Well, Sister J. actually has one week left! Can you believe it? She can't either! haha, but we are pushing through strong! She is so determined to work hard until the bitter end, it is awesome!This week we resolved to have the best week of our missions.22 lessons, 10 new investigators, 4 baptismal date sets, game night, a better tan, movie marathons, and priesthood miracles. I'd say we just about got there!!!!!!!! :)
Monday night we had an awesome FHE with a few less-actives. One is our neighbor and she is so sweet, she has committed to us teaching her the lessons and when we brought her a mothers day treat she invited us over for Monday night. We ate delicious chicken and I dyed her hair (Sister L. would be so proud). We played a game called story cubes. It has 9 dice with random pictures on them and you have to roll them and tell a story using every picture. It was fun! We asked if we could teach a lesson with them, so Sister J. rolled the dice and we were both praying sooooo hard! haha. AMAZING Dice came up, and we got to teach the plan of salvation!! It was sooooo meant to be and really cool. I rolled later and taught the gospel of Jesus Christ, with some help from another less active that was there! It was really cool! :)
Tuesday we had a GREAT lesson with Quinton! He hadn't been reading or praying :( and everything had gotten a lot harder for him. [I have a testimony that everything is harder without Jesus Christ, not because it gets easier with Him, but because we get stronger with Him.] We were able to testify of that to him, and Christian came which was awesome. He could really feel the spirit and that is what made the difference and made him excited to feel the same joy he felt with us, when he was struggling. That lasting and true joy only comes through Jesus Christ, prayer and scripture study- which Quinton committed to! :)
Wednesday Sister Jenkins and I gave a training in District Meeting on Baptism Invites. We have a district goal for baptisms this month which means we are all gonna have to work a lot harder and pray to find those ready for the blessings God has in store. I now (this will sound silly because it is something I wish I would have done for the last 9+ months..) testify of the specific blessings I have because I was baptized and have the gift of the Holy Ghost and testify that those blessings are something I WANT for them to have and then we invite!
It is soooooo amazing! sometimes a first lesson with a baptism invite tacked on the end seems so insincere.. BUT when you know something and share it- the Spirit is able to rush in and touch hearts already prepared. It is basically my favorite thing ever to talk about why I am eternally grateful that I was baptized, by my big brother who holds God's authority, the same power that Christ was baptized with. And with that power my faithful father laid his hands on my head and gave me the gift of the Spirit as a constant companion. Because of these precious covenants I have made, I KNOW what it is to be joyful. Not just happy, but full of my Heavenly Father's perfect love and pure joy.
Thursday night we taught another lesson to Brother R and his family and it was kind of a tough day, but I was praying for the spirit and the courage to invite boldy. I was able to testify very boldly of the sacrament and why it is so important to come to church, again relating the blessings I have because of the cleansing power of the sacrament that I need every week!
Friday another super lesson with Quinton- he committed to living the word of wisdom, and is looking forward to his baptism on May 25th!
Saturday I was feeling a little sick so I rested for a bit in the afternoon, but after a nap I felt well enough to visit some people! We had a great lesson with another less-active Delia. She is so sweet and she was able to open up to us about her concerns with coming to church. There is such a power from testifying- when the Spirit is what testifies! She came to church!!!
Here is the sad news! but don't let it get you down, it has a happy ending.
I was throwing up all Saturday night! Everything hurt and I couldn't really sleep, but my sweet nurse J. looked after me. We moved the couch and laid on there with blankets and watched 'The Testaments' in ASL(the only language available.. lucky she could translate) at 2 in the morning. When it finished, it began to play in English... classic. After round two, we watched 'Finding Faith in Christ' and basically broke everything up with more throwing up and erratic naps.
Sunday morning broke and I still was in pretty bad shape. I was pretty bummed because Sunday Christian was going to ordain Phillip into the priesthood and they were going to bless the sacrament together! Best thing ever, right?!?!
Well, turns out I could barely make it to the kitchen, wasn't gonna make it to church. Sister J. was ever patient and kind. Serving me so sweetly! She organized so much for our expected investigators at church. The Elders Quorum President asked if I would like a blessing, and when they came- so did Phillip! Three men came, and gave us the sacrament! Phillip even blessed it! It was sooooo amazing!!!!! I felt so blessed, then another brother gave me a beautiful blessing. After that I was able to rest a lot! oh, and we watched 'Legacy' haha
Long story short, Sister J. was able to go on splits with our sister training leaders so we could teach some more lessons and I finished the movie marathon off with Hermana R. as we watched 'Mountain of the Lord'.
I got a bad fever last night, but slept most of the night through! I was very dehydrated, so I have just been taking it easy.
SO MANY BLESSINGS :)
I love you all soooooo much!See you in a week,
Story Cubes - plan of salvation edition
Dying hair adventures
Teagan being incredibly adorable
Florida rain storms
Has this every happened to you when you try to peel a banana?
We wanna be friends with this guy!
We went to a member's soccer game Saturday morning
Fancy stuffed scallops
Nurse J's sneaky picture of her patient