OH MY GOODNESS!! Do you all remember Barbara, my awesome investigator in Minot?? Well, she is getting BAPTIZED this Saturday!! I am SO sad I won't be there, but I am seriously SO excited for her! I have been praying for her to find an answer, and she got it. It was in the Lord's timing and not mine, but she made it. :) I am PUMPED! Literally floating. :)
This week, Tracy officially become a new investigator! We were able to teach her twice and she is awesome!! We already love her a lot. :) She has a lot of questions, which is nice because e know what she doesn't quite understand, but it's a bit hard too because she has a lot of DEEP questions about things that aren't necessary for her to understand right now (i.e. exaltation). None of that deep stuff makes sense unless you have a testimony that the simple stuff like the Book of Mormon is true. So that's a fun adventure. But we love her a lot though and she has a sincere desire to know more, so we are just going to keep working with that desire and do all we can to help her!
Obviously the main success of the week was General Conference. I kept receiving inspiration for me as well as those we are working with, and that was awesome. There were some very bold themes of Conference and that was so cool to tune into. For example, some of the main themes were obedience to the commandments and how NONE of the commandments are optional. They were put into place by our loving Heavenly Father and so who are we to say what is needful and what isn't? So that was bold and awesome. Another emphasis was the fact that everyone needs to build and strengthen their testimonies, that NOW is the time to find out for yourself if this message is true or not. That you will get an answer from God through the power of the Holy Ghost and that witness is essential to your conversion. I loved all the talks about following and sustaining the prophet. Not just sustaining the prophet with your hand, but with your heart, showing by your actions and obedience that you know he (in this case President Thomas S. Monson) is truly God's chosen prophet. And I loved through all of these themes that the way to be obedient, to build our testimonies and to receive our answers all come from doing the same, basic things. Elder Richard G. Scott laid these out for us in his talk. He gave 4 principles to do in our life that will help us to attain a testimony and keep us converted to the gospel: first, prayer. Having family and personal prayer morning AND night is a safeguard to you and your family as they are out in the world. Second, daily family scripture study. It further binds your family closer together and strengthens your testimony. Third, to make weekly Family Home Evening a priority. Fourth, to attend the temple regularly. We are told to do these things often because they are needful and necessary. At the end of General Conference, we have the opportunity to make a choice: will we apply what we have learned at conference to help us become better? or will we go on, living life as we always have, hoping to someday become close to our potential? If you think about it, the decision is really easy. Conference is inspired of God. If we have faith that Heavenly Father inspired the messages we heard, then it will be a no-brainer to follow the counsel learned and choose to become better. I know I learned a lot of things that I want to apply into my life and remember. I especially loved Jorg Klebingat's talk in the Saturday Afternoon Session. It answered many questions and I had and brought me peace. I know that listening to the prophet includes more than just hearing the words and then forgetting. Peace, comfort and happiness will be ours as we prioritize our lives and choose to apply conference to our daily lives.
Some other fun stories of the week:
We went on exchanges this week, and Sister Edwards and I went together in her area. It was super fun! We got to teach a lot of lessons and I learned a lot and we were able to get to know each other a bit more. :) We got to teach some less actives and recent coverts and it was awesome! They have some really cool people they are working with in their ward. :)
Sister WOodbury and I should get the prize for Coolest Home Primary Lesson of the Week. For those who may not know, home primary means teaching simple gospel principles to children age 3-11 in their home when they miss church for a couple weeks in a row. This week, we went ot teach Destiny again and we taught her about the Book of Mormon and the evidence it is true. So we brought an evidence bag, all put on mustaches and investigated the situation. We read out of the Book of Mormon and discussed some things, and it was really fun!! AJ, Destiny's less active older sister was there in the room as well, so that awesome that she could be there! Tender mercies!
So this Saturday is transfer calls, so if any of you send mail this week, please send it to the mission office, not to me in Casper. I don't think I'm getting transferred, but you never know. If I do get transfered, I won't be able to email until Wednesday probably because I would be leaving on Monday. But I want to stay in Casper, so we will see. :)
Sister Woodbury is awesome and beautiful as always. :) I am so glad she is my companion.
Well I think that is about all this week, so TTFN! Tah tah for now!
Sister Woodbury and I as our detective selves
What?? We're all wearing the same yellow again! No way!
On exchange with Sister Edwards
Sister Woodbury and I at the meetinghouse after watching conference