Tuesday, January 21, 2014

I Love my Mission!

Hiya, pal!
This week has been so crazy busy i don't even know where to start!
So you inquired about the man i gave my BOM to. He is awesome! we went over and as we were walking in he looked really sad. he told me he read the first few chapters and really liked it but his kids yelled at him for it and told him to give the book back and never see us again. so i took the BOM in my hands and it was seriously burning me! i couldnt take it back! i wouldnt take it back! anyways we kept talking to him and ended up teaching him the plan of salvation and he asked us to come again next week! what a miracle! so we're praying for his kids to soften their hearts. they're trying to get him to move to california so he won't see us anymore. anyways i left the BOM behind on the couch cause there is no way i was taking back the first book of Mormon i've ever passed out! but yeah he's awesome.
That night we went to a recent convert/ less actives house. she seriously told us her whole life! her daughter, named kylee, made me a purse. i thought they were just really nice and open people but after we left sister lawson was freaking out and said they usually don't let us in the door and they are usually very quiet. but they offered to feed us and kylee has a baptismal date of february 8th! so im stoked. she's fourteen but twice my height im pretty sure.
on wednesday we met a multiple personality narcoleptic lady! the elders gave us her as a referral and didnt tell us she wasn't all there so we had no idea! haha i loved my life in that moment. ask stella, i love narcolepsy. but anyways, she told one story, three times, from three different perspectives, without taking a breath. so that was interesting. then she fell asleep haha.
also, i met a woman named evie who was married to a wiltbank from springerville! we were so busy every day this week, especially friday. at least, we planned to be busy. besides D & G, all our appointments cancelled! so we went to D & G and just read scriptures with them. we wanted to talk about faith and the first book of scripture to come to mind was alma 34. then i remembered alma 32 was the chapter that said a gillion times but i couldnt get 34 out of my mind so thats what we read. i didnt really think much of it until that night. we gave D & G a tour of the church because they committed to come on sunday. we showed them all the rooms and at the end we took them into the chapel and explained the sacrament and the atonement. as i bore my testimony i was overwhelmed with the spirit. when i stopped speaking D was like, how did you do that? after inquiring of what he was referring to, he said every time you and sister lawson come and start talking about Christ my heart burns and the air feels heavy. and how did you know to read that chapter in the scriptures today? you don't know anything that we're going through, but that fit our lives exactly. after you left we sat down and talked so many things out and our family has become stronger since we've met with you. then they set their own marriage and baptism date! it was awesome! and they asked me to walk with their daughter down the aisle. i was so stunned. they both started crying and said that they feel like they have come home. i can't describe to you the love i have for this family. they have been so prepared to hear the gospel its insane!
so we had three nonmembers at church not including D & G's kids. it was the best day ever. they agreed to come to stake conference next sunday and guess who else is coming. ELDER CHRISTOFFERSON! he's even holding a special meeting for just missionaries! im so pumped! i love it here so much.
Dad remember how i would always call the man Lot from the scriptures Podifer? well, i taught a member that story and called Lot Podifer again haha. but, the story of it still applied. she is less active and said that she's been gone too long and can't come back because she thinks she lived too bad of a life. so i talked about that story. don't look back. God is providing her a way to escape those things, just like He does for all of us. you've sinned? so what? who hasnt? "God doesnt care nearly as much about where you have been as he does where you are now and, with his help, where you are willing to go" those sins are old news. as we think about them and "look back" like Lot's wife, we get stuck. she turned into a pillar of salt and in a way we do too. we don't allow ourselves to move forward. no one is a lost cause! i love this work and i love my savior Jesus Christ and His atonement. the atonement is a gift from Him to us and i've learned how important it is to use it every single day.
mom, guess what. i did a backflip today! i went to a members house and their kids are in gymnastics so they taught me how. i landed it and everything! it was awesome. oh, and i ate vegan food and it was really good! i love you all so much! work hard, pray hard!

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