Do I Make Bows?

Heya… How’s it goin’ eh?
 
This was a really great week!  We found 2 wonderful new investigators here in Port McNeill!!!  I love it up here.  Greatest place ever.  I really am hoping I don’t get transferred tonight….  I’ll let you all know next week!
 
One of our new investigators is named Karen.  She’s CRAZY!  But awesome.  She is an alcoholic, and she’s definitely a 60’s child.  The story of how we found her is really miraculous though!  We were really struggling to find new people to teach, and so we decided to try something, kind of funny, but it worked.  We prayed that the person we were supposed to teach would be wearing a red shirt so that we would recognize them.  I felt really strongly to go to a street called Kingcome, and one house in particular was really callin to me.  So we walked up to the house and this MASSIVE huskie/wolf cross (there’s tons of them up here) came running out and let us pet him.  Karen came out and was SHOCKED that Timber was letting us pet him and so she was like, come on in!!!  Lo and behold, her shirt was a bright red turtle neck. 
 
The other one is named Ron.  He’s not religious at all so it will be interesting teaching him.  But fun too!
 
As I was studying this morning, I came across a really neat scripture passage in 1 Nephi.  Yes, I’m back in 1 Nephi again.  Third time through the Book of Mormon since I left!  Quite an accomplishment, I think. 
Aaaanywaaaay, it was in 1 Nephi 16 where Nephi breaks his bow.  Everyone, including Lehi at this point, was murmuring and was really mad at him for breaking his really nice steel bow because now they had no food.  However, Nephi did not get down.  In verse 23 it says,
 
“And it came to pass that I , Nephi, did make out of wood a bow, and out of a straight stick, an arrow; wherefore I did arm myself with a bow and an arrow, with a sling and with stones.  And I said unto my father: Whither shall I go to obtain food?”
 
This was written next to the passage (I think Wendy was originally the one who showed me this insight)  “Do I complain?  Or do I make bows?”
 
So when we are going through hard things, how do we react?  Do we complain about everything that has gone wrong and will go wrong?  Or do we get up and get cracking on making our situation better?  I hope it’s the second.  It’s not always, even for me, but as long as 9 times out of 10 we choose to do something about it, we are doing alright. =]
 
Last p-day we decided to make guacamole.  It was awesome!  Then we put it in the icebox…. and forgot about it.  So… today we decided to clean out our icebox.  And we found SEVERAL science experiments growing within.  Hahaha.  The White Bible says “Do not keep pets of any kind.”  Oops….. we had things growing on everything in the icebox.  It was a really enlightening morning!
 
Well everyone, I hope you are all fantastic!  I will let you know what happens next!  Stay tuned!
 
Love you all!!!!!!!
 
Love Sister Arbon

Be Perfectly Committed

Hello everyone!!
 
This week we had a really awesome zone conference with President Tilleman.  He is such an inspired man. 
 
He said something that really struck me.  He said “You don’t have to be perfect.  You just have to be perfectly committed.”
 
Ever since then, I have been pondering a lot about what it means to be perfectly committed.  I’ll share with you all, the things I’ve come up with.
 
I started by asking myself a few different questions.
Who am I committed to?
I am committed to my Savior, my family, my companion, my mission president, and my friends (investigators).
 
Why am I committed to them?
I want to honor my family and my Savior, and bring others to Christ.
 
What am I committed to?
I am committed to the work of Salvation.  I am committed to not letting my family or Savior down.  I am committed to making each companionship I’m in a unified, successful, loving, obedient one.  I am committed to finding the souls that are seeking.  I’m committed to strengthening those around me.
 
HOW can I be more perfectly committed?
In order to be more committed, I think I need to focus most fully on the Savior and bringing souls unto Him, and giving Him the honor.  I need to make Him my number one in all I do.  It is HE who blesses me with His divine help and guidance out here, and I need to focus my attention more fully towards Him and all He has done for me.
 
So the conclusion I came to was this.  I don’t have to perfect, BECAUSE I am committed to Someone who IS perfect, and He will consecrate my efforts.

My week was pretty good.  I had a really terrible migraine for 3 days and so I actually was sitting on a member’s couch for 2 of those days.  As per Sister Tilleman’s orders.  I have not been sleeping good so it’s been a really rough thing on my already recurring headaches.  She’s making me go to a doctor again this week to talk about my migraines and see if there is something I could be prescribed that would help, because no over the counter stuff is working anymore.  But I’m good!  I’m happy and mostly healthy! =]

Transfers are next week. I am in Port McNeill for the last two weeks of this transfer, so I am happy about that! I love it here! Don’t send any mail later this week, I may or may not get it.  I hope to still be here in Port McNeill. I love it. Logic dictates that I will stay, but logic also dictated that I would be with Vallejo for my first 12 weeks, so who knows.  There are 15 sisters in the mission right now. Two are going home next week, and four new are coming. Then next transfer, 11 new sisters!

Well, I hope you all have had a great week, and look for the miracles in every single day!!!

 
I love you all!
 
Love Sister ArbonImage

“O, ye fair ones!”

Hello Amigos!!!

This was a really rough week for me, both physically and spiritually.

I was having really awful dizzy spells for most of the week.  I didn’t know what the problem was, and so I tried to just work through it, but I couldn’t even walk after awhile.  I was SO dizzy!  So I talked to Sister Tilleman and she had me go see a doctor, and I had what he called “vestibular neuronitis.”  He gave me a prescription which I’ve been taking, and I’m almost better.  It was really hard though, because I felt VERY useless, and I didn’t like that.  At all.  I wanted to go out and work, but Sister Tilleman lovingly reminded me that just one fall…. could result in a spinal cord injury.  (That’s the story of President Tilleman, for those who don’t know…)  Needless to say, as soon as she brought that up, I couldn’t argue.  I’m so grateful to the WONDERFUL Port McNeill branch members, the Neilsons and the Terrys, who watched over me while Sister Brown and Sister Vallejo were out working. 

Spiritually speaking, this was a hard couple days.  We had to put Betty Lou in the reflecting pool.  It was a VERY difficult thing for me to do.  I love her SO much, and she’s progressed so far, but she just won’t read the Book of Mormon with enough diligence to help her continue progressing.  She hasn’t come to church in about a month, and there was just nothing we could do more for her right now, so we called and her let her know that we can’t meet as often anymore.  I just cried.  It’s so hard.  Sooo hard.  I was reading in the Book of Mormon today, in Mormon actually, when EVERYONE died.  Mormon just cries out “O, ye fair ones!”  and then laments their wickedness and their death.  That really spoke to me this morning and I just cried.  That’s how I feel about Betty Lou.  Just so hard.  So so hard.

Susan has postponed their dates for right now.  She’s just very overwhelmed with work and things right now.  She still WANTS to be baptized, she just isn’t ready for it yet.  We’re trying to help her though.  She really is wonderful.  It’s a matter of time, honestly.  We love her so much!!!  Her kids are adorable as well.

I LOVE my companions.  With all my heart.  They are both so wonderful.  I love the good time that we have together.  It really is awesome.  Missionary work is amazing, period, but when you have 2 amazing companions to do it with, it just makes it even better.  I’m loving every second of being with Sister Brown and Sister Vallejo.

So I was listening to general conference on cd (best investment I’ve ever made) and I looved L. Tom Perry’s talk.  I just want to let EVERYONE who gets this email know, that my Mother is THE greatest ever.  I’m so incredibly grateful for her and the wonderful example she is, and always has been, to me.  She’s amazing. 

I hope you all have a fantastic week!!  And stay warm!!!!  I’ve heard it’s cold there.  I’m freezing with ya’ll in spirit. =]

OH!!!!!!  AND!!!!!  Congrats to my most AMAZING MTC elders on all their success.  I always love it when I see your names in President’s emails talking about your baptisms.  I’m so proud of you all.  You’re all just the greatest ever!!!!!!  I can’t wait until we can serve in the same zone or district one of these days.  That’ll be fun.  Elder Day and Elder Brown, you rock too!  And Sister Stones, Pyle and Mansfield, you are GORGEOUS and I LOVE you!!! 

Love,

Sister Arbon

Notes from an email to mom….just in addition.

Just a few lines from my email from Mandy this week, so you can get an idea how she is, where she is etc.

Oh, yeah I got my hair  trimmed again.   It’s weird, because there is only a little bit of blonde left.  Right at the tips.  So it’s funny looking at the moment, hahaha.  I look like a leopard.  But in a month or so, I can trim them off and I’ll be au naturale!  I’ve never had my hair 100% natural since I was a kid… it’s weird. I really like it though.  the cut, the color, I was gonna grow it out before I get home, but I may leave it.I like it.

I brought my camera, but I don’t have time to attach pics. (it takes FOREVER… )  😦  But I’ll be sending the memory card today.  We take a LOT of pics.  Sister Terry is our next door neightbor, President Terry’s wife. We live in a town home. 3 bedroom, 2 bath.  We sleep in the same room, and keep our belongings in the other rooms. It is nice!  I’ll do a tour before I send the card today. =]

I will be here in Port McNeill at least until the 30th.  If I get transferred on the 30th I will leave then.  (pray that I don’t…  I don’t want to)

the tights are AWESOME.  I love them.

It sounds like you had an awesome new years!  I’m glad. =]  We were…. asleep by 11. hahaha.  Boring old us.  But we bought some martinellis and had a toast before we went to sleep. haha

Susan’s baptism date is the 26th.  Barb, who was recently baptized is amazing.  Our tri is HILARIOUS!!!  We have so much fun together.  SO much fun.  We are singing at zone meeting tomorrow.  I need thee every hour.  Gonna be awesome.  Maybe we’ll sing it for the camera before I send the card!

I rap hymns a lot… how firm a foundation is rapped a LOT! =]

Share Your Testimony

Hey all!
This week I have thought a lot about testimony and how we as missionaries and members NEED to share our testimonies with others.  A testimony is something that we know or believe to be true.  I have a testimony that the Book of Mormon IS the word of God.  I KNOW this.  This is a testimony.  I know that God has a plan for our families and that this life is the time for us to learn and grow so we can make it back to Him.  Bearing testimony is the quickest way to bring the Spirit to any lesson, door approach, etc.  We need “teach while we testify, and testify while we teach.”  I was wondering WHY that’s the case.  Then during my personal study I read a talk from Jeffrey R. Holland.  I just want to quote a little bit of it here. 
 
“There are several reasons for bearing testimony. One is that when you declare the truth, it will bring an echo, a memory, even if it is an unconscious memory to the investigator, that they have heard this truth before—and of course they have. A missionary’s testimony invokes a great legacy of testimony dating back to the councils in heaven before this world was. There, in an earlier place, these same people heard this same plan outlined and heard there the role that Jesus Christ would play in their salvation.
 
So the fact of the matter is investigators are not only hearing our testimony of Christ, but they are hearing echoes of other, earlier testimonies, including their own testimony of Him, for they were on the side of the faithful who kept their first estate and earned the privilege of a second estate. We must always remember that these investigators, every man, woman, and child, were among the valiant who once overcame Satan by the power of their testimony of Christ! So when they hear others bear that witness of Christ’s saving mission, it has a familiar feeling; it brings an echo of truth they themselves already know.”
 
My mind was BLOWN by that.  It all makes sense to me now.  We ALL knew this before this life.  We all did.  We all chose to come here, knowing fully well that we might fall.  But we wanted it bad enough to come here.  When we bear our testimonies, our testimony helps others to REMEMBER the testimony that they have inside of them from before this life.

That being said, I want to bear my solemn testimony to you all today.  I KNOW that Jesus is The Christ, the Savior of the world, the Shepherd of our souls. I know that our garments can be washed white only in the blood of the Lamb. I bear witness that He was wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities. I know that we are lifted up unto life because He was lifted up unto death, that He bore our griefs and carried our sorrows, and with His stripes we are healed.

I pray that you will all have the opportunity to bear your own testimony to someone this week

I love you all so much!

 Love always,

Sister Arbon