|Sister Anderson's cat hammock. :D|
A little update on the Davis family: They are doing well and came to church today. The boys are still begging to be baptized. We are just waiting on the mom to feel ready and for them to continue coming to church regularly (which they did this week!). One of our lessons this week was on Tithing. While we were in the lesson, the husband(who is usually more quiet) opened up A LOT. He started answering questions they all had and even used his phone to look up an article in the ensign that related to one of his wife's concerns. Near the beginning/middle of the lesson Sister Anderson had the thought enter into her mind, "Tell them that tithing builds temples." (we were discussing what happened later). So she did. What an amazing conversation that followed! We were able to discuss some wonderful questions she (the wife) had and her husband was able to testify that if they were to continue upon this path of discipleship, they could one day become an eternal family. They could be sealed to each other for eternity in the temple. How amazing! Always follow the impressions given from the Holy Ghost.
“No pain that we suffer, no trial that we experience is wasted. It ministers to our education, to the development of such qualities as patience, faith, fortitude and humility. All that we suffer and all that we endure, especially when we endure it patiently, builds up our characters, purifies our hearts, expands our souls, and makes us more tender and charitable, more worthy to be called the children of God … and it is through sorrow and suffering, toil and tribulation, that we gain the education that we come here to acquire and which will make us more like our Father and Mother in heaven. …” (Orson F. Whitney)
This week we have had lots of trying experiences trying to help people with financial needs. We meet countless people every week who do not have the resources they need to get on their feet and build the foundation they need to get out of poverty. Well, this week we had seen a lot and had lots of people asking for help. We were just coming from a pretty depressing meeting Saturday morning when we were walking through town and weren't feeling ready to tract the area we were planning to go to. At that moment, God sent a little miracle our way when a super sweet lady we had tracted into earlier that week honked and waved at us as she drove past. It lifted our spirits and we were then able to have a wonderful lesson in that area. God is mindful of our every need!
Another tender mercy: While we were out tracting in a close by town in Broxton, we met a sweet older lady who invited us right in. We had a good lesson with her. Halfway through the lesson, a huge rainstorm hit (it was sunny with no clouds when we had left). We went to leave and as soon as she realized we didn't have umbrellas or a car close by..she told us we could NOT leave. We tried waiting it out for a few minutes. Then, realizing she may end up keeping us captive there all day, she offered to drive us to our car! How sweet is that? She wouldn't take no for an answer(which we were quite grateful for). There really are good people out there who are truly Christian at heart.
Yet again the Lord blessed our investigators by putting it in their hearts to come and attend church. That day was CRAZY for sister Anderson and I. We sat with one couple who is investigating, while arranging to find primary and young men classes for the other family, visiting with the less active members who showed up, and to then race off and teach the young women's class about missionary work they can do within their life right now. I felt a little like a chicken with its head cut off...but I wouldn't have it any other way! It was so amazing to see how well the ward fellowshipped those who were there for the first or second time. This work can't be done by just the full time missionaries. It is truly moved forward by the members!
|Armadillos for days!|
This quote seems to be really applicable in many of our lessons this week..so I thought I would share it:
Love y'all! Have a blessed week. :)