July 13, 2015
T'was a great week here in Wellington! Many wonderful miracles occurred even though we have done more traveling this week than I think ever on my mission. The sisters that we are Sister Training Leaders over live in 4 different Zones. Greeley, Loveland, Cheyenne, and Laramie. Which makes for a lot of traveling for exchanges. We did 2 exchanges this week with our sisters. I love exchanges. It is truly amazing to see how we can help the sisters and how the Holy Ghost helps us to know what we need to say or do to help them. For the past few transfers being a STL, I have felt that this is one of my main purposes at this time. While I have also seen miracles in our areas, I have felt that a large part of my mission right now is to help these sisters. I love each of them!
One of my exchanges was with Sister Jenks in Berthoud, CO! My very first area. It was crazy going back to where I started my mission and seeing what has happened there. It was great to see some of the ward members and to visit some of the former investigators that we worked with or Less-actives. There have been some really neat things that have happened since I was last there and then there have also been people who have just still not progressed or stopped going to church again. Joys and sorrows as I went back.
MM was baptized and confirmed this weekend! It was a neat baptism. His wife gave an amazing talk on Baptism and the spirit was strong as we heard more about their journey to get to where they are now. The ward has been so great already with retention. He already received the priesthood, a calling, has a date set to go to the temple to do baptisms, his home teachers are prepared to begin teaching him the temple prep lessons preparing him to be ready to go to the temple in a year with his family, the new member lessons are starting tonight. It is so great to see the ward just jump right on board with helping to keep him and his family as active members of the church. I was able to see the wonderful M family this week at the baptism and the BBQ that a member threw for the MM family the night before the baptism. It was so good to see them. I just love their family so much!
We also were able to find a new investigator this week. His name is S and we found him when we were walking around a neighborhood in Wellington. He said we could come back on Friday, so we did. We got there and he had been drinking...but we didn't feel nervous about it. We just met in his open garage, since we couldn't go inside, and we taught him an introduction. We didn't jump right into the Restoration all the way because we figured he was not in the best state of mind to take it all in. But we taught about Prophets, the Book of Mormon, and the importance of the Spirit in helping us know the truth of all things. Then he asked us why we don't drink, and we explained that when we drink it blocks us from being able to feel the spirit and that is not something that our Heavenly Father wants and it is a commandment that He has given us. He said, "That makes a lot of sense." We set up a time to come teach him next week with a Sister in the ward. We feel that he has a lot of potential.
We received and contacted a lot of referrals this week. One is a girl who is just about to be a freshman in high school. We have an appointment with her this week. Lots of really good things happening here. I may not get to see the results of all of this but that is ok:), I am here at this time to do what the Lord wants me to do!
I love you all!! Have a wonderful week! Remember how much Heavenly Father loves you.
“Though we are incomplete, God loves us completely. Though we are imperfect, He loves us perfectly. Though we may feel lost and without compass, God’s love encompasses us completely. …
“What this means is that, regardless of our current state, there is hope for us. No matter our distress, no matter our sorrow, no matter our mistakes, our infinitely compassionate Heavenly Father desires that we draw near to Him so that He can draw near to us [see D&C 88:63].”
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, “The Love of God,” Ensign, Nov. 2009, 22, 23.
Pictures-Me in front of FOCO Cafe- Look it up on Facebook. Did service while I was serving in Terry Lake ward. Best food ever, organic/healthy and it is pay what you can. Non-profit. Such a great place.
Me with the food from FOCO cafe.
Baptism of Matt Marquez
Sisters in the Loveland Zone.