Monday March 31, 2014
Well a miracle happened this week, we finished inputting our area book! YAHOO! It was a few days late from the dead line, but with how much we had to do I am glad it was done that soon after, and the area books still got to the mission office with all the other area books from those that did finish on time, so it was not a big deal at all. So thats good.
Oh on Sunday we had a sweet experience. The elders got a phone call from a woman they gave a card to who asked when and where church was. She came with her 4 year old daughter and ended up sitting next to the primary president. (interesting... coincidence? I think not! That right there was the spirit!) She didn’t know it was 3 hours long, but she stayed the whole time and her daughter I think had a great time in primary. She only checked on her once and she was doing well.
Then Kelly came to Sunday school with us. The class was small, the ward mission leader, his assistant, us, the elders, our investigator Jennifer, an investigator the elders are working with and then 4 recent converts. I love being in this class, because we are able to have conversations and really talk about people’s concerns. It’s great! I love gospel principles.
But Kelly had several great questions, that everyone asks, about why bad things happen to us and why we have to deal the consequences of other people choices. We were able to have a great discussion with the people there and some of the recent converts talked more in that class than I have ever heard them. It was very special to see them testifying to Kelly that she was going to be okay, that it would still hurt and take time, but that she would be okay with the help of her Savior, Jesus Christ.
After the lesson the recent convert hugged Kelly, and then Kelly hugged her again. She really needed that testimony to her. And then she came with us to the third hour, we talked all about family history work, more so of the 'how to' with the website. (Something I want to work on more when I get home). And I stay by her and was able to answer questions and invite her to the ward Easter egg hunt on Saturday in between sessions.
It was a sweet experience because you could see that she was hurting and can use the gospel right now! She even got up in sacrament meeting and bore her testimony, talking about how she has had a hard life, and that she was struggling but she is trying her best and she feels like this is a good place to start.
Kelly it is! It so is! I am so happy that she came, and pretty much on her own. She is going to be blessed more than she can see right now. So I am excited for her!
We had an awesome lesson with Jennifer this week. Not sure if I have told you about her yet, but she is Awesome! The sister asked Jennifer if she knew what was different about our church than any other church, when Jennifer asked what the sister bore a beautiful testimony of the Prophet and the Priesthood power which has been brought back to the Earth. Which was an awesome segue into conference, which is what we wanted to talk to Jennifer about. We talked about a living prophet and what a blessing it is to have a Prophet and that we get to listen to Him speak, along with the other disciples and apostles which the Lord has called to guide us today! It was great to have the member support in a lesson, and to have 4 people who were able to testify of why the Prophet matters to them.
The gospel is true! It is so true, these nothing else to it!
Also this week we got to go to American Sign Language class :) Which I LOVE! One of the less active sisters in the ward teaches it, and so we get to go to develop a relationship with her, to learn the ASL song we will be singing in sacrament meeting for her, and then to teach to one of the sisters who wants to be involved in the class but is having a hard time with her pregnancy and being sick :( She is new to the area so we are trying to fellowship her and help her get to know some of the sisters around here as a support group since her husband is active duty military.
But I love it, the class has many people from the stake coming and learning, so we get to know them and we see them in the same building on Sundays and for meetings and what not.
Also Sundays are now CRAZY! We now have 5 different units meeting in our building. Bayviews building is being added on. so they were kicked out last week until the end of the year. So they came to our building and we are now running at full capacity with 5 services going on all day. The ward we serve in is 1st at 8:30am, and then we have the Young Single Adults branch at 2:30, so we are at the church all day and there is always someone in sacrament meeting I swear!
But the YSA was sent to one corner of the building. Since the young womens rooms seperate into 3 sections they gave us those rooms to meet in. For all three hours. Until December. Oh joy. Its a long time to be in the same room! But its fun and quite cozy. This week was the first week we tried it out, we had to rummage through the building for linens to use for the sacrament, and then we did not have a podium for the speaker. We are thinking we might steal the one in the RS room and get Bayview to bring one of their podiums from their building... since it will be sitting there not being used for almost a year! Anyhow, the adventures of the singles ward. Its great! And lots of giggly girls... my least favorite thing. But I am learning how much I love them all. They are a great group of girls who are good at fellowshipping, its just helping them recognize how much good they could do, that potential they don’t see right now. So its exciting to work with them.
And tonight for Family Home Evening we are playing ultimate Disney princess gator ball. (Gator ball with the Disney princess ball to get the girls to play) so that will be fun.
But I also loved this week being able to watch the Women’s Broadcast knowing that you and Keira were sitting in a chapel back home watching it with all of the women that I love and adore. It was quite the experience to have all of those little girls stand up and sing, they got the song before I did! And then to be able to sing with the rest of the women. I love how they talked about being unified with all of the women throughout the world! It was an incredible feeling I can tell you that much. I cant wait to be able to go to one with you or Keira or Lindy! How special will that be? :) and Clara one day! Man I miss you guys.
Its funny that conference weekend is the week that I think about home the most. Not Christmas, because it didn’t really feel like Christmas this year, and not Thanksgiving because I knew I got to call home soon, but conference weekend. When we are talking about families and strengthening them, and how much they mean to all of us, and then watching it with families, and knowing that you guys are watching too, well at least the afternoon ones at the same time. Here we watch at noon and 4... the womens broadcast went from 8-9:20 here... crazy late. We did an ice cream social before hand... which was kind of a fail. The ice cream showed up like 30 minutes late... and yeah. There was very few people at the building which surprised me. I love watching those with all the women. But anyhow, this is quite long enough for the week!
I love you guys! I am excited for spring in Maryland and Delaware! And yeah. Thats pretty much a week in the life of a missionary.
Also this week I have decided that the most commonly said phrase as a missionary is "well that was awkward" so much awkward over here its ridiculous!
Anyhow, love you guys! Keep the faith, the Gospel is restored, and we know all about it :) How blessed are we?