First off, thank you SO much for the St. Patrick's Day green goodies galore gift! We were going to take a picture with all the stuff inside, but we ate most of it, so....
Oh, and a little boy in one of our wards has a huge crush on me. Better step up, gentleman. (Yeah, I'm looking at you, Mr. Buble.)
AWESOME things happening this week! We've found some new investigators!! Kayde and Kellen are brothers, 13 and 9. Their mom is less-active, but Kayde has gone to church a bunch with one of his friends in another ward, and Kellen wants to be involved with scouts. Their mom wants them to be baptized and involved in the programs there (Young Men's and scouts), as well as Brooklyn with the Primary. The boys want to also. It's amazing what blessings fasting, prayer, obedience, and hard work get you. He led us to talk with them and helped them to be comfortable with us. Just.... yes!!
We had an incredible lesson with Liz this week! We read 2 Nephi 4 with her and talked about committing to change, improvement. We think it rekindled her fire a bit with quitting smoking and doing the things she needs to do to make that happen.
Teva is still plugging along. Go team!
Oh! We got Bible-bashed yesterday!! My first one!! Of course, Sister Kuhns and I kept calm, didn't bash back, and testified of truthfulness, but none of it went through. You can't feel the Spirit if you're not receptive to it first. You have to choose to let it in. It was actually quite a testament to me of the fruits of the Spirit. As they denounced and belittled what we know to be true, the Holy Ghost withdrew His presence from the conversation. He can't dwell in a contentious environment. It's such a difference to the way I feel with the companionship of the Holy Ghost--peaceful, happy, calm, joyful. That difference in feeling strengthens my testimony of this church, for the Spirit speaks not only to our minds, but to our hearts, also. And I feel in my heart and know in my mind that the Book of Mormon is true.
Also yesterday was a mission-wide Easter fireside! It was so powerful. There were musical numbers, talks, and Mormon Messages shown. I got to sing and my companion got to talk! I sang His Hands. The Lord helped me to convey my testimony of the Atonement through the music, and I'm so grateful for His help! There are so many talented missionaries here to look up to. But it's not about the talents here--it's about the Spirit that was conveyed through everyone's talents. I know the investigators brought there could feel the Holy Ghost testifying to them because I felt Him testifying to me.
In light of the coming Easter Sunday, everybody watch the Mormon Messages "None Were With Him" (based on the talk by Elder Holland) and "His Sacred Name--And Easter Declaration." Very powerful. Go to mormonchannel.org. Do it. (Please and thanks.)
I know the Savior's Atonement is real. As I repent, I feel the burden of my sins being lifted off my shoulders. I know that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel (Articles of Faith 1:3). He died for me. He died for you. He knows exactly what you're going through because He's gone through it before when he took on all our heartaches, disappointments, trials, challenges, and sorrows. He knows exactly how to succor you. You are never alone.
I love you so much, family! Don't forget it.