Monday, February 17, 2014

February 17th, 2014

First of all THANK YOU everyone for all of the sweet birthday wishes!! :) I definitely am a lucky girl to have such amazing people in my life :) I'd say 3 birthday cakes makes turning 20 not quite as bad ;) hahaha. Everyone went above and beyond to make my day special!

I've really done a lot of reflecting back this past week on the start of my whole mission journey til now. Exactly 1 year ago I opened my call to find out I would be serving the people of Houston for 18 months, and I swear I blinked my eyes and now here I am starting the second half of this amazing adventure! 9 months can you believe it?! I wish I could just stop the clock for a little bit! I have to say how much I love being a missionary. I love it more than anything in this world. Its harder than anything I have ever done in my whole life! Its hard work and it pushes you way farther than you ever thought you could be pushed. But I've learned that when you are put in those situations, thats when Heavenly Father can work through us the most. Those are the times where I have really developed and strengthened my relationship with Him, and found out who I really am and who I am meant to become. And it is only through the Atonement of our Savior Jesus Christ that we can become like Him. I always grew up understanding the Atonement as the way we are forgiven of our sins. But I have learned that it is SO much more than that! It cleanses us, it heals us, it strengthens us, and it enables us. We become closer to Christ and learn of Him as we develop his attributes and characteristics, and all of that comes through us applying His atonement in our lives EVERY SINGLE DAY. It truly enables us to become even as He is. That is His desire for each one of us! We simply just have to model our lives after His and apply His amazing gift He has given to us. It is available to every one of His children! A mission has taught me that every soul is great in the sight of our Heavenly Father. He loves us equally, no matter our circumstances. I have been blessed with the knowledge of this gospel in my life and the knowledge of my Heavenly Father's love for me, and I want every one of His Children to know of it and feel of that same love for them. That is why I am here and I cant think of a more amazing calling than that!
Probably the most important thing that I have learned though, is to have complete faith in my heavenly father. I will be the first to admit that I am a stubborn girl who hates it when things don't always go as planned. Even when I was deciding to go on a mission, I was too scared to pray to get an answer because I didn't feel like I was ready to act upon whatever answer the Lord gave me. Then when I decided to put my trust in Him and align my will with His, I asked Him what He wanted of me and recieved my answer. It wasn't what was ever part of my plans, but it was in His, and His plans are always much MUCH better. I know that now after being here. I am happier than I have ever been in my entire life! and it is because I acted on my faith and trusted in Him. We have to put our full trust in our Heavenly Father. I know without a doubt that He truly knows us more than we know ourselves. He has a plan for every single one of us and each of those plans are to make us the happiest we can be! All He asks of us is to LET GO and trust in Him! Its hard sometimes. Its not easy to give up what you think you want and go through things that you have no clue as to why you are doing them. But if you live worthy of the spirit, and most importantly act upon the promptings that you recieve, everything falls into place. My faith is tested daily being out here on a mission. I have had to trust more than I ever have before. But it is so comforting to me to know that my heavenly father who loves me unconditionally has a plan for me, as well as those I am serving. 
I love being the Lord's servant <3 It is the best thing I have ever done and I know I wouldn't be here without yalls support :) I couldnt be more grateful that the Lord gave me this experience and that I still have 9 more months to give him everything that I have! 

xoxo sister huber

Monday, February 10, 2014

February 10th, 2014

So I'm staying in The Woodlands! Sister Andersen is leaving so it's just me and my brown sister now! We tell everyone we are exactly the same person just different colors haha. I swear we are like long lost twins or something. I think its going to be really good for the 2 of us though. We work together really well and both have the same drive in us. There is so much potential in this ward and there is a lot of excitement here and I feel like things are really going to be picking up! We have already seen SO many miracles in the past few days. Oh my goodness its been so great! Service has definitely been our biggest tool here and we see so many cool things happen from it. We went with Sister Chappell to a retirement home for some service this past week and we were visiting with some of the residents and a visitor of one of them stopped us and said she had heard us visiting with this man and how impressed she was with us and with what we were doing and we had a really good conversation with her and she is actually a new investigator now! She is the one who approached us about it and its all because of the service we were giving. We know the Lord definitely placed her in our path that day! Huge miracle! Then we were at interfaith doing service and a mother and daughter were there as well so we were getting to know them throughout the day and they told us how they have church hopped quite a few times now and how they are always looking for a church so we are getting with them again this week! They're like the sweetest girls ever. Definitely a lot of potential with them as well!
We taught a lady named --- this week who was a referral from a member in another ward. She is crazy religeous and has always wanted to know what we believed in. We had a 2 hour long restoration lesson with her but it actually went really really well. She got all excited when we were talking about the Book of Mormon and when we committed her to read it and pray about it she was so energetic about it and was like I'm gonna go home and start reading it right now! She said she had a friend that she wanted us to get with and teach too so people have been just poppin out out of nowhere! We have about 3-4 who are kinda progressing right now. They have all been on and off for like forever now. Which can be frustrating at times but they will all get there one of these days :) We are workin on them!
The best week EVER is right in front of us and I am so excited!! :) pray for the woodlands! hahaha love you so so much!!!
xoxo sister huber

Sister Le, Sister Huber and Sister Andersen

Working in bishop's taxidermy shop! He told me that I needed to be a surgeon one day. I might just have to pursue it!

Best Sushi I ever had!

Monday, February 3, 2014

February 3rd, 2014

dear family,
it was such a spirit filled week this week! i was blessed with so many experiences that really increased my testimony. we had one of the most amazing experiences teaching the restoration last night to president and sister chappell. he is a counselor to president pingree and they are in our ward and have asked us if we would teach them the lessons! we have been teaching that lesson a ton this week, to both members and non members. i dont think i have ever taught it so much in one week ever! like we were teaching it at least twice a day every day in the past week. and we have gotten into such a routine with it that sometimes i wonder if the spirit is even there or if we have just been saying a bunch of memorized words. but the spirit that was in that room last night was seriously stronger than I have ever felt it before. i think even for me it was a huge conversion moment. the spirit that was there as we were teaching about joseph smith and the book of mormon was something i cant even describe. my love and understanding of joseph smith and this restored gospel was increased more than it has ever been before. how blessed am I to be able to share this amazing message with people every single day! It was also a huge testimony builder to me on fasting, and how in tune with the spirit you can be when you are fasting with a purpose. I don't think anything is more powerful than that! We did a FHE at a members house last night with their non member friends and we had been fasting and praying with this family for them to have missionary opportunities and to find people to be taught in their home and the Lord responded to their righteous desires! They have been really looking out for people they know who really needs the gospel in their life and HF placed these 2 amazing women in their path. Their names are --- and --- and boy are they prepared! We shared a message with them and then had a testimony meeting and those girls have the most amazing testimonies ever. It was just one of those days where you go home and are so spiritually exhausted you can't go anymore. Its probably the best feeling in the world! I'm definitely striving to have way more days like those.
Nothing is real new here in the woodlands! It sure is great though! :) We have transfer calls again on Sunday. I don't really know where the past 6 weeks have gone but they have gone wayyy too fast thats for sure :) I hope you all are doing well! Love and miss you!!!!
xoxo sister huber