This morning in my studies I found the coolest scripture ever!!! It's Act's 18:9-11 "Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace: For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city. And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them." Are you kidding me? What a perfect sister missionary scripture! I absolutely love it and smiled from ear to ear as I read it. It was just the perfect way to start out my day.
I'll share some of the low points of the week and then move on to the good stuff. Tuesday I had the stomach flu. I was bad. Real bad. I stayed in the whole day and between being sick, just slept and slept. I was so disappointed because we had 9 set appointments with investigators and less actives that we had to cancel. I never want to be sick again on the mission. It's such a waste of time! Gah! I also went to the chiropractor this week (he's a member and did it for free). I found out that my back keeps going out because I have a chronically inflamed sacroiliac (SI) joint and once it's injured it is easily re injured. So I've gone in for a few adjustments and have been doing different exercises and stretches each morning for it. It seems to really be helping.
My companion goes home at the end of this week. I think "killing" a companion is almost as hard as training. Almost. And three transfers in a row... God must trust me to stay focused and to keep them focused. Actually, I had a conversation with Sister Stratton during companionship inventory and she talked about how she didn't like that I never let her talk about going home, etc. Sorry. That's just not how I roll. I told her if she really wanted to, she could talk to other missionaries about it- but I wanted to remain focused and keep us as a companionship focused on the work/ task at hand. That may be why another missionary called me heartless this last week. I guess that's what I get for being obedient and hard working and not letting others slack. The sister tried to explain how I am loving, but in a heartless way. I don't know how to explain it, but I just don't want others to waste their time out here. I am thoroughly enjoying my time being a servant of the Lord! It's seriously the best! I am so excited about all of these life skills that I'm learning!
We did a lot of work in Colbert again this week along with the singles ward. There's a different feel in each ward. Sister McCabe has found a bunch of members to go on splits with her though so she can work in her area while we work in ours. Praise-eluiah! Between me being sick and splitting time in both wards, we only taught 13 lessons this week. We've been averaging around 20 ish. So I'm excited to really thrust in my sickle with the YSA's this upcoming week. We did get a chance to have a member drive us around one day and they took us up to Deer Park. We never get to make it up there because of miles. It's so pretty :) And the members up there were so touched that we drove that far to visit them. I'm convinced that YSA's just want to feel noticed and loved. If they have that, they'll stick around long enough to gain a solid testimony. Thursday night we got some sleet and then freezing temperatures overnight. The roads were icy Friday morning and we were told not to drive until the afternoon. Other than that the weather has been bearable. Just cold. No snow really. It rained today and we had the most beautiful rainbow! I didn't know you could have rainbow's in 35 degree weather, but apparently you can! I wish it would just dump snow here. Things are just dead and brown, and I'd love for their to be a white blanket covering it all :)
Saturday night Jessica Tenny in our ward got married. Her home ward is Nine Mile Falls. We didn't even realize her reception was gonna be at the church building and we had planned to teach someone a lesson there. After the lesson I saw a bunch of people from 9 Mile who were walking into the reception. It was a little tender mercy :) I love that ward! I love all the (three) wards I've served in! I wonder what will happen this next transfer. Will I stay? Will I have to get to know a new area in just 6 weeks? Only time will tell I guess!
Sunday was incredible! I love fast Sunday's for so many reasons! We started off with another excellent ward council. We are really getting this down and it feels like we're doing it the Lord's way. We're focusing on so many people and working hard to reactivate, retain, and find. We want our ward to be more unified, so we taped off the side pews so that everyone was forced to sit in the middle and be by other people (and therefore have to get to know someone). It worked great! haha. Some people were pretty thrown by it. I bore my testimony about "Feeding the Lord's sheep" and the joy that is found as we look outside ourselves and serve others. Right after, Danielle got up and bore her testimony!! Her first time ever! The spirit was so strong as she bore powerful testimony of the Plan of Salvation and her experiences in sharing the gospel. I couldn't stop smiling :) She's so solid, and seriously the best! Later that night we had a lesson with Josh about tithing. I never knew the spirit could be so strong when talking about tithing and fasting. Josh is just so elect and willing to obey and learn. He met with the bishop and is on track to receive the Aaronic Priesthood soon. I'm so excited for him! We taught him at the Fullmer's home again (his best friend who is on a mission). His friend Peter actually emailed one of his non member friends last week and invited him to take the missionary discussions and he accepted! So we'll be teaching him in the Fullmer's home too! Josh said he wanted to be a part of it and sit in with him. I am just LOVING all of the great things going on in the Shawnee YSA ward! :)
The last bit of news I wanted to share is that last night I finally finished "Jesus the Christ"! Holy smokes that book is big! 793 pages in depth on the life of Christ. I learned so much from it. It feels like quite the accomplishment. I don't know when I'll have time to tackle it ever again. But I'm so happy I made it through at least once. I KNOW that Jesus Christ is our Savior. It is only through Him that we can live together as families with our Heavenly Father again some day. It is only because of Him that I feel so much joy and peace in my life right now! I want everyone to know about Him and His restored gospel! It truly blesses lives! I'm am so blessed to have this knowledge and want to wear out myself in sharing it with the people of Spokane the next few months, and then with the people of California, Utah, and the rest of the world after that! :)
I love each and every one of you and want you to have this knowledge as well! I hope you have a great week! I miss and love you!
p.s. Mom is the only one who told me about her experience in talking with the missionaries about less actives/ investigators! Did no one else do it?? "Every member a missionary!" You all need to step it up a bit to keep pace with the Lord's hastening! :)
I finished "Jesus the Christ" by James E. Talmage!!!
The most incredible verse that I found this morning :) Acts 18:9-11