Monday, September 15, 2014

There's no such thing as an atheist!

hello hello!

I am super limited on time today, so sorry if none of this makes sense.  :)  We're headed to Edmonton in a bit for mission tour!  Elder Martino is coming to speak to us and it's going to be epic.  

This week....hmm.  I honestly don't even remember what happened.  SO MUCH HAPPENED but things are such a blurr.  

We had our time and watched a couple really cool videos!  Y'all need to watch this one for sure:

there are also a few other videos in this section of mormonchannel that are AMAZING, check them out for sure.  

Tuesday night, we had supper with Bishop Jarvis' family, they're my favorite people ever.  I just laugh and laugh when I'm over there, they are amazing.  Sister Jarvis helps us in the work so much, we wouldn't be where we are without her.  That night we went with the Young Women to visit the less active girls and give them a little treat, we only actually talked with one, the others weren't home, but it was good.  

Wednesday, we were going to go meet with a couple potentials we found while on exchanges last week, and we call the number....yeah he gave us a fake number.  NOOOOOOOOO..... it was really sad actually.  I was so stoked to teach this guy.  FAIL.   Oh well, whenever something sad happens, we remind ourselves that we're one step closer to a miracle.  God knows what His plan is.  


First off, we went and visited our investigator, Bobbie.  She isn't doing too well, she's been having a hard time with family issues, but she told us that reading the Book of Mormon helps her so much!  She's been reading and praying and really gaining a testimony of the Book of Mormon.  

After supper that night, we were really wanting to meet with Shauna, one of our other investigators, at the church and give her a church tour before the lesson.  She doesn't ever know her schedule, so meeting with her is tough.  After trying to get a hold of her for a bit, we went into the mothers lounge and prayed our little hearts out.  she didn't end up calling while we were there, so we decided to visit some less actives to invite them to the ward BBQ.  We had the thought to text Olivier, our "atheist" friend we met while tracting a few weeks ago!  We told him about the BBQ, then asked if he could meet.  He texted back really fast and said yes!  We weren't expecting this, and to meet with him we have to have someone else of our same gender, and we couldn't find anyone!!!!  it was so intense.  We didn't want to have to bring the elders, because we felt like it would be overwhelming for him, then we thought of Selena, a girl in our ward who's YSA age!  We called her, and she was all for it!  

Olivier got to the church and we gave him a little tour.  He said he felt bad because he had "only read 20 pages" of the book of mormon!  ONLY?? Most people don't even read!!!  It was so great.  I really think he's just trying to be an atheist...he's totally not.  We taught him the restoration in the chapel and the spirit was so strong.  I hadn't recited the first vision in a lesson yet, and I knew it was coming....but I was so scared.  It came time and I looked at Sister McEwen and she just looked at I said it!  I can't even describe the spirit that was felt.  I just testified of the truthfulness of what we were saying and his eyes just lit up.  So powerful.  We asked him to pray about it and keep reading, but he's so stubborn.  He doesn't think God really cares if we pray, but he'll get there. Also, that was the first time I've ever heard an F word in a chapel...awkward.  OOH I ALMOST FORGOT!  OLIVIER WALKED TO THE CHURCH!  From the church to his house, it's about an 8 minute drive...not sure how many miles, but an atheist wouldn't walk to a church in the cold to learn about just doesn't make sense.  #notanatheist SO MANY MIRACLES

Friday was the ward BBQ!  So much fun.  Our ward is the greatest!  We didn't have any less actives that we invited, but a former investigator showed up!  It was a fun night.  We definitely got to know the ward better.  

Saturday, we had this huge family history fair!  I guess the church puts it on every year.  People come from all over to hear seminars and attend classes to learn more about doing family history.  Not as many nonmembers came as usual, but it was still a huge success.  

Our Saturday afternoon miracle:  Bobbie texted us asking if she could get a book of mormon for her mom.  We were just like, YES OF COURSE!  Then she texts back and asks if she can get ANOTHER for her friend, then she texts AGAIN and says, "wait can I just get 4 more?"  OUR INVESTIGATOR DOES MORE MISSIONARY WORK THAN MOST MEMBERS!!!  Ha it was such a great moment.  We brought them by her house last night and she was so stoked about it.  She LOVES the book of mormon so much. 

Anyways, hopefully this all makes sense.  Being a missionary is so humbling.  I'm so thankful for the time that I've had so far and for all of the things I have learned.  God really is in control and He has a specific plan for each and every one of His children.  It's incredible what miracles can happen when you truly submit to his will.  

I love you all so much!  

Onward, ever onward. 

sister jones

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