Tuesday, June 6, 2017

It's not Always Easy, but it is Always Worth it

Sometimes you try so hard, SO HARD, to get people to church, you are so sure that they will show up and that they will have a great experience and everything will be great. This past week we tried SO HARD to get people to church, and come Sunday we had two people committed to coming and a couple people who were likely to come but we weren't too sure whether or not they would make it. So we showed up to church, more than half an hour early, to wait for an investigator, Brian, and give him a church tour... and we waited and waited and waited. And none of our investigators showed up. Carolyn called and told us she wound up in the hospital for a health condition, which we don't really have control over.
While we watched out the window anxiously, President and Sister Blatter showed up... and the only thing worse than not having investigators at church, is having your mission president show up to your ward and none of your investigators there to introduce him to.
We took our seats deflated, we tried so hard! And it seemed like it was to no avail. During fast and testimony meeting a sweet sister shared that "it's not always easy, but it is always worth it." I was writing that in my journal, because it is just so true, and as I finished writing it, Sister Pluim tapped me on the arm and pointed at the door. Right outside was our investigator, Brian! He came late, but he made it! And he had an amazing experience at church, and wanted to tell everyone about how he met us and how excited he was to be there. God truly works in mysterious ways.
It wasn't easy to get Brian to church, but it was so very worth it!
Life's trials are never easy, but with the gospel they are possible. I love this quote:

So "when upon life's billows you are tempest tossed, when you are discouraged thinking all is lost," (like your investigators aren't coming to church so they can't be baptized,) as you turn to the Savior, things will work out. I know that is true, all things will be right in the end, if it's not right, it's not the end!
All my love,
Sister Megan Monson

celebrating her birthday

She lives in an absolutely beautiful place

saw someone wake boarding the other day and was so jealous!