Yo yo yo!
First of all, I only say that because I'm going to train!! WOOP WOOP!! That will be so exciting! I'm sad to say goodbye to Sister Singleton though because we have had so much together and seen so many miracles! It's always a hard goodbye! BUT! I'm stoked for her to be headed down to Granite Bay! It's right next to C-Heights and Pres. is so close! So that's always interesting!
Ah!! So many miracles yet again this week! Not with a crazy amount of new investigators, but with our investigators that we have found starting to progress! It's been amazing. So first I will start with someone who blew me away!!
She is a member in our wards sons girlfriend/fiancé/baby momma... we aren't sure which one of those yet.. haha. BUT! They have the cutest little chubby baby! Her name is Julia. She's funny. But the Woodwards (her in laws, I guess you could say), invited us over for dinner and Sis. Woodward told us that she felt like it might be a good time to ask Mariah to meet with us. One of the crazy things about this though. We were standing in the kitchen talking to Sis. Woodward and Mariah walked in and the spirit said to me "invite her to meet with you." I was like hum.. maybe I will! Haha. THEN! Sis. Woodward said that and I was like oh! Okay then! crazy stuff man!
We talked about A TON of STUFF!! Started off my sharing Families Can Be Together Forever video. She loved it. Talked about the temple a little and how that's Gods plan for His children. We talked about the Plan of Salvation. She said it all makes so much sense. She loves how we have the Terrestrial, and the spirit world because it's kind of an "in between". No ones else really talks about that part so she appreciated that. She said she always wonders about what happens after we die. She didn't seem scared about it but it was something she thought about. The Plan brought her a lot of comfort. She said in the church that she had been attending, they haven't been welcoming to her or her daughter, Julia. But she has always felt welcome when she comes with the Woodwards. We started to invite her to be baptized and she stopped us and started to tell us of a dream she had where she saw the temple glowing. Before the dream, she prayed and asked God what He wanted her to do and gave it all up to Him. She had the dream a couple days later. She knew at that point what she needed to do and where she needed to be. We invited her to pray about a date and come to church. It was SO great!!
She is now on date for ! please keep her in your prayers because her situation is interesting and needs help to make everything go smoothly.. haha.
Colby and Linda
We shared Mountains to Climb and the really liked it. We talked about taking steps of faith even though we can't always see what's in front of us. Or how we persevere through hard things when we take it one step at a time. We asked Colby if the gospel standards seemed difficult, looking from the outside in. He said for him, he doesn't get the whole point of church if it's just a social thing. He said if he is going to do something he has to be 100% committed to it. He just does see a need for that in his life right now. We told him that we aren't here to drag him into the font but if that is something he would want in the future, that's what missionaries are there for. We let him know that even though he doesn't want to be a part of the church, we are still his friends and everything. It was really, really good. We were able to figure out where he is at in his progression. Linda brought up the talk "Why the Church" and asked if we could talk about that next time. ️
We had lunch with her and it was awesome. We brought up how we aren't able to find her records and that means that we would want to just start at square one with everything. She seemed totally okay with it. She said she is even a little excited to feel that feeling of being baptized again! She said she was just glowing and clean. We talked about baptism and how it cleanses us. We tried to set a date, but she said she won't know if they are moving or not for a couple weeks so she said she will get back to us. In the meantime, we invited her to pray about baptism and about a certain date she would like to be baptized if she was staying. She's awesome and she really wants to meet with us and everything. She said it will really help her a lot. ️
Pam is so sweet. We shared the Shiny Bicycle with her. It got her pretty emotional. We asked what stuck out to her and she talked about how Jesus came to make mistakes right again. She told us all about how difficult situations in her early life have caused her to have some struggles which she has to deal with in her daily life. She says she can't get rid of the awful feelings that she felt in her youth. We testified to her that the Atonement of Jesus Christ can take that pain away. We explained that Jesus has felt exactly what she felt and He can take it away. We testified of His love for her. We weren't planning on it, but we brought up baptism and talked about how it's another way we can be clean and come closer to the Savior. We invited her to be baptized on . She accepted!
We also asked her if she would like to pray about it. Taught her to pray and she said an AMAZING prayer. It was like she was talking to Him as if He were right in front of her. She knows He heard her. Helped her recognize the spirit. Told her to pay attention to that feeling because that's what she will feel when she can know that what we say and what she is praying about is good and true. She knew the peaceful feeling she was getting came from God. The spirit was SO strong. Invited her to pray about and ask if that's what Heavenly Father wants for her. It was so good.. she also she said have been reading a little from the Book of Mormon, it's just hard for her to understand.
Our P-Day was adventurous! We went on a hike with Linda and Colby! That's always an adventure! Hah!
Thanks for all your support and everything! You guys are the best! I'm excited to tell you guys about my "daughter"! keep me in your prayers..... haha.