Hello family and friends!
anyways this week was a good week! usually i prepare what i am going to write but unfortunately this week i did not.....so it will be even more crazy than usual. but i will tell you about today. Today it is raining, in honor of chelseas love of the rain and we ran in it in honor of sami, it did my hair in a side pony tail in honor of chels and it is ratted in honor of whit. i am wearing a t-shirt in honor of mckell and it is nates t-shirt so it is in honor of him too and i am wearing the jeans that everyone owns in america so that is in honor of america, i am wearing unmatching socks in honor of me, we are going skating in honor of brad, aaron and andrew, i have audreys turtle with me in honor of audrey and we talked about biggest loser in honor of kate and in honor of jake...i don't know, i guess i will go do something dorky or somethin ;) love you!
we have been working on contacting this week because we have a goal to have every companionship "talk to ten" every day. we have done all sorts of role plays and have all sorts of stuff to hand out...its pretty crazy, but we were all pumped about it! but lets be honest, its still really hard! i feel like all the stuff we have practicied is a waste sometimes because i don't even get anything out until they tell me to go away....the elders keep having the same experience this week and one said, "they don't even know what i want to say! what if i wanted to give him a million dolloars and he wouldn't even listen!" but then of course since we are missionaries that turned into a spiritual discussion about how what we have is worth way more than that. And yes it sounds cheesy, but it is so true. I have come to realize here how much the gospel means to me. How the gospel can enrich every part of our lives. before it was like oh ya, gotta read my scriptures real quick and then go do what i really have to do, or on sunday, well gotta go to church and then i can do this and this and this with my friends. but i have realized that it is everything. that doesn't mean that we have to give up all of the other stuff that we love, it means that all of the other stuff that we love gets better, has more meaning and importance behind it. I just don't go to work and school because thats what you do, i go to school to learn, to recieve knowledge, and to find out more about our earth and the people on it, how it all works. every aspect of our lives is enriched by the gospel of christ. with it we have meaning and a purpose of being here. and we can have help with the hard stuff that is obviously going to come.
anyways...that was a tangent....
back to contacting.... it has been hard, but it gets easier as we continue to work hard and be obedient and we have found that at the end of our day the last person we talk to always stops to talk! what a blessing right? i think that is Heavenly Father telling us, way to go girls! keep at it! we met this one lady and she spoke perfect english and she said " i think you will be surprised to know my son graduated from BYU"....yes we were suprised...but that was it, she says sher knows alot about our church and she is flying out of the country the next day, but we gave her a pamphlet and bore our testimonies
So our investigator galina who was supposed to be baptized a couple of weeks ago has been avoiding us....so we decided to "surprise" her at work :) she was fine seeing us but she was kinda sarcastic (which is strange amoung russians but funny) and she went off about how there are crazy people at the branch...which she might be right...but everyone is alittle crazy in their own way right? well we just bore our testimonies, gave her a picture of christ and encouraged her to keep praying and reading. She then went off about how much she loves the Book of Mormon, how she will come back to church after the summer is over and thanking us for how we have changed her life and that we brought meaning to her life and God into her life. Which is awesome, i am so happy that i could help someone and bring them closer to Heavenly Father but what i really want for her family is to be an eternal family. But we will keep praying for her.
Our inactive family that we have been working with came to church on Sunday! It was so great! I love them so much! it is a mom named irina and a son named ilia who is about 6 or 7 i think. They are such an awesome family and they want to work on being able to go to the temple
now i wrote down a bunch of stuff to tell you this week...but now i don't remember.....i will try my best.
1st i love the New testament! isn't that great news! I am in corinthians and i feel like Paul is speaking right to me. i don't remember exactly what i wanted to talk to you about....but i remember loving one chapter and now i forget.....but today i read (some chapter) about spiritual gifts and working together in the church as one body. I loved that. We all have our own talents, our own gifts and strengths and we all need to work together in order to bring happiness into our families and bring about the work of God on the earth. Every person is essential and no one is more important than another. In the chapter it talks about how in a body we need feet and hands and a nose and ears and eyes and everything else in order to work correctly and you cant just decide that you don't want a foot or something like that, we all contribute and are all important! but then at the end of the chapter it encourages us to continue to seek NEW gifts and talents, not to just sit back on the one you have, but to gain more!
today in the book of mormon i read about how moroni fortified all of the cities against the lamanites ....alma.....49?......and i loved it! we need to fortify our homes like this. i am thinking about making a diagram of it around our homes and families, like one fortification wall with be love one scripture study, one prayer and FHE and then the ditch around it will represent something too and then after that all the nephites and swords and armour like the armour of God symbolism stuff ya know? and if you are all fortified and ready and prepared noe one will be lost! just like the nephites! more than 1,000 lamanites died and NOT ONE nephite died! how incredible is that?! because they were prepared by the hand of the LOrd, in one verse it says the lamanites were astonished becauce they had prepared like no one ever had before! that is because they were prepared in the LOrds way, not in mans way. Thats always the best way.
anyways i don't have time to respond (or read everyones emails but i will next time ok?!) I love you all!
BUt PS- Tammy Bailie - you can definately attach pictures! i would love that! I love you!