Cray Cray as Jordan Murray would say.... (meaning " crazy")
Almost fainted twice this week.
1. In the MTC, I heard a talk but Elder Bednar called the Character of Christ which basically said that Christ is the perfection of unselfishness. When His love tank was empty and He was in complete pain, He sent an angel to strengthen John in prison.
Last week was rough. I felt like I needed to sort through one million things in my brain and pause for two seconds to get control of my life and the Lord asked me to press onward. My companion teased me that I would be training this transfer to top off the chaos.
I got a call from President this morning asking me if I would train. I literally sunk to the floor and was laughing so hard I almost couldn't give a real response. Of course.
We are called to help. We have been given the great responsibility to lift those around us. This is a very noble task. A task in which I hope to "waste and wear out my life." -D&C 123
I have been giddy all morning that I have this chance to turn outward instead of inward and rely on the Lord more than on myself. But I'm still shaking I'm so nervous!
2. My first Sunday in Moline I noticed a mom who looked like a cross between Mom and Aunt Keri. I struck a friendship with her as she poured out her whole life story to me through the next few sundays. She told me about her less-active son and his girlfriend. I felt very special but couldn't exactly see how this would help the work. she loved the other missionaries way more than me ( she lives in their area so we don't get to see her as much)..so I just assumed it was a tender mercy of the Lord to give me someone to love each week at church. This week in Davenport, we were given a name to go "see if we could find." Half way through the lesson with him and his girlfriend, I realized it was her son. we all started goin crazy hyper and laughing and I almost forgot I was a missionary because we were just talking like friends. The two of them expressed interest in getting more involved in the Gospel. I am leaving this week so I wouldn't get to be there for the rest of the story, but I almost started crying as I realized for this TINY moment, by NO orchestration of my own, I was able to help two young members feel a TINY bit more comfortable on their journey to salvation. I almost laughed and cried and passed out at the same time.
The Lord is so cool. He so knows what He's doing.
-Sister Chloe Sumsion
BENNET: You are A MAN in your pictures. NO MORE GROWING UP!
Tyler Alden and Nana and Tanya: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DEAR ONES!!!!!!!!!!! One year older and wiser too. Man, I'll never be able to catch up to you!