Today has been the best P-day of my mission! We have been having loads of fun. It's been such a miracle serving here in good old oldham!! We had a meeting with our bishop yesterday and he gave us a list of names of recent converts and returning less active members he wants us to re-teach and a list of endowed less active members. It was a powerful meeting and I am excited to go out and see miracles from his faith.
To choose a
zone baptismal goal we're having each bishop in the stake pray for a goal for
their ward. Elder Rasmussen and I felt very strongly that this needed to be the
way the goal was chosen because of our last stake meeting. I
am really excited to see what happens!!
we had something funny.. our car broke down so we had to leave it at
the garage!! (This is a picture I took. I don't really know 100% what
this statue is for but I liked it so I got a picture..) And walk to our
next appointment. Which was fine. It was in the same area.. but then we
got to travel to the mission home to pick up our NEW CAR.. (haha.. we
got to drive the mission presidents wifes car!! haha)
This is me driving.. it.. ;) hehhehe.. Now we have this.. unattractive
blue car.. I sure hope we just get our old car back soon!! hahah. SO
that's been fun.
had a miracle. An appointment fell through and we were walking back to
our car as this lady crossed the street to meet us! She told us she has
been less active since she was 16 (she is now around 37). She wants to
raise her 3 kids in the gospel and also her partner wants to be taught!
It was amazing. We have seen them 3 times now and they are making great
progress. Oh how I pray that they will be able to surround themselves
within the gospel of Jesus Christ. It's all I want for them! They are an
absolute wonderful family. I love them and I know God loves them so
SURPRISE! Back to Barburrito. mmmmmm... :) Elder Rasmussen loved it.
zone is amazing. Miracles. Everyday. Elder Nilsson is spectacular (he's
my new district leader)! I am so happy he is in this ward! The sisters
in Oldham are great. Sister Tholin(brand new out of the MTC) is just
such kind person and we have Sister Dushku who is BACK in Oldham after
being gone for almost a year! I know the ward is just going to love
them! They will see miracles. WE will do the impossible!! We will live
for God! I love this gospel. I love being a missionary. Life is just
#welcometoldham #ilovethisbeautifulcountry #homefromhome #thegrassreallyisgreener #isthiswhatloveis
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
These are two of the most influential men in my whole entire life. I feel so blessed to have had time to snap this picture. I will never forget my two beloved mission presidents. They taught me about love, patience, kindness.. they have given me a strenthened desire to learn the gospel.. they and their wives have been like my mom and dad while i've been away from home. They take such good care of us (their 220 "children") haha. I hope to be like them one day. Strong priesthood men who love their God. Who serve others with every ounce of strength they have, who have strong families.. I just adore them.
We had a chance to be a part of the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the chapel here in Ashton stake. Wow. I can't believe how much the people here had to do to just get a chapel built. They built most of these chapels themselves! I was able to sing "come thou fount" with a few other missionaries. It went well!
I was able to go on exchange to whitefield! I got to see the branch family, the hughes, and Sister Smith! so many families that I loved when I served there! We had miralces! I was also able to go back to middleton which was fun! Good things. Good people. I love this life.
|#Happylife #hastenthework #grantuntomesuccess #mightyprayeristhekey|
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Wow. SO this week was amazing. I went on an exchange with the assistants, with Rochdale, and went to Wales, found some amazing people, and just overall had a great week.
I was planning the on Wednesday night and just really praying to know where to go. As I prayerfully studied the map I felt prompted to go to Greenacres.. then I found Broadbent Road! Now, for those who don't all ready know - my great x 3 granddad was born in Greenacres and his wife's maiden name was Broadbent! haha Anyways, first person we talk to on the road ended up being interested and had a Norwegian Ridgeback! FLIP. It's a dog that hunts lions in South Africa. Woah. He actually new some Nields as well! So the power of prayer is real and so is the Spirit.
Then I went to Wales for a baptism!
My Brother Kris made the step. He is amazing. We know that we're going to be friends forever. He is such a spiritual giant! I wish you could all meet him.
Look at that beautiful family. Wow. They are just amazing. The next Kris spoke at the missionary fireside which I was stunned! He was so nervous but you couldn't even tell! He got up and shared how he new the church was true and how his only hope in life now is to get sealed in the temple to Lou. His future wife! AMAZING. The best thing ever. This gospel is truly amazing.
Love you all so much.
Be of good cheer.. the future is as bright as your faith.
Friday, October 10, 2014
REUNITED AND IT FEELS SO GOOOOOD.
Ah, so nice to be with one of my best friends! I love Elder Cueva. He is amazing.
This week was full of meetings. We had district meeting, mission leadership council (which is like.. 7.5 hours long!!), then district leaders council, then 4 sessions of general conference. I am physically and spiritually exhausted!! So not much to report on this week.
We had an appointment fall through and so we started tracting the neighborhood and we found a man named SUNNY! (2nd door we knocked on..) Which is a great name for this time of year. haha. He let us in and had his bible on his table! He has so much knowledge! One of the challenges of teaching the restoration to someone with a firm faith is it's difficult to show them how we aren't trying to destroy what they all ready believe but show them how much is missing! People don't have the Book of Mormon as a reference and it can be hard sometimes for them to understand and embrace new scripture (all though it's not "new" it's REALLY old.. but it's new to them). So I hope he knows how much we just want him to find the truth for himself and that we're do not come to destroy his current beliefs.. just to add to the faith he has all ready gained!
We, as a mission, are having a 31 day study of the atonement. I love it! We just started today and wow! it is AMAZING! It is wonderful. I can't wait to share more with all of you about my studies.
I love you all.. wish I had more to say but time runs short.
Preach the gospel.