Hello!! How are things?!
I hope that this post finds you all warm and cozy...because it is cold here! Boy oh boy am I in for a treat this winter. It has been about 40-50 degrees this week with a crazy rain storm on Friday and Saturday that had the possibility of being snow! But it wasn't...dang it. Oh well, all in due time right?
Here's what has been up!
Monday- I finally got a bunch of winter clothes. I got a pair of boots and some long sleeve shirts. Oh...and a cat shirt...yeah. We also had FHE with one of our Less-Actives and her son. We talked about the different things we can do to remember Jesus along with a little visual thing with rubber marbles and water. He loved it.
Tuesday- We had a follow up lesson with A, and he said that he will pray about a baptismal date that is before the end of the year, but, "No promises."...bah. It is okay, he is awesome and loves the gospel. He just wants to be sure.
Wednesday- We went and did service! I love working at the soup kitchen! People get so excited when we walk by and you hear, "That is the Sisters," or "Hey, it is the Sister Missionaries!"
Ahhhh we love it!
Thursday- We went and saw C and the O'N's are reading Parables and some of them are hard to follow! We definitely have been studying Parables more often now!
Friday- OH MY WORD. Friday was probably the best day ever. First off, we weren't allowed to be outside of our apartments after 6:00 because of the trick-or-treaters. Safety and stuff. We were at Zone Conference from 7:30 AM until 7:30 PM and it was glorious.
Saturday- Ward Halloween Party. We brought home more candy than we came with. This ward is wonderful and there were some HILARIOUS costumes.
Sunday- We got to see the S's, who are a part member family. Sister S asked us to find videos so that she can help her husband learn about the gospel. We also saw the E's and had dinner with them. They are adorable.
On Friday Elder Lawrence and his wife spoke for a good 5 hours. It was amazing. Zone Conferences are awesome and terrible at the same time. You get so pumped and excited about the work, but, you also kick yourself thinking, "Dang it, why didn't I think of that before??" Yeah. So Sister Lawrence talked about the House of Israel and the gathering of Israel. I learned so much, I can't even write it all out haha. It did, however, emphasize the FACT that I will marry someone in the temple, no exceptions.
President Packard announced that our mission has made the goal to have 70 baptisms. We are so ready. So far we have had 9 baptisms and it is only the 3rd!! The Lord is hastening His work!!
Elder Lawrence gave us a formula for Faith, so that as we work towards this goal we can achieve it.
1) Choose a righteous desire or goal.
"It has to be something that the Lord would be willing to do if He were choosing it. If you choose that you want to win the lottery...good luck."
It should be a desire with a gap. You don't need faith if you are doing something that you know that you can do. You should be able to see exactly where your natural ability ends and the Lord steps in and helps.
2) We have to be believing.
"You have to have faith to have faith."
THIS is my new mantra haha
3) Plead with the Lord.
Always have your goal and a prayer in mind.
4) Commit yourself fully to the accomplishing of your goal.
Do everything in your power to help the cause.
Make a sacrifice to show Him how important it is to you.
"Sacrifice brings forth the blessings of heaven."
5) Know that your faith will be tried.
Work through your challenges.
6) Expect the Lord to perform.
6 Wherefore, we search the prophets, and we have many revelations and the spirit of prophecy; and having all these witnesses we obtain a hope, and our faith becometh unshaken, insomuch that we truly can command in the name of Jesus and the very trees obey us, or the mountains, or the waves of the sea.
7 Nevertheless, the Lord God showeth us our weakness that we may know that it is by his grace, and his great condescensions unto the children of men, that we have power to do these things.
"God will NOT permit His work to fail."
I KNOW that through faith, the Massachusetts Boston Mission can get 70 baptisms in the month of November. I KNOW that The Gospel of Jesus Christ changes peoples lives, it makes them happier, comforted and able to return to live with God. I am so blessed to be out here helping the people of New England come closer to Christ. Pray for them, pray for our goal, and pray for me, that I can be bold enough to open my mouth when I am prompted and share what I KNOW.
God is Great, Be good.
I love you all!