Week 3: Ellsworth

Feb 2, 2014

Well hello again!

 So this week wasn’t really all that exciting, although we did get two more investigators – Pat and Charlie, who have been married for 64 years and are super cute. They had been visited by missionaries for a while, but had never actually been taught the lessons – only service and quick verses. So when we visited them, we talked about what we do as missionaries and why and invited them to be taught the lessons and they said YES! Oh boy oh boy! I am SO excited to teach them! 🙂

We also got a call from the Assistants to the President. So we were just driving along on Friday night and then the phone rings and it’s the APs calling. Must be calling about something to do with Zone Conference that’s coming up this Thursday. Well, it was. They asked us to do a special musical number for Zone Conference. YAY! Sister Bickel sings and I play piano, so that’s just fine with us! We’re excited. What makes it even more exciting? Well. We’ll be writing a song, so it’s “premier” will be this Thursday in Augusta, Maine! We’re super excited about it. 😀 Another thing having to do with music: There’s a guy at the community meal that we volunteer at every Thursday who beatboxes. Soooo I don’t know what’s going to happen, but apparently we’re going to do something cool with piano, singing and beatboxing. That’ll be the most interesting thing I’ve ever done. I’ll let you know what happens with that, if it works out.

 Our eight year old investigator, Izzy is SO cute. We watched the Restoration video with her last week and then talked about baptism. She got a little scared because she thought that baptism meant she would die and she’s afraid to die. It was so sad to see how afraid she was, but tonight, we’ll teach her about the Plan of Salvation and do our best to help her understand why death is necessary, and isn’t a scary thing. Also, we’ll explain that if she’s baptized, it doesn’t mean she’ll automatically die. It’s experiences like this, when I can see how much information and knowledge that people are missing that I really love even more to be a missionary. Because that is our purpose – to bring people closer to Christ by helping them receive and understand the Gospel. It’s hard to see people confused and afraid, but once we teach them and they start to understand, that confusion and fear go away pretty quickly and turn to enlightenment and trust and faith. It’s a really amazing experience that I get to have really quite often and I love it! 🙂

Well, I don’t have a lot more to say than that. But I was reading one of my missionary friend’s emails and noticed a scripture that I really loved. The first one was 2 Nephi 25:28. The part I loved about it starts in the middle and it says “And the words which I have spoken shall stand as a testimony against you; for they are sufficient to teach any man the right way; for the right way is to believe in Christ and deny him not; for by denying him ye also deny the prophets and the law.” It’s really as simple as that. We are supposed to teach simply in a way that everyone will know and understand that there is only one way – to believe in Christ and NEVER deny Him. As I was reading this scripture, I looked at the footnotes that led me to 1 Samuel 12:23. I like verses 20-24, though. It pretty much says that God will never forsake His people and neither should we – we should always pray for the people around us and do our best to teach them the good and right way: “Only fear the Lord, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.” (verse 24) I don’t think I could say it any better than that. The Lord’s opinion is the only one that really matters. So each of us needs to swallow our pride and quit worrying about what other people are going to think of us if we change our ways, if we do something they may not approve of. What will the Lord approve of? I’d like for you to study those scriptures as well as these ones: 2 Nephi 25:23-29, Isaiah 45:18-19, Mark 12:30-31. Ponder them and find ways that will help you apply them in your life. I know as you do so, your love for God and for His Children will grow and you will be strengthened in your efforts to become more like Christ. 

 Remember: Focus on what the Lord needs you to do, not what other people want you to do. YOU are in charge of your eternal salvation.

 Have a wonderful week! 🙂

 Love,

Sister Mayle

 

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