Saturday, February 15, 2014

Birth Week! (Feb 5th-11th)

Yay Emily turned 20! Wait, what??? Shes not allowed to be that old!!

So we had an awesome p-day.  So awesome (and so long ago...)  I don't really remember it.  But I do remember some other things.  Dinner was with a really sweet young family.  We ate with the mom and the kids and then tried to teach a Family Home Evening.  We taught about building our house upon the rock instead of the sand so that we will be strong when the storms of life come can be firm on our rock of Christ.  We taught the 3 year old the Wiseman and the Foolishman song, but he was more interested in the cookies we brought.  We then had a lesson planned that was cancelled right after dinner. And then we decided to go visit a family that we hadn't seen in a while.  So, with our member help, we visited this family and had a great lesson.  The family is going through a rough time, and so we were able to testify how faith in Christ will help, and how the gospel helps too.
Well, the night before we found out that the family we visited, their son was turning 15 and the mom wanted to get him a cake, but was strapped for cash.  So the day after, we ran to the store, pick up ingredients and made a beautiful boxed cake with 15 candles, which we later anonymously dropped off at their house.  We'll find out tonight how that all went.
We also had amazing lessons with everyone else.  One lesson was with E and we finished teaching her the Plan of Salvation.  In the pervious lessons we had taught preearth life, and our purpose on this life, so we reviewed those and focused on life after death.  She was so touched by everything we taught that we accepted baptism!  We are so excited to work with her and prepare her!
We spent the afternoon cleaning our old apartment so that they mission could close it.  And then we spent the night visiting people in the area, trying to contact members and figure out which ones are active (and then build relationships with them) and then find the ones who are less active and try and help them back to church.
I guess this day was my birthday ;).  So it was pretty much a normal missionary day, mixed in with birthday stuff.  Hna Callaway made me cinnamon rolls and so I ate those and opened presents.  And then we had zone training with all the other missionaries in the stake.  It was a really good training and we all learned a lot.  The zone leaders focused on apathy and how we, ourselves can recover from apathy but also how we can help the members recover from missionary work apathy.  They also showed this really cool video about how we need to have faith in Christ (
After zone training, Hna and I went to Sonic (on the advice of Mary) and then we met a member and went teaching.  We were able to meet one of our referrals, but he didn't have time for a lesson and then we were able to teach a less active sister, and one of our recent convert sisters.
Dinner was with an amazing family in the ward!  We actually had the day open on our dinner calendar and Hna Callaway called this sister and asked if she wanted to feed us.  And then she told her it was my birthday so I then had to choose what we ate.  We had mole and tortilla soup and it was so good!  And then they gave a cake and presents... it was SO SWEET.  They are beyond wonderful, and such an awesome family!  And then we finished the night with a couple lessons.
And I think the best part of the day was that it was between 60 and 70+ all day!  BEST BIRTHDAY WEATHER EVER!!
There was a ward activity Saturday but due to a lack of communication few people knew about it.  So we spent the day calling people, inviting people and hoping people would show up.  Well, we get to the movie night and there are probably 20 people there total.  4 missionaries, 4 investigators, and then everyone else.  But yes, the investigators were ours!  E came with her kids and her friend Es and the spirit was so strong there.  We watched 17 Miracles and through we had technical problems, and a lack of member problems, it was still a very sweet ward activity.  And the movie was perfect!  After the movie we showed the family the chapel and as we walked in E said she felt the spirit! Such an amazing night!
Normal missionary life.  We had church, packed our lunch and then ate on the way to our lesson.  We had a good lesson with A and his girlfriend and then kinda passed them off to the Elders they live near.  It was an interesting situation because they wanted to live in one area, go to church in another area and then be taught by us.  So, we taught them this week, but really really encouraged them to stick with the elders in their area.  Our other appointments cancelled and so we drove to a park and studied in the car.  It was another beautiful day, according to the thermometer we were averaging 75 to 80+ degrees.  I love El Paso!
And now that leaves us about yesterday... um, it was interested :)  We met L for lunch (she's the one who fed us on my b-day) and she took us out.  She's a recent convert and moving soon, so we are trying to get all the lessons in we can.  But we went to tacos and then had really really good stuffed churros.  Mexican food is just so much better when it's really Mexican food.  And then that night for dinner we had another birthday cake.  The member who went visiting with us on Friday is the one who fed all of us last night and she was really sweet and got a cake for me.  So I actually celebrated my birthday twice!
Thank you all for your love and support!  Amidst all craziness of missionary work, I am reminded often of the hand of the Lord in our lives.  We live crazy lives, everyone does, but everything that happens, happens for a very specific reason.  As I've been serving I have heard some of the saddest stories and my eyes have been open to very sad circumstances, but throughout it all, it is amazing to see the faith of these tender Saints as they strive to live in a manner to always have God in their lives.  As a daughter of God, and as one of his missionaries, I know that he is my Father in Heaven and that as the hard things in life come, I can and will receive comfort through turning to Christ.  I love this work and I love being able to help people understand this knowledge for themselves.  Have an amazing week!

and some pictures!!

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