To My Favorite Humans,
Hello! wow its crazy to know this is my last email… These last 18 months have been quite the ride! I wouldn’t trade any of it. I am so grateful to have served in the Iowa Des Moines Mission. I am so lucky to have had the companions I had. I needed each and every one of them. I have learned so much about the gospel but especially about myself. I have loved my mission.
This week was the departing temple trip. So all of us leaving missionaries got together to party at Nauvoo. It was comforting to be back there again 🙂 I’ve missed the temple. I think want I enjoyed the most from that trip was Carthage. The senior couple there has been there the last 23 months and they are finishing their mission soon as well. But when that Elder testified of Joseph Smith the spirit came so fast! I was very impressed with how the tour went. I am grateful for the knowledge that Joseph Smith is a prophet and that the True Church has been restored through him. I also have a new found love for his brother Hyrum. There isn’t as much said about him, but he was crucial in Heavenly Father’s plan as well. Joseph and Hyrum were probably The best Missionary companionship. they always had each other to rely on.
A funny story this week, we do service each week at the Villages. (A senior living center) and This week we were invited to go to their New Year’s party! (On Dec 30 at 2pm lol) It was so fun! We played lots of fun games with the residents and things got pretty heated. hahaha:) One resident, Carl, was asleep on the couch when the noise makers were passed out…. lets just say he was unhappy to be woken up from his nap and lots of angry swearing occurred. it took 3 nurses to get him to go to his room. hahaha:) My companion and I were holding back our laughter because Harold and Rosemary (Late 80’s) Were just having a ball with their noise makers! and they just kept going! 🙂 Oh! It was a fun time! 🙂
I gave a talk this last Sunday, they put me as the last speaker and told me I could talk about whatever I wanted. So… of course I talked about Missionary Work:) My whole talk pretty much stemmed from one scripture. Mat. 16:25. its amazing what the spirit can do as you ponder even 21 words of a scripture. I shared my conversion story with them and I guess I made most everyone cry haha :’) one girl who was 13 told me that she had never cried in Sacrament meeting before. and her Grandpa came up to me later and thanked me, He said that his 13 year old granddaughter felt the spirit today during my talk and as he said the words we’re both crying… Man I just cry all the time I guess… haha 🙂
Sister Anderson and I also taught in Relief Society this week. on…. MISSIONARY WORK! Woot!! 🙂 haha It was awesome! this whole Month is pretty much all going to be about Missionary work. 🙂 We taught the “Who? What? When? Why? and How?” of Missionary work. focusing mainly on the How 🙂 the Sister’s loved it and talked about practicing answering questions and leaving invitation for FHE. 🙂
Its surreal for me knowing this is the last email… but I hope that from all the emails you’ve received from me these last 18 months and 3 weeks, that you know that I love my Savior Jesus Christ. I am changed through his grace. I know Joseph Smith is a prophet of God and I know that the Book of Mormon is true. Being a Missionary has been one of the best choices i’ve ever made in my life. I love the people here. I will always remember them and how they’ve strengthen me.
The Church is true, the Book is Blue, Satan stinks, and I LOVE ALL OF YOU!!
See you Soon!
Your friend and missionary
Sister Brittany Anne Pope
The first day after Christmas my true love and I had a fight… and so I chopped the pear tree down and BURNED it just for Spite!
lol Gotta love that Motab! 12 Days after Christmas! XD
Anyway! So this week was great! Sister Anderson and I were asked to be Elfs haha So we were able to deliver Christmas gifts to needy families in the ward. It got me thinking about each of our roles. We had
The Giver- A person who was willing and able to give to help another
The Deliverer- A person who physically gives the gifts.
The Receiver- A person who needed more help then what they could do on their own.
For me I related it to the God head.
Heavenly Father – Has so much to offer us! in fact he wants us to have all that he has!
Jesus Christ- He came here to Earth to do the will of His Father
The Holy Ghost- A gift that will never be forced upon us. He comes to the humble and those seeking.
In many instances throughout my life i’ve been able to be in all three roles of Giver, Deliverer, and Receiver, but what I found as i’ve pondered this, is we need all of them. We need to have opportunities TO serve and to BE served. Blessings will come. and Please remember that when one person was added to, that doesn’t mean that you are any less. you are a wonderful child of a Heavenly Father who loves you! He wants you to have everything that he has! that’s why he sent you here to Earth! 🙂
I love my Heavenly Father! I had an amazing time skyping with my family yesterday! And I look forward to seeing them in real life pretty soon… BUT NOT YET!! 😉 I still have 10 days left to be a missionary and so I plan on using them to the fullest! I know who I am and what I stand for. I am a representative of Jesus Christ! I have been Called to share my testimony of Jesus Christ and give others the opportunity to come follow him. There is so much happiness and joy found in the Gospel. I just wish more people would see that.
I love you all! I hope you have a Fantastic week!
Sister Brittany Pope
Merry Christmas Everyone!! 😀 Its almost Christmas! Can you believe it!? I sure can’t… where did all the time go??? -__-
Anyway! this week was exciting! We had a lot of fun adventures! I don’t know what it is with Sister Anderson and I but I feel like every day we laugh so hard we nearly pee our pants… its so fun!!! 😀
We had Christmas Zone Conference this week! that was so fun! except… maybe its just because i’m returning home after this transfer but the whole conference was on “eternal prospective” and “who are you going to be after the mission” XP *Face Palm* haha I did give my departing testimony and it was good 🙂 And then we finished the conference with our Christmas skit!
I’m the Narrator! (I also wrote and directed the skit lol) And When i’m home i’ll show you the Video 🙂 I think we’re funny! But of course we tried to throw in Inside Jokes from the mission 🙂 and i’m very bias… haha 🙂
Here are some of my Other Adventures! Thanks Mom and Dad for the Christmas Pajamas! 😀
Also… This week its been really Cold…. the High of yesterday was Negative 5…. And the the high! So we had our Hair frozen to our scarfs and we drank a lot of hot chocolate!
Also… I’m 18 Months old in the mission now! 🙂 I went out to the MTC on June 17th and so on Dec 17th I turned 18! 😀 We had a celebration with Sister Anderson doing my nails and eating lots of food! I made my favorite Sour Cream Chicken and we danced a lot and laughed a ton!
We are seeing so many miracles out here! We are blessed as we are obedient and we see that! I’m so grateful to be here in this Christmas Season to share the light of Christ with everyone! I hope you all have been able to use the #LightTheWorld Campaign and see the blessings that come from Service. I love my Heavenly Father. I know that Jesus Christ is His Son! that he came to earth for us to have an opportunity to return to live with them again.
Have a very Merry Christmas! I love you all!! 😀
See you soon!
–Sister Brittany Pope