How is everyone? I hope life back home is going well!
Another wonderful week in the sunshine state :) I want to start off by
once again telling you all how much I love this area. We had stake
conference this weekend and not only are the members of my Ward
phenomenal but the members of the stake are too! Elder Dubai from the
70 came to speak to us at the Saturday night adult session and the
Sunday general stake conference and holy cow what an inspiration!! One
thing I loved is that he committed every one of the members to find
just ONE person this year to share the Book of Mormon with and
introduce to the full time missionaries. How is that for a challenge?
I'd like to commit you all to pray about that too :)
Not really sure where to start with this week! It was crazy but we saw
amazing miracles, as aways!
On Tuesday we were on exchanges so I stayed in the area with Hermana
Von Feldt who is serving in the Orlando zone. This was our second time
going on exchanges together and I just love her :) we had a fantastic
day including a moment at the end of the day. An appointment fell
through so we went to find people in the apartment complex we were in.
We talked with a woman on a corner and she was interested. We prayed
with her, said goodbye, turned around, and there was another woman
walking up! Talked to her, she's interested in learning, prayed with
her, said goodbye, and once again turned around and a family was
walking up. Holy cow where am I?? That was hilarious for us. So we had
good success on that corner :)
This week we also had Zone Training Meeting (ZTM) and, once again,
because we cover two zones we get to go to both. It's always so crazy!
We drove down early to do apartment checks and then gave a training at
the Orlando ZTM then drove back to Orlando South for theirs while
getting lunch real quick on the way!
That afternoon we went to see a less active member we didn't know. Lo
and behold they have three unbaptized children in the home! (Two teens
and a 21 year old). Wow. On Sunday we went by the second time and got
to teach them. The kids almost have no knowledge about Jesus Christ
and we got to teach them how to pray. What a cool experience. I love
the way you can see in their eyes a desire to know.
Our investigator Bill is just doing amazing. We had a super sweet
lesson and dinner in a member's home on Thursday. The member just
loves Bill! (Yay member friends) :) he's doing so great and is
committed to his baptism. Sadly he got sick on Sunday so wasn't able
to make it to church. But next week he said he'd be there! Please keep
praying for him :) fun fact about him- he was an EMT for the Air Force
and was an admiral in the original Star Trek episodes!! He definitely
has lots of stories to tell :)
Another thing, we began teaching a 10 year old who's parents are
semi-active. Well, she's planning on getting baptized next Sunday so
we are scrambling to reteach the lessons! We saw her Friday night and
she knows and loves the gospel more than any 10 year old I've met.
Wow. I feel so blessed to be a part of this!
Well, in conclusion, I just feel super grateful to be a missionary for
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I'm so grateful to be
companions with Sister O'Hara, she is an amazing missionary! We had a
member tell us that we teach very powerfully together and that was
such a blessing to hear :)
I love you all! Remember how much God loves you. I read this morning,
Alma 58:11 "Yea, and it came to pass that the Lord our God did visit
us with assurances that he would deliver us; yea, insomuch that he did
speak peace to our souls, and did grant unto us great faith, and did
cause us that we should hope for our deliverance in him."
Have a great week!!