Well well well, Sister Smith and I indeed survived the singlemost stressful/sick/sleepless/overwhelming week of our missions. Sometimes it's just a miracle that we endure things, and a bigger miracle that God helps us endure them well.
This week was nonstop with exchanges, interviews, meetings up the wazoo, MLC, general authorities, sleepovers in Tacoma and last minute trainings.
But the Lord in His infinite mercy has given us the glorious gift of Excedrin and Baja.
And some photographic evidence of one of the highlights of our week: a sleepover in Soundview with Sisters Heaton and Horgeseimer (along with Juanita, Mr. Mango Martinelli and some girl scouts)
Spring Day Light Savings time is a cruel joke to those of us who are desperate for sleep, but it does making knocking doors nicer since it's a whole hour lighter. It also seems to throw the congregation for a loop when Sacrament meeting begins with only half the ward present (which happens to be atypical on the Island).
We caught some sun on Sunday while street contacting in the park since everyone and their dog (literally) was there.
And all this talk about sun is a perfect segway into a thought on the light of Christ (..it's like I planned it or something)
A quote of the week from a lady we knocked into: "Fifty shades of grey isn't just a naughty book, it's our local weather forecast."
Sister Smith and I laughed at this one but also saw all sorts of truth in it beyond the literal fog that always seems to cover everything here. The world isn't just becoming darker, it's becoming more and more grey; truth is becoming more and more obscured; people and places are becoming more and more removed from light.
Dr. Alexander Papaderos (in this month's Ensign) said:
"I am not the light or the source of light. But light—the light of truth, understanding, and knowledge—is there, and that light will only shine in many dark places if I reflect it…I can reflect light into the dark places of this world…and change some things in some people. Perhaps others may see and do likewise. This is what I am about. This is the meaning of my life.”
Reflecting the Savior's light will let us reach people that wait in darkness. Romans 13:12, “Let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light”.
The light that the Savior offers us is protection, it is literal armor; when we are armed with His light we have the opportunity to share it and save others. This must be what we are about.
P.S. Sister Smith and I taking this notion of being armed with the power of reflecting (God's) light perhaps a bit too literally.