What. A. Week. I am exhausted but extremely happy. But exhausted.
It all started Monday night. (That’s basically when a week starts
anyways). We went to visit a less-active couple. Missionaries have
been meeting with them for years but seem to run out of things to
teach them because they don’t commit to much so they haven’t seen many
changes from what’s been taught.
I had never met them so we went in really praying that we would be
able to discern their needs. We talked about their experience of being
sealed in the temple, it was definitely an experience they cherish. We
then asked why they haven’t been back. The wife ended up explaining to
us that it was just too hard to pay their tithing. They have been in a
financial rut right now.
PERFECT. I got so excited, I told them that if anyone is having
financial problems the best thing to do is to pay tithing! It sounds
contradictory but tithing is really just a principal of faith and
obedience. God asks us to pay 1/10th of what He has given us to help
build His kingdom here on earth. When we pay our tithing and put our
faith in Him/show Him we are willing to be obedient, He blesses us. He
says in Malachi 3:10 “and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of
hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out
a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” We
explained this to this couple and had them read from Mosiah 2:41
(Book of Mormon) about the happy state of those that keep the
We asked the husband what stuck out to him about that scripture he
said, “Well, that is exactly what I have been looking for. That is
what I need right now, that kind of happiness.”
(Now this man is someone who has never been willing to read from the
Book of Mormon because he hasn’t seen its relevance in his life).
So the Spirit was completely guiding this lesson and at the end we
asked them if they would pay their tithing. The woman explained how
she has seen the blessings when they used to pay tithing. She said
they had younger (more expensive) kids and they had less income but
somehow they had all that they needed and now they feel they can
barely hang in there.
After the Spirit worked with them, the husband (who apparently never
commits to much of anything) said “I think I actually will do this,
yes, I will pay my tithing this month.”
AH YES we are so excited for them to test His words and see the
miracles in their life from obedience.
Ahh so miracles one day we went to see a woman who had been taught
before named Mary. I have made sure to talk with every moving thing
out there and this week that came in handy.
On the way to Mary’s, we were at an apartment complex and this man was
being dropped off by his friend, and was partly in the car grabbing
different things. As awkward missionaries we said hello, he didn’t
turn around so we awkwardly waited for him to gather his things. He
finally said bye to his friend and there we were waiting for him. We
started talking to him and he was actually extremely cool and we went
over the restoration with him. Then when we showed him the Book of
Mormon he said “Oh yeah my wife reads that to me!”
We got talking with him and come to find out he is married to Mary! He
said she actually told him she wanted to meet with missionaries again
and that she was almost to the complex so we waited with him for Mary
and my goodness they are so ready to learn more! Being an awkward
missionary is the only way to do the mission right.
We also went on exchanges with two companionships this week so that
was crazy but good to learn from them.
Then we had a lesson with Sister Chrestenson. A less active woman that
has been having the hardest time coming back to church. Let me just
say I am so grateful for the Spirit. We decided to be bold with her.
She has such a love for Jesus Christ so we explained how even though
she is content and happy right now, Christ asks us to take the
sacrament, read our scriptures etc. and we do these things to show our
love for Him. When we are content and happy with life, that is when it
is the hardest and most MEANINGFUL for us to obey-that is when our
love is really tested.
We explained how the ONE thing we can give our Heavenly Father and our
Savior is our obedience-the rest of it, well, they gave that to us.
Then a miracle happened. She said she would come to church. There was
a change in her and Lo and Behold Sister Chrestenson came to church
AND brought her less-active friend. Ahhhhh.
One more thing, we had a lesson with Jasmine, her son Jacob (11) and
her daughter Isabella (9). We went over the restoration since Jacob
wasn’t there last time then later Jasmine told us that Jacob said he
really liked learning and it made him “feel nice.”
Not only that, but Jasmine came to church Sunday!!! The kids were with
their dad but Jasmine is doing amazing. She really is starting to feel
this is what she wants.
Happy happy week my goodness I know that the Lord is so aware of us
and I am so grateful I have this chance to be on His time for 18
months and see how He can help His children.
I love you all, have a great week.
Me trying to balance my birthday love
We got a picture from the conference with Elder Klebingot
The second exchange I look so tired