The best moments of being a missionary is when you can look someone in the eyes, who you have never before met, and feel immediate love and compassion for them. I won't lie, there are some people I struggle to feel this way about, but I am trying each and everyday to develop the characteristics of Christ. I just love being able to see them how our Father in Heaven sees them. He loves them unconditionally. President Monson has said, "When we treat people merely as they are, they will remain as they are. When we treat them as if they were what they should be, they will become what they should be." If we meet a person for the very first time, I try to picture them wearing white, entering into a covenant with God. It is hard, and they always do something which totally distracts the image I've created in my mind, but I know that is how Heavenly Father sees them. He sees them perfectly, despite all their imperfections. We were all once perfect, little children, who could do no wrong. We were once spirits who chose the plan of the Father. Now we are here, facing the realities and temptations of life. Thank heavens for the redemptive power of the atonement of Jesus Christ. We can become, we can change, and we can be who our Father wants us to be.
I only have a transfer left in this area. It breaks my heart, because I have loved these people with my whole soul. It hasn't been easy here. It has been difficult. Not a lot of outward success. BUT, with faith, I have seen little miracles, here and there. I sometimes wonder why Heavenly Father sent me to Jamaica, and why specifically Junction. I have realized that maybe I will never find out why, until I die, but I am convinced it was for a very special reason. Maybe it was to simply teach me lessons I needed to learn. Maybe Heavenly Father is trying to shape me so somewhere down the road, I will be able to endure a trial or help someone with my new knowledge of the Savior. I just am eternally grateful. I love this little branch out here. I will put in a lot of hours in the next 6 weeks, praying, working, and serving my Jamaican brothers and sisters of Junction.
Of course a lot happened this week. Too much to explain, and I told you guys yesterday on skype a bunch of stuff. I'm at 13 months. I love our investigators. I love our members. They are so frustrating and they make me mad sometimes, but I will keep loving them. I think another great moment as a missionary is to realize that your investigators and members love you back. I feel it. It's a good feeling.
Mom, I love you. Happy Mothers day. It was awesome skyping with you and the family yesterday. You are the best mommy ever! I'm so grateful to have you. "I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, as long as I'm living, my mommy you'll be!" (And since we will live forever, that will be a very long time.)
-Sister Caressa Ann Pitt
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