Hey hey hey! Happy Valentines! I really missed you all on the 14th.
BIRTHDAY TO BUZZ! I was thinking about him all day yesterday and really
was bummed to miss out on his Patriarchal Blessing. How was that? I am
so so sooo proud of him! Hope he had a good 17:) What a handsome boy.
And CONGRATS to Uncle Ben!!! Stake President?! Wow, that's really
amazing. Tell him I love him and congrats!
Cottage Grove Sisters came to blitz our area. So, Sister Ballif and I
were companions for the day! I could take up soooo much time telling you
about how amazing the exchange was. We had so many miracles, so many
wonderful conversations, and so much success. I'll try to keep it
The moment Sister Ballif and I got together, we went to tract college housing, and 3 houses in a row, we taught 3 awesome Restoration lessons. My favorite part about teaching
Restoration lessons is seeing the change of countenance in the people
we are talking with. It is always a pay day to see them understand
something and for it to make total sense to them. (Wow, that makes me
sound like a mom talking about my kids. haha) That happened a lot. We
were able to get a ton of return appointments with people to fill our
schedule this upcoming week.
coolest miracle we saw on the exchange was when we stopped by L
and O (the only Nigerian couple I've seen in my five months in Eau
Claire.) We've stopped by in the past, but were never able to get in.
We'd make appointments, and they'd always fall through. So, this time
when Sister Ballif and I knocked on the door, Sister Ballif immediately
asked, "Hey, do you mind if I use your bathroom?" L let us in. I
started talking to her a little bit, and then when Sister Ballif came
back out, we asked if we'd be able to share a quick message with her.
She agreed to it. We asked L what she remembers from meeting with
the sisters a long time ago. She said, "I know about Joseph Smith, and I
know about the Book of Mormon. I have been reading it everyday, even if
it is a little passage."
WHAT?!?!? I had absolutely no idea! She has
been so faithful reading the Book of Mormon and told us she believes it
is the word of God. She had questions like, "What happens to the people
who don't even get a chance to hear about the Book of Mormon? I never
heard about it in Nigeria... so that wouldn't be fair!" Luckily we
answered that question briefly by talking about the Spirit World, but we
are so excited teach her about the Plan of Salvation next week. How
cool is THAT. Not much time but please know I
am so grateful for the gift of the Atonement. I am so grateful for the
chance we have to repent every single day, to progress in our growth of
the gospel and improve each day.