It's been a really good week. I've learned a lot. So much has happened
It's hard to wrap my
head around how much happens each week. It's hard to write about it. This email is going to be pretty weak, sorry!
MONDAY! We had a lesson
with a father and son. I always love teaching families. That's what it's all
about. To see a parent try to help their kid increase in their faith and have
the children turn their hearts to their parents. It's touching. The lesson went
well. Then we went to the Mag's house for a lesson about the commandments with
Robert. As I bore testimony of my love for the commandments Sister Mag's mom
told me I should write down my feelings, and how I’ve changed. It's crazy. I
really can say that I've had a change of heart. Not that I was a bad person
before, but my actions AND my motives are different. I've seen and felt that in
myself. It's hard to describe. I've come this far and I can keep going, the Atonement
does more than clean us, it can change our hearts.
TUESDAY! Last night we
started an exchange with Freedom Park and I was with Elder Wihongi, a super
cool elder from New Zealand. He's fairly new and has a lot of fire to get the
work done. We went out with Rigdon and a lot of our talking was about the
temple. Rigdon went on Friday and so he was worried and excited and had a lot
of questions. We taught Sister Thayer's grandkids again, Jacob and Niko and we
taught them the importance of receiving revelation. We of course didn’t call it
that, but that was the outcome of the lesson. We always teach them super simply
with object lessons. I love teaching like that because it's how I learn best
too! Hahaha. It's funny to see the kids so disengaged until you let them use
their hands and their minds and then they love it and want to learn more. Rigdon
is such a good kid. He's taught me so much from his good example and his love
for everyone we come in contact with. We taught a lesson that night in half
English and half Spanish. It didn't go over so well. It was just confusing for
me, E.Wihongi and both the investigators. They felt the Spirit but they didn't
understand fully. We visited the Rosser’s. We saw Sassidy and Lisa.
(Deshon's sister and mom). Sassidy's daughter, Promise, had surgery and they
were so happy that she's okay.
WEDNESDAY! We had to
clean our apartment and do all this preparation stuff because they were
fumigating our building. We had to take everything out of all the closets and
cabinets. It took a heck of a long time because there is tons and tons of stuff
stored in our place. We took out a priest and talked with him a lot about his
goals and helped him set new ones. We talked to a lot of people and it was
interesting to see how the Lord had prepared them. One woman told us that she'd
been curious about our church for a long time and wanted to know more about it.
Whenever I doubt if the elect are in my area I always run into people like
that, usually in Spanish, but that's just because of the area. We had dinner
with Sister Gammon, she's so awesome. She is consecrated and I want to be more
THURSDAY! They did the
spray stuff and then it took us forever to clean up the mess and everything. We
visited the clan. Jasmine was in hysterics and we talked to her about her goals
and her baby and she calmed down. I wish there was anything we could do to help
but she needs to act for herself. We visited Sister Marx and Vicki. Total
juxtaposition. We taught Jacob and Niko, and Jacob shared an experience he had
at school where he was struggling on a test and he prayed and asked for help
and he got 100% on it. He was so happy, he told us, "There is a God! I
know there is!" It was super cool. We had dinner with a private
investigator. We taught Suzie the Word of Wisdom. It was a good lesson, I love
teaching that to people because it really puts their faith and testimony to the
test. And it strengthens both as people live it.
FRIDAY! We taught
Deshon. It went well, he promised us he'd read and come to church. He didn't
end up coming, which made me sad. The highlight of the day was going to the
temple with Rigdon. It was awesome. I've worked and prayed so hard for this
young man for so long and to see him in the temple, I teared up a little bit.
I'm so proud of him and the growth he's been through. It's wonderful to be a
part of people's lives as they make promises to Heavenly Father. There's nothing
more satisfying in life.
SATURDAY! We had ZTM, for
the first time in a long while I didn't have to prepare it. It was really good.
I learned a lot and had a good time. It's interesting to see the different
styles of teaching and training of different missionaries. We again taught the
T's. and it was a good lesson. They're sharp kids. Young and don't know everything,
but they have testimonies and that's humbling. We had dinner with Sister Johnson.
She told us more about her cancer, since we gave her a blessing. It was pretty cool. She said that the doctors
couldn't figure out why it stopped spreading so suddenly. They asked us to give
her another one. I love giving blessings. It's the coolest. Right up there with
teaching the Restoration it's like my favorite thing in the world to do.
SUNDAY! Okay. I have no
time so I'll make a list.
Robert passed the
Vicki spoke in sacrament
Sassidy and Amazing came
to church. Unexpected.
Rigdon got his
patriarchal blessing. He texted us and told us all about it, he was so excited.
Sorry this email hasn't
been so great. It's been super busy over here.
But things are great. I
really love life. I'm thankful to be a missionary.
I love you all so much.