Monday, November 30, 2015

Salvation is Never Easy!

Just another crazy week in the Washington Vancouver mission. Sister Black and I had a great last week together. Even though neither of us wanted to go. On Tuesday we were able to take out a new missionary with us. They just assigned us someone random and we spent a few hours tracting and trying to contact people. Perks of serving in the Vancouver west zone I guess. Actually this zone is awesome because we are at the heart of the mission so I appreciate that. And then on Tuesday night we had a mini sleep over because sister morrill's, my sister training Leader, companion went home so that was pretty fun. We came home and a guy that was working in our members yard left us flowers...kind of awkward but nice. So we had a fun time and then before we knew it it was transfer day!! 

So my new companion is Sister turner. She is from Temecula California which is about an hour north of San Diego. She is pretty cool. She went to byu for a year before her mission and loves to play basketball. We have been getting used to this whole walking thing. Thankfully on the days where it rained the most we had meetings to be at for stake conference and it was also Halloween so we stayed in after dinner. That was also kind of strange....I didn't really know what to do with myself. And we have awesome members who give us rides places so that is also a plus. I didn't take an umbrella with me one day and I regretted it the whole day because I just couldn't get dry. So now it's always with me....even if it is just lightly raining. Ain't no body got time to be wet all the time. 

Transfer meeting was pretty legit though. President talked a lot about our attitude to the work. He quoted Elder Holland when he said that salvation was never easy so why do we think this work will be easy?!? Pretty powerful meeting. I think the thing that stuck out to me the most was when he said that this team can't afford for you to be down. That was pretty awesome. Just a lot of mention of keeping our attitude consistent with our calling. 

So this week we were able to meet with Nikita and she is doing pretty good. She still hasn't read from the Book of Mormon on her own yet so that is really stopping her progression. We read with her 3 nephi 11 where Christ first appears to the Nephite people and she loved it. She asks a lot of questions to understand what is going on so that is good. She said that she feels peace when we are over and that is why she lets us come back each week. So we are working on getting her to realize she can have that same peace when she reads from the Book of Mormon and follows the commandments. Hawaii and Tonga are doing great as usual. We only met with Hawaii this week because Tonga was sick but we had a great lesson about the doctrine of Christ and talked a lot about her conversion. She's awesome. And we found a new investigator this week. She is a recent converts girl friend and really wants to join the church. We taught her the first lesson, restoration, and she loved that we have prophets on the earth again. She is pretty awesome but we just have to make sure that she is converted to the gospel and not going to join because her boy friend wants her to. But it doesn't really matter how people are introduced to the church, as long as they are that is what matters. And we found a pretty solid potential investigator, Stephanie. We knocked on her house and her boyfriend was not interested at all but we talked to her as she was getting out of her car. She really wants to find a church for herself and her kids and is very open to learning. She has had a lot of LDS friends in her life and is really excited to learn more about it. So we tried calling her to set up an appointment but nothing yet so we are praying that we can meet with her again! 

We had stake conference this weekend and it was pretty awesome. Elder teh from the 70 came to speak to us. We talked a lot about our discipleship and how that impacts what we say and do. It really is our choice how much we have Christ in our image. Just everyday choose that is how you are going to be today. And sometimes we need a reminder once an hour or a minute but that is why we have the spirit, to help us become more like Christ. It's pretty awesome.

I'm glad to hear things are going well. Remember who you are and have a great week :) 

Sister Stephens 

               Sister Hughes, Morrill, Turner and I on Halloween with our pumpkin shakes

                                                            Sister Arbon, we took her out her first day

                                                  The Turner family!! He is our Ward mission leader

                                                   The flowers someone left for us

                                                             The wiese family

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