Monday, July 14, 2014

Weekly Updates

July 14, 2014

Things are going very well in Bountiful. Our mission president gave us permission to read the book by Clayton Christiansen called, "The Power of Everyday Missionaries." I read it during personal study the whole first week of July and could barely put it down. One of the things I learned from it was that often, especially with those who struggle coming to church, people don't want to hear about how they need the church, but rather how the church needs them. We visited a lady who LOVES indexing and holds the record in the Stake for the most names indexed. We asked if she could help us learn how to index, and she was so excited to teach us and even offered to feed us lunch! And she came to church the last two weeks, and I happened to be in her ward during Fast and Testimony meeting, and she later told me she appreciated my testimony that I shared--when I had no idea she was even in the congregation listening! There have been so many miracles this week, it's impossible to talk about them all, but I just want to say that from my experiences this week, my testimony has been strengthened, my love for others has grown, and I am ever more determined to stay true and faithful to the restored gospel that I know is true with all my heart. "The Lord Knows Best." 

July 7, 2014

This last week has been the hottest one yet this summer. We got up to 106 degrees. I had the opportunity to go to Temple Square with Mandy and it was a good experience. We also found a family that hasn't been to church much since they moved here 9 months ago, and we had a wonderful visit with them. Later in the week, Saturday night, we came over to read scriptures with them. I was trying to think of a good chapter to read that would uplift as well as inspire them. I remembered really liking that scripture mastery in Seminary, Alma 34:32-34. We ended up reading the whole chapter of Alma 34 with them, and the father opened up and told us how thankful he was that we had come to his family, and reminded them of Christ and all he went through for us, and he told us an amazing story from his mission in Japan where he finally understood the atonement. Then the daughter bore a sweet sincere testimony and made everyone in the room cry. They came to church the next day and stayed all three hours! It was so special to me that because I studied and paid attention in Seminary, I was able to use that knowledge to bless that family. I never thought I'd actually apply all those scriptures in Seminary to real life, and it's so wonderful to see the Book of Mormon work miracles in others' lives. It truly is the word of God. I am so grateful for all the sacrifices from the prophets who wrote it and kept it safe, and from Joseph Smith who translated it. We are so blessed to have the Bible and the Book of Mormon to guide us and keep us on the right path. 

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