Monday, March 16, 2015
Monday, March 9, 2015
Our most progressing investigator right now is Andraea. She has not been able to attend church the last few weeks because she has been busy, but the desire has been there. I know that she attends when she can. Which she promised is next week! We were able to visit her on Saturday which was pretty crazy! She had her friend, Michelle, over so we got to talk to her! She has been meeting with the missionaries as well, as I understand. Andraea was actually the one who introduced them. On top of having a friend over, Andraea was making dinner, chasing a two-year-old around, and helping her fourteen-year-old daughter, Kaitelynn, get ready for her play, Guy and Dolls Jr. The day before, Friday, we had attended and watched her perform. It was so good! And much more appropriate than the original since it was put on by a junior high. It was cute, no doubt! Not only was Kaitelynn in it, but so was Tim, a deacon in the ward. It was awesome to get to support them. Afterwards, Kaitelynn was super happy to see that we came, especially since we brought her chocolate! What else does a girl need? Anyways! Back to talking about Andraea and Michelle. We ended up having a good discussion about how there is opposition in all things. Michelle had recently tried to take her own life, so we were able to comfort her and tell her that God is always there for her. She seems like she has gotten past that rough patch and is doing much better. Andraea is such an amazing person! She knows this church is true. When we were talking to Michelle, Andraea kept making comments at times, saying things like, "We believe.." and "Our church." She even has all the aps on her phone. She just needs to get bapized! Which gets complicated because her family says they will disown her if she becomes Mormon. We will keep praying and teaching her, hopefully her and her families hearts will be softened. As Andraea said herself, "Either they will accept me becoming Mormon or I will get to the point where I just don't care." We just need to be understanding and patient while still being persistent.
We have been doing a lot of service work for members lately. The Paeys are a family who we have shoveled their drive a good six times, without them ever knowing. This week while shoveling, Sister Paey caught us in the act. She asked us if we had done it before, and we admitted that we had. What a miracle! We have been trying to get in with Sister Paey. Her husband is less active, so we have been wanting to meet with him. But to do that, it had to be through her. Anyways, after we were done shoveling, she asked if we could do her neighbors drive, and of course we said yes. Once we finished, Sister Paey invited us in and gave us hot cocoa. We were able to talk and bond with her. It was so good! She has since signed up to feed us this week. Hopefully we will be able to talk to her husband and invite him back.
So sorry I didn't send out an update last Monday! Because of the holiday, the libraries were closed. We went to a member’s house to email, so we didn't have as much time. It was pretty crazy, because they had kids who wanted our attention at all times. So I didn't get to focus on emailing too much, but that's okay!
On Wednesday we had transfers. How transfers works is Monday we get an email with a picture with all the areas and missionaries on it. It is like I spy, trying to find yourself and see what area you are in. Then Wednesday we all go to the church chapel across from the mission home and have a little conference with the mission president and his wife. We then find our new companions and we are good to go.
Sister Bone is my new companion and I absolutely love her! We actually knew each other from before our missions and we use to talk a lot, which is pretty cool! When we got to our apartment, she was looking at pictures on my wall of me and some of my friends and actually recognized a few of them. Let me tell you, this is such a small world, especially if you are Mormon! Anyways, she and I have been having a lot of fun! We get along so well. If you know the personality colors, I am a red and she is a yellow, which are just a good combo! We are a very interesting companionship. I am definitely so much happier. It has been a lot of fun with her, yet I am working harder than ever. She is such a great missionary. This transfer is going to be great! We have been working really hard and finding people, with no success thus far. We have been spending a few hours each day, just about, tracting (knocking doors). That could be fun or terrible. It was been very cold lately, so that is definitely a downfall. A lot of people who answer are not very nice. But I know it will all pay off in the long run!
Beth has been doing so well! We have been working on Personal Progress with her. Lately, we have been focusing on faith. I'm not sure if it has been helping her or me more! We have been reading scriptures out of the Book of Mormon and the Bible on faith. One of my favorite chapters is Alma 32. Specifically, verse 21, which reads, "And now as I said concerning faith—faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things; therefore if ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen, which are true." and verse 27, "But behold, if ye will awake and arouse your faculties, even to an experiment upon my words, and exercise a particle of faith, yea, even if ye can no more than desire to believe, let this desire work in you, even until ye believe in a manner that ye can give place for a portion of my words." As long as we have that desire to believe, everything else will come into place. Faith is an action. That desire will make us strive to find that testimony. There is a song with the lyrics that say, "Live like you believe, it's one sure way your faith will grow." Alma 32:27 is the formula of how to develop faith and gain a testimony. I love those versus.
I forgot my camera at home today, so I don't have any pictures, unfortunately.
Until next time, have a great week!
Sister Emma Zimmerman
Last Tuesday we had a snow storm and it was quite interesting! It was my first time driving in that much snow, but all was well! I enjoyed having snow, though it has quickly melted! I mean, I didn't chose to come on my mission to Minnesota for no snow! Just kidding, of course!
This week has been quite interesting! We now have no progressing investigators. Anthony, who we were teaching, we have dropped. We went over to Gina's house (which is where we had met him and always saw him at) on Monday for our usual meeting. He was not there, though we still had a meeting with her and her two young children. After our lesson, we asked Gina if everything was okay with Anthony, for we had not seem him for a week or so. She shook her said no and said that she would tell us later, when her children were not around. We went back to her house on Thursday for dinner. Her children were running around playing so we had the chance to talk to her about Anthony. She said that we had gone out with his friends one night, and took her 14-year-old son, Jordan, with him. They had gone to a store and Anthony told Jordan to wait in the car. A little while later, Anthony came running out of the store, with the security guard chasing him, and hoped into the car and took off, leaving the owner of the car in the store. Anthony dropped Jordan off at a gas station where he was able to call his mother to pick him up. All got cleared with Jordan, but now Anthony is probably half way across the country, running from the cops. So, for obvious reasons, we have dropped Anthony as our investigator.
We were so sure that Anthony was a golden investigator. So, of course, we are sad that things took such a turn. However, the scripture 1 Corinthians 1:17 has stood out to me. It reads, "For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel." I know that as long as we are doing our best, that is all the Lord expects of us. We need to preach the gospel and continue to be diligent. Eventually, we will find those whom the Lord has prepared for us.
I feel like I have learned so much this week. Yesterday at church, we had two sacrament talks on agency. I also taught Sunday school on that same topic. Come relief society third hour, our lesson was on agency. I realized how key being able to choose really is in this life. I heard a quote from John Bytheway, which says something to the effect of those who abuse their free agency in this life, will have it taken from them in the next. I always have to watch myself in all that I do, to make sure that I am making those right decisions. Not only in action, but in word and thought. I know that as I continue to do so, I will be blessed by the Lord. And who wouldn't want that?
So Sister Anderson and I were thinking and praying about turning Terry over to the elders in our ward as their investigator. We did that this week, so he is no longer our investigator. Of course, we will continue to stop by and visit him and his wife and have lessons with them. We actually have an appointment set up for today at eight, which is good! Yesterday we visited with them and Cathy taught us more about embroidering which we did while we had a lesson about how the Lord is our Shepard. It went really well. They are such a great family.
Lately, my favorite scripture has been John 16:33. It helps me to get through everything and anything. When I feel like I am alone and just having a hard time, I read that scripture. It reads, "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." I love the last phrase- "I have overcome the world." Christ went through everything we are dealing with and He made it through. He suffered that we might be able to return to live with Him and out Father in Heaven. He came out on top and made it possible for us to have eternal joy. For that, I am indeed grateful to Him. To know that even though I have problems and struggles, I can have peace in this crazy world.