On Sunday our investigator, T, came to church! She lives right underneath us and it was so amazing to have her come. I think she and her little boy really enjoyed it! We taught her a lesson in the church earlier in the week and the Spirit was so strong during the lesson! Just being in the church allows for the Spirit to be there. The only bummer was I guess they were working on the electrical or something because none of the lights worked or the AC, and it was BLAZING hot. I said, "I promise the lights usually work, and the AC." Looking back, it’s funny that we were teaching her in the dark in a blazing hot church. When we showed her the baptismal font it was so amazing- she was baptized a while ago in the ocean and we were able to explain to her about the priesthood and how important it is.
Ah! Cavan came to church! Miracle! It was so amazing to see him there, and what was even more amazing was seeing the ward members all go up and talk to him. We didn't even get a chance to talk to him because so many other people were talking with him! We did call him after church and talk to with him, though.
We were visiting a YSA Less- Active and we came back later in the week to help his mom with yard work, and as we were moving rocks around we taught her the restoration and it was cool to be able to answer the questions that she had. She invited us to her church and we told her we would go if she came and visited ours! At the end we said a prayer with her and her neighbor and it was awesome- we were standing in the middle of their yard in a circle holding hands and as I was saying the prayer they both were throwing in "amen!" or "mmhhmmmm" or "thank you Jesus!" I didn't know if I should pause or anything while they were saying that so I just kept on praying, I could feel Sister Butts shaking with laughter next to me. It was an experience I will never forget! They are the sweetest ladies.
We had New Missionary Training and I was able to see everyone that I came into the MTC with, and it was so fun to catch up a little! President and Sister Foote talked about how important the Book of Mormon is as a teaching tool and how we need to constantly draw from the scriptures. It is amazing to see how God communicates through scripture. We were challenged at the MTC to always have a question before reading the scriptures- it has been such an amazing experience seeing the scriptures apply directly to what I am struggling with or need help with. It is such a blessing to have the Book of Mormon and to be able to receive constant guidance from it.
Sunday after church there were two boys getting baptized from the ward, and so many ward members stayed to support the family. One of the little boys got in the font and started swimming around before his dad got in- it was hilarious!
I have seen the power of prayer soften the hearts of so many people! Even though a lot of people aren't interested in learning more about the gospel they always love to pray with us. Prayer is such an amazing thing that can bring anyone closer to God! A little girl was riding her bike around our apartment complex and saw that we were missionaries and wanted to have "Bible study" with us! We sat down right on the grass and read the scriptures with her and she loved it! We gave her a book of Mormon and wrote her a little note in it, and she was telling us all about how much she loves the Bible.
I loved seeing all of the pictures of the kids! Leo is getting so big! That is so fun to hear about Zac coming home! It is crazy how time flies- it doesn't feel like he left that long ago. The package arrived safe and sound and I loved it! I have already been eating the snacks and listening to the Joseph Smith CD. I am excited to be going Peach Picking in an orchard today! The YSA Relief Society president is taking us. The members here are so nice. Oh, we get to go to the temple tomorrow – I’m really excited about that! I love you all (ya’ll) so much!
Tie dying T-shirts with Carolina and Jackie, two of our investigators
Christmas in July!