This also cam today from Katie's missionary companion
She is such a hard worker! She is an amazing teacher, obedient, loving, and hilarious. We get along so well. I am so lucky to have my best friend as my companion. Her testimony shines through her constantly. She is a huge example to me on how to be Christ-like. I really look up to her. Love, Sister Kuhns
New obsessions: Vanilla almond milk, thai food, and Jericho Road (aka Backstreet Boys).
This week was a little less successful than we would have liked it to be. We did lots and lots of work trying to go through Former and Potential Investigators in the Area Book, but most either weren't home or weren't interested. Liz and her family was sick this past week, so they didn't go to church, and she hasn't been keeping up on her scripture reading, which, because of the lack of spiritual protection, has caused her to smoking as many cigarettes as she was at the beginning. We've worked so hard with not too much to show for it. BUT! I will never let frustrations or low numbers discourage me. These kinds of weeks are inevitable on the mission, and so far it's just motivating me to work even harder! Be ever more obedient, be even more faithful, and try to be even more Christlike. When we persevere through trials, we receive blessings proportional (probably even more than that) to our effort, so I know that after this slump, however long it may be, we will be blessed beyond measure for remaining faithful. We are going to turn this area around with the Lord's help!! We also did come out with a lot of potential investigators too.... we'll see! Woo!
Ready for this? ....Mercediez is baptized now!!! WOOOOO!!!! Beautiful service. So excited for her! She was just glowing afterwards! We talked to her dad (not a member) afterwards and were like, "So, you next?" He kind of laughed, but said that with two of his daughters baptized now, he'd been thinking about it a lot. Right now isn't a good time, since he's super busy with his work, but hey.... we'll talk with him eventually, I'm sure :) There's nothing quite like the example of someone entering the gate to eternal life to give someone the spark to do the same.
Cool things at the Visitors' Center this week! Last monday, this family came in and went to the theater to watch a short film. The dad stayed out, however, and told us that his daughter brought a Korean friend from Weber State with her who's not a Mormon. He wondered if we could give her a Korean Book of Mormon. We have copies of the Book of Mormon in roughly a thousand languages at the VC, so of course we said yes! (Note: it's probably more like 30. But you know. Whatever.) They came out of the theater, got the tour of our Arnold Friburg Book of Mormon paintings exhibit from the next set of sisters, then came to the Christus statue where Sister Kuhns and I were. (Makes you want to go the Hill Cumorah VC, no?) We had them listen to it first in English, then in Korean. The Korean girl, "Stella," completely lit up when she heard it in her own language! After we were all done with the tour, we got to know her a bit, and gave her the Korean Book of Mormon. Again, she completely lit up! She actually asked for another one to give to her other Korean friend! We offered to teach her over the phone and she agreed!
Oh! New things happening! Sister Kuhns and I and a handful of other missionaries from our zone are, as of wednesday (transfers), no longer part of the Idaho Falls North Zone.... but the brand spankin' new Idaho Falls Central Zone! Our areas are completely the same, but we're with new people. It'll be a little sad to not see all these awesome missionaries I've gotten to know anymore, but I'm excited to make more friends and meet more missionaries! It's going to be the most unified zone in the whole IPM! Aw yeah.
Also as of wednesday, we're losing our car! But no worries. We love walking and we have a tiny area. I'm really excited, to be honest!
Next assignment: read 2 Nephi 9 and focus on verses 49-50. Beautiful. Do it. You know you want to.
I know that our Savior died for us--all of us. We can be made whole through Him, no matter how much we've endured or how far we've fallen. I know that through the Atonement, all mankind may be saved by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel (Articles of Faith 1:3). He's given us this immeasurably perfect gift: the gift of salvation! The only thing we have to do is receive it. If we do our part, He will keep His promises, for "I, the Lord, am bound when ye do what I say, but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise," (Doctrine and Covenants 82:10). I love you all so much!! But the Lord loves you even more. I promise.