Love Always, Sister Welling

Love Always, Sister Welling
"I promise that because of your faithful response to the call to spread the gospel, He will bind up your broken hearts, dry your tears, & set you & your families free. That is my missionary promise to you & your missionary message to the world" — Jeffrey R. Holland

Monday, March 16, 2015

I am Falling in Love with Georgia

Sweet Sister Cottle

My sweet family,

Spring time has finally reached Georgia and I have to say it has really helped the work-- people are just happier, with daylights saving the days are longer so they're more willing to open their doors to us in the evening.  there are more people outside to talk to and all around.. this week was wonderful.

I am falling in love with Georgia. all of the green and the blossoms are breathtaking.  I am afraid I might just stay here forever.

Forsyth is named after the Forsithian flowers.  They are beautiful yellow blossoms and they are everywhere at this time of year.  They had a forsithian festival this week, we went for a while and were able to meet a whole lot of people and pass out pass along cards which was wonderful.  And all the little booths were so cute so it was enjoyable.

During sacrament meeting yesterday I was sitting next to our investigator Shirley, she will be baptized April 11 (it was supposed to be the 4th but I forgot about conference.. whoops)
during sacrament she wrapped her arm around me and pulled me in close and whispered in my ear that she loved me.  
It made me cry.  Because of the overwhelming love I feel for her.  Because of the fact that she had accepted the gospel. Because Heavenly Father let me be here to meet her and Wayne.  Because Heavenly Father let me be in Forsyth Georgia at this time. 
This time in my life will always be so close to my heart.  Oh how I love this gospel and the people I get to meet as we are doing all that we can to share it.

In Zone Conference this week President talked about God having "favorites".  He asked us missionaries if that was a true statement-- our first instinct was no, of course not- He loves us all equally.  
Yes He does have a great love for each of His children.
then we read 1 Nephi 1:1, 3:6, 17:35.. so on and so forth
about Nephi being favored.  How God Favored His obedient Children.  President went on to tell how he was his mother’s favorite child-- I could relate ;) (just kidding.. kind of)
He is the youngest of seven and he said he would watch his siblings.  The ones who disobeyed and how much it hurt his parents.. he never wanted to follow in that pattern. He loved pleasing his parents and by so doing he received extra privileges.. more "blessings" so to speak.  I related to all he said.  I have always had the desire to please my dear parents.. and my father in Heaven.  sitting in the meeting I had the overwhelming feeling of love for mom and dad and my Father in Heaven.. and THAT is the reason I've always strived to be obedient.  (I know I know mom and dad I haven't had perfect obedience:)) but I've tried, because I love you both with everything that I am.  I can not even comprehend all that you've done for me, all that you've sacrificed, all the love you have consistently given.  I love you two.

When we are obedient we become favored by the Lord which in return He is quicker to help and bless us. I love Him and I hope I can always strive for that obedience for the rest of my life.  I want Him to know that I love Him through my actions, I hope someday He will be able to say about me what He said about Nephi.. the Nephites.. and then eventually the Lamanites.  They were favored by the Lord.

so.. this one time my companion and I got attacked by dogs

I now have a bruise that takes up my entire left calf.. 
and about seven bite marks on my legs....
(I wish the pictures did some justice haha)


Love Sister Welling

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