Monday, May 1, 2017

5.1.17 Hardest Thing I've Ever Had To Do

Well everyone, my time in the Potomac Mid-Singles Ward is coming to an end. Tomorrow I will be transferred to McClain, Va. I have all sorts of emotions but that's a mission for ya. Quite the roller coaster.

We finished off the transfer with a bang. Our friend Robin was baptized! She has been investigating off and on for over three years now. She is one amazing example and has such a powerful testimony. She said this has always felt like home for her. Even when she wasn't meeting with the missionaries she always felt drawn to them. She told us about a time she had gone on a mission trip with the church she was attending. They were talking to a person and she saw two elders walk by. She immediately wanted to grab them and have them come teach the person she was talking to. It has been a long journey but it has definitely been worth it. At the end of the program they had her look around at the full chapel of friends and loved ones. They said, "Wow this crowed of people would definitely be a great turn out in most wards." Ha-ha, she sure has so many people that love her. Many of them flew in from all across the country. She was so excited and her testimony was so powerful at the end. 

Robin planned to have several nonmembers come to her baptism so for a week or two we had been arranging a little reception afterwards. The members were so incredible! We thought we only had a couple of people bringing treats but it turns out we had an amazing table full of treats!!  This ward has been such an amazing place to serve. I am definitely going to miss it so much. I know my new area will definitely be great as well. It's a lot smaller but it will be an adventure. The Potomac ward covers almost all of the stakes in the mission so it's definitely going to be a big downsize. 

It has been so fun training Sister von Savoye. I would say we definitely have become good friends. The time really just flew by. She is such an incredible missionary. I have never seen anyone just dive right in like she has. It's amazing to see how quickly she really has wanted to learn everything. I am so grateful for this chance to serve with her. I know that each of my companions have truly made such a big impact in my life. 

I want to close by leaving you all with my testimony. I do know that this gospel is true. What a blessing it is to have the chance to see so many amazing people change their lives and apply the Saviors Atonement more fully every day. It truly inspires me. I do know that Jesus Christ truly is our Savior and redeemer, our only way back to our Heavenly home. The mission has truly changed my perspective on making it back to our Heavenly Father. I am so grateful for the vail that helps us not remember the things before this life. For as much as I can miss home some days I can't imagine what it would be like if we could fully see our Heavenly home. There is no doubt we would all long to be there and do anything possible to get there. I know that as we follow the perfect example of the Savior we WILL make it back home. I am so grateful for that knowledge and grateful for all of you. I say these things in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen 

Love, Sister Shelby Goudy

1. We were walking down the street and met a man name Francis. We became instant fiends and he wanted to take a selfie with us. 

2. Robins amazing baptism. After she came out of the water she shouted, "hallelujah!!" 

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 3. Saying good bye to all of our amazing friends: Tom our neighbor, sweetest neighbor ever, Tony we got some ice cream with him.

 4. Andy at his lesson with all of his great member friends.

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