Monday, February 16, 2015

And She's Off

And She's off.... 

Jess leaveTexas at 8:45 pm today. 
She's headed to Norway!

I am all ready to go! :) 
I am so exctied, but sad to leave Texas. 
I truly am blessed to have met the people I have met here in Texas. I will never forget it. 

This our Finnish little boyfriend. The cutest kid!

Me and sister Thornton with mustaches. obviously. 

This is our investigator Stacy! 
I am going to miss him. 
I told him I was leaving at this lesson and he said, 
"What are we going to do without Sister Allen?" 
Most humble and submissive man!

This is my Cecily! 
I love her soo much and I am going to miss her. 
She gave me her favorite teddy bear to remember her by. ;)

Booney! Ah Booney. 
He is so awesome and one of our recent converts! 
We made me a wooden carved shape of Texas.

Chris and Rose! 
Love them! 
Chris has been reactivated into the church! 
He is so solid. 
So happy for him and and his new sweet family!

Niki, feeds us every week! 
She is the greatest! 
She served a mission in England!

Here are some of our other investigators... just kidding.. 
Elder Dean and Elder Dillon. 
Such great missionaries! 
I will miss them. 
They served in the Humble ward with us.

I will probably miss this lady and her husband the most. 
My mama Elzinga.:) 
She and her husband are the NICEST people I have ever met. 
They LOVE missionaries and they have truly changed my life. 
I understand charity better because of them. 

Sister Elzinga and companions

I had an amazing last week in T.H.E. Mission :)  I got a blessing last week and in the blessing the Elder said that I would experience miracles my last week in Humble, Texas! Wow, that blessing sure came true!

We got a new investigator on Monday and he is really promising. He feels that the lesson on the Restoration is just what he needed in his life at this time. :)

As a zone we had a goal to flood Kingwood with Book of Mormons this week. Our companionship handed out 21 BOMS! Miracle! We accomplished our goal and so many miracles were involved in handed them out. I prayed at the beginning of the week for the confidence to  contact and hand our BOMs. God truly answered my prayer because I am was able to do it with power and authority.

We had an amazing Hour of Power Thursday night. We prayed that we would be able to pass out 6 BOMS that night.. and we did! With doing that we taught 5 lessons and got 3 return appointments. We taught this teenage boy who is agnostic and had never really thought about religion or God much. He was truly touched by our message. I encouraged him to pray to his Heavenly Father and include God in his life. I told him that God loved him and that he is a child of God. I bore testimony of the BOM and told him that this book changes lives. He was so happy we came by to give him a BOM.

We taught another young women about the BOM and she was truly touched by our message as well. This scripture came to life for me while talking to her: 1 Nephi 4:6 "And I was led by the Spirit, not knowing beforehand the things which I should do." I was talking to her and started asking her a question. I didn't know the question I was going to ask her and I was totally led by the spirit. I asked, "Have you ever wondered what the purpose of life is?" She said, Yes I want to know!  It was so amazing to experience that.

We had a wonderful Valentine's Day! We gave out Jesus cards and said Happy Valentines day to everyone. haha There was a lot of love in the air..

Yesterday was my last Sunday at the Humble Ward and it topped off the week with a cherry on top... our investigator that we have been working with all transfer came to church!! 3 of our less actives came as well! It was such a bitter sweet day. We said our goodbyes to everyone.

What I have learned in Texas about missionary work is if we truly put the Lord first and have charity for others we cannot fail. The Lord blesses us and love is reciprocated. I am so grateful to be able to be a representative of my Savior, Jesus Christ. I know He lives and I see His hand in my life and in the life of others. This gospel is true! It has been restored in its fullness. We truly have to show our obedience and appreciation for our Master. He suffered for us because He loves us. We are here on earth to learn and grow, so we can be more prepared for the life to come. Love the Savior, Love the Gospel, Love Each Other!

I love you!
Sister Allen

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