Ok, so I didn't want to make you feel jealous of our weather while you were still going through snow, but now that you're having nice weather, I've been wanting to tell you about our 60-70 degree days for like 3 weeks now. Not to rub it in, or anything. But yeah.... Idaho's got nothin' on New York cold and snow. You troopers.
There's this family that goes to one of our wards where the mom and the kids are all active, but the dad isn't. They have a son, Jared, that's turning 9 today that the dad wanted to baptize, but wasn't able to because he wasn't coming to church. Our ward mission leader set us up with teaching them for the past few weeks because the dad felt better about Jared being baptized with the lessons behind him, and now the baptism is scheduled for this Saturday. Because he's 9, he falls under our stewardship, so we kind of just got a baptism scheduled for us. Hurray? They're a really fun family, and we really love working with them!
Mamie opened up this week with a ton of really great questions when we were teaching her the Plan of Salvation! Up till then, she had been more reserved with everything, but we feel like she's really starting to love learning about this. She said she wants to be baptized eventually, she just doesn't see a need to right now because she already feels happy. We just need to help her feel that sense of urgency in doing the Lord's will when He wants us to do it. I'm of the opinion He always wants us to do His will NOW.
Hannah got baptized!! Her whole family was there and loved it, then they all came to sacrament meeting to see her get confirmed,( also known as receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost) including her mom who's not of our faith! Up to this point, she hasn't been interested, but we asked if we could teach Hannah the new member lessons with the whole family together, and she said we could! We're hoping this will generate some more interest with her as she feels the Spirit of the things we teach!
Remember Wanda, that sassy, awesome black lady who we met when I first got to the area? She's back! And she and Charles (her man) came to church yesterday! In Sunday school, when we were talking about trials, Charles commented that God lets us go through them so we can learn, because "God don't want no fools." Testify! He wants us to learn for ourselves what's true, what's not, and how we can follow those things ourselves. We're not meant to follow these teachings blindly; we must come to some conclusion that we will follow Christ and what He's asked us to do of our own free will. Otherwise, we don't learn, we don't grow, and the whole point of coming to Earth is null and void.
This week, visit easter.mormon.org. Remember why we celebrate Easter, and remember the strength we can receive not only when we've exhausted all our strength and it's not enough, but steadily and consistently through our trials. We don't need to wait to call upon the Savior's Atonement. It's always there.
Love you all!
This was my April Fool's
prank this year! Idea
courtesy of Sister Gale,
We finally have other Sister
missionaries in our zone! This
was at Conference!