Friday, August 5, 2016

Weekly Email - August 1st - Not Trunky

Hi Family & Friends,

Well I've officially been on a mission for 18 months. What in the world!!

Last Tuesday all the departing missionaries got to go to the temple.
Usually the departing missionaries go to a session the day before they
return home, but the Sacramento Temple is going to be closed for the
first two weeks in August so our group got to go this week. It was
definitely one of the most spiritual experiences of my mission. I sat
in the celestial room & just thought of the lessons I've learned over
the last 18 months & the experiences I've had. It was just a great day
& I am just so full of gratitude for my mission. I sat in the
celestial room with my MTC companion, Sister Marks & we just teared up
thinking back to 18 months ago when we entered the MTC together. I'm
just grateful for the friendships I've made here in Sacramento & how
it will always have a special place in my heart. After the temple we
went to the spaghetti factory with President & Sister Jardine. Ah I'm
just gonna miss this mission family so much.

After lunch & I had my departing interview with President Jardine. I
just love that man. Before the interview I thought, "I don't think
I'll cry during this" & the first thing President Jardine asked me
was, "how are you feeling right now?" & wow I just started crying &
told him how grateful I was for my mission. Then he gave me the whole
marriage spiel & talked about her future. Ah what?!

The rest of the week was really good. Okay so the Folsom stereo type
is that there is "no work" because everyone is rich & set in their
ways. I've spent quite sometime in Folsom & have heard this a billion
times haha but yeah i just ignore it usually haha. But last night we
got the biggest miracle call. We had a lady from another Ward call us
& tell us her best friend is ready to take the lessons! She said she
has taken the lessons before from the Elders, but that the elders
weren't very considerate so she's been waiting for months to be able
to be taught by sisters!! Sister Adam & I were so excited we started
to tear up. She gave us her number & she was so excited!!! She asked
if we could come for dinner this week. Her name is Sarah & we will be
going over this week!

I've just learned that when you're doing your best the Lord takes care
of the rest. Last year we had zone conference from Elder Hamula of the
70 & he said multiple times, "pray like everything depends on God, &
work as if everything depends on you" & I've seen that to be very
true! If we pray & truly rely on our Heavenly Father, but then go out
there & work Heavenly Father will bless us for our efforts, but we
always gotta put in that work.

Thank you for all the loving emails this week!!! I'm so excited to see
all of you❤️❤️❤️
Keep choosing the right & take the time to study your scriptures!

Love always,
Sister Sobotka

1. Throw back to Sis Marks & I in the MTC 😂
2. Sis Marks & I's last temple trip:(
3. The Folsom Zone
4. The cute sisters I go home with
5. Our departing group!

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