Saturday, December 3, 2016
Lindsay - November 14, 2016
This week was so fun and busy!! I LOVE being a missionary!
On Tuesday, we had Zone Conferences. President and Sister Passey were there and so were the Assistants. Sister Beach and I gave a training on helping our investigators receive revelation through prayer. We were so nervous before the training, but all went well! The Zone Leaders gave a training on asking inspired questions, and it was definitely needed! This week has been so great, because we have been able to apply what we have learned in zone conferences! That very night, we had a lesson with a less active family, and they were watching the elections. They refused to turn off the television, and so it was really hard for us to share our message. But the Spirit directed us, and we were able to ask them inspired questions that helped us understand their struggles. We talked about consistently living the gospel, and how important it is to have family prayer and scripture study. This Sunday, they came to church! :)
Later that night we had a lesson with the Sparkman's! Brother Sparkman finally talked to bishop, and he is getting his temple recommend renewed!! I am so excited for him! We talked about grace, mercy and the Atonement. It was such a powerful lesson, and we asked A LOT of inspired questions! Wow, I felt the Spirit so strongly in that lesson! My testimony of asking inspired questions has increased especially this week! When we ask inspired questions, we are striving to understand our investigators and what they are struggling with. When we listen, and then when we ask inspired questions, the Spirit can bear witness to them of the truth!
On Wednesday we had an amazing day! We met with our investigator Vikki. Our ward mission leader came with us, and he was so awesome in the lesson. We talked about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We taught faith and repentance, and then Brother Reynolds talked about baptism. It was such a great lesson because we got straight to the point, instead of beating around the bush. (which we do sometimes as missionaries:) But we figured out that she is afraid of being baptized because she doesn't want to cause a wedge between her, and her husband. But I am so grateful for the Spirit, that led us to discover what was keeping her from being baptized.
After Vikki's lesson, we had a discussion with our investigator James. Well, technically he isn't our investigator, because he lives in Tucson. But he was in Pomerene for a few weeks, helping his Mom recover from surgery. But now he is in Tucson, so it is hard to meet with him! He is used to us teaching him, and he also suffers from anxiety, so it has been really hard to transition him over to the Tucson sisters. But it's ok! I know that Heavenly Father has a plan, and that if we work hard, He will bless us. The lesson we had with James lasted longer than we expected, and we were 15 minutes late to dinner. On top of that, we couldn't find the house! We kept turning around and going a different direction, but then we figured out that we were going the wrong way. Sister Beach got so frustrated that she just parked the car, and we started walking. We literally ended up walking a good mile to get to their home. It was really funny because it was dark outside, and Sister Beach was frustrated, but I started laughing because it was really funny. Then Sister Beach and I started running because we couldn't find the house, and it was sketchy outside in the dark, and then finally we reached their home, practically an hour late for dinner!! Ughhhhhh!!!! We apologized about a hundred times, but we got to share a message, and then Sister Mudge packed up some food for us. I LOVE that family! They were so understanding, and they drove us back to our car:) They were so nice!
After that adventure, we met up for exchanges with the Wilcox sisters. Hermana Flores came with me, and Sister Beach went with Hermana Farias. I had an awesome exchange with Hermana Flores! She gave me some great advice about a less active that we were working with and I learned a lot from her. We did some service in the morning, and then saw a less active during the day. We had a good discussion with her about the gospel of Jesus Christ. Hermana Flores definitely has a strength of asking inspired questions.
We also met with our new investigators Theresa and Mina! Last Sunday, Theresa asked Bishop Dahl if he could give her a blessing to quit smoking! We hadn't even taught her the Word of Wisdom, and here she was asking for a blessing to quit smoking! Oh my goodness the Spirit is truly softening her heart and I know that Theresa will be blessed for her desires. At the end of the lesson, we invited them to be baptized on December 10th! They said yes!! Theresa got so excited that she jumped up and hugged us! She told us, "I feel really good about this!" I am so grateful to be here, and to teach these wonderful people!
On Friday, we met with Kairi, another of our investigators. She is 11, and she is scared to pray in front of people, but at the end of the lesson, she said a prayer! I was so happy!! We also met with a less active that is struggling with her faith. We talked about the importance of the Sacrament, and how it can help us to strengthen our faith in Jesus Christ. She came to church on Sunday, so I was very grateful that she made that commitment! On Sunday, we met with another investigator named Brittany. She is 13, and she loves the gospel! She isn't sure whether or not she wants to be baptized. Her parents aren't supportive, and so she is always unsure. But she has an amazing ward family, and I know that when she gets older, that she will be more confident in the decision to be baptized. We are going to keep teaching her though! We had such a great week, and I am so grateful for the trainings that we received at zone conferences! When we go back to the basics, it really makes a difference to be simple and powerful in our teaching. I love you all, I love the gospel! I LOVE being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints!! I hope you have a wonderful week everyone!