Monday, August 17, 2015

Don't Worry Be Happy

Hello Friends and Family!

All is extremely well in the pool! Last week my Pday switched because we got to go to the temple! But now it is back to Monday! I cannot believe we are already a week away from transfers! I feel like I just got here. This is the best place in the entire world. Ok so yesterday Ebony was confirmed! This was almost better than the actual baptism. I just got to sit and watch a beautiful daughter of God receive The Gift of the Holy Ghost. I felt complete peace and it was beautiful. Plus every time i've seen Ebony this week she has been wearing the necklace we bought her and it makes me so happy. It's a reminder of the promise she made with God. She wears it with the Personal Progress necklace. She also said everyone has been asking her why she is so happy all of the time? I was like oh you better tell them why you are so happy! We taught her about missionary work and we she's already been talking about friends. LOVE HER! Also, we have been teaching her mum. Emma's heart has been softened, but we are still trying to strengthen her desire. We flat out asked her if she had a desire and she said that she did but it was small. To missionaries that's a green light to start working harder because she has so much potential! We decided to start bringing members with us to the lessons. Since Emma just had back surgery she has to lay down during some of the lessons. On Thursday she decided to just get up and make a shake in the middle of the lesson. I was in awe. I wasn't quite sure what to do. Other than that this week was a week that was on fire! Despite everyone in Australia getting sick (I mean everyone, they all plan on getting sick during the winter)  including our flat (But no one stayed in the flat, hallelujah) we saw so many miracles. We have been teaching this amazing girl named Sella. We've had three solid member lessons with her. She Is getting baptised September 19th! That is the goal right now. We have become mates. I have begun to love her as my sister but not as much as i love Lauren because that's not possible. But She has been praying and getting answers to her prayers. She feels so much peace and she doesn't feel like the other church she goes to has the full truth. She has been reading the Book of Mormon too! Also, we've been teaching a couple of families! One of the families just moved back! It was a miracle that we ran into them at the train station! They are an Indian family and her husband was just sent to the detention center because of immigration issues. So we all decided to fast together and then last night we brought dinner over to break the fast. Dinner was super late and we started Saturday night (Longest time i've ever fasted in my entire life, but SO worth it). When we got there they told us that they were so much happier because they were fasting and the mom cried. They are SOO kind to us. They wouldn't let us walk to the bus stop alone. They walked us all the way there and waited with us so that they could make sure we were safe. annyywayyss of coarse there were TONNS of smile moments this week. There always is. One of the members gave us Lava Lavas this week. They are mean. Also we met a guy who had a huge bag and it looked like he was carrying a bunch of dead bodies. He started talking about all the animals he had at home and the chickens he had. He even showed us pictures. Then we asked him what was in the bag and it was all of the chickens he had showed us. Ok i don't think i've talked enough about how much i love my companion. She is so amazing and i am learning so much from her. And when i say learning it is not like a "Oh she is hard to get along with" kind of learning. She is so pure and Christlike and she radiates with light. I love her so much. Also, this weekend was HUGE! Australia's main sports are Rugby and Netball and it was the world cup or something so everyone kept talking about it non stop! Also this next week i will be going on trade-offs with the tongan sisters. Be ready for lots of stories! "The more we give of ourselves, the more our capacity to serve, understand and love will grow." "Not my will, but thine be done" Luke 22:26-27 "Never let problems to be solved become more important than a person to be loved." -President Monson These are just a couple of great things i've learned this week. I also realized that as a missionary i am always going to feel inadequate, But if i mess up i am just learning to own it. Laugh it off. If you can laugh about it you can live with it. That is the advice i would give to anyone. If you mess up, go ahead and own it. It's ok. Don't worry, be happy. Remember God loves you! SO SO SO MUCH! and i do too! I have the most amazing support system ever! Truly i do. I love you all so much! If i don't respond to your email it's not because i dont love you, I apologize now and i will eventually respond! I love you all so so much! I would not be who i am today without you! 

Sister Jacobsen


Alma 5:16, 26-27
Jacob 2:8
2 Nephi 31:21
Jacob 4:4,6
Mosiah 8:18
Ether 12:27,32-41
Helamen 10:4
2 Nephi 32:8-9

(Maybe just pick one haha)

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