelations were received and most of the priesthood offices were restored. A lot of people don't know as much about Kirtland, but so many important things happened here. I love being a part of it. I started giving tours with my trainer the second day. The first day I shadowed two tours, and then we just dove right in. I bore my testimony a lot the first tour ha ha, but as I have been studing our huge historic kirtland guide I am able to give the information and bear testimony. I feel so blessed to be able to wait for my visa here! I mean how cool is this, I kind of wanted to go to a visitors center, and now I am here. And I was worried about being around so many sister missionaries, but they are all so amazing! I love them all. I still get sad that I don't have a proselyting area, but I know my time will come when I get to do that, right now I am doing what the Lord wants, and that is all I need to worry about.
I truly know that this is where I am supposed to be, I am not sure why, but I am supposed to be here. Mom, my companion has never told me why I am an answer to her prayers, but that is what she tells me daily. I love her! This is her last transfer, and she is very sad, but she is so great and such a good missionary. She has never been full sites before, so she misses having investigators, but we both know this is right. She actually wanted to go to barcelona on her mission haha, she says she is coming with me when my visa comes.
So, I am not speaking Spanish. I think that is the hardest thing for me right now. But, luckily my trainer understands a lot of Spanish, so I have been teaching her the lessons every night and just trying not to lose my spanish. But I know when I get to Spain the Lord will help me out. Maybe that is why the Lord helped me so much with Spanish at the MTC, he must believe that I can handle this, although I know I need His help a lot! I have never prayed so long and sincere in my life before my mission. I truly understand I am nothing without the Lord, and this is His work, and I need His help to do it.
I know that this gospel is true! I know that even though we have to go through a lot of hard times in our lives the Savior is always there ready for us to rely on Him, He will never leave us. I love being out here, I love getting to testify of the Savior everyday, and my testimony has increased so much. I think of all that the Saints went through because of their faith. I mean, they built a temple, they didn't even know what it meant, it was the most expensive temple to date that we have built because the saints were so poor, but they did it and sacrificed so much because of their faith in the Savior. What am I willing to sacrifice for my savior? I want my faith to be as strong as theirs was. I know that my redeemer lives! Such a simple sentence but millions of people around the world cannot say that with conviction! I want everyone to know who their savior is.