Monday, July 9, 2012

4th of July with Canadians and My First Door Slam!

Happy Belated 4th of July Everyone!
We spent the 4th of July at the Mission Office for new missionay training. It was spiritually uplifting and I learned a lot. Then we had dinner with Canadians! It was funny because they saw the couple we live with at the gas station and they were talking about us coming over for dinner and they told them to go all out for us. So the Canadian family really made everything possible for dinner. We had hamburgers, red jello, fries, potatoe salad, and even the dessert was red, white, and blue (angel food cake, strawberries, and blueberries)! After dinner we went to visit a less active and we help her unravel her yarn. Then we saw about 2 wimpy fireworks before we went to sleep at 10:30. Then the second we put our heads on the pillow we heard all the fireworks go off. But we said a prayer that'd we'd be able to fall asleep and then we didn't hear them the rest of the night even though we heard they were going off til like 1 in the morning. The Lord definitely blesses us for following the rules.
This week we found 2 new people to teach. One just showed up to church one day with her boyfriend who is less active because they wanted to start coming to church to become closer to God. We talked to them about baptism and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost and she was like "Who wouldn't want that? I want that." So she keeps telling us she wants to be baptized. It's really awesome. We're going to keep meeting with her to help her make the changes that she needs to. It was awesome to see how excited she is about everything!
We also had a random person text us about someone we should visit. It's a girl whose husband left her and her 3 kids a few days ago and the person who texted told us she needed to know about the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and how it can bless her family. We finally contacted her yesterday after trying twice. She agreed to meet with us again and we said a pray with her. She asked us to pray for her children that they would be okay with their dad gone. I think we were able to uplift her at least a little bit. Prayer is really amazing.
Alos, our new investigator who just moved here from Texas set his baptism date for July 21st! It's really awesome to watch and help people make that committment to follow the Savior.
We also taught several people about family history this week, which was really fun for me! We taught one of our recent converts who is 11 about family history by drawing her family tree with her. My favorite scripture that has to do with family history is Doctrine and Covenants 128:18. We cannot be made perfect without our ancestors and they cannot be made perfect without us. We all need to make those sacred promises with God. We need our families. We need support and help from each other to make it back to our Father in Heaven.
Random funny story: We went into a rest home and this guy told us we should visit this lady that was confined to her room and maybe read scriptures with her. So we went to her room and talked with her a little and then asked her if we could read scriptures with her. She got super confused about what we were asking and once she finally understood us she said, "Oh, but I can read them myself." So then we just prayed with her and left. It was really funny.
We tracted a street one day and the only person who opened the door was a lady who after I said "We're from the LDS church" was like "okay, no, bye" and shut the door. First time someone did that so far. It was interesting.

Well, sorry this week's is kind of short. I'm running out of time here.
I LOVE YOU ALL! Thanks to everyone who has sent me letters or e-mails! I love hearing from you guys!
Shout Outs!
-Thanks for the letter Elder T!
-Thanks for the letter Andrew!
-Belated Welcome to the world Ryleigh Periera (sorry if I destroyed the spelling!)
-Sister B 
1. MTC companion reunion at new missionary training! Rocking the red, white, and blue!

2. MTC district reunion!

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