There were lots of ups and downs this week from the promised land of Drayton Valley!
After the new year, things really started looking up. The holidays are great and all, but I think being a missionary has made me an Ebeneezer Scrooge because people don't want to meet with us/accept salvation, but now that this week life is back to normal, everyone wants to meet with us! We have lots of investigator lessons planned and we're STOKED! We also have ZedTM (yeah, the letter Z in Canada is pronounced: zed...weird, hey?) and we're going to be trained for ONLINE PROSELYTING!!! We'll be facebook missionaries which is super exciting.
New years Eve was definitely a gong show of a day, but we survived. We had a lesson with our investigator, Monica, who is the sweetest person who really just loves Jesus. She's super active in her church, and a few years ago went to africa as a missionary and prayed over people and all that. We've really been trying to focus on priesthood authority, and she's getting there. She's reading the Book of Mormon and praying about it, yay!!
We also got 3 new investigators this week! Laverna and Rolando are very active in their church, but they're so nice and love talking to us about Jesus Christ! Laverna has a Book of Mormon, and she said she's interested in reading it. They're also from Belize, so their kids are like.....adorable.
Yesterday in Fast and Testimony meeting, Sister Whiting and I both bore our testimonies, and basically rebuked everyone...hahhah definitely wasn't planning on that, but the spirit was so strong. 90% of our teaching pool is from our personal finding, and to help the branch to grow, we NEED referrals from members. Member missionary work is SO VITAL. As missionaries, we're called to a certain area to build up the ward or branch in which we serve. It's our job to help the members do their own missionary work. I've realized so much lately, that its' not our place as members OR missionaires to decide who is ready for the gospel. It's God's place to do that. It's our job to invite EVERYONE we know to partake of the goodness of the gospel and to come to know Jesus Christ for themselves. If we really love our friends and family, why wouldn't we want them to experience the joy and peace that the gospel offers??! If everything fails, what is the absolute worst thing that can happen?? Probably they say, "no thank you" and things are awkward for a minute but then you all get over it and life goes on. If you don't have any other reason to share the gospel, do it because you love the Lord and you understand that His will is greater than yours. He will help you to do his will, always.
God has commanded,
"Yea, open your mouths and spare not, and you shall be laden with sheaves upon your backs, for lo, I am with you."
And remember what Nephi said about God's commandments?
"I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them."
Anyways, THE WORK OF SALVATION IS REAL, and the gospel of Jesus Christ is the way to "happiness in this life, and eternal life in the world to come."
Onward, ever onward.