Hey, it's been a GOOD week.
We are finding many many families to teach! It's been a huge blessing. We have been teaching The A family, and they've been investigating for quite a while, and really what's holding the mom back from getting baptized is that she feels nervous to commit to something she feels like she could potentially screw up... aka... Word of Wisdom. She has some pretty bad addictions. But... we felt inspired to help her! She needs a lot of moral support, so I volunteered Sister Anderl and I to give up ALL sweets.... ehmm... ALL. And it has been like the hardest thing ever. We are completely pathetic. Major withdrawals, we're so tired, and literally going crazy and just are craving chocolate like maaaaaaaad. But, now it's been almost a whole week, and it's not as bad as it was :P Sister A has relapsed on things a couple of times, but we're gonna continue to help her!
We are also working with the M family. It is a PM family and they are ADORABLE. She has ADORABLE kiddies. We've been TRYING AND TRYING AND TRYING to set up an appointment with their family, but it has not happened because the mom is just hesitant because of how crazy and hyper her children are. But, we finally convinced her. And we got there, and guess what? The Spirit did it's magic, and they were SO good and SO attentive and had a billion questions. It was really cool. We were teaching them the Plan of Salvation, and we got to earth life and we asked what we need to do here on earth to come closer to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and the mom said:
"I think it is really important to be baptized, because that is how I have felt closer to them."
Then the kids were like, "I wanna be baptized!" And so we talked a little bit about it and the things they'd need to do to reach that goal and then we committed them!
They came to church yesterday and loved it, and it was just so so so special.
Anyway, then we were able to have a great lesson with J's mom!!! She opened up a TON yesterday during our family home evening and she is so down to earth, and notices that Mormons are different and why they are, and she's just really really cool. We committed her to come to church, and she said yes, and J about cried! It was amazing to see that!:)
Dad- Happy Birthday! For your 43rd ( wow is this true?) I'd love to share my testimony with you. I want you to know that I know that Heavenly Father is truly our Father and that he is a personal God. He sent His only begotten son, Jesus, to fulfill a mission that only HE was capable of doing so that one day we would be in the arms of our loving Heavenly Father once again.
I don't fully understand the Atonement. No one does. But I am grateful to know that in the strength of the Lord, I can do all things. I know that through the Atonement, ALL mankind may be saved; of course we must do our part. I love Jesus Christ and I look forward to the day when I will kneel at His feet to praise and thank him.
I am grateful for my testimony of the prophet Joseph Smith. He truly did do more (save Jesus only) for the world. Joseph saw God the Father and Jesus Christ in 1820 in a grove of trees. I know this because of the Book of Mormon.
I am grateful everyday to share The Book of Mormon with my brothers and sisters. I joyfully testify that it is true! The most correct of any book, and it truly has brought me closer to my Father and Savior.
I treasure this short time I have to "suffer his cross' and thank my God every single day for what he has blessed me with, including my incredible, loving, covenant keeping, earthly father, Samuel B. I love you alot and admire who you are!
Anyway, I'm lovin' it here. I really really do. It's amazing. Write back promising me you'll all come and visit with me... (preferably before Buzz's mish:))
I know that this Gospel is Christ's gospel, and that we are able to change our nature to become better as we seek His Atonement in our lives!
All my lovvvvvvvvvvvvve!