Tuesday, November 19, 2013


So much happening in one week..
The most exciting though is the realignment of our ward boundaries. Luckily, Sister Bozant and I just gained some super solid members while everyone else in our district.. lost some lets just say. We'll see how everything goes. The best part was at the start of the meeting last night the opening hymn was "I'll Go Where You Want Me To Go" and that lightened the mood. It was great haha
Sunday we had in one of our wards something called a "Musical" Sacrament. Basically, it's a testimony meeting but everyone gets up and says their favorite hymn and for 30 seconds explains why it is or what it means to them. We tried so hard to have our investigators come to this meeting but OF COURSE everyone just happened to be gone.. One day we will have them all there. Everything that could have gone wrong this week DID go wrong haha gotta have your ups and downs on mission, I guess. Loads of fun. Sister Bozant and I also just discovered that we are actually over the entire stake! Which is over half the mission! We have the opportunity to teach all the single women who are investigating the church that live in the stake boundaries. Fun stuff! (Our miles aren't liking us too much right now..)
I finally got a copy of a quote that I read my first transfer out in the field and I've been sharing it for the past week with almost everyone that I can. I love it and it really exemplifies what I've become and really the feeling I've learned to love since being out on my mission so far.

I am a part of the fellowship of the Unashamed. 
The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made.
 I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. 
I won't look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still. 
My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, and my future is secure.
 I am finished and done with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, 
tame visions,mundane talking, chintzy giving, and dwarfed goals.
I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity. 
I don't have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded, or rewarded. 
I now live by presence, learn by faith, love by patience, lift by prayer, and labor by power.
My pace is set, my gait is fast, my goal is Heaven, my road is narrow, my 
way is rough, my companions few, my Guide is reliable, my mission is clear.
I cannot be bought, compromised, deterred, lured away, turned back, diluted, or delayed. 
I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of adversity, negotiate at the 
table of the enemy,  ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.
I won't give up, back up, let up, or shut up until
 I've preached up, prayed up, paid up, stored up, and stayed up for the cause of Christ.
 I am a disciple of Jesus Christ.
 I must go until He returns, give until I drop, preach until all know, and work until He comes.
And when He comes to get His own, He will have no problem recognizing me. My
colors will be clear for "I am not ashamed of the Gospel ..." (Romans 1:16)

Every phrase is what I am striving to become and will continue to for the next year. I can't believe I'm a third done with my full-time mission service. It truly feels like I've been out a month or so but I can feel the change that's occurred and I love it! I have one year left to complete what I came out to do and that is sooo not enough time. Before, I believed 18-months was a long time but it's not. 
Love you all and I'm off to work!
-Sister Hatch

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