Thursday, February 19, 2015

January 13th 2015

We saw miracles last week.  And so it was a good week.
D is getting baptized the 31 of January still.  We are going to push to get her lessons in, but she's excited and ready.
F is getting baptized the 7th of February (such a special day ;) ).  We were hoping to help him get his dream come true and be baptized as soon as possible but he's super busy with wrestling so he has to wait until February (he wanted to be baptized today... or whenever you ask him when, he says.... "Tomorrow?").
We got back in contact with the C family.  They weren't able to make it to Stake Conference on Sunday but three of them are on date for the 7th of February.  And we went and visited them last night and when we got there, F was excitedly explaining to her friend that she was going to get baptized.  We then asked her if she was reading in the Book of Mormon and she told us no.  When we asked why, she said her grandchildren had taken her book so she couldn't read.  When we explained she needed to develop a habit of reading before she could be baptized, she looked at him and said "So, when are you going to give me my book?"  Trust me, she got it :).
We dropped M this week.  It was a hard decision because we've been teaching her for a while, and she has so much potential.  But when we followed up if she was going to stake conference she told us no.  She didn't want to go to church because the members there say one thing and then do another.  So we dropped her.  She loves having us come over, but never took anything seriously and we'll just seek what happens now that we won't be focusing on her as much but more on her children and helping them further their testimonies.  (side note... she showed up to the evening session of stake conference and I translated as best as I could to her, because the headsets were all gone.... but we're still not teaching her....).
But what she said, and what some other people throughout the week said, really stuck with me this week.  At least three people mentioned how the words and actions of others affected them.  Now, throughout life we need to understand how people aren't perfect and how only God can judge.  But I think we too often put the blame on other people saying things like, "oh they shouldn't be offended," "why are they judging me?" "we're not perfect..."  Instead, we should take a greater responsibility to realize that our actions really do affect others.  A returning less active member this week, informed us that she heard someone in a leadership position at church, get into an argument and say mean things to another sister, M shared how members had promised to do things and then never followed through with their promises, and another member recalled how she stopped going to church because a leader was rude to her.  Now these aren't reasons to let one's testimony be shaken, but the truth of the matter is that if someone isn't truly converted to the Gospel, the negative choices of members will drive them away.  When we are baptized we convent to be Witnesses of Christ.  We're not going to be perfect, just because we're human, but we need to realize that our actions do affect others. 
In stake conference this weekend, Elder Robbins of the presidency of the seventy spoke on creating traditions of Love.  We as human beings can do this whether or not we are members of the church.  As we create these feelings of love, contention and negative actions will cease.   

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