Week 17 – Crazy week of MIRACLES!

Hello one and all!
First off: HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!! We have to stay in after 5 on Thursday because of the holiday, and then suddenly, it’s NOVEMBER! Where has the time gone???

This week was FULL of miracles! We had SIX member present lessons (the last few weeks we’ve sadly had zero), three of which were with one member! And we have a new thing that the mission is doing called SMEs (Significant Missionary Experience). These are when members have a significant missionary experience and we had SIX of those (different from the member present lessons)! WOWZERS! It was ridiculous how awesome this week was.Β 

I’ll start with Tuesday. So we had a lesson with Abigail (who’s 8) and her mom, Angela. Sister Goulet and her daughter, Jules (who’s 12) came with us and helped us teach them about Adam and Eve (we did a little skit that Sister Buxton and I wrote). Jules and Abigail immediately hit it off and Abigail wants to be just like Jules – she wants glasses and a bag just like her. Jules was telling her all about Young Women’s and Activity Days and the Young Women’s Personal Progress program. Abigail wanted to do it all. Jules also talked about baptism and serving a mission. Abigail wants to do those two things too!!!! WOWEE!!!! We didn’t even ask Jules to do all that, she just went in, talking about how awesome she thinks church and all the activities are and Abigail wants to do it all! So next week we plan to extend a baptismal date to both her and her mom. That’ll be SWEET!

Wednesday we got to meet the new elders in our district – we have two now. A new one in our ward (Elder Brewster) and a new one in the Concord ward (Elder Vaughn). They’re both great and will be awesome to have in our district.

The other story that I can’t leave out happened last night.We went to Sister Creed’s, as usual, for our Sunday dinner. We get there and she had invited a friend, Nancy. Well, that’s cool! We definitely thought it was awesome. We enjoyed our dinner of corn chowder, salad and brownies and Nancy asked us a lot of questions about missionary work and where we’re from and all that. It was some good conversation. Dawn, who lives with Sister Creed and has had some pretty bad experiences with church in the past (which is a lot of the reasoning why Sister Creed hasn’t been in a little bit), told us that she’d finally been able to go to her church that morning with Sister Creed. That was really amazing for her. I mentioned that I’ll be playing a piano arrangement in a couple weeks in sacrament meeting and Sister Creed really wanted to go so she asked Dawn if they could both go. Dawn said yes! AND she said that they could switch off with her church and our church so they’ll come every other week! WOWEE!!!!! After we ate, we taught her about the Book of Mormon – what it was, why it’s so important and what it means to us. She already has really great faith in God and while we were explaining the Book of Mormon, she kept saying “Oh that’s interesting!” “Yep, I agree with that.” “This is just perfect timing with my life right now with everything that’s happened in the last couple of weeks!” Holy cow. Talk about crazy miracles!!!! After we left that meeting, Sister Buxton and I were silently freaking out as we walked away and had no idea what had just happened. It was SO awesome. Heavenly Father definitely is blessing us and keeping an eye out for us. I definitely am loving being a missionary! πŸ™‚

Alrighty. My studies this week have been great as well. I finished the Book of Mormon and started over in a new copy. I’ve started marking every time it talks about Jesus Christ or Heavenly Father in yellow, and interesting or important passages in blue. I’m reading it with new eyes – I’ve been reading it, thinking about what it might be like for someone who has never read it before and wondering what is really interesting or important for them to know (the things that I’m highlighting in blue). I’ve learned quite a bit. I’ve read it a few times before, but this time, I noticed a couple of things that I’ve missed before, or at least not realized it was there. In 1 Nephi chapter 10 it mentions John the Baptist. In chapters before that it talks about Moses parting the Red Sea. It’s so amazing how much the Book of Mormon really goes right along with the Bible. I LOVE IT! πŸ™‚ This week I’ve also been studying Hope. One of the scriptures that I absolutely loved was 1 Peter 3:15-16. It says: “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ” (JST changes it to …”your good conduct in Christ”). I’ve found that it is pretty essential that we have to understand WHY we have faith and hope in Christ. If anybody every questions God or your reasoning for believing, if they ever tell you you’re wrong or crazy or whatever else you might be for having faith in something that “obviously doesn’t exist”, have your testimony ready. Testimony is the most powerful thing, especially when paired with the Spirit. It’s the best refute because there is no denying the knowledge that you have, straight from God. As Joseph Smith said “I knew it, and I knew that God knew it, and I could not deny it, neither dared I do it…” (JS-History 1:25)

Another scripture I found was Romans 15:4 which says: “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” We have the Bible and the Book of Mormon so that we can learn. We need to study from them daily in order to receive the patience, comfort and hope that we need to get through every day life.Β 
Finally, I found Jacob 4:6 that says: “Wherefore, we search the prophets, and we have many revelations and the spirit of prophecy; and having all these witnesses we obtain a hope, and our faith becometh unshaken, insomuch that we truly can command in the name of Jesus and the very trees obey us, or the mountains, or the waves of the sea.” There are so many things that confirm the existence of God and the blessings that the Gospel can bring us. As we see those things in our own lives, our faith and our hope becomes unshakeable to the point where it can move mountains.Β 
My challenge this week is for you to take the time to study these scriptures and what they mean to you. How can you strengthen your own hope and faith? Bear your testimony to someone this week. Help them to see what God has done for you and what He can do for them. Study the scriptures and pray every day so that your faith and hope can be strengthened and become unshakeable.
I know all of this to be true and I have seen what hope and faith can do. I’m not perfect, nor is my faith, so I do have my own struggles at times. But every time I come out of it all, I realize what a difference the struggle made and how much stronger I and my faith are for it. I love this Gospel and the blessings it brings. I love to see the change in people as they start to accept it and apply it in their own lives. I love to see their smiles when they open the door to see us and when they know they’ll get to see us again next week. I love to see their faith be strengthened and the love that they come to have for the Gospel and for the Lord. Being a missionary is such a blessing and a privilege.
I love you all and am so blessed to have each one of you in my life. πŸ™‚ Enjoy the week, see the blessings each day, and let the miracles happen.

Love,
Sister Mayle

PS: One quote I really loved from conference was by Edward Dube: “In the sight of the Lord, it is not about what we have done, or where we have been, but about where we are willing to go.”
Keep that in mind this week. πŸ™‚
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Week 16

Hey hey hey!

Great news: Sister Buxton and I are staying together for ANOTHER transfer! Which means we’ll have Thanksgiving here and hopefully the first snowfall, too! (We’ll see about the snow, though. Some say not til December but others say before Halloween. I vote for the latter). That will be one third of my mission with just one area and two companions (By the way: I heard from Sister Herrick. SHE GOT HER VISA!!!! She’s leaving for Brazil today!). CRAZY! At first I was a little disappointed. I wanted something to change whether it was a new companion or a new area, but then I thought about it and I’m happy with it. Of course, the Lord knows what He’s doing and already I’ve been able to see the blessing of having Sister Buxton as my companion for a fourth transfer. πŸ™‚

Oh by the way. Remember those three bears I mentioned? Yeah. Okay cool story time! So. We have to stay out until 9:00 every night and now it gets dark at about 6 or so. So we’d gone to visit someone and were headed back home to go in for the night. We were just walking and talking (la la la la la) and were about two houses from our apartment. We heard some rustling and just thought a neighbor was doing something outside. We pass their house and I look over and see… MAMA BLACK BEAR. NOT EVEN 15 FEET AWAY. We both freeze and snatch each other’s hands (Sister Buxton thinks I snatched hers while I think she snatched mine, so we’ll stay with a happy medium) and slowly sit down in the middle of the road (don’t ask me why, but that’s what we did. Hopefully that’s what you’re supposed to do when you see a bear (make yourself small and hope they don’t notice you anymore). I just know you’re not supposed to run or climb trees. :P). She stared at us for a minute before her two cubs ran the other way and she followed them. So that was exciting.Β 

Β Alright, I have to make sure I mention the wonderful Severance Ward Primary. I got some pictures that they drew (now hanging on my wall around a picture of Christ) and letters from them this week and it was wonderful! Man, I love and miss that ward. Everyone there is super awesome (so is everyone here, though). I also hear that the elders in that ward are fantastic, so that’s wonderful, too.Β 

Β We had a wicked sweet miracle happen this week. So Tuesday, we taught Bonnie and Lexi (who are doing pretty well) and they had a couple friends there, who sat and listened and participated in our discussion of the Plan of Salvation. That in and of itself was way cool. But at the end, we asked if they knew anyone (referrals) that would like our message. They gave us his mom’s name and address, sort of as a joke like “Oh. Visit my mom. She’ll go crazy and probably slam the door in your face. But it’d be funny.” Not the best of feelings there, but Sister Buxton and I weren’t about to say no. So a couple days later, we had some time in the morning to go and visit her. It was an apartment building that you have to be buzzed into and the guy had asked us not to use names. Hmmm. We were at a loss for what we could say to her for it not to be too weird. Finally, Sister Buxton just depended on the Lord to give her the words she’d need to say and pushed the button. We got buzzed in and as we walked down the hall, the lady stuck her head out and had a confused look on her face, but also a little bit expectant. I introduced us as missionaries from our church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and she didn’t even wait for me to finish. “OH MY GOSH! I’ve been planning to CALL YOU! I was even going to do that today! I’ve been talking to my sister about a church to find and she told me to look you up. I was going to call today!” Ummm. What? Hang on. Back up. Hold the phone. What just happened? Sister Buxton and I walked into the apartment with those words in our heads, completely blown away at this crazy encounter. We spent a couple hours with Pattye getting to know her and comforting her. When we gave her a Book of Mormon and talked about it for a bit, she opened it to a random page in Alma and read a verse that said something like “I believe all the words that thou hast said.” And she said “Oh that fits perfectly for this situation!” Okay. Heavenly Father, you’ve knocked our socks off twice already. What’s next? She starts flipping through Alma. “Whoa. He’s a big book. Where’s the end?” We helped her find it. “I’m going to read this whole thing.” Socks off yet again. “Oh there’s an index? Oh cool. I know just what I’m going to study. I need help with my sickness, so I’m going to study that in here.” Time number four of having socks blown clean off. She took a Restoration pamphlet, said she’s read it and proceeded to mark all the places she’d found in the Book of Mormon with it… Probably the coolest miracle I’ve ever experienced.Β 

Β Yesterday we had an amazing sacrament meeting. Our Bishop spoke and gave three scripture references that I’d like you all to read AND study. D&C 130:20-21. Matthew 6:33-34 (be sure to take a look at the JST). And Helaman 5:12. Read them. Study them. Ask yourself what they mean and why it’s important to you. What can you do to apply it in your own life?

The Stake Patriarch also spoke and he spoke about the Book of Mormon. He started by saying that we need to have both a spiritual AND intellectual testimony, though you can’t have a testimony without a witness from the Spirit. He said that even if something good is being taught (like the Gospel), it’s not going to mean anything or do anything for you if there isn’t a spiritual witness first. This is definitely 100% true. I know that this church is true, but there’s no way I’d know it if the Spirit hadn’t told me. A lot of people try to look at everything logically and find evidence and all that good stuff. That’s cool, but there’s no way you can KNOW without the Spirit telling you it is. When people try to tell us that there’s no evidence of things from the Book of Mormon or other things like that, whether there is evidence or not, the Spirit has witnessed to us of the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And that is one thing I will bank my life on. The patriarch mentioned Moroni’s promise in the last chapter of the Book of Mormon (Moroni 10:3-5). He said that it was over 40 years AFTER he’d been baptized before he tested that promise and actually prayed to know if it was true. And even that long after, what do you think happened? The Spirit bore witness to him of the truth. And that is my challenge to each of you this week. If you’ve read the Book of Mormon, pray to know if it’s true, even if you’ve already done it. It’s so helpful to have the Spirit testify to you of the truth many many times throughout your life. If you’ve read only parts of the Book of Mormon, ask if what you’ve read is true. If you’ve never read the Book of Mormon, read some of it (you don’t have to tackle it all at once), and then pray to know if it’s true. I know that the Spirit WILL testify to you of its truth. God never lies. He loves us and He wants us to have the truth. He will give it to you if you ask. He won’t take away our agency by forcing us to know. He’ll only give us this solemn testimony if we specifically ask Him “Is the Book of Mormon true.” Read Moroni’s promise. Then do as he has exhorted you to do and ask.Β 

Well, that’s all I’ve got for today. This week is going to be super awesome. Actually. The whole transfer will be. I hope it’s just as awesome for you as it is for me. πŸ™‚ I’ve been happy to hear from some of you and hope all of you are doing very well! Keep writing to me because I love hearing from home and abroad (plus it’s just exciting to get mail). Love you all! πŸ˜€

Β Love,

Sister Mayle

Week 15

Hey hey everyone!
Wowzers! This is the last week of transfers… AGAIN! Time is flying! There’s a high probability that Sister Buxton or I will be transferred because we’ve both been here the same amount of time. So I’m guessing one of us is leaving. You never know though. πŸ™‚

This week was SO exciting!!! Mostly because of the wildlife. On Wednesday, we’d been walking around Penacook until about 9pm. When we realized how late it was and how it would take us about a half hour to walk home… in the dark… we decided to call a member, who graciously gave us a ride home. We were about to turn onto our street (we live in town) when we see something run across the road. At first I thought it was a cat or a dog, but then I realized it was a lot bigger than that. The member saw it, too, and drove right up close to it and we saw two more. WOWEE!!!! There were THREE BEARS!!!! And they were RIGHT NEXT TO OUR HOUSE! That was pretty sweet. I mean, our neighborhood does have some woods in it, but still. It was awesome to see them in town. Then last night, we were leaving an investigator’s house and all of a sudden Sister Buxton turns around and says “there’s a skunk go back inside!” Hahaha it was a skunk, and we startled it, and it was posed to spray us, but luckily it didn’t. We just went out a different door and walked home. Exciting stuff! πŸ™‚

Okay, there were a couple cool things that happened this week (besides the wildlife). The reason we were in Penacook so late that one night is because we were talking to a man, who we call Brother Matt, that we met while we were walking along. We talked to him for at least an hour and a half and it was dark when we met him, so he offered to buy us hot cocoa at McDonalds. So we did that and talked some more. He said he was going to go to church on Sunday, too! He likes to study other religions and seemed very interested in going. When we got to church yesterday, there was a letter from him for us. He said (along with some other things) he was glad he met us but he was sorry he couldn’t make it to church. That was the coolest way to have someone tell us they wouldn’t be able to come. We’re planning to see him again. πŸ™‚Β 
We also are teaching two new people. Katie is one that we met sort of by accident. We were supposed to meet her mom (who was a member referral) at noon on Thursday. Apparently she thought we’d said 1:00 so she wasn’t there when we showed up. Katie was though, so we talked to her a little bit and then set up a time to go teach her. So we taught her on Saturday. That was most definitely divine intervention with mixing up the times, otherwise we wouldn’t have been able to set up a time just with Katie. SO COOL when miracles like that happen! πŸ˜€Β 
Our other new investigator is Mike. He didn’t seem really interested the first time we knocked on his door, but he said we could come back. So we did. Still not too interested, and didn’t have time. So we sang to him before we left that day. Nothing really changed, except his eyes. They seemed to light up a little bit and it was like a weight was lifted from him while he listened. He was a little happier and when we stopped by again yesterday, he was definitely glad to see us. We sang to him again after we taught him about prayer, and the same thing happened. I’ve been a musician for most of my life and I am SO thankful for that because I can see the change and the miracles that music brings to people’s lives. Music is definitely something that can bring the Spirit VERY strongly. πŸ™‚
So the past few days, I’ve been reading in Ether. Ether is the second to last book in the Book of Mormon, and it’s an account of the Jaredite people, or the people who traveled from the Tower of Babel to the America’s way before Lehi and his family ever got there. I really love when it’s talking about the Brother of Jared and his predicament with the boats they’ve built to travel across the oceans. They built boats that were completely sealed with no deck or anything. The brother of Jared had three problems: How would they breathe? How would they steer? How could they have light? When he figured out these were problems, he asked the Lord what they should do. The Lord told him to cut holes that they would be able to open when they were above the water in order to let in air and that He would be steering the boats, so they wouldn’t have to worry about it. As for the problem with having light, the Lord told the brother of Jared to figure that one out, study it out in his mind and then bring his conclusion back to Him. The brother of Jared did so and the only conclusion he came up with was to bring sixteen small stones to the Lord and have Him touch them so they would give light. Can you imagine having that much faith? Basically, he couldn’t come up with anything else so he just thought: “Well, I have no idea. Oh look. Rocks. I’m sure they’ll give off light if God touches them!” (Back in my day, we didn’t have lights! We just had rocks! ….. Just for you, family :D). That is SO much faith. When he brought this to the Lord, he was rewarded for his faith. The Lord touched the rocks with His finger. The brother of Jared was surprised and frightened when he actually was able to see the finger of the Lord. When the Lord asked him why he was scared, the brother of Jared said it was because he saw His finger, and he didn’t know that God had flesh and blood like we do. Then, the Lord showed Himself to him. THAT’S how much faith the brother of Jared had. I definitely am working on having that much faith, and I hope that each of you work to have that, too. Something cool I found while studying that, is that the seerstones that Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon with? Those came from the rocks that the Lord touched! WHOA! I never made that connection before. Also, they’re connected way back in the middle of the Book of Mormon (obviously a later time in history) and are referenced in Mosiah 8:11-12 (from Ether 3:22). Check it out! It’s wicked sweet when you find things like that that testify even more that the Book of Mormon was written by prophets of God.
Something I would like each of you to do this week: Read Ether 4:11-14. Study it. Ponder it. Pray about it. Then: Look for the good in each day. Remember that those good things are from God. Let it change your life (big or small. Remember: some blessings are small but very significant) and then give thanks to Heavenly Father for those good things. You might be surprised to see that there is more good than you realized. πŸ™‚Β 
Something else I’ve been studying is charity. 1 Corinthians 13 is always good. I’d also like you to study that chapter. Really study it – stop and think about what it’s saying, what it means. And focus on demonstrating charity this week. Moroni 7:45-48 is also very good for studying charity. At the end of verse 48, it says that if we have charity, we will see God as He really is. When I read that, I had two questions come to mind that I’d also like you to think about. If we don’t see God as He really is now, how DO we see Him? And what do you think the difference is between that and how we will see Him later?

Sorry it might be a lot to do, but I’ve had some great personal studies this week. πŸ™‚ I do hope you’ll do it all though and I hope you can incorporate it into your life. I’m so grateful to be learning these things and making the connections about the Gospel and in life itself. I’m extremely blessed to have this opportunity as a missionary and I’m happy to be serving the people of New Hampshire. I love you all and I’m so glad I have each of you in my life. Thank you tons for all you do, whether it’s for me or not, it is appreciated. πŸ™‚Β 

Now go out and be awesome! Trust in the Lord and love Him with all your heart and soul! Life is better that way. πŸ™‚

Have a fantastic week!
Love,
Sister Mayle

Week 14

Hello all and happy day after General Conference!!!!!!

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Wow. So I REALLY hope all of you had a chance to sit and watch at least one session of this wonderful General Conference. It was absolutely AMAZING! Even President Monson thought it was something worth writing about in his journal (it always is, but he just announced it this time). I’ll come back to this topic in a bit, though.
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So we had so many meetings this week that it felt like we didn’t get too much done. Sister Buxton had a leadership meeting on Tuesday down in Bedford, so I was on exchange with Sister Burton and Sister Keigley while she went to her meeting. Then we had Zone interviews on Friday which meant another day out of our area, not teaching. Then we had conference for two days and since the church is a half hour drive away, and we’re restricted on the number of miles we can drive every month, we just stayed there in between sessions (again, not in our area). Despite all of this, it was still a great week. Wednesday was exchanges with Laconia, so I was in Canterbury with Sister Bowns, who is super happy all the time and it’s awesome to teach with her. We taught a man named John, who was a referral from one of our members. We met him the week before and Sister Makechnie just got out of the car (he works at a vegetable stand), walked up to him and said “Hi John. So these are my friends and they’re missionaries. As you know, I’m a mormon and I’ve prayed with you before. I’d like you to just listen to what they have to say.” Weelll okay then! Off we go to tell him about the Gospel! That was probably the coolest thing ever since I’ve never known anyone to just come right out and say it like that. BUT he seemed to enjoy our quick visit that day, though it was hard to gauge his reaction and what he really thought. We gave him a Book of Mormon and a Restoration pamphlet, asked him to read Alma 36 and left. So when Sister Bowns and I came back this week, and asked him about it, we were kind of surprised that he had actually read! WHOA! That hardly ever happens, too! He read the wrong chapter, but still! So since he has a hard time reading, we just re-read it with him to help him understand what was going on. He really liked that and caught on pretty fast. While we discussed what was going on, he kept saying how he was too corrupted and he was addicted to a lot of things. I think he was trying to tell us that he wasn’t sure we should try to help him, but we’re not giving up. We told him that. We told him we’d be there to support him and help in whatever way we can. That seemed to give him a little bit of hope. It was a great lesson and when we left, he gave us a dozen ears of corn and two pumpkins. SWEET! That’s delicious. But we don’t know what to do with the pumpkin since we don’t actually have time to cook it. πŸ˜›Β 
Bonnie and Lexi are doing AWESOME! We stopped by on Friday night to see them and they really loved that. Bonnie invited us over for dinner sometime (which we love when investigators do that!) Lexi said her first prayer for us!!! WOOHOO!!! We ended up only having about five minutes before we had to leave to teach them a lesson, so we just did a quick teaser of the Plan of Salvation. We asked them if they had ever thought about Where they came from? Why they’re here? Where they’re going after this life? Man they jumped on those really quickly and got super excited for us to come back and teach about it. We’ll be seeing them on tonight! πŸ™‚
Gloria. Oh. My. Goodness. She is so awesome. She came to the last session of conference yesterday and then we went to Sister Creed’s for dinner with her! THAT was cool. We had so much fun talking and getting to know each other. Gloria is such a sweet lady and she has so many amazing comments. We talked about the Atonement for our lesson and she participated a lot. Sister Creed and her daughter, Cynthia, did as well. It was just so amazing and the Spirit was very strong. I love teaching all of them, but all together is even better! πŸ™‚
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Okay. So conference. Whoa. That completely knocked my socks off. First off: It was really cool to see familiar faces in the choir (specifically Sister Applonie – definitely miss seeing her spunkiness!) and gave me a little taste of home. πŸ™‚ Second: I can’t choose which talk was my favorite because they were all so awesome. With that being said, all of you need to go watch every one of them ASAP. πŸ˜€ I will say though, that I just loved how much this whole conference was centered on traditional families. Satan really is attacking traditional families because Heavenly Father has told us over and over that it is the most important unit. President Eyring said yesterday that there is only one Plan of Happiness and only one commandment that is sure to bring loving happiness into the home – Love the Lord thy God with all they heart and love they neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments, hang all the law and prophets. Elder Oaks said that we are commanded to love ALL men and show respect to them, even if they do not believe the same way we do. However, we cannot allow the laws of men to justify what goes against the laws of God. God has said that marriage is between a man and a woman and that this is the best environment for us to raise and nurture children (President Packer said that the safest place to raise children is in a Gospel centered home). When we were baptized, we promised to obey His commandments and to love Him and serve Him. The laws of men sometimes go against what God has told us and there is no excuse for going against God. So let us have the courage to stand for truth and righteousness – Elder Oaks continued, saying that a moral coward is one who does not stand for God, truth and righteousness because they are afraid of what others might think of them.
Let us not be moral cowards and do not rely on the ways of the world to help you. Stand for what you know is right. Show the Lord you love Him by keeping His commandments. Another commandment we have been given is to share the Gospel with everyone around us. Let us be examples to those we know and love. Share what you know to be true and show them the ways they can be blessed by living the principles of the Gospel. One of my favorite scriptures is Joshua 24:15 – “Choose ye this day whom ye will serve. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” We all have our agency, so it is your decision of what to believe, but I KNOW that if we abide by the laws and principles of the Gospel, those commandments that Heavenly Father has given us because He loves each of His children, we can have eternal happiness and joy. I know this because I’ve seen it in my own life, and in the lives of those around me. I know that President Thomas S. Monson is the prophet of the Lord today and that the Apostles are servants of Him as well. I know that the words they speak are from Heavenly Father and are things we need to be sure to study and learn in order to know what it is we should be doing. I love this Gospel and I love the Lord with all my heart and soul. I challenge each of you this week to stand for truth and righteousness. Share your testimony with a friend or even just a scripture or spiritual thought. Post it on Facebook, text it, email it, say it in person. Make sure you express your love for them, but also express your love for God. Be an example.Β 
Joshua 1:9
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Have a great week everyone! Take some time to watch at least a few of the conference talks! πŸ™‚
Love you all!
Sister Mayle

Week 13

Hello again!

I can’t believe it’s a new week already! Time is going crazy fast. And it might go faster this week. We’ve got a ton of meetings that will keep us out of our area so we can’t get as much done. πŸ˜› We are extremely blessed to be able to have so many investigators or less actives that we can’t even meet with all of them every week. It’s CRAZY. But wicked sweet. Plus. GENERAL CONFERENCE is this weekend! I REALLY would like all of you, whether you’re a member of the church or not to tune in to at least one session of it. Saturday and Sunday, 10AM-12PM and 2PM-4PM (Mountain Standard Time). You’ve got four chances so I hope you can watch at least one. I absolutely LOVE General Conference and I’m SO excited to watch it as a missionary. For some reason, it seems like it’ll be different, but I know it’s just as good as any other time. Oh, in case you don’t know, General Conference is when our Prophet, Thomas S. Monson, and his apostles speak to us. This happens every six months and it is so uplifting and great to receive guidance from God through His servants of what we can do to make it through this crazy world that is quickly spiraling downward. I hope to hear next week about your experiences with it and what you learned from watching it! πŸ™‚

Alright. So if you remember, last week we had four new investigators. Well. We have four new ones this week, too! (You might be able to see why we don’t have enough time for all of them) Also, we have EIGHT progressing investigators. It’s CRAZY! I don’t know what we’re doing to be so blessed, but whatever it is, we intend to keep doing it.Β 

I don’t know if you remember our investigator Ron, who we’d been working with to help him stop drinking? Well, we hadn’t seen him for a few weeks because we were waiting for him to call us back. We’d been really frustrated with him since he kept calling a half hour before our appointments to cancel. It felt like he was making up excuses to not see us. We finally told him to just call us when he felt like talking to us. It was really sad and hard to do, but we felt it was what needed to happen. He never called us though so last week we started trying to call him again. We finally contacted him on Friday night, after we were sure he was avoiding our phone calls. He told us he was looking into another church and he wasn’t sure he wanted to be associated with Mormons. Apparently he’d heard something about a man from the FLDS church (which we are not affiliated with in any way, shape, or form) who had taken advantage of a few little kids. I don’t know what the story was but we assured him that that man does not represent what we believe. We told him that we only do good things, things from God. He then made excuses about how he’s a hopeless case and that he’s an alcoholic who doesn’t want to change. He doesn’t think God loves him, or really anyone for that matter. It was really amazing to be able to tell him that we represent Jesus Christ and that as we’ve come to know him, we’ve come to really care about him, which means that Jesus Christ cares about him, too. It was a sad, but really cool experience to be able to say that… We set up a time to meet with him the next day, but when we got there, he cancelled. Again. So. It’s a long road that will take a lot of patience, but there’s still hope. He’s not hopeless and God does love him. So much. He’s a child of God, so of course Heavenly Father loves him. πŸ™‚

Gloria is so amazing. I just wish I could move her out to live with my own family so she can be a part of that. Oh she’s so cute! Her life has been so hard and working with her I think gives her a lot of hope. She may not realize it, but we’ve seen quite a bit of a change in her since we’ve met her. She’s happier and things seem to be improving for her. We had a lesson with her at Sister Tinker’s house last week. Sister Tinker, let me tell you, is awesome. She’s fellowshipping three or four of our investigators and they all love her. She just invites them over, wants them there for meals and loves them unconditionally. It’s really amazing what she can do for them, simply by just talking to them. Man I love that woman. Anyway, Gloria came to the Relief Society Broadcast on Saturday! She LOVED it. I don’t know who wouldn’t like listening to a modern day prophet who is speaking only to the women. It’s fantastic! And while I was watching it, I was just about overwhelmed with the knowledge and with the feeling that Thomas S. Monson truly is God’s prophet on the earth today and that he is speaking the words that Heavenly Father would have him speak. That was another wonderful experience. πŸ™‚

Alright. This morning was an amazing personal study. First off, I want to tell you that if you have a hard time reading the scriptures and really focusing on what you’re studying, have a notebook nearby that you can write any thoughts down that you have as you go. It is amazing what you can learn and understand when you do that. Somehow, even though I’ve done it before, I didn’t understand that concept before. It’s great! Anyway. I was reading in 3 Nephi 13 (compare it to Matthew 6). This is the Sermon on the Mount, but he gives the same sermon to the people of the Americas, which is why it’s in the Book of Mormon. Right now, I’m going to focus on verses 21-24. Verse 21: “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

Β I stopped to think about that and two questions came to mind that I’d love to share and ask you to really think about the answers you would give. First: What is my treasure? As I thought about that, then: Should I change it? You can have more than one treasure, but ultimately what is your treasure and is it where you want your heart to be? Verse 22 was super cool. About halfway through it says: “If thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.” This verse made me think of Doctrine and Covenants Section 4. We say this along with our purpose every week in district meeting. There’s a part that says that we will have salvation if our eye is kept single to the glory of God. If we do that, then we will become, as it says in Matthew 5:14-16 a light for others to see – let your light so shine before men. A city set upon a hill cannot be hid. Think about how all those scriptures go together. I thought it was really really cool. Then ask yourself: Is your eye single to the Glory of God, so that your light can shine for others to see? Finally, verse 24: “No man can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will hold to the one and despise the other.” Think about it for a minute. Then ask yourself: Is the Lord your master? Is He always?

I know that I’m not perfect. Nobody is. But I also know that if we have a treasure that keeps our eye single to the glory of God, we will be able to serve God only and so, we will be a light for others to see and follow. As we are examples of Christ and do our best to show others the way we should be living, they will see your light and they will start to wonder what it is about you that makes you different, in a good way, from anyone else. As they wonder, they will probably want whatever it is you have. And what you have, if it is in line with God, is the most precious thing you can ever have. For me, it is the Gospel and all that comes with it. It is the knowledge of my Heavenly Father and my Brother, Savior, Redeemer and Friend, Jesus Christ. I know that He lives and that He loves me till the end. I stand all amazed at all that He has done for me, all that He has given me. I love Him and I would do anything, go through anything as long as I am doing what He has asked me to do. And all that He has asked: To be the best that I can be, try my very hardest and show others the way to Him. I know this Gospel is true. I know it with all my heart and I will never deny it.

I hope each of you can take some time this week to study the scriptures. Not just read them, but really study them. Stop to think about what the words are saying and how they can apply to you. Read one verse at a time. I know it can be hard sometimes, but I also know that your life will be blessed so much as you study and apply the scriptures to yourself. You will be happier, your relationships will be stronger and I know you’ll be able to handle life a little easier.Β 

Have a wonderful week! Watch Conference! Be happy and love life! πŸ™‚Β 

I love you all and am so thankful that I know each of you!

Love,
Sister Mayle

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