actually just received an email from Elder Rawlings. One of the investigators that we found and
started to teach is getting baptized next week! I am so excited and glad to hear that he is
finally getting baptized!
to the End
Since I like to run, I
see Enduring to the End like I see running. In order to gain our fullest potential we
must, Endure to the End. Unfortunately
it is not all easy. In Cross Country,
you have to run a 5K. In order to be successful you have to set a comfortable
and steady race, you don't want to go too fast in the beginning and hit a wall
in the middle but you also don't want to go too slow and miss the opportunity
you would have had if you went your "perfect" pace. Now, it takes a lot of practice to build
"endurance" to get that perfect pace, but as we practice to be
better, we run into obstacles on our path, a fallen branch, you twist your
ankle, you trip and fall. Because of those obstacles you get off the path and
lose your pace. Enduring is all about
getting back up and continuing to try your hardest.
Elder Buckner (my trainer) goes
home in 2 days! He is seriously like the
older brother I never had. I love that
kid! or MAN, I guess I should say.
Front row: Sister Golden, Sister Arave, Sister Smith and Sister Jones.
I came out with Elder Steingraber and Sister Smith! It's a fun District!
How Is Your Scripture Reading Going?
It really is not easy to stay in the boat in the time that we are living in today. But our Heavenly Father knew hard times would come so he gave us resources to help us stay in the boat like scriptures and praying! Things will get shaky, but we will always be able to ride through the storm.
The choice is OURS. It's what we make of the hard things we go through.
Well, we went to the Temple this last Friday and had Zone
Training on Wednesday. I put the
Ridgeways on the prayer roll. Because of
those two events, it was a really slow week to do missionary work. It's about an hour and a half drive to Zone
Training so that took all day Wednesday.
Then it is a 2 hour drive to the Temple.
So that took all day Friday.
We met again with our investigator, he is really on board
to be baptized. He just has to ask his
parents permission. After that it's all
downhill from there.
We didn't have a chance to do any service this week. Which is sad, I like doing service because it
gives me an opportunity to get into shorts.;)
We were stuck at the church a few times due to the
pouring rain, and did not want to walk home in the rain in our suits.
I don't really remember what I've had to eat this week.
We did have tacos on Wednesday though.
New apartment is nice and big. Well bigger than the tiny one in
Fayetteville. I'll send pics next week.
We as a District wore our District ties to Zone Conference,
and everyone got a kick out of that.
(Mom sends matching ties for each new companionship…
apparently I really liked this certain tie because I had already sent it. Elder Beach suggested that if I send one more
of the same tie, he would have enough for his District – Win! Win!)
This week went pretty good. We found a new investigator from a Recent-Convert. He seems very solid and wants to be baptized really bad. He comes to church with his friend, all the time, and has recognized that there is a different spirit when coming to the LDS church than going to any other. We asked him to pray about the Book of Mormon and to pray what day he thinks he should be baptized.
General Conference is just a few hours away! Who are you looking forward to hearing from?
This Conference was really great! I really enjoyed all the talks. I liked D. Todd Christofferson's and Elder Holland’s, of course. I was starting to worry that Elder Bednar wasn't going to speak at all cause I love him too. In the chapel, when they announced he would be the second to last speaker, I said in a loud voice, " It's about time! I was starting to worry!" It was pretty much just the missionaries in the chapel and a few members and they all turned around and started laughing. Oh, I don't know if I told you. We had a pre-screening of Meet the Mormons. One of the Sisters in the mission, her Dad was the Director. It is really good! Brought tears to my eyes. I don't know if I like this mission thing… It's makin’ me soft.
We sometimes have to make small sacrifices now in this life to bring big blessings for our future. (Like Flu Shots)
(Elder Beach and his brother actually got their shots the very same day and we didn't realize it until we saw this pic---aaaah special brother bond!)
As we read the scriptures and listen to our Modern Day Prophet's with all our heart and mind, the Lord will help us understand how we can live up to our fullest potential.
"Have I done any good in the world today?" Random acts of kindness go a long way! You don't have to do something big, just by saying "Hello" or "Good Afternoon" to someone can change their whole outlook on the day!