First off, shout out to my Dad for getting the BYU JOB!! My family is moving to Utah! So, yet again, I will be going home to an unknown place. haha! At least Provo doesn’t feel too foreign! And for the record… that is probably the only time [my e-mail title] you will see me singing the BYU song. hahaha jk!
Well this week was great! I hit my 5-month mark and time is seriously flying. It doesn’t feel like it’s been 5 already.
On Tuesday, we had lunch at a less-active family’s house-the Edmunds. The Dad and son live there. They are from a local Indian Tribe. Then we taught Kel the Law of Tithing and Fasting. When we extended the commitment she said, “I’d love to!!!” haha That is the first time I’ve heard that after tithing. But she is so faithful! Then we went to see a referral named Erick. He lives way up North in our area. We took Bonnie, one of our singles, with us. It was a miracle. This guy is golden. He accepted to be baptized in November and said that he wants this for his 5 children. He is only 22, so he has his hands full. His fiance’s name is Dancing Feathers… cool huh!? We met her too another night and she is super nice!
On Wednesday, we went to the new missionary training meeting with President Walkenhorst and had a great lesson with Brother Robinson afterwards. He is so great and is begging the Bishop for a calling. He is the man from Missouri who lost contact with the church when he moved here and is now way excited that we found him. We also had a great lesson with Jessie. She read a lot of the Children’s Book of Mormon over the week, and her favorite story was of Ammon and King Lamoni (mine too!).
On Thursday, we had a good lesson with Chester and Julie. When we started talking about the story of Ammon and the faith of King Lamoni, Julie got really excited and told the whole story of the 2,000 Stripling Warriors. Julie is a member who is engaged to Chester, our investigator. It was really great to see her get so animated about the story.
Friday, we had District Meeting and then visited with a new family in the ward who just moved from Mississippi. It’s a grandma and 5 teenagers! It was pouring rain, so we went to check on less actives and couldn’t find anyone except an angry elderly woman who bashed us because we don’t have a cross hanging in the church. It was quite the night, but we agreed again that it is a testimony builder for sure to be able to stand up for Christ and testify of Him and the Gospel. When I defend Him and His restored Gospel, an added measure of faith and charity is given to me, and I literally feel strengthened.
Saturday, we tracted all afternoon. We met a couple of potentials. One woman, Linda, is a preacher, and we shared with her the account of the first vision and gave her a Book of Mormon. She wasn’t interested in learning more right then, but at the end of our visit, she cried and hugged us and said, “There should be more people in the world going out and talking about Jesus.” Later, I pondered what she said and couldn’t agree more. We don’t have to go out knocking on doors to proclaim the everlasting Gospel. We can talk about it with our family, friends and neighbors. The Lord worked “one by one,” and He wants us to do the same. When we are baptized, we promise God that we are going to stand up for Him at ALL times and in ALL things and in ALL places. That doesn’t mean to just defend when people argue, but to exemplify His attributes, to live and be an example, and to open our mouths at ALL times and in ALL things and in ALL places about our Savior Jesus Christ. People say all the time that we don’t worship Jesus Christ. I smile as I look at my name tag which boldly says “Jesus Christ.” I have come to develop such a love for this work which is Christ’s work. I know I say it all the time, but this church is true. It is really Christ’s church restored on the earth. The only way to true happiness is through Christ and following His example. Share the gospel with a friend this week, post something on Facebook about the church, or if you aren’t a member of the LDS church check out mormon.org! This is what we as missionaries share every day!
He lives and loves us!
“…declare the word according to the truth which is in Christ…..I have declared it all my days, and have rejoiced in it above that of the world.”