Wednesday, August 21, 2013

"It is Done." "It is Well."

Hello Everyone! This is Sister Amber Zibetti! I am home now. I arrived on Wednesday Aug. 14th and got released that night.
My advice? Don't come home from a mission. Ever. It's the worst thing ever invented. :(
Okay, maybe I'm being dramatic, but it was really bad and it is still hard. I've never been this emotional in my life! I miss being a missionary so much. It hurts. Sometimes I just cry for no reason. Silly self.
I trust that God has a new plan for me! That is something I learned as a missionary, to more fully put my trust in God and not in the "arm of flesh". I know my Father in Heaven has a plan. And I know it is a better plan than my own. He actually knows and sees the eternal picture, whereas I am still learning to see. There is no need to worry when the future is in God's hands. Don't ya think?

For your information, if you'd like to come to my "homecoming" slash "non-homecoming" talk, I have been randomly selected to speak in church this Sunday, August 25 @11am. Your ticket to get in is a non-member or less active friend. :) you think I'm kidding....I am. But seriously, try.
 The address is: 2876 West 1390 North Provo, UT 84601. Hope to see you there!
Church is then 2 more hours (if you were not aware :) ), but if you'd like to and can stop by at my house after Sacrament meeting ends I will be there. My mom strongly suggested that I be there. :) my address is 1388 North Geneva Rd. Provo. Much love sent your way! I am excited to see you!
-Sister Amber Zibetti

Monday, August 19, 2013

Upcoming: August 25, 2013

My beloved name tag

August 12, 2013

I am very busy with the Lord's work. So much going on. We went tracting on Friday and Saturday so we could teach the new sisters how to do it before they have their outbound winter assignment in a new mission. I had a miracle. A while ago I met a man in the Walmart at Keokuk (a small city near Nauvoo). I got his contact information and have been teaching him over the phone in the Visitor's Center. (Teaching over the phone is a whole 'nother ball game.) Then GUESS where I was assigned to tract?! Keokuk! I was able to find his address and we happened to be tracting in that very area! SOOO amazing! My temporary companion (Sister Searle) and I were able to find his home and teach him a little lesson. We were trying to talk about Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon and he just wasn't getting it. My companion asked him a simple question: "Do you believe that God exists?" He said "so-so". YIKES! I said, "Well, we need to go back to the basics." Sometimes people are not ready for the bigger doctrines, but just simply need to know that they have a loving Heavenly Father who wants them to know He is there for them, and has a plan for them.

I know that God is in the details of my life. In all honesty, I am terrified to come home. I'll be in the same place I was before my mission with the same people, and I DON'T want to go back to who I was. I have become a servant of the Lord and I want to keep becoming that for eternity and I trust that God will help me with that, but I am just a little nervous. I am SO excited to see everyone and get to know them and how they have changed.
Thank you for being my support. See you soon.
Your sister in the Gospel,

August 6, 2013

Hi family! Isn't it a wonderful day to be alive?! Wow! God loves us so much that He gives us life so we can learn to become like HIM.
I can't believe that you were here 3-ish weeks ago. Time has been flying by. It has NEVER gone this fast! Sometimes I wonder if Heavenly Father put me on His time, like the "thousand years to us is one day to him". I feel like one day to me is like a thousand years!
Pageant ended on the 3rd. We are now going tracting this week to show the first summer sisters what it is like before they go out and do it in 2 months. Before I know it I'll be on a plane; heartbroken, but excited. I have accepted that this is God's will. All good things come to an end right? Because our options are good, better, and best! Elder Oaks wrote a whole talk about that! The best moment will be when we reunite in the Kingdom of our God, with all our families eternally.

We had another recent member of the 70 visit Nauvoo and when he, Elder Zwick, was here he said that "missionary work is the life-blood of the church". I have been pondering that. Doing missionary work keeps this church alive and growing.
That is what I hope to continue in my own ward in whatever capacity I serve. My desire to serve the Lord helps to keep His church alive since we are all His hands.
 Well, I love you! I've gotta go, but I am excited to meet you again!
God be with you till we meet again,
-Sister Zibetti

July 30, 2013

Mom!!! The sisters LOVED the socks and hi-chews! Thank you so much. They say they love you! It was SOOO good to have you here!
I'm soooooooo glad you got to come. Did you have a spiritual experience in Nauvoo? Do you mind sharing? Did you get to go to the Temple? Why did you like Trail of Hope? I love that trail. I think you are all so wonderful and I am excited to see you too. It is going to be hard to leave this place though.
The YPM's are great. At the beginning of last year I was a bit jealous that I wasn't doing what they were doing, but then I realized that my call was to preach the gospel to the people in Nauvoo and in the Call Center. The YPM's preach the gospel through performance, but I get to do it talking face to face with people with real problems, and I get to see them change and the light of Christ come into their lives.

Taking upon the name of Christ is our responsibility as baptized members of the His church. Perhaps read Mosiah 18:10-15 or so. That discusses the baptismal covenant, which we renew every week. You can read in Preach My Gospel from the Christ-like attribute section! It is amazing. There is a quiz you can take that is absolutely perfect for self-evaluation. I have taken it a couple times throughout my mission and it is amazing what I learn about myself.
Personally, taking upon the name of Christ is a way of life. Our actions and behaviors change and become more God-like because that is what Christ emulated. For me, it has been hard to find the balance between taking upon Christ's name and answering the call to "be ye therefore perfect even as your Father who is in Heaven is perfect". When we try to become like Christ, our weaknesses are made more visible, as Ether 12:27 so clearly states. When we come unto Christ, He shows us our weaknesses, but we are given those to become humble and teachable. Then Christ can make those weaknesses strengths. Only He can. That is the enabling power of the Atonement. I know that when I strive in the smallest way to be Christ-like, I am given divine assistance.
That might help some.
I have a question for you: What do you think classifies as a "miracle" that a missionary can experience?
I've got 16 days left. I'm not "trunky", but reality is hitting my heart and it hurts. Pray for me to have a miracle please. I love you all!
-Sister Zibetti

July 23, 2013

In Nauvoo with Sister Zibetti

I love you family! You are here right now and it is awesome. It is a strange feeling to have my two worlds collide. My family and home, with my mission and home. I have not been happier! I love you all and hope that you have/did enjoy Nauvoo. I pray that you will act on spiritual promptings that you did receive while here in Nauvoo. This is a place for revelation.
-Sister Zibetti

July 16, 2013

I'm excited to see ya'll! It is very busy and crazy right now. There is an excitement here like none other! It is wonderful! I love the spirit here, I love the people, I love the light of the gospel that is here.
I hope you love it here as much as I do.
Don't stress too much about staying right on schedule, it is flexible. The Spirit just needs to know your plan so that as you go about Nauvoo, He can direct you otherwise if God needs you elsewhere. There is a lot to do and see, and a little bit of time. Enjoy Nauvoo.
I love you! See you soon!
-Sister Zibetti