April 25, 2016

week 26: #hastenthework

Monday, April 25th, 2016

Hello again! The work is going so good! Our zone is on fire! We had a goal for 6 baptisms this month and we are having 10!! So it's pretty awesome. I'm sad to be leaving pinnacle zone. Weeks are going by so fast here. Like I feel like I just emailed! Well here we go again...

Monday (shout out to my 15 yr old sis Rachel, u da best even though you don't email me) we had FHE in an active members home and it went well. We then saw the Luongs and then read the Book of Mormon with Charlie after the lesson. Brother Shino came with us.

Tuesday we went to see Sister Clinton. She is not feeling welcomed in the ward. It's really sad when that happens. We told the ward and they are taking action. We had Amelia come with us to some lessons that night! One of them didn't answer but we got to see Tawni! It went really well. We read the Book of Mormon with them. We showed them the childrens book of mormon and their 8 year old son got really excited. He asked us if we could come over every week. So cute! He is definitely getting baptized.

Wednesday was district meeting. Sister Gulley and I gave a training on using time wisely. it went really well. We then went to see Constance. Sister Shaw came with us. Constance amazes me. It's amazing that we met her walking on the street and then wanted to get her records removed and now she is coming back to church!! She is awesome. And is truly a miracle. We then saw Sister Terry, Sister Chase came with us. She is reading her Book of Mormon and seems to really like it!

Thursday we met some new less-actives, which is awesome. We saw the Holdimans and they finally told us why they stopped going to church. It's because they don't feel welcomed. I mean there is obviously more reasons but it is just really sad. They are used to small town wards so mcdowell is pretty different for them. We then had Alyssa come out with us that night. We saw the Lumans and Alicia prayed! We read the Book of Mormon with her and it was awesome. We then started to knock some doors with Alyssa and the first house we knocked on was SO nice. They totally let us in. They are jewish but don't really seem to practice. They were so friendly and gave us water and food. And before we even asked for referrals she told us to go see her friend who lived down the street! Miracles happen when members come out with us! We then had a lesson with the Rossi family! The Chase's came with us. It was good. Vince is on date for June 18!! We are super excited about it! The whole lesson we were focusing on Jenn pretty much talking about how we need to act to figure out if this is the right path. Faith is an action word. She doesn't want to make a baptismal date because she feels that it will stress her out more because she works really hard when there is a deadline. But all we said was that it was really good for Vince, we just asked him at the end to get baptized on that date so that his son Charlie would be there to get baptized too. 

Friday we help Susan stark with her family history! We had the family history consultant, Sister Houston come with us. It was fun to see her so excited about it! Hopefully it will open some doors for her! We saw Sue and they made a mistake and her tumor isn't cancerous! MIRACLE. Sue taught us a lesson about joy and it was just what I needed. She is so inspiring. We then went to see Merry (the referral the lady gave us) and she was SO nice. She is Christian and her mother passed away. We taught her the plan of salvation right there on her door step. It was amazing to see. She was so open and nice. I'm excited to see where it goes! We then saw Mike Gonzales. He is good, he won't read his Book of Mormon which is really sad.

Saturday we helped Laura Holgate pack, she is moving into our ward so we can then teach her! We stopped by the Ashton's, an active family and it's really inspired on who we go see. It's definitely very important to help build up active members as well as less-actives. Everyone has struggles and every family needs saving, just as President Uchtdorf said at conference. Something that I have learned on my mission is how important families really are. Working with families is an opportunity to unite families for ETERNITY. We read the Book of Mormon with Charlie at the Woolstons and he is starting to apply it to his life!! Charlie is just such a good guy and told us he is looking for something else in his life. We were in a complex and saw Vernon sitting on the curb looking depressed smoking a cig. I guess he has to go to court next week. We talked to his friend Destiny for a while. She is a senior in high school but looks much older. She was so nice and talkative. We shared the "Because He Lives" video with her. She liked it and said she loved talking to us and wants to talk to us more. So we are going to meet with her! She has a hard time with substances but has a lot of faith in Christ and it's really cool to see.

Sunday was church, don't worry mom I didn't skip church. Zach texted us after church and said "I'm ready to get baptized! I know it." Cutest thing ever! We went to the Palepois for dinner, oh man Samoans like to feed you A LOT. We taught their daughter the first lesson cause she is getting baptized next month. She is so cute. We went over the Neilson's and had a FHE lesson with them. We met with Zach at the stake center before his baptismal interview with the district leader and he is so ready! He is so sincere and is so happy. He said that he knew it was Sunday but needed to get gas, he went to the gas station and all of the pumps were out of order. He knew it was a sign and went home and made it without running out of gas! That's when he said he texted us he is ready for baptism. It was really cute. 

Okay so I am trying to memorize the scripture mastery's on my mission cause well I was a failer as a seminary student. This week I memorized 2 Nephi 2:27 "Wherefore men are free according to the flesh; and all things are given them which are expedient unto man. And they are free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil; for he seeketh that all men might be miserable like unto himself." Agency is a gift to us and God trusts us that we can make good decisions. It's hard sometimes to see investigators and less-actives make bad decisions but it is all part of the learning process and there is opposition in ALL things. I'm grateful to be a missionary and to be serving Him :)


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