Monday, January 12, 2015

O Ye that Embark!

Has everyone heard the 2015 new youth song, Embark? 

You've got to check it out. 

I am so pumped this week! The adversary has been working so hard on us and that means that we're doing good and that better things are coming. He thinks he's so strong! But he's not. That's the secret! He tries to intimidate you and make you think that's he's all that but he is nothing compared to our Savior Jesus Christ.

I just need to take a minute and glory in God. He is so good. 

So many incredible miracles happened this week. We picked up two new investigators. 
Heather - She is the sister of a recent convert. We met with them for a dinner appointment. She is a hoot. She tells the best stories. She works at like an old person home and so she has the funniest experiences. Dinner was a blast. Then we were trying to figure out what to say, because we know her sister wants her to take the lessons... but she's really involved in her church. So we were really nervous. I was praying so hard! The spirit said, "open your mouth and it will be filled."
So I did! 
At first, it felt a little like word vomit. But, because the spirit was there, her heart was touched, and she agreed to take the lessons.  It was awesome! 
Alba - She's the cutest person ever. She was a media referral and she is STOKED to be learning about the gospel. She's probably one of the only people I've ever met who will actually keep her commitments. Because she's so awesome, we picked her up on Wednesday and then were able to teach her on Saturday again. She's agreed to be baptized! 

Wednesday, we were out trying to find people and we were just seeing so many miracles. We just finished an awesome lesson with Alba and were ready to head home to wrap up the night and plan for the next day. But we got this feeling to go to Matt and Samantha's house - they're our investigators that have been struggling lately. We swung by, and we were in the middle of sharing a scripture of how the Lord uses our faith to bring to pass miracles... and in walks RYAN.
Anyone remember Ryan?
He's the one from forever ago that we shared a "He is the Gift" card with. We were gonna try to talk to the family, but instead we said hi to him and he was interested in hearing more? 
But we never got his number! 
It was so frustrating because the spirit had been so clear to us that he had been prepared, but we hadn't seen him for a couple weeks. We didn't know how we were ever supposed to find him.
And all the sudden he just comes waltzing into Matt and Samantha's house. 
We didn't even know that they knew each other! 
It was insane! We were able to see him, give him our number, and talk with him a little bit. It was so good! 
We didn't have to be at Matt and Samantha's house. 
Ryan didn't have to come over to get his videogame right at that moment.
But the Lord put us both in the right place at the right time. This is His work. I know that. 

More good news! We don't have bedbugs. The previous scare was just that... a scare! We had an exterminator named Ernie come in and check the apartment. No visible signs of bedbugs. So that was awesome! Also, we were able to teach Ernie some Spanish while he was checking the house, and he asked us questions about the Book of Mormon. Future investigator??? ;) 

Also! This week I was gifted my very own Jehovah's Witness bible. 
Side job? :) 

Quote of the week: "So... what are you girls... like... nuns in training?"

Also, a giant pitbull ripped the zipper off of my bag. Who knew that getting attacked by dogs was an actual thing that actually happened on missions? So cool. 

Also, you know those crazy stories about people who are pregnant and don't know they are until they actually HAVE the baby? I never even understood how that could happen... but that happened to someone in our ward and we just found out about it this week! It was crazy! She's actually the fiancee of one of our investigators. 
Now we're super nervous to teach the law of chastity...

We had a cool mission farewell on Sunday for Kyle. He'll go into the MTC on Wednesday. He's coming to the Provo MTC so yinz give him a warm welcome for me. He gave such an awesome talk. He'll be a great missionary. It made me remember giving my farewell talk and all the feelings that I had when I was just preparing to come out... I am so grateful to be serving a mission. Even through all the hard times and the things that go wrong... like your investigators not being able to be baptized because they're not willing to commit to pay tithing, or when the moisture coming out of the sky isn't snow or rain... it's ice... despite all of  that... this work is worth it an it will always be worth it. It is our calling as members of Christ's church to share the gospel, and I am so happy to be able to do it full time. 

That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I'll never, no never, I'll never, no never,
I'll never, no never, no never forsake!

-Hermana Bills