As a Sister Training Leader, just as the title implies, I have many opportunities to lead and train other missionaries. I am called to uplift and inspire. I have reflected on other leaders that I have seen and what skills they have to know how I can be a more effective leader. Before too long I realized that I should look towards the ultimate leader to know how I need to lead. I began studying at least a chapter a day from the Bible in the four gospels. This week I read Matt 20:34. I noticed the order of Christ’s feelings and actions. First, he had compassion on them. Then, he healed them and lastly, they followed him. As I pondered that, I realized that that is exactly how I will best influence other missionaries under my stewardship. First I must take time to know them and understand them. I must have compassion for them and recognize the things they are struggling with. Then I must “heal” them….or in my case, I must serve them. Then they will be open and ready for suggestions and will heed my counsel. I am working so hard to be a better leader and apply the Savior’s attributes in my life. I am so grateful that we have Him as a perfect example.
It has been a wonderful week and I am excited for the week to come. Our mission is focusing on miracles and purifying ourselves so that God can bless us with miracles. I am a huge advocate of that, so I am super excited! My making ourselves better, we are able to be an instrument in God’s hand and we are much more capable to do his work. It’s wonderful!
I love you all and appreciate your love and support! Continue to think of Christ and strive to be like him!
Sister Kim Eckman
SNOW! It’s amazing how the people here react to a couple inches of sno.\w. Basically everyone loses their minds! One Tuesday morning while we were studying it started to snow. We never worry too much because it usually melts as soon as it hits the ground, but not this time! It snowed and snowed and snowed! I wasn’t too worried and felt pretty confident driving in it because I’m from Idaho and have driven in a lot worse. However, there are a couple pretty big hills that we have to go up and down to get out of the neighborhood we live in. We were headed to Farragut for our monthly Missionary Leadership Meeting. All of the mission leaders from here all the way to NC come and we have a meeting that takes most of the day. We piled in the car along with the zone leaders and could not get up the hill! After many tries and lots of problem solving we finally resorted to clearing the road ourselves using our only available tool…a window scrapper. It was pretty exciting! After the meeting the roads were so icy and scary, most of the missionaries spent the night at the mission home, but since we live pretty close by, the mission president took us home in his Armada. I was just amazed at how much trouble a couple inches of snow caused! Sheesh! School was out almost all week and we weren’t even allowed to go out one of the days! It was great to have a little blast of winter though!