Tuesday, February 28, 2017

...It all depends on you.

Moi drodzy <3

Good morning, everyone! :) 
I hope you have all had an amazing week!! 

This week has been QUITE the week for us! I have so much to tell!! 
First thing is first...

Oh my goodness... We are so excited! :) It is the biggest miracle!! I am the luckiest missionary in the world to be able to spend the last few months of my journey in Poland in this charming little city, with all the incredible people here. I could not be more grateful, and my heart could not be more full! 

The beginning of this new transfer has brought with it a new renewed sense of love for this amazing work I am able to be a part of - and I have not stopped smiling for the past 72+ hours! I'm pretty sure I even smile the whole night in my sleep... Is that normal? :) I'M SO BLESSED! 

As I go throughout each week, so many wonderful things happen that impact my heart in the biggest way - but I can never find the right words to explain them all to you. It's rough. ;) You'd think that writing each week would be a skill that could develop over such a time!... haha. 

Well, as usual, my time to email is short - BUT - I'll share a couple experiences this week!

First, as most of you probably know, Sister Larsen and I have been called to serve as Family History Specialist Missionaries (whatever you want to call us!) and it has been an incredible experience. Family means the absolute world to me, and being able to help others in the search for their families has brought such joy and miracles to this work. This week we set up a meeting with one of our sweet members, Renata, to help her with her family history and you will not believe the miracle that she was to us! She walked into the chapel and shouted out, "Hello, loves! I'm so sorry I'm late, but I brought a few extra things! :)" We just laughed and said, "Awesome!" and all went into the family history center to start. Let me just say... She wasn't kidding! :O She had three big bags with her, and in each bag was information, photos, family trees, records, and anything else you can imagine - not only for her family, but for 6 other members of our branch, and 3 of her friends that are not members of our church but want our help with their family history work. WHAT. It was incredible!!! My jaw was on the floor the whole time. I can't even explain the happiness I felt as we watched her entering in all the information for her family that she had brought onto our familysearch website, and seeing her face light up whenever she found something new. There is a spirit that comes from helping others find stories and information about their loved ones that fills your heart up right to the brim... I can't even describe it, but it is incredible. Our loved ones are not gone... They are by our side with every step. I know that.

Ah! Time! Okay quick summaries! We spent our culture night at a filharmonia with a few of our sweet friends this week, and seeing their smiles and how much fun they all had together was SUCH an answer to prayer, and such a miracle. :) It was an amazing night! We spent this past Saturday in Poznań doing a training on FamilySearch for the missionaries and members there, and that was an absolute blast! Our sweet friend Anna was able to come to church with us on Sunday, and it just made my entire day. My heart was so full! She is amazing. We now have a new Branch President, and he is also such an answer to prayer. I am so grateful for him, and the wonderful spirit he brings to this branch. Bydgoszcz is going to be blessed with SO many miracles this transfer... The Lord is so present. :) I look forward to the next few months in this wonderful place with such peace and excitement :) Whatever it holds, the Lord is in it, and it is going to be WONDERFUL. 

I've been studying a lot about prayer this week, and have been amazed by the insights the Spirit has given me. Yesterday as we met with our branch president, he said something that I have adopted as a new "motto" of mine, I guess you could call it. He said, "Pray as if it all depends on the Lord... but work as if it all depends on you." I love that... 
Prayer is such a gift. I have no idea what I would do without being able to talk with my Father in Heaven each day. Prayer has given me comfort in the midst of my hardest times, and has brought a light to the darkest days - but even beyond that, it is through prayer that I have received witness from my Heavenly Father that He is there. He knows me, He loves me, and He has a plan for me. It is through prayer that I have felt his overwhelming love, even when I felt the most undeserving... And it is through prayer that I have truly come to know Him. I hope you all know how much I pray for you. I know the Lord loves you so much - His spirit has given me a witness of that love each time I pray for you. 

This gospel is true, you guys. It is true, and it is so wonderful. <3 
I can't say that enough. 

I love you all, and hope you know that. But even more, I hope you know how much your Father in Heaven loves you. :) Pray, and I promise you - you will feel it.

I wish you all an amazing week, and a wonderful beginning to march! :) 

Z miłością, 
Siostra Kamp

For our Culture Night this transfer, we went to a Filharmonia with our friends Ewa, Agata, President Mowes, and Ewa!!  Best night ever. :)  Love them all!!

Dinner at the Tufts with our lovely friends - Kasia, Sławek, Piotr, and Leszek!

PREPARATION DAY IN THE BEAUTIFUL TORUŃ!!  (I apologize in advance for the photo overload!)

Elder Byrd's "model shot"

"Sister - be cool!"

Wall of truth!  We all failed... Co to znaczy?...

The best graffiti discovery!!  This photo says it all, all by itself!  haha. :)  {Mama Kamp using Google Translator:  Polish, repent!}

The house of Nicholas Copernicus!

Best milk bar in the world <3

Toruń is famous for its heavenly gingerbread...For good reason too! :)

Making homemade donuts and Paczki with our lovely Agata for Poland's traditional "Fat Thursday"!!

All the crazies :)

The old city wall in Toruń!!

Our Ikea trip this morning with Elder's!  They tried out every chair in the whole store!

Snow storms and smiles!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you Siostra for all of the wonderful photos. Nice to know my son's still being a goof. May your mission continue to be wonderful!!