Monday, January 12, 2015

Last Minute Miracles in Madison

Well this week was just the most bomb diggity week EVAA!!
Monday- We went to woodbridge and we went bowling! It was super fun! Then we went to the Yale Bookstore so that I could get a t-shirt and a keychain for my collection :)  We also had a lesson with A, where we talked about his baptism, which is still set for July, and he finally opened up to us about the things that are holding him back so now we actually know how to help him #itisamiracle 
Tuesday- We had dinner with the ON's and Sister ON invite her son to join us and he did! We also went to the S's, and P, Sister S's non-member husband sat down and watched "Finding Faith is Christ" with us. He loved it! They gave us a list of addresses that we could drop by and see and we didn't even ask! #miraclenumber2or20
Wednesday- We had dinner with the T's and H, their daughter who is normally at school was there... with her ferrets... I was ecstatic! They are so cute. We also had Book of Mormon night with our usual crew and It was great reading Alma 32 about faith :) Then, THEN we got home and we get this text from our investigator M that is all, "Oh by the way, who do I talk to about getting Baptized?" We were all, "UHM US!!!!!" So we set up a time to meet with him and the LR's on Sunday. So exciting! #miraclesreallydohappen
Thursday- We had a Mission Conference/Zone Conference all about renewing the faith that we had in order for our November Miracle to happen. Our new mission goal is to have 420 baptisms by the beginning of July(when President Packard goes home) and that means an average of 70 baptisms every month. Elder Holland emailed President and told him that 70 should be our monthly minimum. So now it is! We are so excited and we are working our tails off to help 420 people make covenants with their Father in Heaven and come closer to Christ. #MBM420 We each chose something else that we can sacrifice for the goal, so that we can be better and stronger missionaries and I chose to clean up my language. Obviously I am not going around cursing or anything like that but I have always been fond of make-shift cuss words, so I am giving them up, for life. It is really hard, especially when you mess up and then you mess up when you notice that you messed up haha but I am working super hard on it. If any of you have any advice, send it my way :)
We also went on exchanges so that Sister T (One of our Sister Training Leaders) could get to know our area before her companion goes home on Wednesday. Sister W went to Bridgeport(lucky duck I love that area!) and then Sister G and I stayed in Madison. It was so great! We had dinner with the G's and their daughter E was there and her son loves us. He is darling. We walked up and he was looking through the window and we just see him get all excited and we hear, "They are here!!!!! They are Here!!!!". I love that family so much. 
Friday- We drove into New Haven for District Meeting and it was snowing like crazy! We got there and then we were red-dotted so we stayed there until like 1:00. We switched back around 4:30 when the roads were cleared haha. Then we went and visited A and it was her birthday! Then we went and had game night at the VDM's with E, K, J and E. It was super fun!
Saturday- We went and saw L M. and L P. It was really nice to see them both. Then, then we got T-Texts... and guess where I am going??? The polar opposite area to Madison. I am going to Worcester Massachusetts! I currently have no idea my new address or even my companion but I am 99% sure that I am driving.. in Boston... in "the worst place to drive" it is going to be good. I just keep on repeating 1 Nephi 3:7
" 7 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my father: I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them." in my head and I am actually getting excited! With God, I can do anything! 
OH hey! On that note!  Here is a story that I saw on one of my good friend's facebook wall that we have been sharing with some of the families in our ward!
“A basketball in my hands is worth about $20.99. A basketball in the hands of LeBron James is worth $19 million per year; it depends on whose hands it's in. A tennis racket in my hands is worth about $17.00. A tennis racket in the hands of Serena Williams is worth about $20 million per year; it depends in whose hands it's in. A baseball in my hands is worth about $3.00. A baseball in the hands of Derek Jeter is worth about $35 million per year; it depends on whose hands it's in. Two fish and 5 loaves of bread in my hands would make a few fish sandwiches. Two fish and 5 loaves of bread in the Savior's hands will feed 5000 people until they're full, and still leave 12 baskets leftover; it depends on whose hands they're in. Some nails in my hands are worth about 5 cents. Some nails in the Savior's hands will provide eternal salvation for each person who has ever lived on this earth, and all of Heavenly Father's children. It depends on whose hands they're in. When we put our lives in the hands of the Savior, we can achieve infinitely more than we ever could on our own. It depends on whose hands they're in.”
Isn't that wonderful!?!? I think what I like most about it is that I really don't know who the sports players are... like I have heard of them in passing but I really don't know anything about them. I realized that there are soooo many people out there that don't know who Jesus Christ is, or they have only heard of Him in passing. That is why I love missionary work. We are helping people come closer to Christ, even if they don't want to listen, we made it so that they know a little more about Him! 
Sunday- Ahaha I almost forgot! After church we went to the LR's and we had a lesson with M, he set a baptismal date for February 21st! I am so happy! It was such a great day! 
Well all, I will let you know my new address when I figure out what it is. Pray for M and A and for me when I drive haha. I will need it ;) 
I love you all, and I hope that you have a fantastic week! Be Good! 
Sister Alexander

Picture 1: Bowling.. or sitting ahaha. My scores probably reflected the latter. 
Picture 2: Book of Mormon Night Crew. A, M, E, Sister W, Me, Sister G and A looking like he needed a new mugshot ahaha. 

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