July 27, 2014 Week 3
This week has been AMAZING!
The Lee Family: Love them! They're in the ward and invited us over to dinner this past week. (They live on the army base (so cool)) They wanted to pull a prank on me since it was my first week here...but my companion warned me about it beforehand. The dad wanted to pretend to be a dry mormon (aka--someone who lives a Mormon lifestyle and is pretty much Mormon but hasn't been baptized yet) and say that the only thing holding him back from getting baptized is drinking caffeine. He knows it's not against the word of wisdom, but he is addicted to it...he goes to church, conducts the primary, does fhe with his family, everything...just was addicted to caffeine. so he wanted to pull this prank on me the entire time I was here in the Buckley ward and then the day before I got transferred tell me he wanted to get baptized. My companion and I turned the tables though. We played a long at dinner and then I said an inside joke that Sister Hall told me to say--and then he knew that I knew it was a joke. haha, I promised him that if I get a new companion I'll let him mess with her, though.
Julie: Julie is a less active we got to visit this week. We are working with her on scripture reading right now so we text her a scripture to read every day. We are also making a list of our favorite scriptures for her. Send me some of your favorite scriptures and I'll add them to the list :)
Erica: We went tracting and met Erica! She said she's been looking for a church. We invited her to church, but...she didn't come. We're going over to her house later this week to see her though!
Iris: Iris is a friend of the Little's, who are in our ward! The Littles invited her to church with them and then to dinner at their house later. They also invited us over to dinner the same night! (we get invited over to dinner every night here. it's awesome!) She is in her late 20's and has been married and divorced twice already. She's gone through some rough times and the Littles have helped her through A LOT! During dinner we asked her what she thought about church. "It was fine...I don't know why people were crying though." After dinner we talked about God's love for her and told her she was a child of God. After our lesson, she said, "that really hit home. I know why people cry in church now." We are going to start teaching her the lessons now! Sweet!
Toni: I met Toni this week! She has cancer and is struggling with a ton of pain right now. We taught her about prayer this week on her porch and my companion and I sang "A Child's Prayer" again. (love that song) We are going to start teaching her next week now. Sweet!
Hector, Karen, and Christina: This family was a referral from a less active we visited! They just moved into the neighborhood and are so sweet. (they told us their aunt is Mormon) We taught them the first lesson and gave them a Book of Mormon. They said they are going to start reading it. We are going to follow up with them later this week, as well.
Karen: Karen is in the ward and took us out to Noodles and Company this week. She has ran like a billion marathons and looks like Shakira. She's from Ecuador (I think) and also taught us a Spanish approach for when we run into Hispanics. "Hola! Somos missionaras de la iglesia de Jesu Christo de los santos de los ultimos dias...my nombre es Hermana Bracey!" It's a work in progress :) She is amazing though and I'm determined to run a Ragnar with her when I get home.
Jessie: Remember Jessie from last week?! Well, she is getting her temple recommend this week! She just has to meet with the stake president now. She's still struggling with some hard trials, but she has so much faith!! She's amazing. My favorite quote from her, "it feels good to be lost in the right direction."
She also went on a date this past week...my companion and I helped her choose an outfit and we did her hair and makeup (and then we shared a message) It was one of the highlights of my week. She is having us over for dinner and FHE tonight. Her 5 year old daughter said she wants to learn about why Jesus is always there for us. We can help with that :)
And one more...I don't remember her name :( But we were visiting a less active--who wasn't home. But as we were standing by her door, a girl walked out of the apartment next to us. "Are you the sister missionaries?" ....Yes. "AH, it's a miracle! I'm a member of the church, but I haven't been to church in a year. Can I come to church with you next Sunday?" Uh, YES! Of course! :)
On Sunday my companion and I lost the #2 things you do NOT want to lose. 1. our phone and 2. our keys. (at least we still had our planners though haha) We were looking ALL over the church and couldn't find them anywhere! We were soo hungry, too. All we wanted to do was to go home and get lunch. We looked for about an hour...and then my companion was like, "Sister Bracey! Why have we not prayed about this yet?!" (You'd think we would know better) so we said a prayer and then went to see if they were in the lost and found...which we couldn't find. So we asked the next guy we passed if he knew where the lost and found was. "No, but I know where your phone and keys are." WHAT?! Miracle!! (I also got a package at the church during that time from my lovely madre which included my favorite candy ever! I'm pretty sure we would have starved if we didn't have peach-o's and Swedish fish to tie us over until lunch. thanks mom!)
THOUGHT OF THE WEEK: As told by my amazing companion, Sister Hall.
"I was in Relief Society and a young mom was holding up her son's hands as he tried to walk. He kept stumbling and falling, so in my cute little baby voice I said, "aww, are you struggling?" the mom sweetly said, "no, he's just learning."
There is no such thing as failure in life...only lessons. We are all stumbling and falling, but we are LEARNING. And Heavenly Father is right behind us, holding us up, picking us up every time. You are his child and He loves you.
Hebrews 11:38 :) You are His masterpiece.
LOVE YOU ALL!! Thanks for your letters and prayers :)