Found out about transfers on Saturday, and I will be here for another 6 weeks with Sister Jensen. Which I was guessing would happen. Most of our District will be staying here except for our District Leader and one of our Zone Leaders. We have been truly blessed to have wonderful leaders this transfer. They truly follow the spirit and have helped out so much with the struggles we have been having with the work. I know that is a tender mercy of the Lord for sure. They will be missed. I am also so very grateful to have a wonderful companion! We both help each other out and lift each other, encourage each other, and we just have a lot of fun together. I truly am blessed by the missionaries I am surrounded by.
This week in studies I have been focusing on The New Testament and The Book of Mormon. I read a bit from each every day. What a blessing it has been to be studying the life of Jesus Christ. I am learning so much more about how to emulate the life of our Savior. There are a lot of verses about missionary work and the Savior's words of counsel to his disciples as they are going their separate ways to minister. I love in Matthew 10: 12-13 " 12 And when ye come into an house, salute it.
13 And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you.
14 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet."
We have been struggling with finding those who are truly ready and willing to accept the gospel.There are lots of hearts that are not softened right now. But this verse, when those individuals don't receive you, shake it off! And move forward continually striving to find those who will. We have decided that it is time to get creative and to try ways that have never been tried in this area to find those who are ready. We are praying to know what new ways we can try to find.
This week, K still hasn't set a date to be baptized, but she is talking to her dad this week and we have dinner with them this week too. We are excited to hopefully get to meet the dad and talk to him. R came to church this week!! That was awesome! :) Miracle!
We had a lesson with E this week, Less-active, and he is just doing so well. He has been to church for the past 3 weeks and has set a goal to read from the Book of Mormon every day. Elders have been meeting with him for years, but nothing happened. But he said that he just really loves the spirit that we bring into his home. Some people just click more with Sisters. Others, don't. Haha, but I know that he is one reason why I am here.
There are many little miracles daily. I am still searching daily to know reasons why I am here. This has been the hardest place to figure out why I am here. But I have grown so much. Another reason that I am finding that we are here is, there is a sister in the ward who is trying to decide if she wants to serve a mission. We take her with us to lessons all the time and she is so willing to come every time. We have just had some really neat talks with her and she is getting closer to deciding what is the right path for her. She is so great! Just love her.
There were many times this week that my brain was just going crazy, and I was struggling with see why I am here, why I am staying, and some other weird thoughts. But through it all I have found peace and solace. Even on the days, which have been many, that we visit house after house, and no one is home, or no one is interested. Those are the tough days. We are striving always to follow the spirit but we feel stuck. But I need to trust in Heavenly Father more and His promises. Miracles will happen this transfer!!!
We have our first council set up for our referral system tomorrow! So that should be good:)
Well, I better wrap this up. Just know that Heavenly Father puts people in your life that you need to help you through times of trial, He will fulfill his promises, even if it takes time. Times of trial build your faith. There are reasons for everything. As I keep smiling and moving forward, shaking the dust off of my feet, we will find those who are prepared and do the Lord's work in HIS way. Keep smiling! Don't forget to pray. Heavenly Father answers prayers, even the ones that don't seem too important to anyone but you, He answers. I love you all!
Pics: We had a dinner appointment in the mountains! Oh how I have missed the mountains.
Here is our Happy Valentine's/Charity Day picture. :) Weekly planning.