Sunday, September 25, 2016

This is all I have for you right now...

We had zone activity today at the International Peace Gardens. Such a
beautiful place, I highly recommend it. I love the sisters I get to
serve with, I am so blessed.

This is my Mei Mei. We were tryin real hard to reenact a scene from...
Facing the Giants? I don't know, but there's this video clip all the
last transfer sisters watch from it, where this kid Bruce has to Bear
crawl with a kid on his back, blindfolded, down the football field. We
quote it all the time because it's hilarious.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

In the words of Timon...

"Here's the bottom line, our trio's down to two!" We said goodbye to one of Christ's most charitable representatives this week. Sister Ueno and I are staying together this transfer, which I am psyched about, because she's a doll, and a solid missionary, and also hilarious. And we get to serve at Welfare Square once a week, which is also pretty high up there on the happy good times scale. AND we get to continue living in a celestial apartment. #blessed

This is Mama Lysy, who also left this week. She has taken good care of me here. We didn't plan to both look like mint chocolate chip ice cream, but it happened.

I basically live at the SLC airport. This is one of many goodbyes... see you laters?

It's been an eventful week, and I've been on a rocket ship speeding all over the spectrum of human emotions- shock, fear, anger, frustration, disappointment, irritation, protectiveness, peace, calm, safe, understood, awkward, etc. But at the end of it all my heart is just full of gratitude. God is so good, and is so aware of all His children. What we've experienced this week, I believe, can be related to Elder Holland's story about taking the wrong road. If you have no idea what story I'm talking about, watch this:
I don't know very much, but I am absolutely certain that God loves us, and will lead and guide us if we let Him- and ultimately, everything will work out for our good. 

In preparation for General Conference next month, I've been listening to last April's Conference while I get ready in the mornings. I recently listened to Bishop Waddell's talk, "A Pattern for Peace." And I highly recommend it to everyone. Because who doesn't want peace? He walks us through the pattern laid out in Doctrine and Covenants 19:23-24, "Learn of me, and listen to my words; walk in the meekness of my Spirit, and you shall have peace in me. I am Jesus Christ." These also just so happen to be words you can hear at the Kristus here at Temple Square 😊
A link, a link! Here is a link to it! 
I love you all so much. Keep trusting God, He knows what He is doing. Because, you know, He's God. 

Make good. Choose happiness.
<3 Sister Chamberlin

Friday, September 2, 2016

The Trio Life

It's good. I quite enjoy being with my companions, they're pretty cool. 

First and foremost, I have so much gratitude and respect for the local missionaries all over the world. There are so many young men and women completely devoted to helping others receive the blessings and feel the joy that they have received and felt from living the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. And it's a cool experience to feel at peace, knowing that when we send referrals out, of people we have met and love, that they are in the safekeeping of some of God's elect. 

We're coming to the end of another transfer (I feel like it's been a very short one week transfer...).  So many of the humans I have grown very close to are either gone or leaving, and that's no bueno. God is still good, though, and I feel incredibly blessed to have been given the opportunity to serve with these powerful women. 

Sister Rea waited until the very end of her mission to announce for tours after Music and the Spoken Word. Her very last opportunity, and we didn't allow her to back out of it. No pansies in this trio. 

Today we got to go on a little adventure to Bountiful. On our way to the temple we stopped at the chapel for some internet access.
This is how we felt about no internet at the church. Where was LDSAccess? I would also like to point out that Sister Ueno looks possessed.

And this is how we felt about getting to go to the Bountiful Temple for Sister Rea's cousin's sealing. #blessed I'm sure her family thought we'd brought all of Temple Square. 

This is my sister from heaven whose family landed in Fiji. She really does say that, every time she meets someone. It's cool, because she knows who she is and where she comes from... a daughter of God, from heaven. More than anyone else I know, this girl knows how to make everybody feel like they're somebody. She's pretty celestial, and I'm grateful for her friendship and example. This world would be a happier place if there were more Sister Samis in it. Truly Christlike. 

During the sealing Sister Sami, Sister Parrish, and I enjoyed the sunshine, wind, and grass outside the temple. #summerdaysyall
Real thing. Temples are the best. In no other place can our families be sealed together forever by God's authority. And He's extended an open invitation to everyone to prepare and come hang out with Him at His place. We're so lucky 😁

We're a tight knit family, and goodbyes are hard. One of the best things about serving on Temple Square is that you have good friends all over the world. One of the worst things about serving on Temple Square is that you have good friends all over the world. It's bittersweet. Like the symphony. 😉

Okay. I love you all. Don't forget to study the scriptures, on the daily, because that's one of God's favorite ways to guide us. 2 Nephi 32:3... the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do. So simple. 

Make good. Choose happiness. 
<3 Sister Chamberlin