Monday, October 3, 2016

Week 61: Prophets, Seers and Revelators!

Elle in Oak Harbor
I am so full of gratitude from this last week! I am so grateful that we have the chance to hear from Prophets, Seers and Revelators!! We have one of the greatest truths that was lost in the great apostasy. We know that God has a prophet on the earth today and his name is President Thomas S. Monson. He leads and guides this church with his Apostles and they hold the Priesthood keys that will never be lost or taken from the earth again! How lucky are we! 

Sister Belliston, Elle, and Sister Perry

A lot of talks from Conference were so good. I loved how much they were focusing on the basics. That we need to have a bed rock of Faith in Jesus Christ and that we have to make sure we are saying our prayers daily not weekly. We MUST repent and how special of a gift that is. As we study the Book of Mormon and strengthen our understanding of it we will be able to strengthen our testimony of Joseph Smith. I know the spirit has testified to us of things we can work on, improve on, and become better. Whatever the spirit testified to you....DO IT!!!-Because the Lord will bless you and help you. I loved in the closing prayer the guy said that we would study the things that we learned.  We have a lot to learn before next Conference to uphold that promise that was made to our Heavenly Father. 

View from Widbney Island

 Monday of this last week was just the best start to our week. All of our plans canceled. I have found that I am so grateful for agency and that we have the ability to choose. Sometimes though I wish I could take people agency away, just for a second. However it worked out okay because we had a member call and ask us if we could come over for a last minute FHE. It all worked out! 

Elle enjoying being a back seat passinger

 Wednesday we got to instruct at District Meeting, it was really good.  We talked about the importance of bearing testimony to all those that you talk to. There are so many scriptural examples of people who shared their testimony every time they opened their mouths. I hope I will be able to bear my testimony for the rest of my life, that it will be something that becomes a part of who I am. A testimony is something no one can take from you, or tell you that you are wrong, and that none of it is true. Because you are sharing a personal witness that you have received! How amazing are TESTIMONYS!!! We then had a District lunch and that was fun.

Fog on Widbney Isalnd

 Our investigator Des might be a member. How awkward is that!  How have we been teaching her for so long and not been able to figure this out? I don't know. She has shared with us that she was baptized and when we asked her to what church she was baptized into she didn't ever give us an answer. Then we were putting her on date for baptism by someone that has the Priesthood authority. She told us oh I have been. We explained that we are essentially the only Church with that Priesthood authority and she said, "I know." After talking she might be a member but if so her records are lost, so we are looking for them!

Sisters hanging out in the mission car

 We were out knocking doors and weren't really having any success. We were ready to leave to our next appointment but Sister Perry said that she would like to knock on one more door. So she pointed to the door that we were going to knock. A man by the name of Randy answered the door. We shared with him our purpose and that we know that there is a prophet on the earth and so on. We set up a time for us to come back the next day where we were able to share the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He asked so many good questions and at the end said that he was so grateful that there were people like us who were out sharing a message on Christ but he was not interested in learning more. We left Randy’s house and I wasn't sad at all. One day missionaries will knock on that door again and he will be ready to accept the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It just wasn't his time at the moment, but Heavenly Father will continue to prepare him and he will be able to make covenants with our Father which is in Heaven.

Thursday we got to go and chop wood! I am realizing more and more every day how much like my mother I am. It felt so good to go and chop wood and stack it for a couple of hours, I felt accomplished. I have found that I find so much happiness when I am out doing yard work and stuff like that. I owe all of that to my mom for teaching me how to work hard and do things right the first time! I get to go and chop wood and stack it again this Thursday! So excited! 

I love you all so much and am so grateful for the knowledge I have of my Savior. I know that we are all sons or daughters of a Heavenly Father who loves us. So much that he sent His Only Begotten Son to die for us. I hope that you all have such an amazing week!

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