November 4, 2013
Time is seriously passing so quickly. I cannot believe it's P-day again and this transfer is rapidly coming to an end! This week was wonderful. The Halloween spirit was in the air.
We started off the week by teaching an investigator named Sandy on Monday night. Sister Nuttall and Sister Anson found her two transfers ago. They were driving down the road and Sister Nuttall felt the distinct impression they should stop the car and go knock on her door and sure enough, she was interested! I think that is just the neatest experience. Sandy is AMAZING. She knows it is true and takes notes during our lessons which is really awesome. She is kind of hard to get a hold of though and her daughter is holding her back in a way. Her daughter, who is about 7, recently started going to a different church and is really involved with all of the activities there. Sandy doesn't want to tear her away from that so it's a difficult situation, but she is definitely progressing, so we are grateful.
On Tuesday, we had a ward Halloween party which was so much fun. Sandy came with her daughter. Her daughter kept calling us "The Holy Girls" which was really funny. They both had a really good time and it was so fun to see all of the little kids dressed up in costumes. It reminded me a ton of Halloween in Colorado--many of the costumes were covered up by winter coats and scarves and mittens but everyone had a really good time trunk or treating. Also, pretty much everyone in the ward made jokes about us dressing up as missionaries for Halloween which I just loved.
Wednesday we had our weekly scripture study class. An investigator named Kelle came. Kelle is absolutely incredible. I love her so much! She has been investigating for a really long time. She knows it's all true but she doesn't want to get baptized because she doesn't want to discriminate against other churches...it's kind of a hard situation. She comes to scripture study every week though and is such an amazing woman! She used to live in Highlands Ranch a while ago so that was a fun connection to make. She has been having some really difficult situations recently. Her father passed away a month or so ago and she said her kids have been asking about the plan of salvation and we are going over there to teach it to them tonight. I am excited to testify of the things I have learned about the spirit world from grandpa recently passing. It's amazing to see how much the gospel really helps us in those dark times.
Thursday was Halloween. It was POURING RAIN the whole entire day which was so much fun! We went door knocking out in the rain (my favorite--miracles ALWAYS happen) but we had to stop at 5. We dropped by a less-active’s house and taught her. It was pretty funny because her last name is Gentile. We felt like we should read Ether 12 with her. In the past when we have visited her, we usually aren't able to get a very solid message in because she diverts the conversation and is very talkative, but this chapter talked about the gentiles and she really wanted to read more about it! Haha, the Lord definitely works in mysterious ways. After we dropped by another less active’s and helped her pass out Halloween candy. Our favorite costume was a little girl dressed up as a founding father. It was revolutionary.
On Saturday we had interviews with President Hess in the morning. He is amazing, and I learned so much from him. We talked about the Spirit and Christlike attributes. When we have the Holy Ghost, we are able to cultivate our Christlike attributes. When we are exhibiting those attributes, we are able to more fully feel the influence of the Spirit in our lives. It's really amazing to see that these 2 connect so well and they fully help us to become like our Lord and Savior. He also shared with me that they haven't heard anything about my visa so it's looking like I will spend Christmas in Michigan! He said there is a chance I could get permanently reassigned here. It's crazy! I didn't really ever think that could be a possibility, but I am excited to serve where the Lord needs me. He used a quote I really liked: "Life is hard by the yard but a cinch by the inch." Isn't that wonderful? Focusing on the present is the key to being happy in life. If we dwell too much on the responsibilities of the future or focus unnecessarily on the mistakes of the past, we won't have a good today.
We went on Saturday night and taught Jaszzameen. (We just learned that's really how you spell her name, haha.) She got a priesthood blessing from Brother Winder and it was really powerful! She was able to feel the calming influence of the Holy Ghost and the immediate contrast it brought from the stress of her life. We went over and read with her after church on Sunday as well and she is progressing well. I love her so much and I am so blessed to be able to witness how the gospel is positively changing her life.
Things are going so well and the members are amazing too. We haven't had a car this week and they have been so willing to help with rides and appointments and feed us dinners! The Hunters fed us again and their girls were so cute. They wrote notes to us and gave us some of their Halloween candy.
One thing I really loved in gospel study this week was reading Ether 6:5. It talks about how the Lord sends a "furious wind" to direct the barges across the waters. To me, that could be interpreted as a trial in their life. It's funny to see how the trial came because the brother of Jared asked that they could receive steering to get to their destination. Sometimes, we pray for blessings and guidance. The Lord helps us to get to that destination and answers our prayers--but not always in the way we expect. Sometimes, the path we take might seem like a "furious wind" is blowing against us but really it helps us to reach who we need to become much faster than a gentle breeze. It made me think of a quote by Neal A. Maxwell: "How many times, naively, have we vigorously protested while on our way to a blessing?" I love it! The church is true and trials are true!
Thanks for all your support and love! I am so grateful for the opportunity to serve my loving Heavenly Father. Have a great week!