Stress Anyone?

Well folks, time is pretty limited this week and so this may be a bit of short one.

This week was difficult. I won't get into all the details because most of it is just not worth the time to type, but needless to say, my faith was tested. But in a good way. In fact I was faced with the choice to face it head on and be positive or get discouraged. I faced it and I am much happier for it. That is the mission in a nutshell. Everyday. My companion is facing more health issues. I'm pretty sure they are related to stress. I'm just trying to be supportive and helpful and hope that she can overcome them and we can get out to work. I have faith that we will!

So this week we had Zone Conference. It was a little different, less people and new trainings. We had the area mental health representative, Sister Aguilar, come and teach us about stress. Hahaha. Little did I know how much stress I was experiencing and what it was doing to me. That was a wake-up call. Isn't it ironic that the psychology major (that's how everyone knows me here) is the one that seemed to forget the most the effects of stress... At one point S. Aguilar asked me what stressed me out. I just laughed. Then everyone laughed. Everything. That's the answer. But it's good. It moves me to action. I thrive on stress... and then sometimes I almost die from it too. Hahaha. Really, I'm doing great, I just found some areas that I need to do some new things to keep the bad stress at bay. But all is well here in Zion and life is good! I promise!

So this next week is the last full week of the transfer which means next week things will be changing. We're not totally sure if our situation will be changing. It's possible that we stay together, but it's also possible one of us goes. I don't want to go. I am finally starting to feel like I have a purpose in this particular area and I want to work to do some good here. I don't think I am done being here. And I told President I didn't want to leave. :) We'll see what happens. I'll let you all know of course!

Yesterday after church we did a great Preach My Gospel training with our bishopric and ward missionaries and some auxillary members. It was great. They are all so excited to learn more about missionary work and work with us to help strengthen their ward. We have their support and their trust I hope so I have great hopes for this area. We can get these people to really work and so I think we can really strengthen their unit. That is all I ever want to do and that is President's vision so you know, we're on the right page.

Well that's really all the time I have this week. I'll try to have some exciting stories for you all next week. It's been raining like crazy here, one Baguio (storm) right after another. But we just get rain and wind. We're lucky. So don't worry, whatever you hear on the news, I'm always safe. I love you all and hope you are doing great!

Sister Jackson


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