Oh man. This week was too crazy. I don't think I have had a minute to breathe this week. So let me take one now.
Ok, we're good. So should we chat now? Ok cool.
THIS WEEK WE...
Went on exchange with the Horseheads sisters. I had the joy of spending
a day in the life of Sister Peterson. It was super fun. But, here's my
best story from the exchange...
Sister Peterson and I go and
teach this less-active lady (we'll call her Pat). So Pat has recently
decided that she wants to come back to church. Sister Peterson and I go
in there to teach her the restoration, and help her make the transition
back. We are teaching her the restoration lesson and it's all going
super well. The spirit is strong and the discussion is really flowing.
So as I know I've mentioned before, part of this new teaching method is
that we ask them to say the closing prayer, asking a question, and then
we have a minute of silence for them to receive an answer and feel the
spirit. So she starts saying her prayer and she asks what she can be
doing better to live up to what God wants of her. It was a really
powerful prayer. Then at the end of her prayer she instantly goes, "I
don't need a minute of silence. I already got my answer!"
*The following is the conversation that followed this statement."
Sister P - "That's awesome! What was your answer?"
Pat- "I know I need to start paying my tithing."
Sis L- "That is amazing! I definitely know that as you pay tithing, blessings will come into your life....."
Pat- "Yeah, I know.... But I don't know how I'm going to do it! I don't have a lot of money."
Sis P- *testifies about the importance of tithing and how God will provide a way*
"Or I have another idea! What if I just payed partial tithing until I
saved up a reserve fund in case of emergencies... like what if my cat
got sick and I didn't have enough money to take her to the doctor... and
then she died. No. I can't pay tithing, because then my cat will die."
Sis L- "Pat, I know if you pay your tithing that things will work out! God will provide a way."
"No. I know that even if I did pay my tithing and the church helped me
out, my cat would be dead by the time they got me the money."
Sis P- "Is your cat sick?"
Pat- "well.... no...."
IS THE STORY OF MISSIONARY WORK IN NEW YORK. ugh. We walked out of that
lesson kind of ticked and then I looked at Sister Peterson and I was
like, "That lady won't pay tithing, because her cat MIGHT get sick. What
is wrong with New York?" And then we laughed. Oh how I love these
2. Then we worked our tails off in our area. I swear I
have never taught so much in my entire mission. What I've learned
recently is that if you believe that something is possible, and you have
faith that Heavenly Father will make it possible, then it will happen. I
just think of the scripture in Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things
through Christ which strengtheneth me." That is so true. There is
nothing that doesn't fall under the "all" category. If we have faith
that Heavenly Father will help us do something, we. can. do. it. I have
never seen this be more true than these past couple weeks. I mean, this
very week we found 6 new investigators! It's so amazing. People are
making progress, miracles are happening, and its all because this is the
Lord's work, and He's getting it done. Let me tell you about a couple
of the people we found/ taught...
- Randy. Super
cool guy who was really receptive. When we asked him if he knew what a
prophet was he gave us this analogy. Picture this, you are walking
around in a dark room with a map on the floor. We, only have small
flashlights to see the map on the ground, but prophets hold a huge flash
light. If we stand next to the prophets and listen to them, we will be
able to find our way. It was so great. As Sister Glenn and I walked away
we were just like, "Dude, he's going to be Corning's next branch
- Vanessa. This week we saw some
serious progress. Its almost like she doesn't want to believe us, but
there is something that keeps drawing her in (probably that our message
is true). This week we talked with her about prophets and she was like,
"I have always wondered why there isn't more unity... I guess a prophet
does make sense!" You guys THIS IS HUGE. So hopefully more good to come.
- Jeff. He's an 18 year old kid who is super smart
and solid. We taught him about the Book of Mormon and the whole time he
was like "no way this is so cool! My mind is seriously blown!" ah I
Missionary work is too fun! :)
3. We also went
down to Utica for MLC which is always fun. Some possibly big
announcements were made. We will see what happens with those, but they
got all of us pretty stoked. Including President Wirthlin who said, "
I'm just really pumped!" oh yeah, this was how we spent our Fourth of
July! Happy Birthday America! We will sit around and discuss missionary
policies for you.
Anyway, life is good. We are blessed. We're never slowing down. Love ya all.