Monday, September 30, 2013

A Good, Busy Week :)

Howdy, Y’all!

The most exciting part of my week was exchanges with Sister Stout. It was nice not having to conduct the exchange for a change! :) We met some super cool people on this exchange, and got to teach a lesson in Barnes and noble, which was super fun :) One of the people we met was an adorable black lady named Rosemary. She is one of the most motivational people I’ve ever met!!! She grew up going to a church, but at one point in her life, she realized that she was doing what she was supposed to, but not quite feeling what she was supposed to. So, she decided that she would study the bible, and any other scriptures she got, like crazy. She tries never to talk to anyone, even if It’s just the lady at the post office, without sharing her testimony that God lives. When we knocked into her, she invited us right in, because she could feel the spirit when she opened the door. She was such a cool lady!

People we're working with right now:

Devin- You may have seen this name before... That’s because we put him on date to be baptized at the beginning of the month. We taught a really powerful 1st lesson (in the dark, with crazy music on in the background, but that’s another story.........) but then he seemed to drop off the face of the earth. We had no idea where he had gone! He wasn’t returning texts or phone calls, and his house seemed deserted. Last night, we ran out of plans, and had an impression to go see him. We went, and finally caught him! He was super excited to see us! Turns out, he had had a really tragic death in his family, and he had been off dealing with that. I’m so excited to teach him about the Plan of Salvation, and testify to him that families can be together forever.

Shawn- Shawn was the Miracle guy I wrote about last week (the one that chased us down?) We have taught him quite a few times this week, and its way cool to see his testimony grow. We taught the word of wisdom on Thursday, and he told us a story about his Grandpa. Apparently, in Hmong culture, the day after someone gets married, they go out and party and get really, really, REALLY drunk. His grandpa, who had horrible liver problems, followed this tradition and ended up in the hospital,. His last words to his grandson were that this tradition ended with him, and that he was never to touch anything of the kind. It was cool for him to see that the gospel seconded that testimony he already had :) He's super excited to be baptized on the 26th of October!

Frank and Patricia- One of our appointments fell through, so we were knocking down their street. It started raining (does that a lot here...) and we were walking back to the car when we saw this guy walking his dog. I stopped to talk to him, and he saw our tags and said "Mormons! I’ve never seen lady Mormons before!" He was super excited. He's read the whole Book of Mormon (!) and said he loved it, but had a few concerns about the church. His questions were crazy, like "how did John the Baptist come back and baptize Joseph Smith? Like, how did that work?" "How does polygamy work in heaven?" and "how could Moroni be a human after he died? Didn’t he get re-incarnated into Joseph Smith or something???"

Phew. Should be an interesting lesson. He has an awesome understanding otherwise, and if we clear up some of the crazy things he's heard, He'll totally get baptized, along with his wife and 2 kids :)

The Relief Society Broadcast was this week. If y’all haven’t seen it, go watch it right now! It was wonderful!!! I loved how there was no 'fluff' to it. There was no pat on the head, or "you’re doing just fine!" that's typical of women's meetings.... Instead it was full of basic doctrine, and the work of salvation, and making and keeping covenants. So powerful!

My mom was telling me I never do anything fun on P day. Well, today, the sisters we live with are taking us to a petting Zoo, full of famous animals from movies and stuff. I am a little bit too excited for it. :)

Y’all have a blessed week!

S. Derrick

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