Tuesday, May 5, 2015

"Shared joy is double joy."

April 27, 2015

Hola mi familia y amigos! 

This past week was a roller coaster! We have a new investigator who is AWESOME!!! Her name is Amy. She was a super old potential who we stopped by. She still lived there and let us right in! We taught her the Restoration and she said, "This is a lot.. I'm gonna have to pray about this." YES. Perfect! We are seeing her again today. I sincerely hope that she has prayed to know of the truths we have shared with her. 

We saw the Arnetts again and Sister Arnett's boyfriend, Boogie, sat in! Well, he is also investigating now (again). He asked at the beginning, "What exactly is a prophet?" Did you know that missionaries LOVE when you ask them questions?!?! It is probably one of my favorite things because it shows that people are seeking truth and are willing to listen! Another example is Jeff, Sister Longsworth's husband. We were able to share more about the Restoration. He paused and said, "Wait a minute. I have two questions." Then just laid them out! We are able to have really meaningful discussions with people when they are sincere. The best past is that we try not to directly answer. We get to use the scriptures and answer with follow-up questions and invite people to study it out for themselves. Being a missionary is fun. I love to share the knowledge I have been so privileged to grow up learning! 

Another little random experience was when we went out to lunch at Bangkok Bay, a Thai place here. We were able to talk to our waitress, Watana, about the new Temple being built near her home back in Thailand! She was really interested and though we had a language barrier, she was curious about the Church. When we showed her a picture of the Salt Lake and Hawaii Temples to show her what a Temple is, she lit up! She asked us where our church is and said she will have to come join us and visit sometime. (Of course as long as we come back to her restaurant and visit her!) :) It is little things like this that help me know that the Lord is directing us and puts us in the right places, at the right times.

We also had our interviews with President this past week. I LOVE THAT MAN SO MUCH!!!! It was bittersweet because it was the last one with him. We will be getting a new Mission President in July. Some good things he said: 
  • "Rejoice in seeing people do well! It makes life more fun. And you will do well, too!"
  • "Please go to heaven. Everything we do in life is so we can go back."
I hope you find something from that counsel. I needed to hear those things! Another scripture that has frequently been mentioned the past few months is 2 Kings 6:16 "Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them." I love the Gospel so much! No matter what, I know that our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love us so infinitely. They are with us each day! Be good & do good! 

Love always, 
Sister Pounds of tears (nickname given by President Vellinga)

P.S. Our mission had a "Social Media Splits" day this past week. Members posted with #clevelandldsmissionaries and #adayinthelifeofamissionary if you would like to look at the posts. I think I am in a couple. We really just got to do lots of service including taking off wallpaper, cleaning up by Grand Lake, putting together a little wagon, pulling out a whole bed of plants in the rain, etc. It was fun! Not very many members here in the Branch understand social media, so it was interesting to say the least. Brother Yule (our Branch Mission Leader) was thoroughly confused about the whole thing. Heart points go to whoever "shares" the photo of me on facebook and explains what I am doing on a mission! There's an easy suggestion to share the Gospel! :)

- "Build an eternal family." -President Vellinga
- "Seek to help, not to hurt." -President
- "Everyone can be something here & there." -Sister Genster, talking about WHY we need to be diligent!
- "We are all doing mission work and sharing the word of God." -Sister McKee, recent convert.
- I have moved  up from "city-slicker", to "girl", to "honorary country girl", thanks to the Felvers! :)

P.S. I got to hug a polar bear this week!!!!!! Get one of these and maybe I'll come home.

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