Hello dearest family!
Wasn't conference just so amazing?!?!? It was so awesome watching conference as a missionary. To be on the end of the spectrum that is witnessing this crazy wave of missionaries first hand is so amazing! I loved the focus on family values and the importance of having a strong, positive home life. The church is sooo true. I love being a missionary! We got some news on Saturday.... apparently now there is going to be Sister missionaries in leadership positions.... what!! Crazy huh?! They aren't going to be zone leaders or district leaders, but they are going to have their own assignment to go around the mission training other sister missionaries. This next transfer we are expecting 18 sisters and 2 elders.
This week we saw some awesome miracles! We were out contacting potential investigators and former investigators, and we drove past a street that had some old potentials we hadn't been able to get in contact with last transfer. I had the strong impression that we needed to try to contact a girl named D. I told my companions and we drove to her house, seeing that she had JUST pulled in to the drive way! She backed into the street and we walked up to her and had a small lesson on the restoration in the street! We committed her to baptism and had an awesome prayer with her! IT WAS AWESOME!!!!!!!!! We don't have a date set, but we will when we meet with her on Saturday. Pllleeeaseee remember to keep her in your prayers! She is soo awesome.
On a down side, I got yelled at for the first time in my mission! That was exciting. We were doing some family history tracting and one older woman wasn't to happy that we were knocking on her door.
Another down side of this week... K broke up with us. She had a baptismal date set for May 18, but keeps on flaking our appointments. She texted us a couple nights ago saying that she's been "doing some thinking and as much as she loves meeting with us, Mormon isn't the way she wants to go." She said that we have told her the answer will come about this decision and "all the while something was saying its not for her. "sooooooo sad! I am devastated!!! We are planning on going over there and seeing what's really going on. She needs that spiritual witness for herself! This church is true. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the church for everyone, because it is the only church in the world that has the fullness of the gospel. The only way she can know this is if she PRAYs and reads the Book of Mormon. She hasn't been doing that! Just like Elder Holland said yesterday, all it takes is a little seed. A little desire to know the truth and to have strong faith, and it will come. We have to work for it. Its not all going to come at once! I pray that we can help K understand that she will have to work to gain a testimony and spiritual witness of the truth of this gospel!
We dropped of our laundry at Sister Y's house, and she had watched conference! It wasn't the reaction I expected though. She was fired up when we got to her house. She was talking about how she can't pay her tithing right now and people have told her that she is going to burn in hell if she doesn't. She expressed to us the horrific childhood she had and how she felt that she was ignored during conference. I was filled with so much love for her. I was crying as she told us her fears and doubts. Sister W is a STUD. She is a female, young version of Elder Holland. I'm serious. She boldly and lovingly bore her testimony of the gospel, and of the blessings of being obedient. We committed the Y to take it day by day. To make an effort every single day to pray and to read their scriptures. Sister Y has some serious trust issues. She expressed to us that she can not trust God. So that is what she is working on. Letting her self come unto Christ. To be healed by His infinite Atonement. It was such a powerful lesson, and the spirit was so strong! There is no greater feeling than looking someone you love in the eye and telling them that Heavenly Father loves them. That I love them, and that they can do it. That they are stronger than who Satan has made them feel.
we STILL haven't met with D D. She is very sick and busy all the time. BUT she doesn't fail to call us back. luckily. We finally set up an appointment with her this Friday. She asked us for tithing slips??!! She said she cant afford not to pay her tithing, because of the blessings she receives. She isn't even a member and she has a testimony of Joseph Smith, the Book of Mormon, Priesthood Blessings, and apparently she pays tithing?! This woman is getting BAPTIZED!!!
Mother dearest, you are going to be so proud of me... I sang in district meeting this Thursday! It was the scariest thing I've ever done and my voice and entire body was shaking the entire time, and I also couldn't look at anybody... but Hey. I faced my fear! We sang come thou fount :)
I love you all! It was so amazing to get letters from the Hughes Family!! Y'all are the best! I'm glad you got to spend some time away from your mansion in Colorado and visit my family in California! ;)
Have an amazing week!
Have your name tag painted on your hearts! Chandler, I don't know how many times I can tell you how proud I am of you for being such an amazing missionary! Keep being a good example! You are inspirational!