*PREFACE: In the subject line of this weeks email, Kayla wrote “Snow AGAIN??”. I find it funny in the course of her emails she went from being the person that asked what everyone was making such a big deal of regarding the snow storms in the middle of January to being the one that is tired of it…all within six weeks. Hang in there Kayla, spring is on the way.
On another note, I decided to change the title of this weeks post from what she titled her email to what you see now because of something she talks about in the email. When I read the email for the first time, I thought of many scriptural references about opening our mouths and sharing the gospel. In Doctrine and Covenants 33:8-10 it is mentioned three times to “open your mouths and they shall be filled”. Kayla has obviously recognized this happening, which is great since she is a full-time representative of the Lord, called to share the gospel. I am grateful she is experiencing these miracles of love and that her testimony is growing.
Hello my dearest Family and Friends,
I would like to start off by letting you know that this week has been so much better! I realize that my letter last week was a little negative, due to the bad week that we had. This week, both Sister Standage and I were feeling a lot better and we had a better attitude about things. We did not reach our goals this week, some we didn’t even come close to reaching. The fact of the matter is that we had a better attitude and so things went a lot better. Here is a bit of what happened…
First off, we got more snow. Seriously?! Okay, we are so tired of it now. The only positive thing about the snow at this point is that it gives us service opportunities and a chance to talk to more people. Fort Wayne has now broken the record of snowfall ever! (Okay, I’m not completely positive, but I’m pretty sure it is true). They almost cancelled church yesterday, but our prayers were answered and they still had church. They were going to only have sacrament meeting if there weren’t very many people that showed up, but once again our prayers were answered and there ended up being quite a few people come, so we ended up having all of church. YAY!
This week we had district meeting. It was our first district meeting with our new district. Basically what they did was they took the two districts that we already had and made a third one out of it. Weird I know, but it isn’t that bad. Our district leader is Elder Jolley, who is one of the Columbia City elders. He was so nervous for our district meeting! Hahaha it was only his first time, so I can understand. It ended up being really good though. 🙂
After district meeting, we had exchanges. Sisters Standage and Ison came back down here to our area and I stayed up in Huntington with Sister Parker. We went to lunch first with a lot of the missionaries in our zone. One of the members in the Huntington Ward paid for all of us to go to lunch. That was fun to socialize with some of the other missionaries! We then left and went to work.
Sister Parker and I went and visited on of their investigators, Wayne. Wayne has been an investigator for like nine months and even had a baptism date. As it got closer to his baptism date though, he got cold feet. We talked to Wayne to see if he had any concerns with the church or anything like that. He doesn’t. Throughout the course of our lesson, the spirit was very strong. I had a very strong impression that I needed to be bold with him and tell him as it is. I pointed out to him things to help him realize how much he knows the church to be true. I told him that the next step for him would be baptism and that he knew that’s what he needed. I then had a strong impression for March 22nd. So, I invited him to be baptized on March 22nd and he said yes! It was my first baptism extension to someone and it was a good experience for me.
We then went and visited another investigator of theirs. He is only like 18 years old and his friend was over at his house. They asked us a lot of questions throughout the time that we were there, and I was able to answer almost all of them! It made me happy to know that as I opened my mouth, Heavenly Father filled it with words. It was a good day of exchanges. 🙂
We also had a Sisters’ Conference on Friday. You have probably seen pictures, because Sister Porter takes lots of pictures and puts them on Facebook. 🙂 We have almost 100 sisters in our mission! That’s almost half of our mission! It’s amazing how much missionary work has grown.
The Sisters’ Conference was in Cincinnati which is 3 1/2 hours away from Fort Wayne. We had to wake up a 4:00 in the morning and be out of here at 5:00. BLEH! It was lots of fun though. We had some members of the ward take us. They are a younger couple with only one child. We had so much fun with them! 🙂 Sister Eden is from Provo and she played basketball for Provo High, so we were able to talk about a lot of things. 🙂
The best part about the Sisters’ Conference was that I got to see SISTER DAVIS!! It feels like forever since I have seen her. We saw each other and ran up to each other and gave each other a great big hug. She was the best MTC buddy ever, even though she wasn’t my companion. I did get to see Sister Jackson as well, so it was good.
Anyway, there are some highlights from my week. We did see a couple of our investigators this week which was good. I am thankful for all of you and all that you do to help support me on my mission. I love you all and I hope you have a great week!
P.S. The first picture is of Sister Seamons and I. We take a picture with each other every time we see each other. The second is a picture of Sister Davis and I, as well as Sister Fausett and Sister Jackson. We were the MTC buds. 🙂