Thursday, November 17, 2016

Week 71: Temple Trip with Bob!

The leaves are starting to change color here, and it’s absolutely beautiful! I love Georgia in the Fall! We've had a busy week!On Friday we went to the temple with Bob to do baptisms.  It was his first experience being in the temple and it was so great! Some other members came to support him and Sister Finisie and her new companion were able to come and watch as well! Sister B and I each did one family name, and then we watched Bob and the others.  It was neat to hear him describe his experience of being in the temple. His son who passed away a long time ago had his work done quite a few years back and he wasn't able to go into the temple at the time because he wasn't a member. It was extra special for him to be able to go in this time and to feel his son's spirit there.  It was a miracle that there was no traffic on the way there.  I love being in the temple where there is always such an amazing spirit.  Later that night we were texting President Foote telling him about our experience, (he's seriously the best mission president ever) and he sent these scriptures along for us to read: Doctrine and Covenants 109: 22-24:22 And we ask thee, Holy Father, that thy servants may go forth from this house armed with thy power, and that thy name may be upon them, and thy glory be round about them, and thine angels have charge over them; 23 And from this place they may bear exceedingly great and glorious tidings, in truth, unto the ends of the earth, that they may know that this is thy work, and that thou hast put forth thy hand, to fulfil that which thou hast spoken by the mouths of the prophets, concerning the last days.
 24 We ask thee, Holy Father, to establish the people that shall worship, and honorably hold a name and standing in this thy house, to all generations and for eternity.
I felt the spirit so strong as I read those verses. There truly is so much peace and comfort that comes from clinging to the promises the Lord has made to us when we are going through difficult times.   We saw a lot of miracles with the less active members that we are working with.  We have been visiting a family that stopped coming to church because of something another member did.   All of their kids came to church on Sunday! Their youngest daughter is so cute.  She pulled out my scriptures and started marking hers the exact same way mine were marked.  We are working with a sister who is trying to be rebaptized into the church.  She struggles a lot with depression, and we were finally able to sit down and talk to her on Saturday.  It was interesting to hear her talk about how she has to pull herself out of these episodes. The only way she can do it is with the help of the Lord.  There are so many trials that we go through that seem to overpower us, but nothing is more powerful than the love that Heavenly Father has for us and the promise that he will "ease the burdens which are put upon your shoulders." (Mosiah 24:14).  We did a lot of service this week, which was nice.  We don't usually get service opportunities here! We helped a family pack boxes in preparation to move.  I cut a sister in the ward's hair...(Holly you would be proud! I just tried to copy what you do when you cut hair, and luckily it was just a trim and I didn't butcher it too bad!) We helped another Sister go through some antique stuff in her garage and get it ready to sell.  At church on Sunday we had a lot of less actives that we are working with come and it was so wonderful to see them all there! Attending church really does bring strength and power into our lives. Thanks for all the love and support!!


Week 70: 5K and Atlanta Motor Speedway!

We have had quite the week! Last P-Day we decided to run our own little 5k for "fun" and I was dying the whole time, haha.  Sister B is a stellar runner so she was encouraging me, and I survived.  Afterwards we went out teaching with a couple in our ward, and all of our appointments fell through... so they showed us the new house they are moving into.  It’s being renovated, and it was a lot of fun to go through.  We had a great district meeting on Tuesday and then we went out teaching with a member all day- Sister Martin!  She is one of my favorite members of all time and is such a blast to be with.  We visited lots of good people with her, and I love seeing member’s testimonies in action.  It is the best when they share experiences that our investigators can relate to so much more than they could with us! On Wednesday we went to the Waffle House with this cute old couple in our ward.  They have been married for 64 years!  We also helped them hang up pictures in their house.  It really was so sweet seeing the two of them together! We taught Maple about faith and she seriously is the sweetest person.  She has such a strong desire to build her faith and it has been so neat to watch her testimony blossom.  She has started saying the closing prayer in our lessons and the spirit is so strong when she prays! We also had our first Bible Study this week!! Whoo!! We started in Genesis 1 with the creation and it went really well.  We had Maple and a couple from the ward, and then us and the elders.  Everyone felt really comfortable participating, which was nice! We are excited to start having that every week, and we think it will help the work here a ton! 

We had a neat experience when we were out finding.  We were knocking doors and found these cute, young teenage girls. They asked us to pray for them and their family.  They just had really sweet spirits about them! We told them we would come back later and try and meet their parents and talk to the whole family.  As we were leaving, one of the girls came running back outside and asked us to pray for her again about an issue she's been struggling with in school.  Sister B said the sweetest prayer, and when she was finished the girl was in tears and the spirit was just so strong! I am so grateful that Heavenly Father allows us to have these sweet, tender mercies!

We went to the state fair at the Atlanta Motor Speedway which was fun! I've never been one for fairs, but we decided to "go where the people are," and we were able to talk to lots of people!  At church on Sunday we had a less active sister that we have been working with for a long time come to church!! Both of our jaws dropped when we saw her sitting on the pew! Such a tender mercy! We taught Relief Society and she participated in the lesson. It was great! Here’s an update on our investigators and newly baptized members: Bob is doing great. We are going to do baptisms at the temple this Friday, and are hoping to get a ride with him!  We haven’t been able to contact Al in a while which is a bummer.  Connie is amazing and seeking the truth, and we love teaching her.

Thanks for all of the prayers and support! 

 Pictures from the fair!       

 Our last District Meeting before transfers

Our GPS led us down this dead end dirt road, but it was a pretty picture!

We both hit our month marks this past week!