Monday, January 16, 2017

Miracles great and small

This week was so good!  We have been working really hard.  We received our transfers and my companion and I are staying together until February 1st, and then we will have some sort of emergency transfer for the sisters.  President received a revelation that we should all stay put until February.   I am not sure why, but I am good with this because I have some baptisms that I don't want to miss.

Two really cool things happened this week:

Miracle #1 - 
We went to teach Sylvia.  She is a less active due to her health.  She has some sort of disease in her lungs which make it hard for her to get alot of oxygen.  She is very strong though.  We visit her once or twice a week.  We went this past Saturday and I told her that we were having transfers and it was very likely that I would be leaving the area.  She got really sad and said "they always take them when we get really close."  Then she thanked me for everything and reminded me of a time when she was really sick and hooked up to her oxygen tank and we showed up.  She said she hadn't slept for days due to coughing and pain, but that night we showed up and shared a scripture with her.  Lucas 22, when Christ was atoning for our sins.  In that scripture in says that an angel appeared to strengthen him. Then we told her that she had angels around her and she looked hard enough she could see them. She explained that we were her angels who had appeared to strengthen her in her time of need.  She said that after we left she was able to sleep peacefully for the first time in days. I left her house crying.  I was the answer to her prayer.  I am so glad I was able to be a tender mercy in someones life.

Miracle #2 of this week -
I went to the doctor and got an ultrasound to see if the nodule on my thyroid had grown.  At the end of the ultrasound the tech asked me why I was there and I told her that I needed to know if the nodule on my thyroid had grown and she said she could not find a nodule!!  So, in the course of time my nodule has reabsorbed into my thyroid and it's gone!!!  YAASSS!!  On top of that I have been feeling great.

On Wednesday I will complete 14 months in the mission.  Can you believe it!!

Love you all, 
Hermana Shepherd

This is Tammi, I just wanted to share a special email that Brittin received from her mission president.

Dear Hermana Shepherd,

I just have to tell you what a wonderful, bright light I see and feel shining from you these days! Congratulations! You are so positive and powerful and confident and full of faith, and it is amazing to see. Hermana Corbitt told me how you exercised faith to be healed through a priesthood blessing and you were! Of course you were! You have tapped into (and are tapping into) that exceptional, exceedingly great faith you also possessed in the premortal world and you are bringing it to bear here and now - for your own health and happiness, for your investigators.

Thank you, thank you. I'm so glad you are in that zone where there are so many sisters who can benefit from your goodness and your faith. Keep up the good work.

The Lord continue to keep you and bless you, dear friend!

Pte Corbitt

Monday, January 9, 2017

Amazing week

Holy cow this week was amazing. On Tuesday I had exchanges with Hermana Jovel.  She is so cute and sweet.  In our mission they made a rule that we cannot wear backpacks now so I decided to wear my hip bag to be obedient.  I couldn't walk that night because my hips hurt so bad and they still hurt the next day.  The struggles!

Anyway, we had a meeting with the Stake President and President Corbitt.  It was a great meeting.  After the meeting President Corbitt gave us a ride home.  On the way home I asked for his permission to let us baptize Fany even though she had only attended church 2 times and they are supposed to attend 3 before baptism.  He was thrilled that she was wanting to be baptized and gave his blessing.  He had met her the week before when we took her to the temple and he knew she was ready.  So on Saturday we baptized Fany, her daughter Shantel and her son Emmanuel.  I have never in my life felt the spirit more strongly than at that baptism.  Everything went perfectly.  Hermana Castillo (my old companion) even got to come.  Fany was so prepared and has such a strong testimony already it is amazing.
They were confirmed on Sunday.  In Shantals blessing she was told that she would help many people come into the gospel, and Emmanuals said that he will prepare to go on a mission.  I feel so grateful to be part of this chain, and for the knowledge that just from my mission  generations can come unto the knowledge of the truth.  We have already received  a few references from people who have baptism dates.   I am so happy, my joy is full!   When we met with them after church on Sunday Shantal was already talking about how excited she is to go to seminary.  This family is so converted to the gospel and so ready. 
I am so blessed to see the miracles and the changes that these people go through to be an instrument in the hands of the lord.  I love this work and the happiness it brings to me.  I recommend to everyone to serve a mission.  There are things that I have learned here that I never could at home.  I would not trade this experience for anything.

D&C 88:77 - "and I give unto you a commandment that you shall teach one another the doctrine of the kingdom."

Fany and her children

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Change in assignment

Dear Hermana Shepherd, You have been called to be a Sister Training Leader. This calling will permit you to more fully serve the Lord while you guide the other missionaries in their proselytizing efforts. I am sure you will do your best to magnify this position to serve the Lord during the period of this temporary assignment. Please re-read the leadership section of the Missionary Handbook (pg.63-65). As a Sister Training Leader you are responsible to minister to the sisters in your stewardship and help them achieve success as missionaries and official representatives of the Lord Jesus Christ. You are also responsible to plan and carry-out companionship exchanges with the other sisters and serve as a contributing and valued member of the mission leadership council. In addition, a Sister Training Leader: You should continue to be an exemplary missionary who is very familiar with Preach My Gospel and the prophetic priorities that guide our mission. You are responsible for the training and well-being of the sister missionaries assigned to you, and will serve as a member of the Sisters Security Committee. Maintain your proselytizing area active while you work with the other sisters in their respective areas. Participate in exchanges for 24 hours every six weeks with every companionship assigned to you. You are assigned to a zone or various zones according to the needs of the mission. You will act as a member of a district and zone, and help the mission president, assistants and other leaders in training meetings and zone conferences. Report once a week to President Corbitt and to the assistants. The report is to include any issues, problems or concerns of the sisters. The Sisters of the zone look up to you as a role model of appropriate behavior and demeanor. A missionary who breaks the rules of the mission cannot serve effectively in a position of leadership. Every month the Mission Leadership Council will meet and review the goals and accomplishments of the past month. We will council about the condition of the mission and how we can improve. You should teach the sisters in your area the things that were taught in this meeting. This is a crucial element in the functionality of the mission. You have my full confidence. If you serve with humility, having love for the sisters of your zone while seeking direction from the Lord and his prophets, you will have success. May the Lord bless you as you serve in this assignment. Sincerely, Ahmad S. Corbitt President Santo Domingo East Mission