Dearest, loved and never forgotten family!
My heart is so full. I always read your emails before I write because you all fill me up. I am beyond happy right now and look a bit like a nerd just looking at this screen and smiling! It’s a beautiful thing to read all of your emails and feel the spirit in your heart. I love each one of you.
Sister Davis and I studied about "how the trials our investigators are facing are helping them." WHoooH. It was almost un-imaginable to realize the challenges and struggles they are facing. BUT it has been very humbling, knowing that it is a requirement to use and apply the atonement of Jesus Christ in our lives to return to live in our Heavenly Father's presence.
Debbie and Randy are staying strong as best they can. We stopped by this past week and Debbie tells us she has read five chapters in the gospel principles book, all of 3 Nephi 11, the restoration pamphlet and just needs to finish the questions (and she already knows the answers). And she then asks "What would you like me to read next?" (keep in mind, all we have taught this couple is one lesson, that being the restoration) Randy then tells us that he has decided to quit smoking on his own for financial and health reasons (not to even mention it is a commandment of God)!!!!! Our jaws dropped to the ground. Although they are struggling with many personal things at this time so if you could keep them in your sincere deepest thoughts and prayers. We are not sure how to best help them at this time. They have the deepest desire to come closer to Christ in every way!
EDGAR URIBE WAS BAPTIZED AND CONFIRMED! See the pictures below. After his baptism he said "I just can't stop smiling, I am so happy!" We are now teaching his cousin, Michelle and her three daughters as well!
Holly is an investigator we just met this week! Her and her mother Jude were asking question after question in our lesson. We couldn't even keep up with our responses. Jude was able to attend church this past week and loved it! WOW Even after receiving not the best of response from her husband, Holly still understood and knew that this was good and she desired to continue learning. However, Satan just continues to work hard on these individuals. Continue to pray for Holly as well!
WE ATTENDED THE TEMPLE THIS WEEK! JP is an individual Sister Davis worked with and he just received his endowment this past Thurs! WOW I was able to have a lesson with JP on an exchange with Sister Davis months ago...it was incredible to see the change from the very beginning to now. That is the atonement of Jesus Christ...healing, changing, forming, improving, and enhancing the lives of the Children of God.
Chrissy has an amazing story! She was tossed from home to home when she was younger, met Sara (a youth in our ward) in a Spanish class in high school, Sara offered Chrissy a place to stay at Christmas, Sara's parents then became Chrissy's legal guardians, and now Chrissy is learning about the eternal blessings of the gospel of Jesus Christ. After not talking to God in over 5 years, she is now reading the Book of Mormon, praying and understanding that she has a Heavenly Father that loves her. Can you imagine hearing that for the first time? "You have a Heavenly Father who loves you and wants you to return home to live with him."
We soaked up the Women's Conference on Saturday evening. I feel so lucky being a daughter of God and getting just a taste of Conference before it actually comes. WOW. We heard from those who know our Heavenly Father, who know His plan inside and out, who know that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the World. It is crucial that we listen and obey their words. They are from our Heavenly Father.
Sister Davis is a superstar. We have now become the unstoppable Dynamic Davis Duo. And we will continue to be together for at least another six weeks. HUZZAAHHH! I am beyond grateful for someone who corrects me, who leads me by the hand, who teaches me agency, accountability, determination and so much more.
The scripture in the subject has hit home this week. No matter where we are physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually, we must worship God in spirit and in truth, with our full and honest hearts. If we do, we will be building the Kingdom of God and preparing it for when Christ's will come again. There is NO time to waste.
Much love to each one of you. I am grateful for you prayers…..sincerely grateful for your thoughts and prayers. THANK YOU. The spring has come! Conference Season is here! Prepare, prepare, prepare!
|at the temple with JP!|
|edgar and Michelle's three cute girls! A wonderful family we are teaching!|