**PREFACE: You will see that Kayla talks about a mission-wide activity that they did involving chalk art on sidewalks and such in public places. Many parents in the mission posted pictures on Facebook of what their own missionaries had done. I loved seeing all of the pictures and decided that I would share some in this blog posting, even though only one or two of them had contributions made by Kayla. I also decided to include a little bit of Sister Yoakum’s (Kayla’s companion) thoughts on the activity to add to Kayla’s perspective. I’m glad her parents shared that on Facebook as well.
I’m also glad that Kayla titled her email “Independence”. She did so most likely because of the Independence Day holiday, but it is so fitting with the chalk art activity about the Plan of Salvation. We are definitely free to choose and the Plan makes it so clear why we need to choose wisely.
Hola mi familia (and friends too),
I am just so happy right now with everything that has happened. I received some great emails from family and friends, and this week was pretty awesome too. Let me tell you a few highlights…
Friday was the 4th of July. It was pretty fun, for not being at home with family. We got up early and headed on over to the church for a breakfast that some of the members were putting on. That was a lot of fun to just go and visit with the members of the ward! The food was delicious too. 🙂
That morning, we went to Columbia City as a district and we did chalk drawings of the Plan of Salvation in front of the courthouse. It was so much fun! For those of you that would like to see what it kind of looked like, go to YouTube. I don’t know exactly what you search, but there was a group of missionaries that did a chalk drawing of the plan of salvation in New York City. It was a video that I had seen before my mission. It looked so cool that I really wanted to do something like that on my mission. Well, then President Porter told all of the missionaries to do that on the 4th of July.
It wasn’t quite as successful as the one in New York was (Columbia City/Indiana isn’t as populated as New York), but it was still fun!
There were people that came and looked at it and we were able to go through it and explain it to people.
That afternoon, we did our normal missionary work. We went and saw some less-actives and had some lessons with a few other people.
Then we met together as a district and did the chalk drawings again at a park here in our area. We had a few more people come to this one than we did earlier in the morning. Once again, it was super fun!
[From Sister Yoakum] “It was so cool to see how receptive everyone was to the message. The part that everyone had questions about was the 3 Degrees of Glory, and that happens to be my favorite part because it shows me that God is truly both just and merciful.
“That the unrepentant will pay for their sins and then inherit a degree of glory; that the honorable people who do their best to do good will be accepted into the presence of Christ, but not the Father; and that those who make and keep covenants, and follow God’s commandments will inherit one of the mansions prepared for them in the presence of God and Christ forever.”
We had dinner that night with a member of the ward, and then we went over to her daughter’s house to do some service and help her daughter get ready for her granddaughters b-day party that was the next day. We got to see a few fireworks that night from the giant glass window in our apartment, but that was about it for fireworks. I wish missionaries could handle fireworks. I wanted to buy some so bad and go over to a members house and light them. If I could have had the 4th any different, it would have been to see more fireworks, but other than that, it was pretty good day!
The best part was yesterday…We had 3 people at church! Our investigator (G) and his two kids (R&J) came to church. Their mom came too, but she isn’t an investigator. It was our first time meeting her yesterday.
We had also set a goal as a district to have 2 member presents and to find 1 new investigator so that we could hit our district goals that we had set for the week. WE had one member present yesterday morning before church, but I didn’t know what we were going to do to get a second one. After looking at my planner and realizing that we were going to be stopping by and seeing some potentials later in the evening, we decided to call a member and see if someone could come out with us to visit the potentials. Luckily we were able to find a member. We went with her to contact a referral that we had been trying to contact but hadn’t been able to. Well, luckily we found her at home last night! She asked us a lot of questions, and the member did a really good job at participating and answering the questions. We were able to set up a return appointment, so, with God’s grace, we were able to hit our goal of having two member presents and finding one new investigator. It was awesome!
There is a highlight of the week. It sounds like things are going awesome at home, which makes me super happy! I love you all. Have a great week!