Monday, January 19, 2015

Endings Are Not Our Destiny!

17 months ago it seemed like I would be here forever. My Grandpa had just passed away and all I wanted was to be with my family. I found myself thinking about how much longer I had to go and about the missionaries I knew around me already going home. "This," I thought, "is never going to end!"

I can certainly say that at that point, I just didn't get it. Luckily, I pushed through that first transfer. It wasn't easy but that's not what it's about. How grateful I am for the many people who have so greatly impacted my life. The past 18 months have certainly been the best for my life to this point. I am not the same person I once was. The reason being The Atonement. There has been such a mighty change wrought in my heart that I have "no more disposition to do evil but to do good continually." (Mosiah 5:2) 

I will be weird when I get home but we'll just keep it that way :) 

I don't have the words to express what I feel so I will just use some of President Uchtdorf's. 

"In light of what we know about our eternal destiny, is it any wonder that whenever we face the bitter endings of life, they seem unacceptable to us? There seems to be something inside of us that resists endings.

Why is this? Because we are made of the stuff of eternity. We are eternal beings, children of the Almighty God, whose name is Endless13 and who promises eternal blessings without number. Endings are not our destiny.

The more we learn about the gospel of Jesus Christ, the more we realize that endings here in mortality are not endings at all. They are merely interruptions—temporary pauses that one day will seem small compared to the eternal joy awaiting the faithful.

How grateful I am to my Heavenly Father that in His plan there are no true endings, only everlasting beginnings."

I would dare say that this ending, that of being a full-time missionary is 'unacceptable.' But I understand the Atonement and I am prepared to push forward. 

As I always say, "Onward, ever Awkward!"
Alyssa from the Riverton South Stake now live in Lincoln with her husband

Hobb, Sister Starkey, and Sister Newbold 
The Lincoln Sisters

Sister Dumont

Monday, January 12, 2015


Did I ever tell you what NOM really stands for? Not Ordinary Missionaries! 

I love that! It came from sister Weston about a year ago in one of her trainings. She's so cute! Y'all may need to fight her for me. She says I'm not leaving and I said, "okay." I am so grateful for President and Sister Weston and their examples for me. We were told twice in a month from 2 different general authorities that we're not assigned to missions but to the mission president and his wife. Boy, is that true! 

This week was great. We received news that now both us and the Elders in Plattsmouth will work in Fairview and Plattsmouth. We're working to coordinate all that.

We had interviews this week. I love President Weston! He just reassured me that no effort is wasted and he invited me to look back and see how I have changed and grown. He also reminded me that this will never happen again in ETERNITY.........gaul President, thanks!

All I'm trying to say is being a missionary is the best! But guess what, we're all called to be missionaries! Missionary work will never end until our Great Leader says we're done. I hope we can all find ways this year to give the gift of "Feeding his sheep" to the Savior. 

I'm sorry I'm so lame and don't have a lot to say. Miracles have not ceased!

I love you all :) 

Sister Dumont

Monday, January 5, 2015

Happy New Years Y'all!

Parent Note:  Only two more of these! Yay! The over/under on her last post before coming home is 7 sentences, place your bets.

Well....ya know what they say...when you welcome the new year, the old one's gone. 

That's not actually what they say.....

So we began the week with teaching Ashlee (her twin sister's name is Nicole...ironic). She made us some BOMB baked ziti. It was oh so good. 

Wednesday we partied hard. and by that we mean we were in bed by 10:30 and slept great! The Gray family had a party so we ate some good food there and got to know some folk.

New years day we went to the trail center with Ashley (recent convert) to see the gingerbread displays before they closed on Sunday. She loved it. Guess who was there...Sister Case :) so naturally we sang for her since we didn't on our tour a few weeks ago. Sister Case invited us all to, this year, focus on the successes and not the failures :) I love her. 

We had MLC on Friday. As a mission we are all starting 12 week over. The good news is I'll get to do at least 2 weeks :) 

I was emailing President Weston today about some sisters and I said something really profound for once :) haha I said, "everyone is adequate because we're children of God." Think about that next time you feel inadequate. 

I love you all so much! Miracles have not ceased! 

Love Sister Dumont
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Monday, December 29, 2014

I love Christmas on the Mishmas!

We had a great week! We started off in Lincoln with an exchange. On Preparation day we took some nice Christmas photos!

​Ugly sweaters! Naturally, I grabbed the cat :)

We got to go caroling and gave out "He is the Gift" was too much fun!

We rushed home from Lincoln for an appointment we had made with a member. He is currently dating someone who has been coming to church for quite a few months now and guess what? She accepted to take the lessons! CHRISTMAS MIRACLE! We have our first lesson with her tonight :) Prayers!

Zone trainings were this week so we trained in 2 out of the 3 for sisters in our stewardship. Our zone was on Christmas eve day and our stake president paid for all of us to have lunch at Golden Corral! Yummy! Then we had supper 2 hours later with the Bucksbees....yikes, that's a lot of food. On top of that, my sweet companion wasn't feeling very well and didn't really have an appetite.

Christmas was excellent! We had brunch and supper with families in Fairview and visited people in Plattsmouth ward who didn't have families in town this year! I am very grateful for the members who take such great care of us!

This was our last Sunday of 6 hours of church...It's kind of a relief because I can't sit still and focus that long! :) Fairview starts at 9:00 and Pmouth at 10:00 so we'll see what happens there.

I love you all! Never forget that you are loved by me and more importantly, your Heavenly Father!

Sister Dumont

Monday, December 22, 2014

Does Anyone Know How to Slow Time?

This transfer is so busy and it is a bit freaky! 

This past week was a great one! We are just trucking along, getting to know the members in Fairview ward. There is a one, Brother Brown, whom Sister Call taught. He is possibly the cutest thing i've ever seen. He's in his....I won't disclose this information but he's older. We do FHE with him and his Daughter (not a member) and some other members in the ward and it is awesome! 

We were blessed to go to the trail center with Ashley on Wednesday as the youth were doing baptisms for the dead. You won't believe who gave our tour....none other than my Bestie, Sister Case :)  

We dressed up.....

It was super duper tender mercy and Obvi we had a great time! 

Also the next day was Christmas zone conference. I was reminded of how much Heavenly Father is aware of me. Last Week, I set a transfer goal of NO FEAR, and if you can believe it, that's what a portion of our Zone Conference was about. Sister Mc and I just looked at each other in amazement! And guess what? so we had a testimony meeting at the end and this elder got up and said, "fear is stupid!" I love it! Although i don't like the S word...i'll have to come up with a substitute! But it's true. If we really understand the enabling power of the Atonement, we wouldn't have fear. I remember when Elder Neilson was here....a month ago... and he told us that the Apostles have no fear. ZERO, Zip zilch! Wanna know why? Because of faith! So there's the answer. If we can increase our faith, we will decrease our fear! 

We had someone set for baptism for 2 days....and then she dropped us....AWE MAN! We're working to find someone...PRAY! 

I love you all and I hope you have a very merry Christmas and remember the reason for the season! 

Sister Dumont

Monday, December 15, 2014

Wow! Flattsmouth

So transfers happened. Can I just say, don't ever have a companion go home. I still had companions but they were temporary and super not the same as having my own. I AM SO GRATEFUL TO HAVE MY OWN :) haha Introducing......

Sister McFadgen! She hails from the land of Ayr Canada (near Toronto). She was trained by my dearly beloved, Sister Smith so you know she's good :) We are so excited to work in our 2 areas. You heard right folks, we are assigned to Fairview and still live and work in Plattsmouth as well so double duty. I'm afraid this transfer is going to go by so fast with all of the festivites but we are going to enjoy every second of it! Sister McFee is such a hard worker and we just laugh ALL THE TIME! Mostly about funny things Sister Smith did when we were companions. There is so much to be done! 

I was reading in the Epistle of Moroni to Pahoran and he exhorts Pahoran to be "repent of that which ye have done, and begin to be up and doing" Alma 60:24. So that is my challenge to you. Repent and move on. Don't stand idly looking on but do ALL in your power to, day by day, become more like the Savior. I love you all and will let you in on more about the areas when we know ourselves....hahaha we're a little in limbo! 

Have a great week! 

Sister Dumont

Monday, December 8, 2014

Great Week!

This week has been so good! 

Ashley got baptized on Saturday. The service was so beautiful and a lot of her family came who are either less-active or non-members. Ashley looked so happy :) We got to teach young women's yesterday and it was all about inviting others unto Christ. It was fun to hear ways how the YW are sharing the gospel, including Ashley. 

My Sister Jones leaves me tomorrow and for Utah on Wednesday! My fate for the 9th inning will be know on Thursday. I pray I stay in Plattsmouth but where ever Heavenly Father needs me, I'll go! 

I totally lost track of time so I am so sorry! We just finished the Book of Mormon as a mission today in preparation for the Christmas zone conference. We focused on every time the godhead, atonement or heart is mentioned. TALK ABOUT THE WHOLE BOOK OF MORMON! It's everywhere and it's all connected!  The purpose is to change our hearts! We are to be changed from our natural state into what our Heavenly Father wants us to be! I love you all so much! Have a great week! :)

Sister Dumont