Sunday, January 25, 2015

Invite a Jehovah Witness to Baptism?

Happy Tuesday!

So I'm apologizing in advanced, because I have no idea how long I'm allowed to email until someone kicks me off this computer. We had to do P-day differently today because of the lack of miles. We have the same amount as last month, except the fact we had to drive to the temple ourselves a few weeks ago, which ate up over 110. We were supposed to have car clean checks, but since it was so cold, they were unable to do so which made us really upset because we could have gotten a ride from the Lamphs. We have to drive ourselves to the temple again in February, and I have no idea how we're going to make it this time.

At least gas prices are low!

Cute Gracie--the one that wanted to baptize her cat!
Since it was the first week of the transfer, we went to District Meeting and we were really surprised that none of our district got transferred. Our District Leader Elder Wood told us that our district is leading the mission in performance. We were really shocked since we've all felt that we could do better, as we never want to be in a standstill. Always keep moving forward! I found out that Elder Anderson (my District Leader from Fayetteville) is my zone leader in Conyers, and I did a fangirl scream when I found out. This is going to be a GREAT transfer!

Remember Do. and Le., the part member family that we taught when Do. and his friends were high? Well, their Mom Sh. came to church two weeks ago, and we saw her twice the past week. She wanted to have the lessons taught to her again, and she asked us so many good questions. We love her so much, and we're so happy that she's deciding to get back into the church again! We're hoping that we'll be able to continue to teach Do., but Le. wasn't too interested.

We were able to finish the Plan of Salvation with V. and Sh., and I love this couple SO much! They had so many questions about what would happen if they died tomorrow, and if they'd still be able to get to the Celestial Kingdom, or how ensure themselves a spot in the Celestial Kingdom. Sh. was telling us that he went to church when he was younger, and he still had questions for his minister. But now that he's been taught the Plan of Salvation, life makes so much more sense to him because he's never been materialistic and all that jazz. We saw them another time last week and we asked them how their Book of Mormon reading was, and both of them told us that they've been reading it together. They've read the first four chapters at least 3-5 times to make sure that they were comprehending it. Sister Stewart and I swooned on the inside, and tried to hide our excitement as they asked about Laban, and what did 'casting lots' meant. Did I forget to mention I love this couple?!

An. (the nine year old) was being very sassy when we stopped by and had to teach her the last few principles of the discussions. For some reason she found a certain TV show really fascinating. We told her that it'd be a short lesson, and she replied, "Here's the lesson: Hallelujah! Amen!" and then walked away. Finally after it was over, we said out loud so her Mom could hear that she's finished all of the lessons so she could get baptized (nonchalantly of course) and her Mom didn't bite. We're not sure if she'll get baptized this transfer as their family didn't come to church this week, but we're not going to give up!

Way back when I got really sick after my birthday, and Sister Stewart was really sick of making all of those phone calls!

We've been tracting a lot this week next to the church building where they have a lot of nice homes, and we've been running into a LOT of pastors! Someone told us that there was six pastors total in their neighborhood, and two Jehovah Witness families. It was funny because I felt prompted to go to this neighborhood, although I didn't even know it existed. We thought it was just a place to go running. We knocked on every single door this weekend, minus a few of them. The Jehovah Witness's came to that neighborhood last Saturday and left some of their brochures. We had to leave cards so the people who lived there could have something to choose from. :) Well, we knocked into three pastors, and both Jehovah Witness families, and one of them became one of our new investigators!

We knocked on this one door who had rap music blaring inside the house, and he didn't hear us the first time we knocked. We knocked again even though we wanted to leave due to the rap music. Pa. opened the door, and he agreed to let us pray with him because the world is so crazy right now, and people need to get their act together. We ended up finding out that he's a Jehovah's Witness, but he only goes once every two months because he doesn't like it. He has wondered why there's so many Christian denominations, and he agreed that he'd be baptized if comes to find out it's true! We're teaching him tomorrow afternoon, and we're really glad that he's our age, otherwise his family would never give him permission.

We taught Da. and Se. again the Plan of Salvation, and they were so cute playing with the pictures. We continued to help clean, and I got some footie pajamas out of it! Sister Va. told us that because we're coming over practically as strangers, her husband's heart is softening. He was asking her all of these questions about the cup lesson, and wanting to figure out what each cup represented, and why we were making a tower. We hope that he'll accept to listen to the Spanish missionaries when they come around.

Sister Va. gave me these footie Eeyore P.J.'s.  Love Them!
I was reading the General Conference edition of the Ensign, and this is one of my favorite quotes of the week:

"When these trials come, the adversary’s minions begin broadcasting that you did something wrong, that this is a punishment, a sign that Heavenly Father does not love you. Ignore that! Instead, try to force a smile, gaze heavenward, and say, “I understand, Lord. I know what this is. A time to prove myself, isn’t it?” Then partner with Him to endure well to the end. Spiritual confidence increases when you accept that “often trials and tribulations are allowed to come into [your life] because of what [you] are doing right”

-Sister Sudweeks

P.S. They brought back my favorite cereal from the 90s. French Toast Crunch! Sister Stewart and I had to buy our own box because we didn't want to share. :P

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