Moore and Moore Miracles!

HEY Y’ALL! How is everything!? This week was good! Lots of exciting stuff coming in the next couple weeks! Stay tuned ūüôā BUT, this week…there were truly Moore and Moore miracles every day:

Kel– is doing great! She opened up a lot and has been reading all the chapters we give her from the Book of Mormon! She even sat in on Jaron’s lesson and participated!

Jaron– Complete miracle with him! He has been kind of argumentative in our lessons. We were originally going to teach him the Doctrine of Christ at our appointment, but we got there and he hadn’t read. Then, inspired Sister Cooper whipped out Alma 32 and we read it together. He was so taken back by it that he underlined almost the whole chapter! We asked him if he had any questions and he just sat there in silence, then said, “No, I just liked it all.” He prayed at the end of our lesson and said in the prayer, “Thank you for sending these Sisters to leave me completely in awe by this chapter.” I couldn’t help but crack a little grin. Of course it wasn’t us, it was the Spirit softening his heart and him for being open to the Spirit! Miracles miracles!

Doug– is getting baptized next Saturday! He is so ready! People in the ward don’t even think he’s an investigator! He called us the other day informing us that he has called everyone for the talks, refreshments, etc. He is so on top of it!

Jessie– She is a 9-year-old girl whose mom is a member. For the 5 months Sister Cooper has been here, she has hardly heard Jessie say more than a couple words. So, it has made it a little difficult to teach and gauge whether or not she’s understanding anything. But…Wednesday we prayed that she would open up and talk, and during the lesson that day she just gabbed away! She gave examples in the lesson about repentance, told us why she wants to be baptized, and even said the prayer at the end. MIRACLE. Heavenly Father has really been blessing us this week with so many miracles! Jessie also set a baptismal date for¬†October 12th!

We have an older, less-active sister in our ward who never comes to church, but we visit and read with her every week. I felt prompted that we should not read this week, but instead watch The Restoration. It was downpouring rain that day! When we asked her if we could watch this film instead of read, she invited her grandson to watch with us who apparently had never agreed to be a part of the lessons until now. The spirit was strong as we watched it.¬†The grandson¬†asked us questions after and the sister was in tears. She expressed her love for her mother who had accepted the Gospel when she was young and told us that her sister is still active and happy. Then, on Sunday…she CAME TO CHURCH!

On Saturday, I got a call from the AP’s and I WILL BE TRAINING A NEW MISSIONARY! AH! I have never felt so inadequate, but¬†I am excited! Currently my “daughter” (mission lingo) is in the MTC. I am excited to meet her! So, yes, I got transfer doctrine early. I am staying in Moore and training, and Sister Cooper is leaving. We won’t find our where until next Sunday!

Spiritual thought of the week: Prayer. I have been thinking a lot about how to have effective, answer-filled prayers. I found this quote¬†from the article “Improving¬†Our Personal Prayers” by Elder Kevin W. Pearson¬†in the¬†June Ensign¬†that says:

“Prayer is an alignment process. We don’t move God to our point of view. Prayer is less about changing our circumstances and more about changing us.¬†It is about seeking His will and asking for His help to do what we need to do. When we align our will with Father’s will, answers and spiritual power will flow more freely. This allows us to pray with faith.”

I love you all! Have a great week and pray for Moore!

Sister Roberts

Honey & Fruitcake!

Hello!!

The hardest part of the e-mails is starting them! I think I always say, “SO ANOTHER GREAT WEEK!” Well…what can I say, they are great weeks! ūüôā

But, seriously great week…we have 9 new investigators! They were just coming out of nowhere! It was awesome!

Moore Miracles from the week:

So, I don’t remember if I told this story, but there was a guy named Jaron who waltzed into Sacrament Meeting (fast and testimony meeting), bore his testimony and said how he could tell that we all want to actually be there! Anyway, we started teaching him! He has LOTS of questions and is “chewin’ on it all” as he says (which means “I’m pondering over it” in Okie). So, the third time we met with him, we invited one his roommates to join; her name is Kel. She is soooo great! She accepted a baptismal invitation for October 12th and came to church! She loved it when we told her that she is a daughter of God! She is 18 and just moved out on her own, and a former co-worker, Corbin, offered to have her live in their house. So Corbin, Jaron, Kel and Corbin’s blind dad all live there. It’s like a big family.¬†Corbin and Jaron are both in the military. Corbin is less active and told Jaron to go to church the first time he went. Corbin’s dad is active apparently! They all live in Del City, so we go there a lot now! We also met with Brooklyn! Brooklyn has sooo many questions. The lesson this week consisted of her telling us things she opposes in the Book of Mormon. Oh dear! Doug is doing fabulous! His baptism is still scheduled for the 28th! Last week, we gave him the Conference issue of the Ensign and gave him 3 talks to read, but he read the WHOLE THING! Our jaws dropped. He also gave it to his roommate to read. He is such a good missionary already! He is already inviting people to his baptism and wants a calling! Another Moore miracle is Gage. He was a referral from the Midwest City sisters, and we had a really hard time getting a hold of him. We finally met with him, and he loved the message! He had already read a couple chapters from the Book of Mormon! The sad thing is that he is moving to Guthrie which is not in our ward, so the other singles ward sisters in Edmond will be teaching him! We asked him to pray about the Restoration, but he responded with, “I believe you..” We were like, “Great! Pray about it, too!” We also found a cute little family that we are going back to teach tonight! Funny story of the week: One of the less active sisters is a total hippie. She was telling us about the longest lasting foods: honey and fruitcake. She told us to store them up for the zombie apocalypse. Yeah…

Thought/challenge of the week: Watch the Mormon Message (on lds.org)¬†called “Deep Beauty.” This morning, I was studying what it means to be a Child of God. Romans 8:16 states it best as it says, “The spirit itself beareth witness with¬†our spirits that we are the children of God.” I don’t think we really stop and think about what that means. We are literally spirit¬†children of God with the divine potential to become like our Father. We have worth and purpose. We are loved, cared for and watched over. He rejoices¬†with¬†us when we succeed and cries with us when we are sad. We can communicate with¬†Him through sincere prayer. That knowledge brings me much peace and gives me the boost I need to do His work. I love what Elder Russell M Nelson said: “Who are we? We are children of God. Our potential is unlimited. Our inheritance is sacred.”¬†

I love y’all!

Sister Roberts

P.S. Thanks for the e-mails and letters everyone! I will be better about giving shout-outs! 

I Love the Lord!

Family and friends,

Hey y’all!¬†Well another good week here to report on! I am so grateful for the support I feel from you all and my Heavenly Father. I love learning a little bit more every day how I feel the Spirit and how to recognize it. Miracles sure abounded this week in Moore!

Tuesday after the last e-mail, Sister Goelz came out teaching with us and we taught Charly (the man with cancer), Doug, Jimmy and Audrey. We had a good lesson with Charly about the Plan of Salvation. With Doug, we¬†reviewed the Restoration, taught the Law of Chastity and about following the Prophets. We gave him three talks along with scriptures to read for next week’s lesson, and he asked, “Is this it?” what. a. champ. He is soaking everything in! I love it! His baptism is in 2 weeks! Jimmy and Audrey were actually former investigators that dropped the sisters last transfer. We went to check on them, and they let us teach them and told us they had¬†still¬†been studying the Book of Mormon! Wow!

On Wednesday, we met with some less active sisters. Later we saw Axle and had to drop him, ūüė¶ but…we left it in his hands. We told him to call us when he is ready to make an effort. He said he just doesn’t want to put anything into it right now. So…we’ll see!

Thursday’s highlights were lessons with the Nira’s and Chester. We read the Book of Mormon in both lessons. We were even reading the Isaiah chapters and they wanted to keep going!

On Friday, we went on exchanges! I went to Noble with Sister Pfister. We biked to visit a lot of older ladies and had dinner with the Roberts! We joked about how we must be family! Noble is so peaceful and small! Saturday we re-exchanged and tracted.

Sunday was Sister Cooper’s birthday (the big 2-0)! We went to Ward Council and Elder Hanes and¬†I gave talks in Sacrament Meeting along with a guy leaving on his mission! Total investigators there (both ours and the Elders’) were: 12!! It was a huge deal because the Elders haven’t had any in a while and a whole investigator¬†family came!¬†Among ours were the¬†Nira’s, Chester, Zach & Jessie (part member fam). Then we went to the singles’ ward where we had 2 more investigators–Doug and a new investigator named Jaron! We had a great lesson about the Restoration and the Book of Mormon with Jaron right after Sacrament Meeting. Jaron had come last week and came again! He said he liked this church “because you can tell¬†everyone here wants to be here!” Later, we had dinner at the Ketchie’s home with the Shaws (the investigator family) and the Elders! It was great! I felt the spirit so strongly yesterday! So many miracles and amazing people! We taught one of our new investigators, Jazmine (11 year old girl), and we read with her. She kept wanting to read even though she said she didn’t understand anything! haha She is so cute! We tracted all night and visited with Maxine and her husband, Bryson (older investigator couple). We asked them how they developed faith in Jesus Christ. When Maxine said that her mother was strong in her faith, the Spirit prompted me to talk about the 2,000 sons of Helaman and how their mothers had taught them. We read that and talked about the influence we can have on others by sharing our faith. We talked about how by coming to church we can share those experiences. They said they would come next week! YAY! Then we knocked into a 90-year-old lady named Grace. We said that we were representatives of Jesus Christ and she said, “Oh, in that case, come in! Anyone representing His name is welcome in my house!” We sat on her peaceful¬†back porch with the crickets chirping and fireflies lighting the yard as she told us about her husband who had passed away during their 50s. She said, “When I get up to heaven, I am going to say to him: Why’d you have to leave me!” haha She was adorable. She¬†talked to us about the wars, the Dust Bowl and how things used to be.¬†She said she is really into her church, but we offered a prayer with her and gave her a big hug!

I am so grateful¬†for the people in the¬†world who are kind and live a Christ-like life!¬†Driving home that night, I pondered what being Christ-like is and how we¬†can develop those attributes.¬†He has shown us the way to develop them and has given us the tools! I love the perfect example that Christ set. He is my Savior and I love Him. And like we talked about with Maxine and Bryson, I want to be a person about whom people say, “I know she knows it!” ¬†As I challenged in my talk, If you love this Gospel, then share it; if you do not know it’s true yet, find out!

I love y’all! Have a GREAT WEEK!

Sister Roberts

Moore Happiness!

ImageThe OKC South Zone

Family and Friends!

Hello! We are e-mailing today because the library was closed yesterday for the holiday. We had a super fun p-day though. We played volleyball all morning at the Starns (members in the ward), then we played soccer with the zone later. That night, we had a Zone Specialized Training Meeting (STM), which is where the Zone Leaders do a training. It was great…they had a new member come and share her testimony of the Holy Ghost’s role in her conversion. She had an amazing story.

ImageLabor Day Volleyball at the Starns (with a broom? idk where that came from)!

Well, the week went great! I am getting more familiar with the area. Thank goodness! The Nira’s (I talked about them last week) fasted and decided they want to be baptized on December 7th…it’s a ways out, but hey, we can work with that! We read in 1 Nephi with them this week.

Doug (one of the YSAs) is on a roll. Every lesson, he is like, “Was that all?” He is so open and hungry for the Gospel.

Gaelle (Flora’s friend) is doing great too! She came to church this week and pulled us and a member aside after church a little frustrated and told us she wants to learn how to pray in English better (she’s a native French speaker). We had a short lesson on what prayer is and what we can. She said the prayer at the end and it was a-maz-ing! She and I were talking at Break the Fast (lunch after fast Sunday), and she said that she feels a lot of love and peace here. I told her that she was feeling the Spirit! In Relief Society, they have a little “nice note” basket in which you can put notes to other RS members, and Gaelle got 5! She was like, “I guess I’m loved!”…AND SHE IS! The members are doing such a great job fellowshipping her! Our Moore 1st Ward members are doing great too! The Goelz family had a non-member family, us and the Elders over for dinner and a message!

We also have a few new investigators (Charly, Paula, and Penny). They are all family ward investigators. We actually just met with Penny today for the first time! She is so prepared. She’s had a rough past, but says she looks for anything positive and peaceful and that Jesus is the power¬†that helps her change. She accepted the invitation to be baptized in a couple weeks, too! AH! Paula also accepted after we taught her the Restoration lesson. She said, “If people don’t think there should be living prophets on the earth today, they don’t know their Bible” hahaha. Charly is a man we found who has cancer. He is sick a lot, but the first lesson went great as well! I’ll update y’all on that more as they progress. My heart is so full! I talked to the sisters in Norman this week and for those of you who remember Ben, he came to church and asked what Home Teachers are (the elders quorum lesson) and wants them! Apparently he is doing great!

Funny story, or¬†“bible belt¬†bash,”¬†of the week. One night tracting, we had a pretty unsuccessful night. One person talked to us in the 3 hours we were out there. One lady yelled at my face about how she doesn’t worship “John Smith.” I thought…”Me neither!” hahaha Then, another guy asked Sister Cooper, “Is Jesus God?” and she answered, “Well we know He is the Son of God, but-” (he interrupted) “Well who told you that lie?” “The Bible,” she replied. That through him for a loop. He told us to get off his property and to not talk to his neighbors or he’d drive us away. haha…oh dear.

I love this Gospel. I love sharing it! We see so many miracles that confirm to me that God is there. He lives and loves us and has a hand in our lives. The Gospel just makes me so happy; it makes sense and as my testimony has grown, my desire to share it increases as well!

Mosiah 5:2

Love y’all!

Sister Roberts

P.S. The tornado clean up is pretty close to finished. We don’t do it anymore. There are a lot of ward members that moved because their homes were destroyed.

ImageMe eating squirrel!