Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Great Bridge Goodness

Dearest Family,
As you know, yesterday was Martin Luther King day, so the library was closed. I will try- keyword- to keep this email short because we have got a lot of WORK to be doing here!!! Right now I am on an exchange with Sister Hymas one of my BEST friends and my old companion. Ahhhhhh we are so happy right now. anyways... this week has been the best week Greatbridge has seen in ages. Things are really picking up here and man it is humbling and a testimony builder to be able to see miracles happen every single day. God is SO real and SO kind.
Last Monday- Tuesday we had an exchange with the Norfolk sisters. Sadly the sister I was with was deathly ill so we didn't have the time we wanted to work. We did luckily meet a new investigator named G. He is super awesome. We saw him walking outside while we finished contacting a less active, and we went over to him and the rest was history. That night after we exchanged back we had another lesson with N, who is our investigator who is dating a less active member. N is set for baptism on Feb 1, but sadly we are going to have to push back her date. The lesson with her on Tuesday was one of the most powerful lessons I have ever been in. Oh mannnn the spirit was SO strong. We were talking about the plan of salvation, it was nearing 9:10 pm and we needed to get going so we could be home on time. But we felt prompted to get to the spirit world portion of the lesson. N's mom died when she was 14 and she didn't know there was a place for her mom right now. The spirit was bringing so many things to our minds to share with her, and the room was filled with tears as we testified of the power of the atonement, the peace of the plan of salvation, and TEMPLE MARRIAGE. They want to be sealed in the temple!!!!!!!!!!!!! ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh so cuttteeee. We are so excited for them.
Wednesday was another exchange, I was in Kempsville where me good friend ISHEL BRIMHALL lives... guess who happened to be signed up for dinner that night? The Brimhalls. So fun. Ishel is at school right now but it was fun being with her family!
Thursday we celebrated my one year mark by getting froyo and setting M for BAPTISM on Feb. 15. best way to celebrate EVER!!! M is a friend of a less active we have been working with forever, and she told us at dinner she had someone she wanted to introduce us to, so we told her to call him right now. The amazing part of this story is that we had mulitple lessons scheduled but at the last moment they ALL cancelled. We were def meant to teach M. He has a rough past and is very ready and willing to change his life. What a better way to change your life than by joining Christs restored true church?!?!?
Friday we had the craziest break up happen. Remember when I was telling y'all about the two college age guys who said the book of Mormon is a lie and all that? Well for some reason we had another appointment with them... we show up-with a member who went out of her way to come.... and they both are standing outside waiting for us. uh oh.... So we go up to them and Sister Tarwater is like "is something going on upstairs?" all innocently. They turn and look at us all dramatically and look back at us and say "We cant meet anymore. We wont let you in." They brought up a scripture in second John how "if someone comes with you with a different bible, bid them farewell, don't let them in, and don't wish them godspeed" or something like that.... We stared at them and told them the scripture actually says another gospel, and we have brought them the same gospel that Jesus Christ set up. They started to get the look on their face like they were going to argue.... and one said "Joseph Smith is not a prophet and the Book of Mormon is a lie."  we asked "did you read it?"
"no." Well then you can't say that. I asked where this conclusion came from and the first one said God and the second one said research and advice. ohhhhh that all makes sense now. It was so sad. They both completly closed off. We asked them why they didnt just call us or something weird like that and dustin said because they wanted to give us our book back. Guys... it was SO intense! The only thing I knew how to do after that to cope was to laugh... so we all laughed, even the member. laugher heals all. Jk, that's the atonement. That whole sitch ( translation=situation ) seriously looked like it was out of a movie. To tell you the truth, we both knew it was coming. They weren't even willing to read the Book of Mormon. When you are in a slower area, alot of times you cling on to those investigators who aren't progressing. In realilty they are a distraction from finding the ELETE. So we are moving on to better things!

We got  a mormon.org referral for a man wanting a missionary visit, and so we went over to meet him. This biker dude walks out in a harley leather jacket, a long gray pony tail, and this big rider boots. He asks who we are and then goes... oh i didn't realize I was inviting the Mormons over.. I just google free king james bible and this thing popped up so I put my name on it and then after that I realized it was the Mormons. I am not interested. We talked to him more, gave a BOM, set a return apt, then invited him to church. We didn't think much of it sadly. After this we had a lesson with Atlantis, still set for  Feb 7th. We had to teach the law of chastity and word of wisdom to her. She's ten... and her mom was running around the whole time. most awkie lesson ever. hahhahaha
For dinner on Friday we had SUSHI!! A member couple takes the missionaries out for sushi sometimes! First time I have had real sushi in a looooong time. Wow I am using my email time to talk about food... the south is getting to me...
After dinner we had an amazing lesson to top off or not so peachy day. We taught Chris, the boyfriend of a member who is at college, who Sister Tarwater tracked down after church :) It was amazing. he agreed to be baptized but wouldn't commit to a date yet, but all is well. He doesn't have much religious background. He doesn't really know if he believes in God yet. So this is  new to me. I'm used to teaching people with a very STRONG background. But it was very good. The spirit was so strong.
Saturday  we had interviews with President Baker. That man is so inspired. He always boosts me up. The begining of our interview he had me and Sis T teach him a portion of the restoration and extend a commitment to him. He was pretending to be M and he recieved revelation for him that he is more interested in us than the lesson, that he thinks he has a chance... SCARY. so we got freaked out by that one. hahaha

President Baker has a way to help me realize that I AM doing a good job and that I am listening to Satan  alot STILL. So many of the sisters I have been blessed to work with struggle with this same feeling.. inadequacy. Its horrible, and satan just loves to twist things and make us feel like we aren't 
good enough. But we ARE. We all have those imperfections, and the adversary knows what we are self conscious of. He will make us believe that we are bad teachers,  aren't good at following the spirit, or we aren't good daughters, or good examples, or good parents.. What ever it is. we arent! We cant let him hinder our progressions!  I am sick of it! President Baker reminded me of my strengths, and once again I got out of that interview feeling like a different person. I never realized how much satan is trying to attack me. It's because I am on the Lord's errand, and too bad he hasn't realized thatI'm  not giving up! Never ever. We already know which side will win.
Sunday we were on exchanges.. I was at another church but I get back to Greatbridge that night and hear the miracle...
The biker dude came to CHURCH!! We had thought nothing of it... even scheduled over his return apt..so bad on our part... but he came to church, reschuled our apt because he couldn't make it, and then he told sister tarwater he had read 50 pages of the Book of Mormon already... WHAT!!!!
miracles are happening every second of everyday. I cant even keep track of them!!
N told us she isn't ready to  live the law of chastity so we might have some issues here....
Thanks for all you do fam! I love you all to the moon and back! SHOUTOUT TO CHANDLER SNOW!!! 18 YEARS OLD WHATS UP!!!! hope is was a great day! love you bro
Thanks for the package momma! 1 year out... I can not believe it....
have a great week!! choose Christ!!
sister snow

ps:  I saw Kyle last night (recent convert in Nagshead) and he passed the sacrament Sunday AND he's  giving a talk in church

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