April 1, 2014
My Dearest Fam and Friends!!
We had such a wonderful opportunity this week to share with our ward about how to become better member missionaries. Last week our bishop asked if we would like to do some kind of missionary program the 3rd hour because it was the 5th Sunday and so of course we jumped right on it. This is a dream for missionaries to have all the young men and women, relief society, and priesthood together to talk about missionary work! We called the program the Member MTC. I don't know if you remember, but we did one of these in Liberty as well and it worked so well that I have been begging them to let us do it hear. The purpose of it is to help members learn how to do missionary work. I feel like at this point, all the members of the church understand that the Lord is hastening his work and that they are huge part of it, but I believe that the bigger thing is that they don't know how they can participate in the work. I mean, we're sent to the MTC for 3 to 9 weeks to learn the how of missionary work! So, we showed them how they could introduce the Book of Mormon to their friends, did some role plays and called member up (that was fun!), and invited them to ponder and write down names of people they are working with so that they could determine the next step in their progression. It all went really well and at the end we had many members coming up and giving us referrals! :) Now, we are going to go into their homes and follow up with a family mission plan. You guys should do one of these in our ward if haven't already! Just an idea!
LEGEND WAS BAPTIZED ON SUNDAY!!! Oh happy day! It was so perfect! There were so many people there and the program went so well. Legend was so so happy. I asked him how he felt afterward and he was just beeming and had the biggest grin on his face. I love this boy! It has been a complete joy teaching him. He has waited for 2 years for this day and so I believe he understood it a lot more and it meant so much to him.
Can I just tell you, I am so so grateful for spiritual promptings. Last week, I was in the shower thinking about the sisters that I am over and I had such a strong impression that I needed to do exchanges with a set of sisters that I wasn't planning on doing them with for a couple of weeks. I knew I needed to go with them yesterday and which sister I needed to be with and that I needed to go to their area. It wasn't seeming to work out the way the Lord had told me to do it but every time I was going to switch it I had a strong feeling that I shouldn't. Long story short, yesterday we went on exchanges and it was so needed for this companionship. It was Sister Johnsen. She joined the church 3 years ago and is such a good missionary. As I was with her, she opened up to me about a lot of personal things that she was struggling with and also about the work. She has been feeling so depressed lately because her companion doesn't really like working so they aren't very effective in their area. I knew that the Lord wanted me to come to their area so that she could go out and work hard. Within the first 2 hours that we were out, we taught 6 lessons and found 5 new investigators! That just doesn't happen in this mission! On average, we find about 2 new investigators a week here. The Lord truly blessed us - there just isn't any other way to explain it. I have a testimony of exchanges. That's kind of weird to say, but I do. I am grateful for spritual promptings that lead and guide us to do what the Lord wants us to do, even if at times they don't make any sense.
Wow, I feel like this was kind of a long email! I'll wrap it up. I love you all so much and I am so grateful for your support, love, and prayers. I am grateful for this past week that has taught me so much. Every single day I can see the Lord's hand in this work. I know that he is the Lord of the harvest and that it is he that stregnthens us in this most important work. LOVE YOU! XOXOX