Friday, July 5, 2013

On Fireflies and Phonebooks!

I have decided that if missionaries were allowed to date and write home more often, I would be very content to stay a missionary for the rest of my life. I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY!  

This week, the biggest event in my life was the work of salvation broadcast that happened last night. If y’all haven’t seen it, go watch it right now. Seriously, I’ll even give you the link:
There are some seriously exciting things going on in missionary work right now! How awesome will it be to have a member- led mission? Member missionary work is 6000000000000000000000 times more productive than knocking doors.  

Things I loved from the broadcast:

-We can now use the internet?!? I’m interested to see how this pans out... It will be nice to be more productive in the morning though... It’s so hard to have appointments during that time!

-Elder Holland's promise: Our invitations to others to hear the gospel will NEVER be weird or offensive when offered in love. That is a promise from an Apostle of God, sealed by the authority of his calling. You can take that one to the bank.

-Elder Anderson's promise: The Lord won’t let us fail if we do the best we can to be missionaries. Awesome.

-President Monson’s story about faith. Someone needs to mail me a phone book ;)

Seriously though, we have been told over and over and over again that members are better missionaries than the missionaries are. We are here to help the members in their missionary work, as a resource, not THE source. I am so excited to help the Lord further his work, the right way :) 

Funny side note: I loved the announcement about the meetinghouse tours, because that’s one of the things that sister Belyea and I have been doing with our investigators all week! We took 4 different investigators through the meetinghouse, and they all said it really helped them feel more comfortable at church because they knew where they were going, and they could feel the spirit in the chapel. Way cool. 
This week we found a couple of really cool Investigators. One of these is the Youngblood family. They came from a church that was pretty anti, that had classes on why Mormons were wrong, and satanic, and all of that... But they recently went through something really hard, and didn’t feel as much support as they would have liked from their church. Sis. Youngblood then had a brother join the church, and her curiosity was piqued. She wanted to know why.

So, on Friday night, we got a call from the bishop, a text from church headquarters, and a note on our referral manager website, all about the same person. They probably referred themselves at least 5 different times! :) We went to go visit them, let them tour the church, taught them the restoration, and they were surprised how different it was from what their church had taught them. They loved the idea of a restoration of the church that Jesus Christ had established in the bible, and decided then and there to be baptized. It was so awesome! They came to church for the first time yesterday and really liked it.  I’m so excited to help the Lord further his work, the right way :)

Someone else we have been working with quite a bit is Bryson. I told y’all a little about him last week, but this week we hit a wall: the Word of Wisdom. Turns out that the Sherlock Holmes pipe he smokes has been his companion for 40 years.... Talk about tough things! We taught about the blessings of keeping the word of wisdom, and mightily testified that he would be able to quit, not for his health, or his family, or any other reason, but for his love of God. The spirit in that lesson was so strong. After we had finished speaking, He took a loooooong pause, and then very quietly agreed to quit. We have been fasting and praying pretty hard for him to have the strength to follow through on this commitment, but I'm so excited to see him grow and change. Aside from the word of wisdom, he seems to really love the church! He is already ticking down the days till he can take out his endowments, reading the gospel principles manual (in addition to the Book of Mormon, of course!), and looking into buying the new 2013 quad :) He's seriously so cool! 

On a random side note, I have officially seen my first firefly! They are SO COOL!!!!! They look like magic!

Well, that’s my week :)  Hope y’all have a good one! 

Have a blessed day, y’all! 

Sister Derrick

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