Sister Falco is a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Zambia Lusaka Mission. She will train at the South Africa MTC and arrive in Zambia on June 10th.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Mission is THE BEST!!

September 22, 2014

This week has been a great week. The only thing I have to say is that Sister Lunguzi is going to be a POWERFUL member. She is the best! She is the sweetest lady. She is doing family home evening. She is living the Gospel. We gave her son and his wife a baptismal date and we told Sister Lunguzi and she literally jumped for joy…like screamed out loud she was so happy. This woman. She is the best. She's been through a lot and it’s amazing how much the Gospel makes her happy. She invited us in and she told us all about her other kids and how we can contact them to share the Gospel with them. Its sweet. She is so excited to go to the temple. Man I love this woman. It’s the biggest blessing to have known her. I love her. Its crazy to think we contacted her like the first four weeks I was on mission and she had no interest and now she is a crazy strong member. We walked out of the lesson and we asked her about this mini bus that she has parked outside of her house. "Sister Lunguzi, whose mini bus is this?" "Oh it’s mine." "What? Since when? Did you just buy it?" “No I rent it out to people and then they pay me to use it but you guys told me to keep the Sabbath day holy, and I don't want other people working on the Sabbath." WHAT? Like we didn't even ask her to do that. We taught her about the Sabbath day and she just did it. Man she’s the perfect investigator. Mission is sweet. Why? Because of the people and the opportunity to serve the Lord. I love it here. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else!!

I love my mission. It’s the best. Malawi Lilongwe is the best branch there is. Haha just kidding the Church is the best anywhere it is. But the people here! Man they are the best. They are so willing to serve the Lord. I love every one of them.

It’s amazing to realize that as your desire comes closer to the Lords desire, the work isn't tiresome. It’s THE BEST. Yes, there are moments when you are discouraged. But really and truly, it’s great. I love every moment of being a missionary. And the biggest thing I’ve learned is humility. I’ve come to know that if I RELY on the LORD, then I will feel satisfied with the work even if I don't have success. Trusting in the Lord is really the answer to problems in life. I am so grateful to be a missionary. I love it. I love being a missionary. I’m pretty sure I have said that a million times but its true.

I loved this is a letter from our mission president and wanted to share.

Elders and Sisters,

Sometimes you don't see the same information I see as it relates to how we are doing as a mission. I wanted to pass on to you some numbers that I expect would be of interest. Each month we look at the average weekly baptisms we had for that month. For example, if in February we had 20 baptisms the average weekly baptisms of the month would be 5. In the last few months we can see a solid increase in our numbers.
2.5 May
5.5 June
8.2 July
14.5 August

and, we had 18 baptisms last week.

Baptisms aren't the only measure of our success and we all do so much in other ways but I still think you should be pleased to see the growth we're experiencing.

In the next couple of months, after a few more authorizations, we expect to see more member districts and even the first Stake in our mission. We will see more branches being created and more of the blessings of the fullness of the Gospel felt among the members and their families.

It is a reality that you are only here for a few (18-24) months and are eager to see things change and to witness growth while you're here. Sister Erickson and I are here for 3 years and want to see the same things.  However, our spiritual advisors, the area presidency (usually 5 years) and ultimately the First Presidency and the Twelve (Life) oversee work that is eternal and have a healthy long-term perspective that we can rely on. Please be patient even as you work diligently each day. Your greatest witness you will have about the success of your mission work will be the depth of your love of the Savior and your faith that this work is divine. This will be the product of your great efforts and of your faithful service.

Love you all so much and I am so proud of the work we are doing together.

President Erickson

His letter reminds me of one of my favorite scriptures: "But all things must come to pass in their time. Wherefore, be not weary in well doing, for ye are laying the
foundation of a great work. And out of small things proceedeth that which is great."
I love how this scripture relates to missionary work. It brings a lot of comfort to me. It also relates to people. Sometimes in life, we get lazy in our personal lives and our families. We don't want to do the things that keep our families secure and safe in the Gospel. And i love how it says "BE NOT WEARY." Sometimes we want to see success immediately. Sometimes we have a child that falls away from the church but by small and simple things are great things brought to pass. I love what Elder Scott says: " I offer some final thoughts for those who love a family member who is not making good choices. That can challenge our patience and endurance. We need to trust in the Lord and in his timing, that a positive response to our prayers and rescue efforts can occur. We do all that we can to serve, to bless and to submissively acknowledge God's will in all things... with faith we can know that this straying loved one is NOT abandoned but is in the watch care of a loving Savior.
Have a great week!
Love you all!
Sister Falco

 Sister Lungunzi with her family and the Sisters

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