Monday, May 19, 2014

May 19, 2014

Hello everyone! Sister P and I are doing great. Life is good in Waxhaw. The weather has been a lot cooler this week too, which we were very grateful for!!

We talked to a less active after our dinner on Monday. She grew up in the church and went to BYU for 2 years, then went into the military, married a non member and stopped going. She was nice and friendly to us though, and she invited us to come to dinner this week! We are going on Wednesday! We hope that we will be able to start teaching her husband and 2 kids. :)

Tuesday we had a Mission Conference. Half the mission was there, and most of my old companions. OH MY GOODNESS I was so happy to see everyone, and my old companions! It's neat to see their growth. My trainee's have been out for more than a year now! Proud momma. It was sad though, realizing that this is probably the last time I will see a lot of the missionaries there. It's not very often you get to see people outside your zone. It was good to get updates on my old areas, what is going on and how people are doing though. 

FUNNY STORY!! Okay we had dinner with a member this week, and her Sister In Law who lives close but not in our ward was there and told us this story. The missionaries in her ward told her and her family to write down the nonmembers they knew of that needed the gospel. She works at home, and doesn't really know many people. But she likes her mailman. He delivers a lot of things to her, she orders a lot of things online. She says "Well how can I share the gospel with the mailman?" So she bakes Banana Bread and writes a note in a Restoration Pamphlet and leaves it out for the mailman. On Sunday, a lady comes looking for her. She's like "ARE YOU MRS. So and so? DID YOU GIVE THIS PAMPHLET TO MY HUSBAND?" She thought she would be in trouble. BUT the lady laughs and says "My husband and I are in the other ward!" Ha ha. THEY WERE MEMBERS. Hilarious. Must have been really funny for the mailman! 

This weekend there was a festival in downtown Waxhaw. It was a spring festival, with music, art, petting zoo for the kids, lots of food. Yum. We went on Saturday and were walking around talking with people. We saw these 3 punk looking teenagers outside of the library. I was asked to give a talk in church on Sunday, so we talked to them and invited them to come to church and come to my talk. We didn't think anything of it. BUT lo an behold.. one of them CAME. We were really surprised! We were in the back of the chapel, talking to members and were like "Oh my goodness, is that the kid we saw at the festival yesterday?" That was exciting. He came to sacrament meeting, the talks were all investigator friendly, I gave a talk from President Monson's address the last general conference. BUT the lesson in Gospel Principles was about Priesthood Organization. Ya. Not investigator friendly. We hadn't taught him anything about the restoration, Christ's church, nothing and they were talking about the responsibilities of high councilmen, patriarchal blessings, what the 70 do and I was like oh no. But he said he enjoyed church and we are meeting with him to actually start teaching him tomorrow. So that will be great! 

Oh and on Saturday Night remember the really wealthy Stake President? Well his son got married on Saturday and we were asked to help with the reception at his house on Saturday night. We were on food crew, making sandwiches, refilling stuff, collecting garbage, we also helped with the decorations, It was so fun! Weird to be at a reception. Really weird. But it's fun to serve in a different way! And the reception was gorgeous and something that I will never be able to afford so it was nice to see :) 

Yesterday we had lunch with the RS president. It was good to coordinate and talk with her about how we can help with some of the less actives in the ward. BUT yesterday we were out finding in a neighborhood on the way back and we met a crazy old lady who was really funny. We talked to her for a minute about the restoration, and how God has called a prophet today, she was like "WOW! Does the President know about this? The President needs to know." Anyway I can't even describe it, but she was crazy and old and hilarious. 

I know that the Gospel is true! I am glad that my family can be together forever. OYM #Open your mouth!!

Monday, May 12, 2014

May 12, 2014

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a great Mothers Day and told your Mom how much you love her and are grateful for her!! I love you all and I thank you again Mom for all that you have done for me and taught me :)
Well this week we have been teaching the niece of an active family, who was baptized when she was 8 but hasn't been active since, and now she is 16. We saw her at church this week and she has been reading the Book of Mormon every day and it's neat to see the change in her.
We did service at a Less Active's house, she has a big garden with lots of work to do. We helped her thin her monkey grass and it was pretty intense work in the hot sun with lots of shoveling. But it was great! And she made us a great lunch after and was very grateful. Service softens hearts!!!!!!
We had Zone Meeting on Friday which is always great, we had a training on revelation through prayer and how important it is to help people have a desire to pray and receive answers from Heavenly Father. 

Sunday was Skype day!!! So good to talk to everyone!The kids look so grown up! I was so excited that Landon remembered me!!! We had dinner with the Bishop after, Skype. His son is in Chile on his mission, and they were all pretty excited to talk to him. We had a good talk with Bishop about how we can work with the ward and how we can help them do missionary work. How do you help people have a desire to share the gospel with their friends and family?I think a lot of people here are just so wealthy and well off, they probably go to a church and probably read the scriptures and pray everyday.. what else to they need? What are they missing? But it's not that they are missing anything but that they don't have every blessing they could. It's hard to describe someone who has the gospel in their life that they don't have the fullness... 

We had so much chocolate yesterday. The Bishopric brought chocolates for all of the women at church, and the Stake President's wife brought donuts and more chocolate for all of the relief society.. and we had an Oreo cream pie after dinner..sugared out. Tonight we have dinner with the Stake President! I can't even describe how nice his house is to you. It's amazing. The people here are very wealthy. It's intimidating sometimes. All of my clothes are from the DI....

We have a Mission Conference with President tomorrow... he hasn't really told us what it's about but wants to train us on something. So we will see. And Zone Activity today! Woot! Love being able to have fun with other missionaries. 

I know that the Book of Mormon is true! Keep reading it! How can anyone who had read it deny that it is from Heavenly Father, and NOT just made up from someone's head! If more people would just read it they would be able to understand that.