Thursday, January 28, 2016

Missionary life

Monday, January 25, 2016

Hey hey family and friends!! 

Another week at the grind. :) But really, though some days may feel long it was a glorious day, and I sure shooting loved every moment we chose to be guided by the Spirit. 

So where to begin! We were able to take some time last week and set up some service for this week. We will be working with Habitat for Humanity in their customer service area. I am super stoked for that! Last week with our service we were able to work with the Bishop's storehouse and the Community Food Bank distribution center in Tucson. That was pretty awesome! It feels so good to serve! 

We were able to also see Amy again this past week. Wednesday we met with her and she again shared her dislike of how she was treated at church but she was also insistent that this wasn't for anyone else but her and God and she would persist. Inspiring. We shared the Restoration with her and a copy of the Book of Mormon and with a few choice :) words to describe her reaction to the First Vision, she wanted to meet again. She could feel it was good. And she was committed to coming to church again on Sunday. She came on Sunday and was greeted by a few members who were reminded of those who come in feeling a little lonelier and may be new. And she shared how much she has enjoyed the feeling of our first meeting and the lesson. We will be seeing her on Friday

We also had some amazing contact with some of the Recent Converts in the ward this past week. Secret is probably my favorite experience. She is where the poster "Born Again" comes from. She described the good feeling of her baptism and the desire to make sure she is in such a good place each Sunday so she is able and worthy to take the Sacrament. How often do we try and prepare spiritually for this most sacred ordinance? She was inspiring to me as was this poster in her home. The coming off of an old self and the appearance of a clearer, newer self, more willing to be devoted to the Lord. 

Sunday we had a super cool opportunity to Go contacting in Udall Park. We were just walking around without direction and just passing by people. And I felt that we weren't acting. We stopped, prayed and I asked Sister Condie which way she felt prompted to go. She said right. So we moved. As we turned right we saw some men taking down the soccer nets after some games. We helped them take everything down and talked with them about who we are and what we do while we were serving. They were amazing people! They have a faith. But were super impressed that we would be willing to come by and help in skirts. :) I've learned you can do almost anything in a skirt. We then gave them our phone number to call and let us know if they needed help next week and we would love to come and help. 

Wednesday morning we participated in a world wide training broadcast from SLC. I have to admit family and friend. It was a special occasion. There was nothing earth-shattering announced. There was no magic way or technique they told us to be able to find, teach or help people enter into covenants with the Lord. They only reminded us of Preach My Gospel, our Purpose as Missionaries and what we need to be doing. Which is testifying of Christ. Teaching by the Spirit and power of the Holy Ghost and reading from PMG and the Book of Mormon daily. I am so grateful for their counsel. Because it reinforces the things President and Sister Passey have been inviting us to do for the last 18 months. 

I am grateful for the changes that the Lord has worked in me and still will. I would like to leave with you this testimony which has become my own. I bear testimony, as one of His duly ordained disciples--that Jesus is the Living Christ, the immortal Son of God. He is the great King Immanuel, who stands today on the right hand of His Father. He is the light, the life, and the hope of the world. His way is the path that leads to happiness in this life and eternal life in the world to come. God be thanked for the matchless gift of His divine Son. 

I love you all so very much. may we all love more fully this week. And with a heart wide open to let the Spirit in and help you see others as the Father does. 

Sister Walte

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