Monday, August 3, 2015

No time to slow down. . . and lots of pictures.

Whitney and her friend/neighbor from Manchester (mentioned in previous post)

This week was great! 

On Monday after pday, we tracted and we met a super sweet lady. She wasn't interested right now but she said we could stop by any time.

On Tuesday we had service at the second chance shop. The money from the sales goes to help people in the hospital so it's really nice of them. The women who work there are super sweet. This last week someone had dropped off tons of bags with donations in them but had dumped kerosine on some of them so we had to search them to see if there was anything good in it. 

Later we went tracting and it was pretty hot and muggy. So after that we visited a less active member and read the Book of Mormon with him. Then we had dinner with a member. We went over mighty prayer with him and read from Enos 1:2-6 and JS-H 1:14-18 and looked to see how they used the steps to mighty prayer. We then committed him to read 3 Nephi 19:19-23 to see how Christ when he visited the Nephites used mighty prayer.
The steps are: 
1: Find a private place
2: Kneel
3: Pray vocally 
4: Attitude of gratitude
5: Pray specifically for yourself and others 
6: Do all you can do and act in faith 

On Wednesday we had district meeting. It was great and super spiritual! Here are some of my notes from it:
  • Call them to turn to true happiness
  • If you can't keep commitments, how do you expect to be able to keep covenants?
  • Ask- invite
  • Direct- straight forward 
  • Questions- actions 
  • Structured lesson plan
  • Inspired questions!
  • D&C 132:8
  • Plan three inspired questions planned 
  • Faith is lack of fear
  • Faith before fear
  • Have faith in the feelings you are receiving 
  • Be boldly considerate 
  • The Lord knows his plan and His children 
  • Compassion vs. Empathy
  • Praise the good effort 
  • Promise blessings that we have experienced 
  • You can't convert beyond your own conversion. The Spirit will testify of the promised blessings as you testify of your own experience with them
  • Bear testimony always. 
  • Stand as witness at ALL times, in ALL things, in ALL places
  • My bearing of testimony is to encourage you to act!
  • Therefore what:
  • Focus on blessings
  • Encourage people to act by bearing sincere testimony
  • Pray with faith
  • Be boldly considerate 
  • Faith is lack of fear, so act in faith!
  • Bear witness in support of your companion 
  • Promise blessings only you have experienced 
  • Be direct in asking questions and extend commitments 
  • Take two days to prepare for district meeting
  • Make higher goals in faith
  • They need to feel our presence 
  • Members have the experiences that you don't have 

Then we had exchanges and I went to Montpelier. We had some great lessons with their investigators. 

On Thursday, we helped this lady improve her English. At first we were using her books and it was pretty difficult but then we found out she was looking for a church and believed in God so we found this article in The Friend July 2015 one by President Uchtdorf that was titled A Testimony of the Church! It was simple and easy to understand and invited the Spirit. It went over so well and we got a return appointment! 
 Later we had another great lesson.

On Friday we had to start adding things to the area book planner app and it is taking forever! But we did have two great lessons with two of our investigators.

On Saturday we had another lesson with our investigator and we set a baptismal date for September 5! We had a great lesson on prayer and on the gospel of Jesus Christ! Then we tried contacting some less actives but they weren't home so went to see if one of our potentials was at his garden and he was! So we helped him weed and had had a great conversation. 

Sunday we had church and one of the new babies in the ward was blessed and he is sooooo cute! Then we had dinner with some members again and we had two lessons. With one we had a  discussion on trials and how they help us grow.

So awkward moment: as we were doing laundry today I accidentally kicked the cat's water bowl and got water every where and all over me....

So this week I was pondering Enos and mighty prayer and I love how in Enos' prayer he prayed that if the Nephites were to become wicked and were to be destroyed, and the Lamanites were to survive, that this record would be preserved to be brought forth at some present day in His timing to bring them to the knowledge of their Savior. And the Lord covenanted with him that he would. Then many many years later the Nephites became wicked and were destroyed. But it was not to come to pass for many years. Until in the Spring of 1820 a boy had a question and prayed to know which church he should join. That boy, Joseph Smith, received an answer to his prayer and through him God restored His church and fulfilled His covenant with Enos and brought forth the Book of Mormon. It is a testimony to me that God does hear our prayers and He answers them in His own perfect timing. 

So I invite everyone to exercise their faith and say a mighty prayer and see the miracles unfold. And I know that they will.

I love you all!!!  

Here are some pictures.  Some of them are ones I forgot to send a few weeks ago. 
Bowling with Sister O'Bryant before she transferred to Maine

View out their window

An elder was taking notes in a meeting and decided to show Whit how fancy he could write her name.

I remember that face...

Whit with her "daughter" and "granddaughter," AKA Sister Bee and her trainee

They had already hooked the row of chairs together and decided to move them over the table instead of unhooking them (or moving the table...)

Exchanges with Sister Boyce


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