Tuesday, November 19, 2013
DILLON IS THE GREATEST PLACE IN THE WORLD!
night, we were invited to this family's house for dinner who are not members of the church, except for the mom, but she has not come for years. We had dinner with them, and then shared the message of the Restoration and invited the three daughters to be baptized at the end of December. They said yes and are now preparing for baptism! What a miracle. The youngest daughter said the most beautiful prayer I have ever heard. She is soooo sweet and has short blonde hair and just jumps around like the happiest thing on earth. When we gave her a Book of Mormon, she just held it to her chest. Another miracle is that, while we were teaching, Dell walks in with her husband! They are long-time friends with this family. Dell and her husband bore their testimonies to the girls and were a great part of the lesson. Dell just got baptized last month and has such a strong testimony.
I hope you have had a great week! This week has been great here. We are working a lot with our iPads (I now have a picture of the San Diego temple as my wallpaper that makes me SO happy). We can share videos, talks, and the scriptures on them, and our pamphlets are even downloaded onto them too. Technology. It's amazing.
This week I got a little sick with the flu, and I did get the flu shot, but this flu said no! I am getting better though, which is great! Sister Barrus mothered me back to health and spentplanning and studying...while I slept! She is amazing.
I have been learning a lot this week about different things. Probably the greatest thing is that God loves me. No matter what I ever do, He will always still love me. We get trained a lot on how to be better, and we study a lot how to be better, and we are always trying to be better. So, it is comforting to know and be reminded that God still loves me how I am, even though He knows I can be even more. I am grateful for the work He has entrusted me and Sister Barrus with right now. It is keeping us busy, and it's awesome, tiring, and awesome.
Sister Barrus and I did crafts this week to help with the people we are teaching. We watched this video from President Uchtdorf about creating and how we are ALL creative because we are the children of the most creative Being in the universe. He says this at the end of the video:
"The more you trust and rely upon the Spirit, the greater your capacity to create."
I know this scriptures are true and that Joseph Smith is a true prophet. I love sharing this with others. I love you and thank you for everything :)
Monday, November 4, 2013
Utah, Candy and Miracles
Dear family and friends,
It's been a great week...or two weeks, I should say. I couldn't write last week because there was a line for the computers. I have a new companion, Sister Barrus, from American Fork, UT. We have been companions for four days, and yesterday and the night before were spent in Wisdom! We had another lesson out there and went to church in the Big Hole. Beautiful place and amazing people. There were 12 of us, and Sister Barrus and I got to teach a little 7-year old girl about baptism in Primary. I love that branch and everyone in it. It is a special place I hope to visit again after I leave. The land is beautiful, untouched, and the people are so loving.
I am seeing people's lives change through the gospel. I am seeing people try to make those changes that are difficult. I know that the Lord wants us to change because that's how we become like Him. I know that we can speak to Him through prayer- that He is listening.
We had many miracles happen this week. One this week is that our plans needed to change because of planning or something, and so it was now time for us to head out, and we had to choose where we would go. We chose to go to a girl's house just close to our house. We had met her a couple weeks ago and she had welcomed us back, but we hadn't contacted her again. We knocked on her door, and she was there. She listened to our message and welcomed us back tonight. She was having some family issues and was going through some tough things, but she listened to our message about the Plan of Salvation and how God has blessed us with families and a plan. She is open to learning more. It was a miracle.
Last night, we shared a message with a man who Sister Barrus thinks her grandpa knows. I had been telling her about the area and mentioned this man's name who isn't interested but is the kindest man and very Christian and religious. She felt that we should stop by last night. We did and he was canning pumpkin. He tried to remember if he knew her grandpa, and we are still not sure if he does, but then I had the impression to share this mormon message with him that we had watched recently. We played it and he watched and listened. Afterwards, we invited him to read the pamphlet on the restoration of the gospel and left it with him. He took it and said goodnight. I don't know if he will read it, but I feel like we were supposed to share that message with him. He left us with some pumpkin, of course :) and we left him with something that I know will change his life. He is close with God already. He has prayed for us before and told us the entire experience of him finding God, and we have shared our testimonies with him. He is a wonderful man. And I know that, even for him, who has a close relationship with Heavenly Father, Heavenly Father wants him to have the fullness. I am so grateful to have the privilege of being His servant!
This week we received homemade bread, rolls, candy, macaroni and cheese, candy, cookie mix, candy, pumpkin, squash, and a cake. Hahaha. If you ever worry that I go hungry, you can rest assured that I am not ;)
Thank you Sister Lamp, Mom, and Dad for your letters.
I know that the gospel is true and that it blesses the lives of everyone, no matter who you are. I love my Savior and my Heavenly Father. I know that they love us too, no matter what choices we every make- they still love us.
Have a wonderful week! Keep the faith!
p.s. I hope this detailed email makes up for the lack of one last week! hehe