Well things sure have been a roller coaster this past transfer. I arrived in Rapid City with excitement to return to Hot Springs branch. I could hardly wait to see Mervin and Norma and the Horrocks. So many people that I love. But things changed really quickly. The moment I stepped off the van, the assistant, who I had been sitting by the entire ride, told me that I had a new assignment…A sister in Rapid has decided to go home in the Canyon Lake ward so I will be taking her spot instead. I’m not going to lie that really took me off my feet because I was really excited to go back to Hot Springs and see everyone again. Apparently they have known I wasn’t going to Hot Springs since Monday, but they didn’t tell me until Wednesday when I got there. It was hard to have false hope, so once again, the Lord has a little different plan for me than I thought. I’m sure there is another thing for me to learn here, as always. I’m going to try and make the best of it and trust that I can’t see the bigger picture.
The last couple of days I have had some things weighing on my mind about going home. It is so close and I am finding myself asking questions like, "Have I given it my all? Is the Lord pleased with my service? Have I become who the Lord wants me to be?" I am also excited about my future, yet torn because of everything the mission means to me.
So yesterday we were visiting a sister that was sick in the hospital and the Stake President was there too. I served in his ward in Rapid City and so I know him pretty well, and he knew I was leaving soon. Right before he left he said, with tears in his eyes, "Well Sister Johnson if I don't see you again, know you have served well. The Lord is proud of your mission and accepts your service." He had no idea I had been asking those questions and it really touched me. What an inspired man!!
Well I hope that everything is going well for everyone. I love all of you!