FAMILY! MY GOODNESS MY GOODNESS!
MARTHA! She is a new investigator this week! She said, "Most of the time I dodge the Mormons, but this time I felt I needed to listen." She came to church and LOVED it. She loved that the youth were so strong and had such powerful testimonies. For me, the youth just have a more and more tender spot in my heart every time I hear and see them. If they could only know the impact they have on the rest of the world.
We had wonderful visit from the Missionary Department this past week! There is still so much we must improve on.
This morning we just had a lesson with Sister Bridget Wilson. It has been the craziest roller coaster of my life. There is lots of negativity out there as we’re aware of, and it has been brought to her attention. It allowed Bridget to "...wax stronger and stronger in her humility and firmer and firmer in the faith..." It was so neat to see. At first when she was confronted with it, she doubted, and took a step or two back. We clarified some principles and she returned to tell her friend about what we clarified and her friend was grateful for the clarification and understood better these principles. Since she was 12 years old she has had many misconceptions. However, because one dear friend took the time to explain and share her testimony, her heart has been softened. WOW This morning she shared with us an amazing experience.
Chrissy and Bridget will be making their first covenant with their father in Heaven this Saturday!!!
We visited a member who has not been to church in quite some time this past week. We applied principles taught in our missionary meeting the previous week. We taught her about being sealed with her family for not only this life but most importantly for the eternities. She was intrigued and touched by the spirit whispering truth to her heart. She has a strong desire to be with her family forever!
"The Mormonitas, mama, the mormonitas." (Michelle's 3yr old daughter)
Robert is doing wonderful! We walk into the lesson this past week and he has the Restoration DVD pulled up on his TV screen and the remote sitting on the coffee table ready to press play. The rest of the coffee table and couch were covered in pamphlets, the Book of Mormon, the Bible and notebooks, all open and studied and marked up. As soon as we started the lesson he says, "wait, wait, I got to get my notebook so I can take notes...what did you say again?" Multiple times throughout the lesson he says, "So I guess my next question is....so my next question is...what about this...?" I am sure this doesn't even seem real, but I promise you it is. This is the future. This is what it means when our Heavenly Father tells us he is hastening His work. We MUST be ready. People will ask us questions and we must know what to do. Can you imagine if every person in every sacrament meeting, every Relief Society meeting was this inquisitive? Heavenly Father would not be able to keep up with us.
There were five wonderful families who were able to feel the love of the Savior yesterday at church!
We finally got in touch with the Davila family! (the ones where we invited the whole family to be baptized and they looked at each other and said "Ya know, this has been in our plans for a while, and we need to follow by example for our kids." "We will be holding a service on May 10th, will you prepare yourself for this day?" "Yes we can do that." We knock on the Davila's door this past week and Patty says, "I still would love to meet, and the 10th is coming up right, pretty soon, isn’t it this Saturday?" First off, they still want to learn! Second off, they remembered the baptismal date, and still want to be baptized! YAY!
We have our first ever SISTERS CONFERENCE tomorrow!
STORY! (no not another the story, that is actually her name) Another wonderful mother! She has 6 boys, is a single mother and just began a new job. Can you say new beginnings? We showed her a picture of the Savior and asked what she saw in the photo. She said "Compassion, love, joy, Atonement." You have got to be a member. Are you sure you weren't baptized? She told us all about food storage and temples and wards and all sorts. Where did we meet her? Just by a simple knock on the door. THE LORD IS PREPARING PEOPLE TO RECEIVE THE GOSPEL. They might not know where to find it, so we must help them and show them. They might be blinded, just as we are blinded from truths that we don’t know, but we follow in faith.
Sister Slaughter (our mission president wife) shared with us an example of this. She is color-blind and all growing up her mother would draw the half circle lines, one under the other. There were some greens and some blues. But she had to trust in her mother that there were seven colors. As she went into the test, she wrote ROYGBIV on her paper and trusted that what her mother had told her was truth. We may be blinded of those who are ready and prepared to hear the gospel BUT we can do what we are asked to do and follow in faith in EVERY exact way. A lesson I am still slowly but surely learning.
IT MOTHERS DAY AND DAD's BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK!!! ~ Great news.....our mission has now been approved to use SKYPE!
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