Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Special Memories

"Feed the flock of God that is among you . . . (by) being ensamples to the flock." 1 Peter 5:2-3

One of our sister missionaries, Sister Leavitt, kept a piggy bank full of "Special Memories" while on her mission. If something important was said to her, or if she had a spiritual experience that she didn't want to forget, she would take a small piece of paper, write it down, then put it in the bank. In the process of cleaning out her luggage when she returned home from her mission, she broke open the little piggy bank and read all of her cherished mission memories. Also in the bank she had a few recorded memories that involved me, and so she sent me pictures of them. 

These little hand written memories from Sister Leavitt are very dear to me. I cried when I read them! They are a reminder that what I say and do has an affect on others - and usually, I am not even aware of it. Those we have stewardship over, (whether in callings or as a parent), watch us and listen to what we say. I hope that I can always be an example of goodness and kindness. I hope the missionaries will forgive me for the times that I am so physically exhausted and spent, that I may act less like the daughter of God that I truly am. I love them all so much! Thank you Sister Leavitt for sharing these cute little "Special Memories" with me.

D.O.T.S. - Depend On The Savior
The first time I met Sister Leavitt she was wearing a polka dot dress. It was during interviews and President Tye and I had only been in the mission for a month. I told her what "dots" symbolize to me and that is why I love polka dots. Every time we would see each other after that day, if by chance one of us was wearing dots, we would both say
"Depend On The Savior!"
 I remember saying this to Sister Leavitt and I still feel that way a year later. You know how you just seem to have a connection with certain people? I believe feelings like this originate much further back than we can remember. 
When I think of all the elders and sisters we will serve with in the Cavite mission, I believe there IS a connection between us. I KNOW that we're put together at this time for a reason. Nothing happens by accident or is "just coincidence" when the Lord is involved! 
This is another acronym I shared with Sister Leavitt - P.M.S.
She added what it REALLY stands for, (not what the women of the world think it stands for - haha), and also what I told her.
This little note was written before we came to serve in the Philippines. She felt a connection to us two months before we arrived. Pretty Cool!

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