Miracle story of the week: We got a referral for a refugee family from the Congo and finally got to meet them last Friday. The dad, Deo, only speaks French and his tribal language and he's been learning English for 5 months. So we brought a translator and it was awesome! We were planning on just establishing his beliefs but we sat down and he said "I want to know about Joseph Smith" (in French haha). So we taught lesson 1 and he asked awesome questions like "how does baptism work" and "do I need to be baptized again" and he agreed to be baptized in April! He wants to learn the Joseph Smith story so he can go back to the Congo and tell everyone about him! He's been prepared by the Lord for this I know it. His story will probably be a Mormon Message some day. :) We showed him pictures of the latter-day prophets and he asked if they were all the same person! bahaha We were like yeah all white people look the same. lol. Also, we got transfer calls and today is transfer day. Sister Lee went to Nampa with my last companion Sister Houtz! I guess I just send all my companions to Nampa! haha. I will be training a new missionary in Boise. We have 7 sisters coming tomorrow so we're so excited! Have an awesome week guys! Please email me!! :) Love you all!! Sister B
This week went really well. We focused on getting to know members that we don't know. It's hard to get to know people well because we cover so many wards. But it's important to know people so we can find friends for those we teach! We found perfect people to come with us to our lessons this week. We learned that a little planning and hard work goes a long way! We found someone to come with us to our appointment on Friday that related to the person we were teaching so well! She had been in a similar situation that our investigator is in so she gave her some tips like listening to scriptures on her phone to save time! On Saturday morning we still hadn't found anyone to come with us to our appointment that afternoon so we prayed that we would find someone and then called everyone we could think of but no one answered. But a little later someone called back and she said she could come with us! God answers prayers. We do what we can and then the Lord does the rest.
On Friday we got to go to the Temple. We were a little late so we didn't end up going with our district but another group of Elders happened to be there! Then that night we went to a baptism in Middleton. A man named Vance that I taught during the 6 weeks I was there got baptized! His wife is LDS. When the Elders came in I guess he thought they came on too strong so he stopped meeting with them. Then he saw an 8 year old get baptized and he said "if an 8 year old can do it, so can I." So he got it together and he was baptized on Friday. Over 100 people came to his baptism! It was a big deal because now he can be sealed to his family. Miracles happen every day.
We spoke in one of our wards on Sunday and it was so inspired. We spoke with the high councilman over missionary work. Sister Lee and I both ended up talking about the Savior and His Atonement. Then our high councilman did too. He told us after that he changed his talk while we were talking! After the meeting a man came up to us and said his brother came to church and wants to meet with us to learn more! We'll start teaching him this week!
Thanks for all the prayers! Have a fantastic week! Email me if you can!! Transfers are next week so we'll see what happens!! We have new sisters coming in!
On Tuesday we went on exchanges. So I went to Nampa with Sister Huffman and Sister Hamilton came to Boise with Sister Lee. Upon arriving to Nampa, Sister Hamilton called us and asked us where the car fixing place was. I asked why and she said there was a screw in our tire! Apparently I drove all the way to Meridian with a screw in my tire. The Lord truly does protect his missionaries. Thanks for all the prayers guys! They work. But Nampa was fun. I got to do some of my family history. I have So much more information than I thought. So many names, it's awesome. I also met a girl who is coming back to church after not coming for 15 years. Her boyfriend died last summer and she was really mad at God about it. But then she decided to move to Boise and she started studying the Book of Mormon again and coming to church. Going back to church is really the best thing you can do when difficult things happen in your life. Walking away from God is the worst thing you could do.
We found some new people to teach this week. One is man who has been clean of drugs for 5 years. He grew up LDS and now he wants to come back and have us teach his children. He said he knows that it's only because of God that he was able to quit. The power of God is great. We also went knocking doors and found a man who stopped coming to church a few months ago after he got divorced. He's only in his 30's so it's hard for him to go to the family wards alone. We invited him to come back. He didn't come...yet. But he lives across the street from the ward mission leader though. We also knocked on a door and then the girl who lived there walked up behind us. So we started talking to her and she said that she doesn't go to any church but she has an LDS friend and would be interested in learning more. We gave her a Book of Mormon and got her number.
Saturday was a pretty busy day. First we washed someone's dog. Then we had a lesson. Then we ran to Fanci Freeze to get some food because someone gave us a gift card. Sister Lee called is Fanci Fries once. haha. That's a good name too. Then we taught another lesson. Then we went to meet our ride to Horseshoe Bend. Sister Lee had a baptism in her old area. These members were kind enough to take us even though it's an hour away. They ended up knowing some of the people at the baptism!
So it was a good week. We also got permission to email friends. So if you email me I'll email you back!
Have an awesome week! Thanks for all the support! I can feel the prayers! Love you all!
This week went well even though we had a lot of appointments cancel and reschedule! I am learning that the plans we make that I think are just wonderful are not necessarily what the Lord would have us do. I'm learning how to give my will up to God, but it's not so easy when you're as stubborn as I am. ;) We had a cool experience on Sunday night. We were going to our last appointment and on the way there we passed by the house of a part-member family and I felt like we had to stop there but I pushed that aside because I wanted to go see this other person. So we go knock on her door and of course she's not there. So then I said "Fine, let's go back to the part-member family's house." Even though I feel like we bother them a lot. We did and we found that just the wife who is not LDS was there and we were able to talk to her and comfort her because she is going through some health issues. So I need to trust in promptings even when they don't make sense logically because the Lord knows more that I do. I learned humility and patience this week.
We had one person we are teaching come to church on Sunday and they stayed for all 3 hours! She has 3 little kids and she is excited about coming to church and meeting with us. Definitely a tender mercy of the Lord and she has definitely been prepared by the Lord.
I love my mission even though it's hard. It's making the person that Heavenly Father wants me to be.
Thanks for all the support! Please write me! Even if it's short! Letters really help.