Let me tell you about the exciting adventures of Sister Bradley and Sister Hinton from this week!
We had dinner with a member Dana Mills! She is wonderful and just became active again! She is a convert like most people in our ward, and is just so straight forward and hilarious! Then we had a wonderful first lesson with Jeremy and Erica! They are so adorable!!! They have a little boy named Dillon who is 2. They are seriously a perfect little family! We had a great lesson with them, and they are going to read and pray, but unfortunately we can't meet with them again for a few weeks because they are super busy. Figure that one out..haha! Sometimes as a missionary I forget that people have a life besides meeting with us and just engrossing themselves in the Gospel! We then had a great lesson with the Cathro's. They are a family in the ward. They have a great sense of humor and I am pretty sure I die laughing every time we go over there! They have over 300 board games it is ridiculous and super awesome! So we had a discussion on Christ-like attributes, and started off with a question of what are the Christ-like attributes? Brother Cathro being a the way he is replies, " well, his beard, long hair, nail prints in the hands and feet, robe." It was so funny! We obviously were looking for the answers of faith, hope, charity, etc. It was pretty great!
We had zone meeting and talked a lot about the Atonement and the importance of the Sacrament! It was super great and I think there is a lot of times in our lives where we take the sacrament for granted. It is the most important ordinance we do in the church! We should be crawling on our hands and knees to want to partake of it. it is a time to think about the atonement, our baptismal covenants, repentance, and gratitude. We went to see Brody after at the library and he was at home, so we ended up teaching Noah Raleigh who was the member that came out with us to teach him. Noah is super cool and is getting ready to start his papers for his mission! We saw the Meyers again and let me tell you how much I love them! They are so amazing!!! We are only teaching the mom and daughter right now, but they are beyond prepared! We taught her a lesson on the Book of Mormon and it was funny because before we even started the lesson she was asking us for "assignments." What person asks us for reading assignments and for things to do. SHE DOES! She is beyond prepared for the Gospel! Every question she has screams, " THE GOSPEL IS TRUE THE GOSPEL IS TRUE." It is great! She and her daughter have baptismal dates for January 31st. They are amazing! We then had dinner with the best older member in the ward! She is a lady in her 70's and her name is Sister Coomes! She fed us salmon.... Ya'll know that I hate seafood! Yea, I tried it and it was okay, but I would prefer not to eat it. She is a super spunky and loving lady! We then tried a few less-actives and got a call from the elders to come help someone in the ward move. We went and just helped the member move things to the downstairs, to prepare for the move the next day.
We did pretty much a day of service! We went to the usual recycle center! It was good as always! We had lunch with a whole bunch of old men again and it was hilarious! Before the meal they had a little 2 minute dedication for a new waterfall that they put in. Then we ate and halfway through the meal of pizza and chili...yea random... they pass around a bottle of Apple pie moonshine! It was really funny! Then we did service at the adult day care center. We had a good time playing bean bag toss with all the old folks and lifting them up. We saw the great Sister Holmgren and taught her the Word of Wisdom. It stinks because she has such a strong testimony, but she justifies everything to make things sound okay and right. She committed to live it though! We then were super cold and went to eat at Jason's deli for a nice bowl of soup, fruit, and a half sandwich! It was really good! We had to go help Sister Aubenque in the ward move and it was funny because it was us, the elders, and a few of the men in the ward. They men in the ward kept making fun of the elders because I kept carrying more than both of the elders! It was pretty great! Well, we were about done with the move and we were waiting for a few things when Elder Adams asked if I could do a gymnastics trick since I was in jeans and could. I said yeah sure I could do a back tuck or something. I had done one the other morning during workout, so I thought I would be fine. Well, I didn't take into consideration my circumstances.
1. I had leggings and jeans on which equals restriction of movement
2. I had boots on=heavy and slippery
3. I had like 5 layers on top
4. It was dark with a small light on and I was in the grass
5. It was freezing!
Well, I go and do it and I landed sort of on my neck and sort of just did a forward roll out of it. I WAS FINE DON'T WORRY. I just laughed and got up and everyone literally thought I died or something.... Sister Hinton thought I would have to go to the hospital. It was honestly just super embarrassing because that is something I can do in my sleep! haha! I won't do something like that again as a missionary, so yeah... Dumb Sister Bradley.
We had weekly planning, where for those who don't know, we plan every hour of everyday for the next week. We saw Brody and we taught him the Word of Wisdom! It went well, and then I helped him with his Chemistry! We had coordination meeting with our ward mission leader, and did an hour of Family History! I love family History!
We went and helped set up for the Relief Society Fantastic Friday and were there from 9:30-1:30, and then we had to be back at 4:00 to help again! They were very very appreciative though and the members are really starting to use us as a resource! It is a amazing!! Fantastic Friday went well, and we made cute crafts! There were 4 non-members there and they all live in our area! So stoked!
We went and tried a lot of members on the roster that we have never met that are father out in our area. We met one of them and he is awesome! He grew up in the church and has a lot of talents and skills! He is sweet and we are going to meet with him hopefully again this next week! We met with a few other people and then saw the Martins! We love seeing them! They are so sweet! Brother Martin is really funny and Sister Martin makes jewelry that is super pretty! They are funny because we always have a lesson with them and then they take us out to eat. I don't know why, they just love too! He is not a member and she is by the way. We saw Sandy that night and she is a less-active! She is so adorable and hilarious! She has migraines and so it is hard for her to come.
So cool! The Bishop thanked us personally over the pulpit in sacrament for the service and work that we do! We have been focusing on the members lately and working with them more and serving them. Bishop saw our service at Fantastic Friday and said he was overwhelmed with gratitude for us because we sat and helped! That was huge and such a miracle!!! So every week we as missionaries in our ward coordinate and where the same color! UNIFIED! The members love it and this week was Pink. Because on Sundays we wear Pink! We saw Keirsten Taylor and she is wonderful! She has such a strong testimony of the Gospel for only Being 17!
POSITIVITY is amazing!! People listen and love positivity! I already knew that, but there was a less-active that we met with this week and her heart totally changed just because we sat there and told her all of the things that she was doing right and that were good! She said it made her feel like she was worth something and that normally missionaries are telling her all the things she is doing wrong and she already knows what she is doing wrong. It was wonderful!
I love the work of the Lord so much!! I love just getting to go out, follow the spirit, and work hard! It is the best thing ever!!!
I hope you all have a fantastic week!
Pray: FOR THE LIBBS and that they can continue forward in the Gospel!
Challenge: Really prepare for and be engaged in the Sacrament this coming week!!
I LOVE YOU ALL!!!