Hello Family and Friends!I'm so grateful for the opportunity that I had yesterday to skype myfamily and talk to them! It always feels so good to be able to seetheir faces and talk to them! I really do miss my family and friendsbut being away from home and serving a mission is so worth it! I justcan't believe that I only have 8 more months left. That is so crazy tome. Next thing you know I'll be home! There isn't really much to sayabout this week. Honestly it was probably one of the more not verygood weeks when it comes to the work. The family that I had talkedabout last week dropped us. It was the most heart wrenching experienceever. They said that they loved us and that they believed ineverything that we taught and testified of but that their wife/motherdoesn't want them to be taking lessons. They did say though that theywould stay in touch. I know it isn't the end for them. It was so sosad though! Ugh I just love them! Pretty much everyone one else thisweek that we planned to meet with cancelled on us. So even though weworked hard nothing to exciting happened this week. On Saturday we didanother sacrifice Saturday where we tracted all day. That was prettygood. It started raining towards the end and I finally got to wear mynorth face and it was the best thing ever. We also got to ride someelectric scooters and bikes. That was fun because we got to do somedance moves while we rode the electric scooter. It was so great! Hahaanyway that was pretty much my week! I hope all is well with all ofyou!
Monday, May 9, 2016
Hello Everyone! This week was GREAT! Let me start off my saying thatit rained three different days this week! Along with some hail it wasso great! However that was not the best part of the week! Rememberwhen i totally sunburned on side of my body? IT WAS WORTH IT! The daywhen I burned my left side of my body basically it was because we werestanding in the same spot for two hours talking to someone on thestreet that we had basically tracted into. It was great. Well it justso happens that we got in contact with him again this week and we hadthe best lesson ever! He wanted his kids to be there (all 6 of them).It was so good. We taught the restoration lesson and the spirit was soso so strong! At the end of the lesson the father When we asked him ifhe believed that Joseph Smith was a prophet he looked at us and saidyes I do. I really do. Ahhhh the best words to ever come out ofsomeone's mouth ever! Then we asked all the kids how they felt andthey said we are curious. We want to know more! The second best thingto come out of someone's mouth! So we left that lesson spirituallycharged but also with 6 new investigators that we have the amazingopportunity to help the, understand the importance of Heavenly Fatherin their life and help them come closer to him. I feel so blessed.Then it rained and hailed at the end of the lesson and it was a doubleblessing!The next day we had the opportunity to meet with Elder Jeffrey R.Holland and President Robbins. That was an amazing experience. Beingin the presence of an apostle and hearing him testify of thetruthfulness of the gospel is something that I will never forget. Thespirit was so strong and so good there. He talked about a lot ofthings. The highlight for me was when he was talking about the waythat Christ taught when he was here and he talked about how Christ metpeople at the level that they were at and took them to where theyneeded to be. (John 3 & 4) I loved that so much. I believe that notonly applies to teaching but it also applies to every single personthat ever lives. Christ will meet us where we are at and he will carryus to where we need to be but it will only be if we let him. Anotherthing that Elder Holland spoke about was about being finishers. Hesaid that the blue ribbon does not come at the beginning of the race.It does not come at the middle of the race. It comes at the end of therace. Heavenly Father wants to give you your blue ribbon but you haveto finish the race. Then he went on talking about not giving up and itwas the best thing ever.The next day I was reading in Ether 3 where it tells the story of theBrother of Jared. This chapter really stood out to me and in adifferent way than it normally does. Usually I recognize that theBrother of Jared had this immense amount of faith which is very veryvery true but I noticed this time that the Brother of Jared does hispart first and then the Lord does his. He makes stones, he follows thecommandment to pray, he exercises faith in the Lords miracles and thenthe Lord shows himself to the brother of Jared and he lights thestones. I really loved studying that. It just goes to show that wehave to do our part and then The Lord will do his. In the moment thatwe don't believe the Lord is nearby helping us is the moment that heis carrying us to where we need to be.
Hello my dear family and friends!This week was another pretty good week! This week I realized thatpondering the gospel and reassessing where you are at and how tobecome better is pretty awesome and it brings you so much closer toHeavenly Father! Since I'm a missionary I ponder these things a lotmore and yesterday I realized that it has been a huge blessing. It'sreally awesome cause I feel like I am communing with Heavenly Fatherconstantly. We basically goes like we converse in my mind and then hetells me things I need to do better then I say but why and he answersand I obey. It's funny how being obedient is so essential for us butit is like the hardest thing to do ever. This week with our new StlSister van Uitert we talked about obeying with a willingness of heart.If we are trying to be obedient and our heart isn't in it then we arenot going to be able to succeed because we won't understand the pointbehind it. Anyway I just think it's interesting how importantobedience is. After all it is the first law of Heaven.This week we made some solid progress. We found two new investigators.For the most part they seem pretty interested and ready to hear thegospel. I really hope that they do. This gospel is so important foreverybody! Seriously everybody needs it in their lives. We decided totry a different Tracting approach this time because we didn't feellike what we were doing with pass along cards was getting us anywhereso we decided to tract with our scriptures and at every door to saythat we wanted to share a scripture with them and then we applied itto them personally and talked about who we were. That was a more funway of Tracting. More people were down to hear a simple scripture andit gave us the opportunity to invite the spirit and testify to them.It was really cool. This coming week we are doing another sacrificeSaturday where we are Tracting and street contacting all day. Thatwill be fun! The missionary program in our ward is also planning afamily history event where people can come and learn how to do familyhistory and use the church tools. I'm excited for the event to happen.We all felt really strongly that we needed to do something with familyhistory to help bring people into the church building and to feel thespirit. I'm really hoping that it will go the way that we want it too.I can already tell you that the highlight of this week is going to begetting to hear Elder Jeffrey R. Holland and Elder Lynn G. Robbinsspeak to us on Friday. I am so excited to hear them both speak andgive us guidance on how to be better missionaries and a bettermission. I cannot wait.The members here are really starting to warm up to us and missionarywork is becoming more prevalent in the ward. It has been such ablessing! I'm starting to really love this area. It has taken 3transfers but the people are really great.Anyway I love you all! Life is good in the field!