Good ol' Sierra Vista #supervista
Remember a while back when we had a former JW come to church? Her baptism is set for April 11th and will be baptized by her husband! From day one, Bro. Ott told her that they would be married, have kids, and be sealed in the temple. She was very hesitant to it up until just a couple months ago. Now, she's almost through Mosiah and is ready to roll. She's one of those people you feel that you were sent to an area for. Cannot wait for that day.
Just getting to a dinner appointment a few days ago, they asked us to get some drinks, so we did! On our way out, a dude was chillin' outside yo. We talked to him through the window and he said we were the first people he had met down here and invited us back the next day! What a coincidence. NOT. Although he wasn't there the next day, you never know when he'll show up again. Keep searchin'....
|This morning at the top of our hike! We could see Mexico...well, I guess we can always see Mexico haha.|
Recently, my companion Elder Simpson and I started a "40 Day Fast" to help us become better missionaries. On it are multiple things that we are either sacrificing or starting to do in hopes of a good outcome. One of them is for me to stop staying "Freak" which if you know me, is like me jumping to the moon. But that along with the others, I can tell are making a difference.
|Not everyone came this morning, but it was still way fun|
With families and our ward in general we're trying HARD to get everyone linked on the same page. One thing is sharing "the Lord's Game Plan" where the invitation for members is to pray for our investigators/members that are written down on a sheet of paper along with joining with us for our mission-wideprayer. We've seen a difference! Laney and Aaron came to church for the 2nd WEEK in a row!! One night while sharing a lesson with our recent convert, Loretta, Sis. Braun prayed for all of the people written down on the list, without looking. It was a cool experience to know that our members care about who we're trying to get them involved with. It makes a world of a difference.
|Being picked for the ward chili cook off taste judges.|
|Our ward's "Spud Derby". Instructions? Get a potato, decorate it, put wheels on it, race it.|
A few weeks back I was driving and had some time, so I pulled into a parking lot to try and contact this guy that was walking down the street. We got out and did a 10 second contact with this guy, Damian, who we are now teaching! We went over with our former WML (Bro. Gentry was just called as our new one!) and the lesson was awesome. Damian prayed and said how things have just been falling into place recently. Damian practices Buddhism, but he was very open to the Restoration and took it all in. TBA :D So cool. Hopefully we set a BD soon.
|Brother Hawkins, our former WML right after teaching Damian. He has a lot of classic quotes.|
As missionaries...we are asked many awkward questions. Let's just say we taught the Law of Chastity to a couple who used to be married, and it was very strange haha oh man.
On Saturday's we like to drive around and offer help to anyone that's moving! So this one family was no different. We helped them move in and one of their kids, Joey, was apparently molested a little while back. I love being out and serving a mission, but it's sad what trials some people go through. More the reason to have the gospel in their life!
Nothing crazy happened this past week, but, our Zone is doing great! President asked us what we're doing differently...just going to work and trying different things out! Our zone has parts of the mission by surprise, but man, there's been a lot of work gone into this area. From the start, it has been one of the coolest experiences of my mission to see what change can happen for the better. Almost 100% of our investigators with a BD were progressing! CRAZY! The Lord has blessed us insanely, and we can't afford to not turn back and thank our Heavenly Father.Here's a scripture that hit me like.....a smart car to a brick wall...?
Hebrews10:32-36"But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions. Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock, both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used. For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance. Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God ye might receive the promise." It reminds me of my farewell talk - based upon D&C6:8-14. It hit me really hard as I read it over and over. The scriptures are TRUE and relatable to everyone.