As usual, don't have a whole lot of time to write. :( but this week was pretty crazy busy! I was really sad to be missing all of Ashley's graduation festivities, but I knew that the Lord would bless us extra for our sacrifices and boy was that true! We had such a miracle week!
|Yes, the people here love their Packers THAT much!|
A few highlights:
We FINALLY got back in contact with our investigator Linda. She is the one that was a HQ referral. She was all excited to work toward baptism, and then we fell out of contact. Then she randomly showed up at church a few weeks later, and then we fell out of contact. But this week we were finally able to teach her again! She has had a lot of opposition which I think is the reason that it has been so crazy. But she has been reading from the BofM every day and she told us that she received an answer that it is true! So we are super excited to continue working with her.
We have a Laotian investigator named Thim that has been working with the missionaries for a long time. She had to cancel one of our appointments this week and felt kind of bad about it so she ended up inviting us to a family birthday party that they were having. We got to eat SO MUCH delicious hmong food and then most of her extended family members asked for copies of the Book of Mormon. Us and the Hmong elders in our ward have now started teaching much of Thim's extended family!
My favorite miracle of the week was that we met this really cool girl named Jamaylah the other day and gave her a BofM and she invited us back to teach her more. Well, went we went back yesterday to teach her, she was in the middle of a little emergency and had to leave right when we got there. So we started talking to her older sister. We ended up teaching her an entire Restoration lesson and it moved her to tears. She accepted a baptismal invitation and a date to be working toward! And invited us back to teach her husband and 3 children (who are all above the age of 8 might I add :) ) later this week!
There were definitely a lot of ups and downs this week, but the ups always outweigh the downs and the downs make the ups taste that much sweeter.
Don't have a ton of time- but here is a quote for President Uchtdorf's last conference talk that I LOVE:
I marvel to think that the Son of God would condescend to save us, as imperfect, impure, mistake-prone, and ungrateful as we often are. I have tried to understand the Savior’s Atonement with my finite mind, and the only explanation I can come up with is this: God loves us deeply, perfectly, and everlastingly. I cannot even begin to estimate “the breadth, and length, and depth, and height … [of] the love of Christ.”
I know that the Savior really does love us! I am so grateful that I have the opportunity to share that love with others and feel it more abundantly myself as a full-time servant of Jesus Christ.
Love you all so much! Until next week!