So this week was a good one, worked hard, and followed by some miracles!
The weather is finally turning around. YIPEE!! I bet you could hear me yell that in Utah from Maine. Long, but good winter, but I'm so excited for spring and some good weather. The big new weather talk that everyone can't stop talking about is mud season! Which I can already see it taking place because both my companion and I had to wear our mud/rain boots while tracting this week.
We had some good meal appointments with the ward members this week. We had them with the Fletchers, The Mittions, and The Dawbins. Grateful for a good ward, and I loved being able to introduce Sister Harper to some families! We did service at the Augusta Food Bank which went swell, its always fun to meet people there. We also served homeless of Augusta at the South Perish Church which was a really cool experience. It is just such a blessing to live in Utah, in cute little Tremonton. I am so so thankful for that. It tends to get me to think of all the times I complained in the past or all of the times that I have been selfish and haven't shown enough gratitude.. One of the thoughts that came to my mind was all the times that I didn't have the best attitude about doing the dishes when I was home... For heaven sakes Taylie, Sister Bee.... How blessed was I to even have dishes in the sink to clean... and to have food that was just on them!! Being here has helped humble me extremely. I still have a long ways to go, but I am thankful that Heavenly Father has shown me ways I can be more humble.
So last night () Miracle night, and I know that Heavenly Fathers hand was in it all. So we have been trying for a least a month and half to set up an appointment with the cutest couple, Brandon and Elizabeth! I met them on Black when my old companion and I helped shovel a ton of snow off their car. We ran into Elizabeth a few times at the hospital when we do our service there. They are newly married and have a baby on the way. Her due date is , a day after Tawnies! (Actually before, she can't get our of her mind that my due date is August 20, but it is really August 30th :)) We have stopped by their house at least 7 times and have only caught the husband home. This last time he gave us their number and told us to call or text him to set up an appointment. So we did, and we met with them last night.. We taught them the restoration and about Joseph Smith, they loved it! And were super excited that we have a living prophet today! So the best part of the whole thing was that we left their home with.. 2 new investigators!!! Ahhh I am more than excited to be able to continue to meet with them and let them know how much our Heavenly Father loves them and wants to bless their new little family!!... After the lesson it was cold, late, snowing and dark.. but we decided to man up and tract a little bit.. after a few doors shut in our face we decided to do the typical missionary saying "one last house"... Well that one last house was a success!.. The man that answered was on the phone with his girlfriend that was Mormon. I asked who his girlfriend was and I actually had seen her at church once or twice. He handed the phone over to me and we talked for a bit, she is so stinkin cute! She told me she wants to whip her boyfriend into shape, and so that's what Sister Harper and I are going to try to do ;) We're going to try to meet with him and her sometime soon in the future. Sorry about the long paragraph, I just had to share a little bit from our awesome night.
We had a wonderful stake conference in Topsham, and Farmindale Maine this weekend. There were some beautiful talks that were given at the meeting. Something cool from it was that I wrote down and prayed about a question I needed an answer to, I asked that I would be able to figure out an answer for it at stake conference. Well word for word my question got answered. I was extremely thankful for that too.. Thankful that our Stake President was in tune, and could help me know even more how aware God is of his Children. I know that Our Father in Heaven does answer prayers, its just in his timing and in his ways. Patience is the key :) He is so so aware of each of us, and wants to help us get through this crazy world we live in.
I love this gospel and know it gives us so many reasons to rejoice! No matter what our circumstances are, with the Grace of God we can be grateful and can get through any trial. During one of our lessons with awesome Elliot we read a talk from the April 2014 conference together and it was by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, so you know its going to be a good one! It talked about how life is oh so hard and how trials do come our way... but through it all we can show gratitude to our Savior. "Sooner or later, I believe that all of us experience times when the very fabric of our world tears at the seams, leaving us feeling alone, frustrated, and adrift... There is one thing we can do to make life sweeter, more joyful, even glorious... We can be grateful!!" He said gratitude is a way of life, we can focus on being thankful in our circumstances--whatever they may be. The choice is ours! "When we are grateful to God in our circumstances, we can experience gentle peace in the midst of tribulation. In grief, we can still life up our hearts in praise. In pain, we can glory in Christ's Atonement. In the cold of bitter and sorrow, we can experience the closeness and warmth of heavens embrace." I know that each and every one of us can work of having more of an overall spirit or attitude of gratitude. My favoritest quote from the talk was:"How much of life do we miss by waiting to see the rainbow before thanking God that there is rain?"
Alma 37:37 Let (our) heart be full of thanks unto God.
I know that Christ lives, and that we are children of an Almighty God who loves and cares for each of us. Choose to be grateful no matter what!
The wonderful new companion Sister Harper. Its been only one week, and already love her lots!
Two awesome ladies that are in my ward :) We rode down to Topshom to Stake Conference with them. They even bought us some Mcdonalds on the way home. Love them to death!
Have a WONDERFUL week. I love and miss you all oh so much!