Monday, October 13, 2014

1. Lead, kindly Light, amid th'encircling gloom;
Lead thou me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home;
Lead thou me on!
Keep thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene--one step enough for me.

2. I was not ever thus, nor pray'd that thou
Shouldst lead me on.
I loved to choose and see my path; but now,
Lead thou me on!
I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,
Pride ruled my will. Remember not past years.

3. So long thy pow'r hath blest me, sure it still
Will lead me on
O'er moor and fen, o'er crag and torrent, till
The night is gone.
And with the morn those angel faces smile,
Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile

One step enough for me.
One step has been MORE than enough this past week.
I have found myself drawing on strength that is not my own this week,
and I have been able to do hard things. There were moments where I knew I needed to do something, or I wanted to do something, but I FELT that I "couldn't." But something told me that there was a way that I could. And I would. So I did. 

MATT 11:28-30
28 ¶Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
In Relief Society this past Sunday, a sister explained how this scripture worked in her mind. She likened our burdens to a piece of hard toast ("I love poached eggs," she explained). The Savior's grace is like a poached egg to go on top of the toast. If we cover ourselves in that "yolk," if we let it saturate our burdens, that toast isn't so hard anymore. It's not that our piece of toast has the crusts cut off and gets sliced into neat 1/4 bits..
MOSIAH 24:15
15 And now it came to pass that the burdens which were laid upon Alma and his brethren were made light; yea, the Lord did strengthen them that they could bear up their burdens with ease, and they did submit cheerfully and with patience to all the will of the Lord. 
We can receive the strength that we require to "bear up our burdens with ease." If there's any truth that I've come to this past week, it would be this.

Faith, to be faith, must center around something that is not known. Faith, to be faith, must go beyond that for which there is confirming evidence. Faith, to be faith, must go into the unknown. Faith, to be faith, must walk to the edge of the light, and then a few steps into the darkness" - Boyd K. Packer

Random Bits:
-I turned 21?
-I learned how to arrange flowers (kind of)
-I had bison burgers for the first time (me gusta)
-I went to the dentist!

xo, Sister Bush

This was a week of tender mercies, simply put. Sister Lee and I got to get our hands in a little bit of everything. Success, failure, giving, receiving, nervousness, fearlessness, HOT, cold, plumbing... It was work! And I feel like when I say that, it sounds like a complaint of sorts. It's not. They were "tapping moments" :)  ( the part I'm referring too is closer to the end, so look out for that. Sister Lee and I watch this message A LOT haha just in case you were wondering). This week tied up the end of our transfer, which means that either Sister Lee or myself could be moved to a different area in our mission. COULD be moved. But we're both staying another 6 weeks in Willow Creek! Which makes me so happy because my heart is literally (not so literally) melted into this area. Here's a bit of our week (more like Sister Lee's life ahaha, she's my camera's favorite subject) in..... pictures!

1)I love you!

Forever watching the District 

Forever doing her hair.

Sister Hoemann! And Elder Neeley...
We got to teach a lady named Pearl. Ohhhh Pearly Pearl Pearl.
This statue... SO Creepy!
Fancy that... She plays the violin too! Is there anything she CAN'T do?

Remember what I said about plumbing? Can I just say that my life's calling is NOT to be a plumber? Sincerely, a regrettably not-so-handy sister missionary.

Denver South Zone. Just in case you were wondering who's been around these last 6 weeks missionary-wise hahah

xo, Sister Bush

Oh my, it's July. It's already July!
I love July for a number of reasons, but now I love July cause all traces of cold are gone (for now). I feel very "in my element" now that I'm not scrounging for scarves and drowning in a coat. I'm being SUPER dramatic. I actually love winter clothes. Fun fact about Colorado, there's always something to talk about weather-wise. I feel like if I'm not talking about missionary things, I'm talking about the weather. Is that annoying? If it is or if it isn't, it's a fact hahaha.
So much has happened in the past month, this transfer's almost pau! Time... tricky tricky guy.
Idk where to start...

I love you!

Popcorn popping on... the ground outside the Bishops home. 

One of our investigators made me some of those frilly scarves!

 They said "You don't wanna take pictures with us, we don't do the nice kinds." Little did they know...

Said farewell to President and Sister Toombs, bittersweet. 

Buuut I got to see Sister Fullmer AND Sister Elwell (who served with us in our district as long as we were together)

Walter, the Puggle (Beagle/Pugg) .......uh .................. :D

Sister Lee testing our investigators newly-crocheted scarves

We walked through the dam again :) Looooook! Sunsetsetsetsetset

SO cute. All the time. It's hard work being Sister Lee
A member made these headbands for Sister Lee and I! We're so luckyyyy
4th of July bike parade at the ward breakfast. "THIS IS NOT A RACE" hahah I think it secretly was though.

We made a guest appearance in primary and this is what the smarties had to say about missionaries. The kids in this ward are so so on it (like a bonnet)

Sister Lacoture and I in our Patriotic(ish) outfits

Went to the restroom after dinner. Couldn't find Sister Lee ANYWHERE. Meanwhile, on the patio...

Sister Makasini ruining the group picture of zone pday at the "beach" (reservoir). BUT she made otai for all of us so I guess that makes it okay, right?
Flash, the bearded dragon. UGH. Noooo thank you. (I swear I really do more than eat and meet animals out here)

I looked over and noticed her chopsticks hahahahahahahaahah #mishlife

LOOK IT'S LUCY! She made my day and life is now better that I know her

I know I just said about the food/animal pictures but 7-11 is important! Especially when it's Sister Lee's first time getting the free baby ones!

HUGE lightning storms this past week. One members tree got struck right before we came over for dinner!

 So we played on it.