Bloom Where You’re Planted
This transfer is definitely a transfer focused on my own personal growth. So much has happened and keeps happening. I can basically see myself and my Companions changing before my eyes. It is all so positive and I am so grateful for each trial that I face.
Haha so what exactly happened this week? I don’t even know where to begin. This week I have really reflected and learned from a quote a member said in regards to the Little Lake Ward being discontinued. She reminded me of the quote I love that says, “Bloom where you’re planted”. No matter what may go on, no matter what my ward may be, no matter who my companion or companions are, no matter ANYTHING, I must bloom where I am planted. Sure the situations around me might not always be the most ideal, but these situations are what I need to grow. They are inspired by God’s perfect plan for me, and I must bloom where ever I am. Just like sunflowers that seem to thrive and grow best in the most unlikely, harsh circumstances, so must I. I take so much hope and strength from that idea. Sunflowers seem to grow anywhere – cracks in the road, beat up dirt, or in the middle of nowhere, – sunflowers grow. I have also learned this transfer that life definitely does not always happen to be all sunshine and rainbows. We must pass through hard times. We must have trials. But each and every trial is worth it and will make us so much better. There isn’t a trial that we cannot overcome. The Lord will not give us more than we can handle. So, no matter what I might go through, like a sunflower, I can grow and be that symbol of happiness and hope for others.
Something interesting that I heard this week was about the atonement of Jesus Christ. We all know that he has scars from his crucifixion. I have always thought about why he still has those even though he is perfect. Well, I found my answer. It is because he wants them. He wants that reminder of the suffering he faced. He is able to look at them and remember the exquisite pain he felt for each and every one of us. He will never forget us or leave us comfortless because he has us engraved on the palms of his hands. He loves us so much. Whatever you may face, he can see those reminders and remember even more fully what he felt for us. So, knows how to best help us. Whether it’s immense heartbreak and hard times, or even just the disappointment of a not as satisfying sandwich (quoting an elder here haha), he has felt it and knows.
No need to worry about any of us here. We are happy, healing, and growing. We have learned so much and feel so blessed. This will be the most memorable transfer of my life because it has impacted me so deeply.
I love all of you!! Happy fourth of July!