but we had just given out ALL of our Book of Mormons
so we came empty handed
but this was her prayer:
"thank you, God, that the sisters forgot their Book of Mormon
so they HAVE to come back."
i can't wait to go back and teach her this week!
we are SO busy and it's making the weeks flyyyyyyyy
i'm just really grateful to have this time on a mission...
to learn, to grow, to meditate, to heal, to serve, to love, to observe, to feel...
to truly convert.
this week, we met some recent converts in our ward who have turned pretty anti. they come off suuuuper nice, and they are, but they whole time we were talking, he kept preaching all about the Bible and tried to act like I didn't know anything about it and that I don't live the Bible like he does? (#humility?) ....that it should take an entire lifetime of study just to "get it" and that I don't have time to read another book. ...that I shouldn't wear my tag and try and show the world that I believe in something. ...that I should change my mind because I am going to be held responsible for every person that "I" convert and that I'm going to have to answer to God.... that I will send Jesus Christ away when he comes to save me and ask for Joseph Smith? ...& SO MUCH MORE. I didn't try and fight him, bash, or prove him wrong... we just shared scriptures and bore our testimonies and left them with smiles and thanks. but the coolest part was the entire time he was condemning me, I truly felt the Lord's arms around me, and this scripture came into my mind:
".... I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up."
I know the Lord is pleased with my efforts and I know this is His work.
His spirit fills my heart every day and for that, I am grateful.
realized i didn't get to ask like 50 things I want to know.
esp to brookie. HI I LOVE YOU.
an hour just isn't enough time.
but i'm grateful i got to see you.
and Stonewall sounded SO GOOD.
yesterday was just the best.
happy mother's day to all my favorite mommas.
holy best week of FINDING, ever.
we found 11 new investigators this week.
SEVEN IN ONE DAY.
hahahahaha at the end of the day, me and sister young went over the numbers like five times because i felt like we were lying. but it was legit. and the best "numbers" day ever. we taught a ton of lessons and talked to a ton of people. yeeeee it was so fun. mostly because just about everyone that we invited to hear our lessons, ACCEPTED.
the coolest part is knowing that none of it is us. sure, we open our mouths and invite, but all of these people just have the most open heart and attitude and I know God has prepared them for a while. they are friends with the right people, who have loved them and set a good example, and helped share the peace that comes from living the gospel.
you are doing more good than you think by living what you know.
so to all of you, who stress about doing your part in the "hastening of the work", know that the kind of friend that you are to people and the way you love and serve them is what helps them accept your invitation. sharing the gospel comes natural when we are loving the people we associate with... but we can't forget to invite, too :)
this week has been a lot of fun. kinda super stressful because we have so much going on in our area.... but really, what could be better? we are going on splits almost every other day just to try and keep up. by the end of the day... I'M EXHAUSTED. but in the best way possible. totally get what you used to always say, dad..."i slept best when i was on my mission." haha i'm OUT so fast at night... i just can't wait to sleep in past 6:30.... next year?
me and sister young are getting along great. she is so funny. and we are quite the duo?
she's about a foot shorter then me and when we were in the library the other day and someone asked...
"is this your daughter?"
not sure which one of us should be more offended?
sis young because she looks SO....young?
or me because i look old enough to have her as my child?
or the other day we were in a lesson with one of our investigators
and every time sister young would say something spiritual or profound
our investigator would just say,
"ya, but you're just a fairy."
and wouldn't take her seriously.
so cheers to life with tinkerbelle.
i love you all
and miss you like craaaaaZy.
"do you want to be happy? forget yourself and get lost in this great cause. lend your efforts to helping people... stand higher, lift those with feeble knees, hold up the arms of those that hang down. LIVE THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST." -President Gordon B. Hinckley
...still waiting for you guys to share what you've learned with me? eh? #followingup #s/otoelderballard #ldsconf
"i'm trying too hard to model right now, train track pics"
and they're classic.
holy longest week ever.
but in like the best way.
SO MUCH HAPPENED.
i'm now with
so far, most of my comps have rapper nicknames
noooooot sure what that says about me
regardless, sis young is from louisiana and i love her!
she is actually hilarious.
first thing she said to me...
"i learned in my last companionship that i will never have to give a divorce if we both just read our scriptures and say our prayers every day. somehow that seriously works"
we picked up another ward, which has kinda been stressful because we were already so busy with 16th ward. but that's not even a real thing to complain about! our new ward seems great and has a lot of potential...i'm excited to build up their teaching pool and start meeting their families!
we totally fell into a baptism this weekend.
some reap and some sow, i guess?
tori and her son roy got baptized and they are so genuine and good hearted. i got to give the talk on baptism, which was fun! i love this work so much and i love testifying of our Savior.