Tuesday, March 14, 2017

For God loves His children. I know that with everything I am.

Dear Family and Friends,

Wow! So much to say!! 
But first of all, I hope you all are doing well! It is so wonderful to hear from you all each week. :) I am so grateful for the love, support, and prayers I receive from you!! 

Well, this week has definitely been an incredible one. 
Sister Larsen and I were able to travel to Warsaw this last week for MLC (Missionary Leadership Conference) in preparation for this week's zone training, and it was absolutely amazing. Each time I am able to sit in a room with the leader's of our mission and talk about the Saviour, His gospel, and how we can better serve the sweet people of Poland - it just fills my heart! We talked about so many wonderful things, which I'm sure I'll tell you all about next week after our training, but one thing I wanted to share from that is this:

While in Warsaw, all the missionaries that were there for this conference were able to go to a nearby park and play a life-size game of Monopoly. But, this wasn't your average monopoly game of everyone trying to buy the Boardwalk but always getting stuck in jail... It was a monopoly game of Poland's history during the Soviet rule. On each square was written little facts about the suffering the people of Poland experienced during Communism - but it was written in a way that it was related to the game. For example, "You are caught speaking Polish in public and are immediately arrested and seized of possessions. You are not allowed to say goodbye to family, or finish your tasks. Go directly to jail." Many of the spaces were so much worse than that, but it breaks my heart to even type them... But you all get the idea. I wish I could somehow sum it up to you all, in a way that would describe the hurt my heart felt as we played... but I really can't.

Inside the front cover of my Book of Mormon is a little post it note, on which I wrote a small quote from a sweet old man I met on the street months ago. I have read it often, but after this week I have not been able to read it without tears in my eyes. He said simply, "When it appeared to all others that we had nothing left, in the hearts of us all we still had God. And that was something they could never take from us." 
This little country that has stolen my heart has been through so much, and lost so much - but they continue on with astounding faith. It never fails to amaze me... I don't know why such wonderful people had to suffer in such a way... But if there is anything I have truly come to know, it is this - that the Polish people are SO loved by Heavenly Father. I can feel that each time I am with them. The Lord is so mindful of all those who suffer, or are caught in the storms of life, and it is His promise to us that even when it so seems, we will never be alone.
"And it came to pass that the voice of the Lord came to them in their afflictions, saying: Lift up your heads and be of good comfort, for I know of the covenant which ye have made unto me; and I will covenant with my people and deliver them out of bondage. And I will also ease the burdens which are put upon your shoulders, that even you cannot feel them upon your backs, even while you are in bondage; and this will I do that ye may stand as witnesses for me hereafter, and that ye may know of a surety that I, the Lord God, do visit my people in their afflictions."
For God loves His children. I know that with everything I am. 
I apologize for the serious email today, but it was something that completely touched my heart, and I couldn't not share it with you all. I hope you know how much the Lord truly does love you! Believe Him when He says He will never leave you. Trust Him when He says He has a perfect plan for you. It is true, and of that I can truly testify. 

I love you all, and hope you have an amazing week!! You are in my thoughts and prayers!!

Z miłością,
Siostra Kamp

Getting in the car with Elder Ashworth behind the wheel... Scariest moment of my life!

Saw my beautiful, lovely, amazing Sister Van Woerkom at MLC this week!! I love this girl. 

Dinner with our sweet friends! The love I have for this family is indescribable! 

Puzzle Hunt at Family Home Evening!

Executives or not?

The little squares that changed it all for me. 

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