This week has been so fantastic! On Tuesday we saw Ella and she committed to be baptized so she started praying about April 19 and April 26. When we went back on Thursday, we walked in and she told us she wanted to be baptized on the 19th! That's this week! However she didn't come to church yesterday, so were thinking it might be moved back to the 26th. But we are seeing her tonight so we shall see! Pray for us! She is so prepared either way.
That's our most exciting news so now to the not so exciting news.
On Friday we found a new investigator named Teresa. She is a ball of fire! We talked her the first half of the restoration and then she had to go to an appointment but we are so excited to continue to teach her. She went to the hospital yesterday so we were unable to meet. But we are scheduled to meet her this week and we're excited to see her progress. When we first knocked on her door on Friday, she let us right in before we even introduced ourselves. We started talking to her about her life and about her family. And then she brought up she has a faith in Jesus Christ and how it's helped her throughout her life. So then we introduce the message that we share about the restoration. She loved every bit of it that we shared with her. She accepted a book of Mormon and we had the return appointment for yesterday, but she had gone to the hospital for little blood pressure and wasn't able to meet. But this week we will see miracles!
So the subject has to do with the Member MTC that we put on. The missionaries in Kernersville and Colfax got together with our ward mission leaders and put it on. Each set of missionaries presented a new way to share the gospel. We will be getting a copy of the entire performance and I'd love to share it with y'all on my return home. But a quick overview of the 4 sections:
- Everyday Mormon Language This was mine and Sister Reading part. We talked about how we as members sometime avoid using words like "ward, stake, relief society, etc" in conversations with non-members. But in reality if we use them, people will ask us what they mean and we can have a gospel related conversation everyday!
- We Succeed When We Invite! Our success doesn't count on wether or not someone accepts the invitation to take the missionary lessons, gets baptized, and stays active. Our success is in the invitation. Because when we don't invite, we are taking away their agency to choose. So invite!
- We Need to Be Needed Everyone needs to be needed, but have you ever thought about asking a non-member to help with your calling or activity? I thought of my mother, who asks her friend Michelle to help interpret in church. It's a great way to friendship, fellowship, and introduce people to the church.
- Set A Date!
*see attached picture for more details.* Set a date to have someone in your home to be taught by the missionaries.
On Saturday the ward had an Easter Egg hunt/pot luck in the grove, it reminds me of the little area where Sunset valley does our Memorial Day breakfast, only this one had a pavilion over more tables and a swing set, and a grave yard. Fun fact, this is probably the only, or one of the only LDS church buildings with a graveyard. Most other churches have them, but not. LDS.
Church yesterday was great as always. In Relief Society we did lesson 7, because that's what the teacher prepared! But it was still so good! We talked about Joseph and Hyrum Smith and how we can learn from their relationship with each other and their other siblings. That is how we should treat our siblings and sisters in the gospel.
- Sister Miriah Loosle -
2 Nephi 2:8 -- it is our duty to share the Gospel! So Share it! :)