Wednesday, September 25, 2013

PICTURES-- DC Week 33!

DC Week 33!

Sorry I got lazy again. Good thing pictures are worth at least a thousand...


1. My favorite meal in the world these days...Ashy this is for you! (I talked about it in your email) :)
2. Totally not even planned.
3. Bruster's Round 2! I got a "Grahm Central Station". (With a little photo-bombing from Sister Clement).

Love you! Love you! LOVE you!
Hermana Graff

2 Ne 2:25 ~Be happy. That's all. :)

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

DC Week 32!


It's been a great week! Nothing to complain about!

Food for thought:

17  And it came to pass after I, Nephi, having heard all the words of my father, concerning the things which he saw in a vision, and also the things which he spake by the power of the Holy Ghost, which power he received by faith on the Son of God—and the Son of God was the Messiah who should come—I, Nephi, was desirous also that I might see, and hear, and know fo the things, by the power of the Holy Ghost, which is the gift of God unto all those who diligently seek him, as well in times of old as in the time that he should manifest himself unto the children of men.

18  For he is the same yesterday, today, and forever; and the way is prepared for all men from the foundation of the world, if it so be that they repent and come unto him.

19  For he that diligently seeketh shall find; and the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto them, by the power of the Holy Ghost, as well in these times as in times of old, and as well in times of old as in times to come; wherefore, the course of the Lord is one eternal round.

Love you! All is well in DC!
Hermana Graff

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

DC Week 31!

Hey family! How has everybody been this week?

It's been a crazy hectic week at the VC; and it makes me laugh because we are not even into Festival yet. Come December, it's really going to be a beehive. But I can't wait. 

My favorite days are the hard days. The kind of days that leave me drained. Physically. Spiritually. Emotionally. The days when I testified to everyone I met. The days when I listened to other's testimonies and cried because I knew I needed them as much if not more than they needed me. The days where I feel like I have nothing left in me to give. That's when I know I have done well in the eyes of my Heavenly Father. That's when I know I have served some small purpose for Him to help His children come back into the fold. Those are the days that leave impressions in our hearts. Those are the days that stick for a lifetime. 

This is a short email, I know. Just long enough to let you know the work is still moving along. It's truly the best in this world. And I would rather be no where else. 

Love you all.

Hermana Graff
Mormon 9:27  ~Wonder not, but hearken...

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

DC Week 30!

Well, one of the gardener's cut our internet wire last week, so I apologize for my lack of update, family. Ah, such is life.

We had transfer meeting this morning at 9. I'm staying with Sister Word in the Spanish program! We will continue to work in Olney for the next six weeks, until she goes home. Then I will most likely carry it over to another sister until December. It's been such a good transfer. And I have learned so much...   

My companion has often said to me, “We don’t remember days…we remember moments.”  

I feel like by the end of last transfer, I was finally “getting the hang of things.” I had fire. I was moving on. Trying new things. Exploring uncharted waters, and fresh ground. I felt like I finally found my “second wind” so to speak. That after a good warm up, I had found my pace. Or so I thought. Oh don't get me wrong, I definitely hit the ground running at the beginning of last transfer, but I think I must’ve landed on a treadmill or something, because I felt something holding me back against my will, when all I wanted to do was sprint. The language barrier hurdles have been fun to tackle, but I wouldn't say I lept over them like a pro or anything. More like stumbled through, and maybe even tried to dodge a few on my naive merry way. Well, that's never going to work. It just won't be good enough. And I am quickly realizing that. That the only way through this course, is straight. I know that with Help, I can tackle whatever is in front of me with grace. I need a lot of work. The trouble is making myself flexible enough. I don't feel I am pliable enough for the Lord to work with yet. And I will never learn if I don't succumb to the Master Teacher.  

Anyway. Please excuse my lame analogies to running. It's the only way I can seem to adequately explain my thoughts. 

David O. McKay once said, "The greatest battles you will ever fight, will be within the silent chambers of your heart." 
I believe it. 

M. Russell Ballard once said, "Become a creator of circumstances, instead of a creature of circumstances."
I believe it.

Today, I have decided to be lazy with my use of sources and let you take what you will from these quotes. Yes, they were on my mind, but you don't need to listen to me ramble on about how they have affected me. Think about what they could mean to you. Plus I would like to take a few extra minutes to attach some pictures :) 

Love you guys. Make it a good one!

Hermana Graff
Alma 60:20-21 ~Have ye forgotten...? Work hard, and then count your blessings...