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This week was literally crazy!! Oh my goodness so many things happened!
On Tuesday, I went on an exchange with Sister Packer. We had such a great day together! We contacted a former investigator and she was really nice! She let us right in. We began to talk to her about our purpose, and how we help them to strengthen their faith. As we spoke with her, she explained that she doesn't have a strong religious background, but she has a faith in God and Jesus Christ. The next time we come and teach her, we will be discussing prayer. She hasn't prayed much in her life, so we are going to work on that! We are really excited to teach her!
That night we visited the Wrights again. Sister Crockett from the ward came with us, and we taught them the Restoration. We were teaching the first two points and we didn't get too far. They had some concerns about their own families, and we were trying so hard to address those concerns. And then the wife got a phone call from her son who was in a bad situation, and so it turned into "Not a good time" situation. So we left. It was really sad, but I know how much the gospel can bless our families, even if they aren't perfect!!
On Wednesday we had an amazing district choice meeting. Elder Hansen chose a topic to give a training on. We had a training about light the world, and how we can share that message with others. Then he brought up a topic that the St. David sisters were struggling with. We talked about the Holy Ghost, and how we can help others to identify it, and to act on the feelings that they receive. It was a really good district meeting. In the evening we visited the Sparkman's and finally oh my goodness finally set a day to go to the temple with them!
On Thursday, I went with Sister Steele for exchanges in St. David. It was the first of December, and the first day of service. We literally served all day! In the morning after studies, the relief society of San Pedro ward were making General Conference countdown quotes for each day of the month until conference in April. It was a lot of tedious work, and they definitely needed a lot of help. So it felt good to lift their burdens at least a little bit. Another lady in the ward called us and said that the priests in the ward made christmas cookies for all the widows in the ward. They couldn't deliver them all on Mutual night, so we dropped by to get the cookies and deliver them! 8 plates of cookies!! Wow! Then we tried some less actives before dinner. We had dinner, and then headed off to help a family from the St. David ward move into the Patton ward!! And we helped her unpack boxes filled with dishes, containers etc. We helped them until the end of our exchange!! It felt so good to serve others all day! And we were able to share the light of the world video to a lot of individuals that day.
On Friday we headed up to Tucson for my last Mission Leadership Council. Wow, what a meeting! We talked about having effective practices when we prepare for our lessons throughout the day. We had such a great time! President and Sister Passey got emotional as they thanked all the leaders who are going home in a week or two. I held it together! Whew!! It hasn't hit me yet that I am going home! Anyways, after MLC we met with our investigators Teresa and Angel. We read the Book of Mormon with them, and I know that they felt the Spirit. It was really good for us to have that discussion.
On Saturday we met with Teresa and Angel again and we taught the Law of Tithing and Fasting. Sister Fry came with us which was a great help! Later in the day we headed up to the Gila Valley to go with the Johnsons to the temple. Unfortunately, we thought it would only take an hour to get to the temple. We were wrong, and were 6 minutes late to the session. We were so disappointed, but Sister Beach helped me realize, the past is in the past and we need to make the best of the situation. So we did some initiatories and went into the celestial room. The Johnsons saw us and were so relieved to see us. We apologized about a thousand times, but they were so understanding. I am so grateful for the peace that the temple brings. I can't even explain it! I was overwhelmed by the peace and comfort of the Spirit. Especially when I was praying. It was such a wonderful experience.
On Sunday, Teresa and Angel had their baptismal interviews and they passed! Everyone, please pray for them because their baptism is this Saturday!! I love you all, and I am so grateful to be a missionary!! I love you Chels! I hope you adjust well back at home!!