This week flew by! It's crazy... I can't believe there is only one more week in this transfer! It all goes by so fast.. I feel like I've only been out for a few months not over half way!! crazy. This week has been good! We have had interviews with President Marston, exchanges, and we have tries to keep busy with the work!
On Tuesday, we had interviews and it's always so uplifting to talk with President. I was first to be interviewed in our district. The interview is only supposed to be like 15 minutes now that we meet more frequently, but mine was probably like 45 minutes! We just had a lot to talk about. He filled me in on the changes taking place that are directly effecting me. We just sat there and visited for a little bit too. Haha. It was quite refreshing! I love my time with President Marston!!
We had exchanges on Thursday! That was awesome! We did a 3 way exchange. So I went with Sister Bennion in Roseville, Baum stayed here in C-Heights with Sister Johnson, and the other 2, Sister Taylor and Sister Wall were also in Roseville. It was awesome. We went on the perfect day because it was the day that the elders were taking the car, since they car share. That means we were biking!! WOO!! I felt like a true missionary! Biking down the street in a skirt and the lovely helmet, watching all the people stare. Always an adventure. But we had cool things happen. We were in the right place and the right time to find a couple different people. It was really cool. We also had a couple lessons with these older ladies. Haha. It was hard to keep them on track.. haha. They are so good at going off on tangents! It made things interesting. They were so sweet though. It was awesome to teach them about the temple and about the Word of Wisdom and commit them to live the commandments. Even though they had been members for years, they were just looking for a little uplifting company and come encouragement.
At one point we were walking down this hall and just before we got to the door we stopped and said a prayer. That was when I felt like a true missionary. Praying for the spirit to guide our words and help us to know what this individual needed right then. It was just a cool experience. I have done those kinds of things before but it's just been awhile since it has felt like that. Definitely a tender mercy to feel that again.
Sister Bennion is awesome! She's been out for like 4 months. She and I worked really well together and had lots fun. She's actually from Bountiful and we know a lot of the same people! So that was a fun conversation to have! Maybe we will be companions soon! Haha. It was also cool to do the evaluation that we do at the end. We just talked about her strengths and set goals of how she can continue to become better. I learned a lot from her! She's super diligent and obedient and just loves people. It's super awesome. Especially because a member took us to an AWESOME pizza place called Pieology. It's like subway but for pizza. Hahah. It was super nice to switch it up from the typical beans, rice, tortillas and meat! Not complaining though! I do love me some Mexican food! So despite my butt being ridiculously sore, it was an awesome day!
We found out that our Ward Mission Leader for Young Single Adult Ward got he "ok" to head back on the mish! So he was released today and they called a kid named Logan to be our new Ward Mission Leader. He just got home from Nicaragua like a month ago! So that will be cool! He's still super awkward. Haha. We tried to talk to him but ya know. That awkward missionary-ness hasn't worn off yet. Haha. He'll warm up to us soon. Haha. He seems like he will do a good job though!
We had a little bit of a crazy week so we didn't have a ton of lessons. We were mostly focusing on Spanish because of changes coming up at the transfer. So yeah! Here's what did go down!
Julisa and Blanca:
We talked with them about a lot of things. Julisa had a ton of questions about the Plan of Salvation and about demons and stuff. We told her that she should stay away from that stuff because it's very real. We Talked about the Priesthood and why it's necessary to have that when being baptized. Talked about how baptism is a covenant and that it's not just the destination. We promise to follow Gods commandments when we are baptized. Talked about temple and family history and what missionaries do. We talked about a lot! Julisa has so many good questions! She is reading all the time with her mom. She said she would come to church this week. But did she.... no. we even texted her night and called her a morning.... we have been literally everything except physically drag her to church.. but since the Elders will be teaching her now, we will just let them see what they can do to help her.
Jessica came to Book of Mormon class! That was awesome! She seemed to really like it! We weren't able to meet with her this week though.... but this coming week FOR SURE! Can't let her slip away.
We talked about the scripture in Revelations and Deuteronomy where it talks about not adding to the books, and we explained that it is talking about the specific book itself not the entire Bible. We showed her the second and third patterns of light video and talked how we can distinguish the spirit and receive revelation. We invited her to read the Bible one day and the Book of Mormon the next so she can she that both testify of Christ and the Book of Mormon explains the Bible and is scripture. We explained that after a person is baptized they can have the Holy Ghost with them all the time. And Hermana Perez explained the three kingdoms to her in more detail so she understood it better.
Those were pretty much the highlights of this week! Haha...
We had a high counselor who talked about the Atonement today. Man... what an inspired talk.. SO POWERFUL! He talked about the Atonement reaching far lower than we have ever gone and that it not only covers all mankind, but the earth and all the creations thereon AND the countless worlds which were created... I had read that before but it's completely unfathomable. Seems too much for our little human brains to comprehend. Ah! Even though I don't understand it completely, I do understand that He died for me and redeemed my carnal soul from death and hell and snatched me from the grasp of Satan. Whenever I think of that I think of 2 Nephi : "O how great the goodness of our God, who prepareth a way for our escape from the grasp of this awful monster; yea, that monster, death and hell, which I call the death of the body, and also the death of the spirit." This scripture hits me super hard every time. I'm so grateful for our perfectly loving Savior and His infinite sacrifice.