So normally I would go about this letter chronologically, however I have some very exciting news...well exciting news for me...drum roll...now, church yesterday we had 6 less-actives at church!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh my goodness it was so exciting. 4 of those 6 were people that Sister Parks and I taught last week :) There was a daughter and her mom whom we taught last Sunday, we had a good spiritual lesson about re-evaluating our lives, like having a personal checkpoint. So what you do is you read Alma 5: 14-15 and you ask yourself the following questions, so here are the verses:
14 And now behold, I ask of you, my brethren of the church, have ye spiritually been born of God? Have ye received his image in your countenances? Have ye experienced this mighty change in your hearts?
15 Do ye exercise faith in the redemption of him who created you? Do you look forward with an eye of faith, and view this mortal body raised in immortality, and this corruption raised in incorruption, to stand before God to be judged according to the deeds which have been done in the mortal body?
And you ask yourself these questions, basically if any time in your life you have felt these things or done these things and then we skipped forward to verse 26
26 And now behold, I say unto you, my brethren, if ye have experienced a change of heart, and if ye have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, I would ask, can ye feel so now?
So if you have felt all that in the past can you feel it still now? Anyway I challenge that you all do this sometime. It really helps to take a step back and look at your spiritual life. Where are you now? Where were you a year ago? Are you spiritually stronger, less, or the same than a year ago? What can you do to improve, what needs to be change to "receive his image in your countenances"?
This was the lesson we did and it went great and I did it for myself and I have goals for things I am trying to change now as well. Obviously it helped out this mother and daughter, they were both at church! Brenda came again this week, I don’t know what was up with her last week (but I guess she has some type of mental illness) but this week she was happy to come. So we were in our gospel doctrine class, she was answering a question, and the teacher asked her about her sister, and she said that he sister used to be Mormon but is now something different, and then she was like, "but I don’t think it matters what religion you are, they are all the same just as long as you believe and are good".....uhhh....HAHAHAHA I guess we know what we will be teaching Brenda this week, there is only one TRUE religion and it is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, this is Gods kingdom! Anyway I just about choked when Brenda said that in class. hahahaha oops.
The 4th person that we taught last week was the husband of a woman in our ward. From the beginning she told us that her husband was less-active and that he turns away most people who stop by, but that she was sure if we stopped by he wouldn't turn down sister missionaries. We haven't been able to go though, because she lives on the Motherwell side of the ward, but they just made a change that now every missionary in the ward shares boundaries. So we went by, and he opened the door and goes "Sister Missionaries!........I suppose I should probably let you in huh?" and we were like, "yes that would be a good idea", and he did. First off, their house was like heaven!!!!! They had all these guitars hanging on the walls and records and CD's galore! Oh my goodness, and so we got to know him for a bit, and jammed on his guitar, he must have decided we were pretty cool because he let us give a lesson and he shared his favorite story. He still has a strong testimony of the gospel and loves it and is a great teacher, he just said flat out that the reason he doesn’t go to church is because he is lazy. Anyway they were kind enough to take us home and on our way out of the car he said he might see us at church, and I told him to get his butt into gear :) And he was at church and I walked up to him and said so you managed to get into gear huh? And he said I told you I would! Anyway he is such a cool guy, I am really glad we get to teach him now. The 2 others at church Sister Parks and I didn’t teach yet, they were people who live in Hamilton, we have stopped by their flat before but they hung up on our buzzer to their flat. So it was cool they were at church, and we introduced ourselves, so hopefully next time they will let us in!
But guess what it gets better! Mary is an investigator that the Elders had been teaching for a bit. And she was super close to getting baptized and then she stepped out and kind of dropped the Elders. On Wednesday they went to Irene's (who is a recent convert and Mary's friend) and Mary was there, they talked to her but she said that she wanted to stick with her Catholic faith. So the Elders were officially dropped now. Well on Thursday Irene had us over for dinner and Mary was there, so we ended up having a really good talk with her. A comment was made to her about her father (who has passed) and her joining the church and that is what brought Mary down. She was inspired to go to Irene's, because what better people to talk to Mary about her dad than two other girls who also love their dads and just want them to be proud! So we had a heart to heart and she said that she knew it was true, but she didn’t want to disappoint her Dad, so Sister Parks invited her to go to church this Sunday with the question to see if her dad was pleased with her decision. So she did she came to church and we talked to her afterward. I asked her if her question was answered and she said yes, and so I asked how she was feeling and she said that she thinks she belongs here and that she wants the missionaries to "learn her again" (teach her). So Mary is back, and the Elders get to teach her again and hopefully they will have a baptism real soon. She loves the church so much it’s amazing! AH! Sunday was so good!
|Happy Birthday Brydie!!|
Alright I am done with talking about Sunday; On Wednesday Sister Parks had the opportunity to be a blessing in someone's life! We went and stopped by Brydie's house, who is a catholic lady we see around a lot and originally talked to about family history. And we talked to her a wee bit and she let us in to help clean her flat, and then Sister Parks was inspired to ask the very random question when her birthday was. And it was that day! So we asked her if she had done anything to celebrate, she said no, and that she has never had a birthday cake or anything on her birthday before. So we walked with Brydie to Asda and we bought cake and ice cream and sang her the birthday song. And she was so sweet she kept on saying you have made my day! It was so great to see that God loves her so much that he sent missionaries so she would have a happy birthday! I’ll send a photo.
Last Monday we had our lesson with Victor, he is from Nigeria (his accent is soooooo hard to understand). He was so great, he wants to learn from us, we wants to be better, he wants to go to church (although he didn’t go this week!), and he loves Jesus and the word of God. So we started talking to him about the Book of Mormon and while we were talking about it he thought we were saying the Book of Woman! hahaha, and so he was all confused, and with his accent woman still sounded like he was saying Mormon, so we told him that Mormon was a prophet and he was like "woman are prophets!" oh my goodness once we figured out the confusion is was so funny. He must have been so weird’d out by these two women talking to him about a Book of Woman which is apparently the word of God! Hilarious! But our lesson went really well after we got over that little misunderstanding. And we will see him tonight as well.
On Saturday the ward had a talent show and auction to help the youth go to EFY. And so Sister Parks and I were in it, I played the guitar and we sang the Hallelujah song but switched up the words as if we were doing a door approach! It was fun, I did terrible on the guitar but oh well, it’s been a while since I have played it. I will see if I can get that video somehow to you.
|Sis Watt said they started teaching the dead because the living weren't listening.|
Well I am pretty sure that is all the highlights of my week, today we are going to play Laser Tag! Last week we witnessed a drunk woman trying to run away from these store owners because she had 4 huge bottles of Vodka in her big bag. It was super awkward to watch because she was drunk so she wasn't going fast and she wasn't talking coherently, and it was in slow motion. It was just a really awkward thing for me to witness.
The work is moving right along, I wish it was moving a little faster but oh well! If you want to see what the area looks like that I am serving in, you can visit this url. http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/hamilton/hamilton/
I just want to say simply this church is true! Why else would I be spending everyday all day chapping on doors and stopping random people on the street and traveling by bus (which by the way is so frustrating and terrible) if it weren’t true! A couple of weeks ago I was thinking to myself if my testimony was strong enough that I would give up my family for it like some investigators do, but then I realize that is exactly what I am doing, giving up 18 months to be away from my family to serve God. I love being a missionary; I know this is where I am supposed to be. It’s hard but it is 100% worth it! Thanks for everything, for your prayers and love!
I love you! Cheers!