Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Change your heart and you'll change the world.

This past week was a crazy one!

Elder Golden from the seventy came to our mission and gave us a
spiritual smack down and rebuking, it was chill.  Ha but really it was
amazing.  President also asked Sister Holbrook and I to demonstrate in
front of everyone at mission conference introducing the Book of Mormon
this certain way, and he asked us like right before the meeting
started.  ha it was an adventure.
Elder Golden was super funny and super inspired, he basically told us
that we don't have enough faith and gave us a whole list of things we
need to change so here we are applying those teachings and hoping to
let the atonement change us even more.  Gotta love it.

we knocked like a thousand doors this week and still no gators but we
found a really cool potential named Dawuta!  she's from Nigeria and
has been here for about 5 months, born again Christian, genuinely
interested in learning about the gospel!  Wanna know the coolest part
about meeting her?  Okay well there are lots of cool things, but we
found her as we were doing service at this old folks home (she's
another volunteer) and she was at the same table as Sister Holbrook,
and she said that she knows Jody, one of our returning less actives!!!
 WHHAT??  and that since she moved here, Jody has helped her in so
many ways.  #prepared  yeah super cool, we're hoping to start teaching
her in Jody's home this week. Pray for her pls!!!

We also talked to this man on his porch for quite some time, he has
investigated before and has a TON of questions, so we attempted to
help him understand.  Then he just says, "oh I see...you're teaching
me like Jesus taught...you're asking me questions!"  YES.  ha that's
the goal!

Also, we didn't get to go on exchanges because Sister Holbrook got
this killer migraine so she needed to just sleep.  So I called like a
million potentials and formers, not much came of it, but it was all I
could do not to go insane being inside.

uhmmm we also met this less active member, Evelyn, who lives at a
nursing home.  She was super awesome and she LOVED the message we
shared, and we gave her some pamphlets she could read when she was
bored. She saw the picture of Christ and was like, "my friend
downstairs, Bill, would really love this!" So we gave her some she
could give to him, we were just like, SWEET SHE'S DOING MISSIONARY
WORK then she wanted to introduce us to Bill, so we were like, okay
yeah, and we went downstairs with her and she walks over to this plant
that has a pass along picture of Jesus in it and she starts talking to
it and showing the pamphlet to the plant.....BILL IS A PLANT OH MY
WORD we were dying.  So funny.  So she stuck the pamphlet in Bill, the
plant.  lol.

another funny story: we were sharing a message with this really cute
member family, and their 5 year old, Josh said the cutest thing.  We
were talking about how he can be a missionary now by being a good
example and telling his friends about Jesus and he was like..."well
what do we do when the bad guys come?..........teach them about the
gospel?" hahahah so cute.  then he was showing us his book of mormon
and this kid is a book of mormon master! and he's 5!  he told us about
enos and how "he prayed ALLLLL DAYYYY."  it was precious.  The kid
already knows more than me. lol.

Sister Holbrook is sick again, and this time her voice is completely
gone.. like it's non existent.  So at first, we were like, okay what
do we do??  and we tried all our plans that fell through, and all we
could do was...wait for it....TRACT.  soooooo we did and I did all the
talking and it was pretty hard!  when you finally have a companion
you're equally yoked with and then you can't be, it's a hard
adjustment.  But we talked to this really sweet old indian lady about
the plan of salvation and the spirit was so strong and it was just
amazing.  You could see in her eyes that our testimony of Christ touched her.  Super cool.

hahahah so on Saturday, we went back to Anu's (that potential we have offered service for) and we knock on her door to see how she's doing, she answers and says, "oh you're here to help, okay meet me around back." so we do and she has this whole strip of yard that needs weeding.  so we did it and it took us like 3 hours and guess what, i was in my pencil skirt the whole time!  yep.  who says you can't wear pros clothes to do yard work?  #winning  And there were spiders everywhere and guess what, dad! I didn't freak out too bad...ish  :) the mission has changed me lol.

sooooo things are good.  life is great because the gospel is real and the atonement is real.  Something Elder Golden said that I LOVED "change your heart and you'll change the world." uhhh YES.  enough said. I just love this gospel with all my being and I'm so grateful for a loving Heavenly Father.  I'm grateful for a Saviour that knows me and knows exactly where I am and where I've been.  And He knows all those around me and how I can help them.  Just reach out and do something for someone else today.  :)  you'll see more joy from that than anything else.

the church is true, my friends.

Onward, ever onward.

Sister Jones

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