My oh my how the weeks fly. Last
night we were on the phone with out district leader and he said, "Sister
Langford, this transfer is going to go so fast for you... but then next
transfer is going to go EVEN faster." My response was "Why do you even
have to say that?" and then hanging up the phone. Darn everyone
reminding me how old I am.
On the plus side, this week has been
very rewarding. It's been interesting, and there has been a bit of a
learning curve, but seriously, all is well.
Remember how I got my baby this week?
here's how it went down. Trainers sitting on one side of the room,
trainee's filing in, all terrified and whispering in their heads "Not
Slytherin, not Slytherin." I'm just chillin on the other side
considering the fact that my stomach is currently in my feet and I am
freaking out. Am I going to fail this new sister? What is her story.
Very nervous. Then, my name is called and next thing I know I am hugging
an adorable, eager sister by the name of Sister Mason.
And then much of my stress dissipated.
here I am in Saratoga with my brand new companion, Sister Mason. It has
been actually really great so far. Much much less stressful than I had
originally anticipated. I love how excited she is to do everything. I
love all her questions that I once wondered too. I love the newness of
everything to her. It's all been great. Of course, there have been
moments of stress, but much less than I would have thought. So far...
the training and Sister Training Leader life is good.
Now here are the goods of the week.
1. G. is seriously a boss. I have never seen someone with a more
solid grasp on the gospel. This week as we were chatting with her she
set herself with a new baptism date for beginning of December. We are
trying to urge her to be baptized sooner than that... since she is
seriously ready now. But we will see what happens.
2. Paul. When we went to teach Paul this
week (one of Sister Mason's first lessons) there was just a different
feeling in the room. I don't even know how to describe it. All of his
questions were real good questions, not the "guess what's in my head"
kind of questions he usually asks. We again, invited him to come to
church and feel the spirit there. AND HE CAME. He had a really great
experience too, so I am very excited to see what happens in our next
lesson. Good things happen every day.
All the other 'gators are
also doing well. Another strong investigator came to church again, and we had a very powerful
lesson with her during our church tour. We found a couple of new
investigators who seem very promising. Good work is happening ya'll.
and the last little story...
We had just spent a day in the far away land of Corinth. Many good
things had happened there, and we were about to head home. Then I
thought of this less-active member who we should probably drop by. So we
decided to put off dinner for another half hour and visit her. We
started talking with her and it was clear that she was in distress. We
had a very sweet moment of just testifying of the Plan of Salvation and
bringing peace into her heart. The spirit was powerful. As we left we
kneeled down in a circle with her and I offered a prayer. As I started
to pray my heart was filled with such love and understanding for her. I
knew that that love wasn't coming from me. That Heavenly Father's love
for her had filled my heart and I was able to say to her what He would
have said in that moment. When I finished the prayer, everyone was
crying, but at the same time, we all knew that it was going to be
alright. That everything she was worried about was in the Lord's hands.
The peace was palpable.
As I left that lesson I really pondered
on how aware Heavenly Father is of ALL of us. No matter who we are or
where we are at He will find a way to reach us. I feel so blessed to
have the gospel to guide me. That I know the truths of my Heavenly
Father. I feel blessed to have made the covenant with my Father to mourn
with those that mourn and to comfort those that stand in need of
comfort. What a blessing to know that as we do those things, Heavenly
Father works through us and we simple become a vessel.
Now to finish on a lighter note.
night we decided to go try a headquarter referral that we hadn't been
able to really get in contact with. We knocked on his door... and it was
his roommate... who is an Atheist. Well we ended up having a really
cool conversation with this guy, and we asked him if he had heard of the
Book of Mormon. His response "Well... I've seen the musical. But that's
probably not too accurate." We laughed and told him that no it probably
wasn't. I then said "well will you read the real Book of Mormon and see
what you think?" He then said he would... then challenged me to watch
South Park. Oh dear. My response was "You read the Book of Mormon and
then we will talk about South Park."
We will see how that one goes! haha.
Well, I'm out. Have a fabulous week everyone!