Sunday, February 10, 2013

What Actually Happened? God's Plan for the Week.

Sister from Kenya...she is going home!
What a week. It was one of those weeks where you look back and think... what happened?! haha In a good way though! I just can't believe how much can happen in just one week. I looked back over my planner last night trying to think of what I was going to write to you guys this week. It is just so interesting to look at what Sister Wong and I had planned for the week verses what actually happened- God's plan for the week haha. Sister Wong had a very big trial this week- in fact it was a tragedy. Poor thing, she might be going home this week. It was really hard and I didn't really know how to help her. We prayed and fasted together, and she's doing a little better now. I really didn't know what to do with myself. We had to go down to meet President at the mission office on Saturday and poor Sister Wong just did not feel up to doing anything after so we only made one visit that night. That was extremely hard for me staying in while Sister Wong tried to sleep. I just wanted to help her, but there wasn't really much I could do :( After church yesterday she was feeling a bit better and now today she is almost all back :) Keep her in your prayers!

My adopted grandparents..the Cody's

So anyways on Sunday night Sister Wong was really down and just decided to go to bed. She was expecting a call from the mission office, but she said she didn't want to talk anymore that night so I just put the phone on silent. Well, It's later in the night and I noticed that the mission office had called... 3 times, and President had called twice, and our District leaders had called too. So I called back our District Leaders and they told me to call President. I knew it was going to be about Sister Wong so I asked them about transfer news. They said President wanted to tell us the news himself- weird. So I called President and apologized for missing all of his calls. He then went on to ask me how Sister Wong was doing and I told him she was ok... then he dropped the bomb on me. He told me I was being transferred. Not only was I being transferred, but I would be white washing a completely new area. Not only would I be white washing a completely new area, but I would also be training. I was so completely shocked! I cried.. I was crying not only because I was shocked and humbled and just completely grateful for the opportunity, but I was also really sad! I never thought when I got here in the Las Sendas area that I would be sad to leave it. I really had to pray to love this area and as I prayed and served the people here I just really came to love it! I was convinced that I was going to be up here for a long time. This area was my project and I really did put all my heart and soul into helping it, so it broke my heart to have to leave it! We have seen so many miracles here! As President was telling me about my new area I was just thinking about Michael, Sam, and Verona- I was going to miss all of their baptisms! Of course I trust the Lord and I know He needs me somewhere else, but it was still really hard for me. Most missionaries stay in this area for about 4 transfers and I was only here for 1! crazy. I am nervous about training. I still feel like a greeny myself! It's going to be an adventure! This last transfer I was kind of training Sister Wong and I kind of white washed... but now I will be completely 100% doing both! Please pray for me and my new trainy and my new area. I need it! 

So I was kind of overwhelmed by all of these changes and really needed some comfort and reassurance from the Lord that I can do this. I was reading in Alma 58:10-13.

 " 10 Therefore we did pour out our souls in prayer to God, that he would strengthen us and deliver us out of the hands of our enemies, yea, and also give us strength that we might retain our cities, and our lands, and our possessions, for the support of our people.  11 Yea, and it came to pass that the Lord our God did visit us with assurances that he would deliver us; yea, insomuch that he did speak peace to our souls, and did grant unto us great faith, and did cause us that we should hope for our adeliverance in him.  12 And we did take courage with our small force 13 And thus we did go forth with all our might

These verses really gave me comfort in knowing that I just need to have faith and trust that everything  will be OK.  Heavenly Father will help me have the courage to keep going. I can do hard things with the help of the Lord. 
Sis. Sanchez from Spain.
We were in the MTC together.
Also Ether 12:11-22. It is all done by faith. Everything is up to us. It is up to our willingness to be humble, accept the will of the Lord, lay down our weapons of rebellion and just do whatever it is that the Lord asks of us trusting that it will be for our benefit.
Well family I love you all sooo much!
I will tell you how everything goes next week!
Sister Hamstead
ps. also I got Eugenie's announcement in the mail this week!! I cried haha I am becoming such a weepy baby! I just can't believe my sister is getting married!!
pps. I had a dream last night that Abigail got married. I was so mad! So don't go getting any ideas Abby!  You are not allowed to get married at least until I get back!
ppps. Mom! Thank you for the package!!! It made my day! It came at the perfect time and made me super happy :D thank you for taking such good care of me! I love you soooo much!