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. 🙂
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! 🙂
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. 🙂
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! 😀
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. 🙂
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. 🙂
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. 🙂 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. 🙂
Now go out and be awesome! Trust in the Lord and love Him with all your heart and soul! Life is better that way. 🙂
Have a fantastic week!