Monday, March 31, 2014

Amazing Week!

On your Mark

Get Set

finish line

Cleaning up after hauling mulch for 3 hours

Beautiful Sis. T and Sis. Snow

Chelsea's newspaper interview is tomorrow. Any extra prayers for her and her companion would be really appreciated!  We don't know how we will be able to get a copy of the article-Chelsea will check on that tomorrow. 

THIS WEEK WAS SO AMAZING!!!!!!!!! T GOT BAPTIZED FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sister Tarwater has been bouncing back into the swing of things. I honestly forget that she just had major surgery... she is amazing. We worked hard this week and pushed through much opposition. We were out all the long days searching diligently to find people to teach. It was one of those weeks where we try so hard. Coming home every night SO exhausted but ready to do it all over again. Knocking on doors in the freezing weather, walking around the streets talking to strangers all day (who really aren't strangers-they are my brothers and sisters) in the humid heat... there is nothing better and more rewarding than this. I LOVE being a missionary. I don't want the time to be moving so quickly! But yes.... Sadly this week most peoples agency was not in line with God's will for them… however, there was much to be smiling about this week :)
T-She is amazing. We taught her a couple times this week...she even CALLED US to be taught the day of her baptism. This woman is so elect. On Saturday (the day of her baptism) we taught one of the most powerful lessons with tori I have ever been in. We talked about how the Book of Mormon provides safety for our souls and referenced the conference talk by an apostle of the Lord, Elder Holland.  If you have not read this talk, "Safety for the Soul," go read it!!! It's amazing. T was in tears, telling us how she walks into church and sees the women of this church so confident and so beautiful. She said she knows we are like this because we know our worth. We know that we are children of God and in tears she said," I just know, and I cannot wait to come out of the water clean, and feeling for the first time like a worthy daughter of God," the spirit was so strong in that room. It is a very humbling feeling to be able to feel a small fraction of the love the God has for His children, and to be able to have thoughts come to mind that you KNOW God needs you to tell his precious children.
Saturday at 3 T was baptized. I got to give the talk on baptism. It was an honor :) When T walked into the relief society room before the baptism she saw us, the people there, and she just cried. It was a very emotional  day for sure. T had been waiting a long time for this, and she has been preparing herself very carefully for this day. She kept saying after, "I feel so at peace."  Then on Sunday she was confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She was absolutely glowing. So many people pointed out to her the power of her testimony and how grateful they were to see her happiness in the gospel... it was so powerful and reminded all of the congregation how truly lucky we are to have the gift of the holy ghost and Christ's gospel in our lives.
K-we had a lesson on Tuesday with her and she opened up to us and told us she has been struggling with the word of wisdom. She committed again this week to really live it. Sunday comes around-its fast Sunday... and Sister Tarwater and I are already crying because we just saw someone we love so dearly receive the greatest Gift God has to give....The holy ghost... and all of a sudden I see K marching up to the pulpit!!! I hit Sister Tarwater's leg like 50 times and we are both giggling and freaking out in our seat. K stands at the podium and BARES HER TESTIMONY of her love for God and how this gospel is changing her life and how she's not a member yet but she knows that the sacrifices to become one are worth it.  Amazing. She also participated in every class and after church we taught her an amazing lesson about receiving the gift of the holy ghost. She expressed not feeling ready to be baptized and has been acting very flaky about her date on April 19. After a  powerful, spirit led lesson she agreed that she was ready to be baptized and committed to April 19.
Mr. S has been coming to church a couple of times, last week with his sons. We taught him about receiving revelation from the scriptures and prayer through the holy ghost and committed him to be baptized on April 26! He is going to have a lot to over come. He likes to make his own beer.
I am so excited for general conference!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I am preparing by having lots of questions I know will be answered. I hope all of us takes advantage of the MIRACULOUS privilege we have to hear from the modern prophet and leaders of Christ's church.
I have come too feel more than ever the power of this eternal truth:  I am a child of God.  This week has been full of a lot of trials and tests and I know that God is with me every step of the way. I have seen so many tender mercies along the way this week, and so many powerful yet subtle answers to prayer. God is real. He is loving. He really does want us to be happy, and has a plan for this to be so. I know with all the energy of my heart that there is a living, loving father in heaven who sent his son to this earth to suffer and die for us, and then to live again.

have a fab week! love y'all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! chose Christ and be happy
sister snow

1 comment:

  1. I was so touched to read about sis T and her baptism and them tears came to my eyes when I read that sis K bore her testimony and committed to be baptized. You are an awesome missionary. I love reading your blog. Keep up the good work!