Monday, March 15, 2010
March 15, 2010
Well, things are going pretty good. Sister Richan and I get along alright. We don't see eye to eye all the time, but we seem to be working through.
We had some really powerful lessons this week. We taught Betty and N.D. Williams. Brother Hewett (the ward mission leader) couldn't come and he usually leads at all the lessons and we fill in the gaps. Well, I was in charge of teaching the lesson and Sister Richan was nervous so she wanted to just follow my lead. I was super nervous because I really struggle teaching. As I taught I became really relaxed and could feel the spirit working through me. I was able to have scriptures come to mind and experience to share. It was a powerful lesson. The Williams felt the spirit and there desire to be baptized grew.
The Hopkins are so ready for baptism. They are just so excited. Every time we mention their baptism, they smile. They said that Satan has really been working on them this week, but they have found so much strength by relying on prayer and their savior. They have a powerful testimony and are a great example to me.
We taught a new investigator this week. His name is Eddie. He is 19 and his mom is Lora Rivera, who is a less active/ recent convert (last fall). He is truly looking for the gospel. He recently got out of prison and wants to have the joy that the gospel brings in your life. We taught him lesson 1 and the spirit was there. Sister Richan bore a powerful testimony, after her testimony he simply said "that was a good speech" with a grin. He felt the spirit, He isn't much of a talker but he was absorbing the message that we were sharing.
The work here is really good. We struggle being bold. We have really been trying to visit less actives, but they turn into visits. We aren't bold in our invitation to follow Christ. We have set a goal to seek to make every person we talk to draw near to Christ.
We know what are weaknesses are and we are trying to overcome them. We are both just trying to figure out how to be missionaries. We simply have faith and act. The lord has guided us to people's homes. The spirit has given us the direction we need to be better missionaries. By seeking to have the spirit, we receive promptings and are able to act on them.
We had the Orlando temple president and his wife speak in sacrament meeting and give a fireside that night. It was powerful. The Williams and the Hopkins were at both, they were really touched and can't wait to be baptized. The Hopkins are going to trying go on the ward temple trip in mid-April. I'll write you more details.
I can't believe what's going on with Micheal. It really breaks my heart. I totally agree with what Ben said if anyone can make a miracle happen Aunt Laurie can. All we can do though is trust in the lord and pray. Pray for peace and strength. All we can do is never give up hope and trust in heavenly father.
I love you all and I am so grateful for all the love and support I have received.