Hello my friends!!! How has your week been? Mine has been wonderful.
I have like a bajillion things that I would like to talk about but I can't really hone in on one general topic so this email ought to be interesting...
First of 2 people agreed to baptism this week! M wants to enter the waters of baptism on May 10th... Mother's Day! Woot Woot! And R, who has been investigating for 8 years is going to be baptized on Saturday May 2nd, this week! We are so excited for both of them to make this covenant and to receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost to guide them in their lives!
We went on exchanges, Sister V went to Weston and Sister C came here. Neither of them can drive so we are permanently going on exchanges like that ahaha. We did a bunch of service this week too. Like 11 hours of it total. Saturday we went with a bunch of other people in Worcester, like 2,400 of them and we cleaned up Worcester! It was super fun! We went to a trail and picked up a ton of trash!
This week has also been interesting as we have nearly run out of miles. We are allotted a certain number of miles to drive each month and somehow this month they disappeared really fast... so the Hermana's have taken us places and yesterday... we walked... a lot. It was a blast haha.
Gah... sorry my brain is everywhere haha.
I love this (and I didn't even notice that it was by a member of our Mission Presidency until after I pasted it haha...)
“The ability to share the gospel isn't a 'gift' that has been given to only a few Latter-day Saints and denied to the rest. We have concluded from our own experiences and from watching others that finding people for the missionaries to teach can be easy and natural for all of us—if we go about it the Lord’s way.”
Elder Clayton M. Christensen, “Seven Lessons on Sharing the Gospel,” Ensign, Feb. 2005
TRUTH! ( Imagine a big ole' stamp of approval right on that quote right there)
There is a missionary quote, that we say to members and to ourselves and it is all over Preach My Gospel and it says, "You succeed when you invite," and honestly when I first came out I was like... no. You succeed when they say yes and keep all of their commitments and make it to the celestial kingdom. But then I had an epiphany, We do succeed when we invite. When we came here to earth our entire goal was to return to live with Heavenly Father. When we invite people, we give them a choice, a choice that gives them the opportunity to use their agency for the exact thing that it was designed for, for them to come closer to returning to Heavenly Father. We succeed when we invite other's to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through Faith in Jesus Christ and his atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost and enduring to the end. No wonder it is a commandment to open our mouths and share His divine gospel.
And likewise, are we striving to come closer to Christ daily? Are we following Moroni's admonition when he said, "Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God. And again, if ye by the grace of God are perfect in Christ, and deny not his power, then are ye sanctified in Christ by the grace of God, through the shedding of the blood of Christ, which is in the covenant of the Father unto the remission of your sins, that ye become holy, without spot." Missionaries surprisingly focus a lot on the people who are in the "enduring to the end" stage. We all need to continue to have faith, repent, renew our baptismal and temple covenants and live worthily to have the spirit with us. We can not just sit there... that is why when we share it helps us grow too!
Yeah. these are my thoughts... go out and invite. See how many people will say no. Maybe someone will surprise you and say yes.
You are all loved!
Sister M V and I :)