Sunday, January 27, 2013

Tough week, but a good one too

January 24, 2013
My goodness! It has been a tough week! But before we get into that...
MICHAEL GOT BAPTIZED!! I'm so proud of him! He couldn't stop smiling all through church on Sunday because he was so excited! Then when it came time for his baptism, he was bouncing off the walls! And as it would turn out, one of the members that was supposed to talk didn't show up and since I've taught him the longest out of the missionaries there, I had to speak! It went pretty well. The spirit was so strong as he entered the font! And when he came up out of the water, Michael was crying. He was so happy and he felt so clean! He truly understood that baptism is for the remission of sins, not just membership in the church! I'm so excited for him to receive the Holy Ghost this weekend! And he's excited, too! Thank you for all the prayers on his behalf! They were definitely heard and answered!

Sister Bullock with Michael on his baptism day

This week has been tough. Probably the toughest I've had yet. I really just felt like I couldn't do it anymore, like I wasn't good enough to be a representative of the Lord. I don't even know how to describe it. It was hard and painful and just miserable. But then I learned a really powerful lesson about the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I realized I didn't understand anything about the Atonement! I wasn't truly applying it in my life. The scriptures tell us that Christ suffered everything for us so we wouldn't have to, yet here I was trying to suffer through everything on my own. So I prayed. I handed everything I felt and had experienced over to the Lord. I felt my burden being lifted from my shoulders. I have since found joy in daily repentance. I have a new look on life, the work and the Atonement/ repentance. It is truly amazing. And it makes me wonder how many other people don't really understand the Atonement, either. Alma 7: 11-12 helped me a lot. Maybe it'll help someone else, too. Now, I'm not saying I understand anything perfectly- I still have A LOT to learn. But at least now I'm on the right path to learning these things.

Alma 7:11-12

 11 And he shall go forth, suffering pains and aafflictions and btemptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will ctake upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people.
 12 And he will take upon him adeath, that he may bloose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to csuccor his people according to their infirmities.

Sister Bullock with Sister and Elder Olsen
Cheerful things now! Elder and Sister Olsen left (sad) but Elder and Sister Eyring are here! They're so great! Elder Eyring sounds just like his older brother! It's so funny! But I love them already and I think they will do a great job in the Visitors Center. Speaking of which, the Visitors Center schedule is back to normal now! I'm excited about that! I love serving in the Visitors Center!

Elder and Sister Eyring, the new Washington DC Visitors' Center Directors

Anyway, so many prayers answered this week! Heavenly Father loves us and wants to bless us. Stay strong and faithful. Continue reading and praying and sharing your testimony with everyone around you! I love and miss you all! Thank you for everything!
Love, Sister Bullock

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