Still

Hello! I'm still trying to figure out when a good time to write is. Ironic to this weeks title, these past couple of weeks have been nothing but busy. I've begun my last 6 weeks of missionary service and it all feels surreal. If being home while still being a missionary has taught me anything, it's that your service never really ends. I'm grateful for the time I have to learn how to apply everything I've learned so that I can keep going, even after I'm released.

As my mom's health has continued to get better, some assignments have developed even more! I feel like I'm juggling a lot of things haha. But here's the brief rundown!

As a service missionary I have assignment hours and off assignment hours. A service missionary assignment is where a service missionary spends their time serving-- assignment days and hours depend on the missionary. I've begun my service in the church distribution center in the DC area a bit already and am working on expanding that to the local family history center too. If all goes well, I should be beginning to serve there for some hours this week. I'll be alternating days between the family history center and the distribution center from Tuesday to Friday. The hours or days I am not serving at my assignment are preparatory hours and time to fulfill my other callings.

Apart from my assignments I'm serving within my ward congregation as the secretary to our women's relief society presidency and directing our ward's girls youth camp program. We've just hit the peak season for both the relief society and the young woman's program so you could say that I spend most Sundays running down the church halls! I do really love serving with the women and girls I work with, it makes the chaos and stress worth it.

Since being home my world has felt like its spinning and being rocked or thrown around a couple of times. Even though that's been true, I've continuously noticed the stillness God gives me. When I think of stillness and of God I'm reminded of a scripture one of my good friends shared with our missionary district at the beginning of our transfer.

Be still, and know that I am God. (Psalm 46:10)

In that time my world felt upside down, and that scripture found it's way to me at a time that I needed it most. Life wasn't meant to be easy, but instead to try our faith. It all comes down to one question. Do you trust God or not? In the moments when faith seems to be the last option, take it. Embracing the stillness of not being able to change your circumstances ultimately enables you to see God work in your life. He changes you. God asks us, his children, to do hard things because he loves us.

These next couple of weeks are going to be full of work and sacrifice and humility. It's not going to be simple, but I've found comfort and joy in stillness and it's enough.

I have you love,
Sister Quintana

I was able to get some fresh air and see the cherry blossoms (:

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