Saturday, December 3, 2016
Lindsay - November 21, 2016
This week was amazing! Sister Beach and I had some amazing experiences!! On Tuesday we had a great lesson with the Wrights! We talked about a testimony, what it is, and how we can develop it. We tried to ask inspired questions, and it really helped us to discern their needs. For weeks, whenever we would plan for them, our minds were blank! We had no idea what to teach them. So before their lesson, we were thinking about what we could teach them. And then a thought popped into my head, to ask God what he wants us to teach them and I got the impression to teach them about testimonies. And now we know that they want to strengthen them, but they just need to make the choice to do so!
On Wednesday, we had an amazing lesson with Theresa and Mina. They are doing so well! We taught them about the gospel of Jesus Christ, and the member that came with us, really helped Mina to understand the gospel simply. It was awesome!
On Thursday, we were going over to see Sister Judd who is preparing to go to the temple. When we got there, some of her family was there, and they were setting up a nativity. Every year for the past 18 years, the Barney family have brought life size mannequins and dressed them up for a nativity. I will have to send you a picture it is amazing! So we ironed some clothes for them, and carried the mannequins outside to set them up. It was an unexpected opportunity to serve, but they told us they were so grateful for our help.
We had interviews with President Passey right after. Now in the mission, President will be having interviews every transfer, and zone conferences every transfer (every 6 weeks). So that is really fun!
On Friday we went to see Brother Fenn again. Sister Spann came with us, and she thoroughly enjoyed coming with us! Ok funny story. So I had been talking for most of the lesson, and I thought to myself, "Sister Beach, can you say something please?" Then Brother Fenn looked at Sister Beach and said, "Are you ok?" I looked at Sister Beach, and her eyes were closing, oh my goodness I laughed so hard! She had pretty much fallen asleep during the lesson! hahaha! She was so embarrassed, but I laugh because we all make mistakes!
On Saturday (my birthday), we went on exchanges! We had a good day! We visited a returning member in the morning, and then we drove around and followed to Spirit to where we would knock on some doors. We drove by this lady doing yard work, and we stopped and said a prayer and asked if she needed help. She was such a sweet lady! She had met with missionaries before, and so many of her neighbors and friends were encouraging her to join their church, so I think she feels a lot of pressure. So we are definitely going to help her! We offered to help her with the yard work, and so we gave her our number, and she gave us her number. Heck yeah! The Spirit is amazing!
Later in the day, we taught Theresa and Mina about the Word of Wisdom. Theresa hasn't quit smoking yet, but she wants to so badly! We also talked about prayer, scripture study, and the Sacrament, and how those things can help us to overcome anything. Sister Fry from the ward also came, and she gave a great analogy about the sacrament. She said our lives are like a swimming pool, and when we partake of the sacrament each week, we are cleaning our pools. But when we don't do those things, our pools become swampy and murky. It was so cool! And Mina definitely liked it! I am so grateful for the members of the Church! Their testimonies are simple, and powerful and I love them!
We also helped the Wrights make tamales. Every year before Thanksgiving they make dozens and dozens of tamales! So they definitely appreciated our help. On Sunday, we had an amazing day! Sister Beach and I look forward to partaking of the Sacrament each week! It makes me feel so comforted and at peace. Later that night, one of our investigators dropped us. It was really sad. She is 13, and her parents aren't supportive about it, so she isn't super strong because of that lack of support. Definitely send prayers her way, and also for Theresa to quit smoking!
I love you all, and hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! I am so grateful for you and your love and support! I am so grateful to be a representative of Jesus Christ this holiday season! And I am thankful to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints!