So I got my pictures out to you…. FINALLY. But now here’s my real email. This week has been pretty good. We have two new investigators. Funny story – one of them was listed as a member. Her name is Debra Adams. We went to her house and she said she’s not a member, never been baptized and her information (besides the address and name) doesn’t match up with the records. “Umm, that’s weird. Hey, well. Do you want to learn about our church and come closer to Christ? No? Well, is there anything you need done? Weeds? Alright, we’re coming over next week to help with that.” So we did. And she’s awesome. She fed us lunch (grilled cheese, chips, cottage cheese and WATERMELON!) and we pulled some weeds (strangely satisfying) and then sat and chatted about the Book of Mormon. She is a wonderful lady who I am very excited to get to know and teach. 🙂
Ron…. He’s our recovering alcoholic. He relapsed on Saturday. It’s so hard to watch someone who wants so badly to do better take a fall like that, especially when he feels horrible afterwards for doing that. His faith is not very strong because he feels so worthless and like he can’t be saved. It’s awful to see him like that. However, I’ve learned a lot from teaching him. Mostly about the love of God. I don’t know this guy very well at all, and I probably wouldn’t talk to him ever if I weren’t a missionary, yet I’ve come to love him so much and I know that it’s because of how much God loves him. He’s a son of God and there is no reason for God to love him any less than He loves me. I wish there was a way for me to be able to show Ron how much love that is. Because it’s so much that we can’t even BEGIN to comprehend it. When we visit Ron tomorrow, we’re going to see if he wants a Priesthood blessing to help.
I know that the Priesthood is an AMAZING thing to have. It can bless people’s lives SO much, and I am very grateful for the men in my life who hold it. The Priesthood is the authority to act in God’s name and is only given to worthy male members of the church (which means it’s not the men themselves). The Priesthood can be used to give blessings of comfort, healing, and whatever else you would need help with. Blessings are amazing because you pretty much get it straight from Heavenly Father. The man giving the blessing is simply the mouthpiece. It is also used to baptize and to give the gift of the Holy Ghost. Man, the Priesthood is AWESOME. 🙂
Alright. I’m out of time. I love you all and I’m so grateful for your love and support. Till next week!