Monday, May 21, 2012
My emotions are so close to the surface but I'm enduring. I was studying it this morning and I fasted yesterday about continuing to receive direction as I make a transition that I'm scared for. I just need to continue living the gospel and look to God. It was a tender mercy from the Lord as I was reading in the Book of Mormon in Alma 36 and 37. I know the Lord is going to fulfill His promises and I have been looking to my patriarchal blessing for that and trusting that it is eternal in nature.
The Lord is so good. I will never ever forget the feelings and that experience of being with Elder Neil L. Anderson. That was such a sacred experience and I just have been giving thanks to Heavenly Father for letting me have that experience before I go home. He is an apostle and witness of Christ, there was an overwhelming conviction of that. Words can't explain but I know that Jesus is the Christ.
Our prayers reached heaven, the Lord blessed us immensly so that we could reach our goals. We relied a lot on the members and they were there for us. We had an incredible lesson with the guy that came to church last week and he is 25 and single so we let the zone leaders know and he went to their branch yesterday. He sent us a text yesterday and told us how he liked it and that he is giving baptism serious consideration. He felt the spirit and I know the zone leaders will take care of him and help him strengthen his testimony. We are teaching a new investigator, Joyce, and what a gem. She opened up to us yesterday about some things that she has been feeling the weight of and Sister Berrett and I were able to teach of the love of our Savior and His Atonement. She has been reading the Book of Mormon this week and told us that she has been feeling peace. She is a blessing. Jay and his wife Kristi are loving the gospel and the blessings from it, they are temple bound and as we taught them the Plan of Salvation and Jay just loved learning about it. In church yesterday, Jay came but also some less actives that haven't been in awhile and they stayed for sunday school. Love it.
I love you all!!!!
Monday, May 14, 2012
It was so wonderful to talk you yesterday. I am very grateful for each of you and for the importance of family that is part of this great plan. I have been learning lessons that will forever change my outlook on life. Because I have come to know my Savior and my Heavenly Father I now have a lot of hope. Hope in the Atonement, it is real. I love being immersed in this gospel and having the guidance of the spirit. Just yesterday we were driving home from a lesson and we were going to contact a refferral and the whole drive, the thought just kept coming to me that we shouldn't try them at that moment, wait another day. I didn't say anything for a minute or two, but then I told Sister Berrett and she stood with me with my prompting. I know sometimes I don't understand completely why but trusting in the spirit is very special and sacred to me. My mission is sacred to me. I am in awe of this journey that I have been on. I thank my Heavenly Father every day for letting me experience His love in an intense way.
We have an awesome week ahead of us and we are just going, going!!!! Sorry I don't have much to write this week, since I just talked with you yesterday:) Remember that I love you each dearly and I pray that the Lord will protect each of us.
Monday, May 7, 2012
Oh my goodness what a week. The Lord is taking of care of us, I do know that. He is giving me strength and has never left my side, the work is going strong and I know Sister Berrett and I are doing our best together. That is what the Lord has asked of us. We didn't have any one come to church yesterday, and that was so hard. We were trained on it in district meeting, we applied those things all week and worked so hard and no one came. We went to see Heather and her family, I guess it has been a really hard week for her and she was so sad yesterday, it just broke my little heart. We went over D&C 20:37 with her and she does have a desire to be baptized and has been talking to her sister-in-law who recently got baptized and it is giving her reassurance as well. I am praying for her ferverently that she will continue to progress and stop smoking for good. I want her to stay strong in the gospel and not be a checklist convert. She will be okay, the Lord will take care of her. Jay and Kristie are incredible and my heart swelled when Jay told us that he knew this was all true. It was a powerful lesson and we set a date with him for June 16. We had been walking all around Spencer, and so we were walking down their driveway and we were so excited so we found a tall bush and jumped and screamed and then continued walking. The next day in my personal study I was studying conversion and as I was reading it, I knew Jay has been converted. He wants his extended family to come to church and at least take a chance. We had a great lesson with a few other investigators as we taught them the importance of coming to church. There is a man named Don, whom I have a lot of faith in and he wants these things so much but we just need to help him act. When he taught him about the Sabbath and the sacrament he wanted it and we expected him to come yesterday, he didn't.
We went to see a few recent converts and the Lord was with us as we helped them realize the blessings that will help them continue to get through their trials. Michaela is an absolute gem and I feel like the ward has forgotten about her. She needs to be embraced. We had dinner with an adorable family yesterday, and the husband was just reassigned as her home teacher and he was showing such great concern for her and what he could do to help her feel comfortable. I know we just need to keep leading her. She is 17 and is lost especially with her family situation. That is one thing that I have learned on my mission and how much I wasn't really aware of how bad things can get at home. She has a mom who has boyfriends in and out of the house and her mom isn't very stable and it's taking a toll on her. Keep her in your prayers please. I love her so much. And sweet sweet Donna, who's health is not well. Her eyesight is failing fast, and she cried and cried when she told us she couldn't read the Book of Mormon. The Lord blessed her to see the wonderful things of the gospel, but I know she has been able to see much more than just physical things, she has seen her family start to come into the gospel, she has eternal perspective, she is going to see her granddaughter who passed away. This work is much more than a baptism on a Saturday, I will be with these people for eternity and now they know that.
Sister Berrett and I are just doing swell and having a lot of fun. I swear we walked 50000 miles this week, but we had lovely adventures along the way. She is a hoot!!!!!!!
gospel's true and the book is blue!!