Monday, November 4, 2013

Work, work, work!

So, this week has been fantastic!
First off, thanks for the package! It was so fun getting some things from the family this week :) It made my day!
And, transfers are next Monday! So, I'm pretty sure I'm staying here, but I guess anything can happen.
This week started out great! We got to go visit a lot of different families this week that we have been wanting to visit but were never home. When one appointment fell through, we just drove over to someone else's house and had an amazing lesson with them instead. It's so neat to see the hand of God working so directly with us here as missionaries.
We went to visit a less active Tuesday night and it was super fun! We decided that she needed some help in order to read the scriptures everyday, so we wrote a bunch of verses up on construction paper to put all over her house. It was super fun! After the lesson, we spent a few minutes putting them up all over so that she has something to start with. Hopefully that will get her excited to open the scriptures so that she can read the rest of the chapter too. :) We definitely have to get creative sometimes!
Halloween was an awesome day! We went and did some service over at Brent's Place which is always fun. We were cleaning and organizing things, and then borrowed a few games to play for that night. We went out to a few appointments and really enjoyed the time we had to visit with one less-active sister in the ward. She would be active, but her work doesn't allow her to miss Sundays...bummer! Then, we all met up at a member's house to play some games for a few hours after dinner. And, we got to pass out candy to the trick-or-treaters. It was pretty awesome! It was fun to see all the people dressed up for Halloween, and it was fun to dress up as much as we could while we still looked like missionaries. :) So...that consisted of ugly sweaters with our skirts and then our hair up. haha It was pretty awesome!
Saturday was an awesome experience all together. We had our studies early and were talking about the body and spirit. It is fun to find new things in the scriptures! We were studying about the soul, and how it is the combination of our spirit and body. Then, we were trying to understand the role our spirit has in our eternal life. It was interesting to see the differences we have in understanding when we have never really studied a subject out. But, because the scriptures are true and so is this Gospel, it will always answer our questions.  We started realizing the stories of prophets praying in the scriptures and how they prayed with all their 'soul.' That is pretty amazing! To know that they were praying with their spirit and their whole body. We have been talking a lot about prayer this week and it really is amazing. There is power behind every word that we say, and no matter what is on our mind, God already knows and wants to help us more and more each day!
All of our appointments cancelled on us Saturday night, so we decided to go and visit a family that we haven't gotten the chance to teach in awhile. It was already pretty late, but we went by to see how they were doing. As we walked in, all the kids came running up to see us! The mom was tired, but wanted us to stay as well. We ended up talking about the Book of Mormon and giving them a short lesson on 1 Nephi 1 and the plan of Salvation. They had so many questions! Some of their friends were over too, and we got to talk to the kids and gave the 11-year old daughter a Book of Mormon for herself and her mom as well! It was super exciting! Their family is amazing, and they are all so ready for the gospel in their lives and all the blessings that come from it. Hopefully we can help them to take the proper steps to do that as well. It just seems like some emergency always comes up at the last minute that doesn't allow them to go to church, so we are praying this week they will be able to!
Sunday was amazing! Fast Sunday is always one of the best experiences ever. There is so much strength in a prayer when we are fasting for a specific purpose. And, it's even better when I can actually fast! Woohoo for feeling better! :) But, I was thinking a lot about the power of prayer, and how it's always an act of faith. We need to pray with all sincerity and know that if we are doing the will of God, that those things will happen.
During Relief Society, we were talking about the importance of living up to our privileges and respecting and honoring the priesthood. I am so grateful for all of the worthy priesthood holders in my family and for all that they do for me! I can't even imagine growing up in a home without it. It is such a powerful gift of God that He gives to men so that they can bless people here on the earth. I love seeing worthy men being able to use their priesthood responsibility to bless the lives of those around me. Make sure that you always live up to that calling and responsibility that God has bestowed upon you! Be a strong priesthood leader in the Gospel and always remember the worth that you have in the sight of God!
So, there is this really cool story about prayer that totally changed my outlook on my own prayers! Read it, then make sure you aren't like this person too! I definitely have been way too many times in my life, and I want to change so that I can have more personal communication with my Father in Heaven. Make sure to really talk to him everyday, don't just make it a one-way conversation where we don't give him the chance to ever speak.
A Night-time Prayer,
Interrupted By God

My Dear Father in heaven........
Don't interrupt me..... I'm saying my prayers.....
     But you called My name.
Called you? I didn't call you! I'm just saying my prayers. Where was I? Oh, yes.... My Dear Father in heaven......
     There, you did it again.
Did what?
     Called my name. You said "My dear Father in Heaven". Here I am. What's on your mind?
I didn't mean anything by that; I was know, saying my prayers for the night. I always say my prayers--- it makes me feel good. Kind of like getting my duty done.
     Your duty? All right. Go ahead.
I'm thankful for my many blessings.....
      Hold on a minute there. How thankful are you?
      How thankful are you for your many blessings?
I'm ... well .... I don't know. How should I know? It's just part of the prayer. Everyone always said I should express my thanks.
      Oh. Well, you're welcome. Go ahead.
Go ahead?
      Yes. Go ahead with the prayer.
Okay....let's see.... Bless the poor and the sick and the needy and the afflicted.....
      Do you really mean that?
Well, sure I really mean it.
      What are you doing about it?
Who, me? What do you mean what am I doing? Nothing, I guess. I just think it would be nice if you got control of things down here, like you have up there, so people don't to have suffer so much.....
      Have I got control of you?
Well, I go to church.... I pay my tithes....
      That isn't what I asked you. I asked if I have control of you?
Well, sure.... I guess so....
      What about your temper? You have a real problem there, and your friends and family suffer from it. And then there's the way you spend your money so selfishly. And how about the kinds of books you read?
Stop picking on me! I'm just as good as some of those others I see in church every Sunday.
      Excuse me. I thought you were praying for me to bless the needy. If that is going to happen, I'll have to have help from those who are praying for it, like you.
Look, Father.... I need to finish up here. This is taking a lot longer than usual. Bless the missionaries to be led to the doors of the honest in heart....
      You mean someone like Ralph?
Ralph? Ralph who?
      Ralph---The guy around the corner.
Oh, that Ralph. But he smokes and drinks and never goes to church.
      Have you looked into his heart lately?
Of course not! How can I look into his heart?
      I can. I looked. His is one of those honest hearts you were just praying about.
Okay, well, then.... get the missionaries over there.
      Aren't YOU supposed to be a missionary? I thought I had made that pretty clear.
Hey, wait a minute! What is this, anyway? Criticize me day? Here I am, just trying to do my duty. And then all of the sudden you break in and start reminding me of all my faults.
      Well, you called me. And here I am. But go on, keep praying. I really like this next part. You haven't changed the order around, have you? Go ahead.
No, I don't want to.
      Why not?
Because I know what you'll say.
      Try me and see.
Okay, okay already! Please forgive me of all my sins, and help me to forgive others.
     What about Bill?
See, I knew you'd bring him up. Listen, Lord: he told all kinds of lies about me, and got me fired! All my co-workers think I'm a creep, and I didn't do anything! I'm going to get even with him!
      But what about your prayer? Didn't you just ask me to help you forgive others?
I didn't mean it!
      Well, at least you're being honest. I guess you just enjoy carrying that load of bitterness around, don't you?
No, I don't. But I'll feel better as soon as I get even with him.
     No, you won't. You'll feel worse. Listen to me: You forgive Bill, and I will forgive you.
But Lord, I can't forgive Bill!
      Then I can't forgive you.
No matter what?
      No matter what. But go on, you aren't finished with your prayer yet.
Oh, all right! Please help me control my feelings, and not give in to temptation....
      Good, good. I'll do all that. But you have to stop putting yourself in all those places where you can be tempted.
What do you mean by that?
      Quit hanging around the magazine racks and spending so much time in front of the tube! Some of that stuff is going to get you sooner or later. You'll find yourself in a mess before too long.... And don't use me for an escape hatch, either.
What do you mean, an escape hatch? I don't understand...
     Sure you do. You've done it lots of times..... You find yourself in a crisis, then you come running to me. You promise me, "Lord, help me out of this mess, and I promise I'll never do it again." It's really amazing how the quality and quantity of your prayers improves when you are in trouble. Do you remember some of those bargains you tried to make with me?
Well, no.... I don't think..... Oh, yeah, Like the time Mom's friend saw me coming out of that dirty movie?
      That's one. Do you remember your prayer? I do. You promised that if she didn't tell your Mom where you'd been, you'd go to nothing but "G" rated movies from then on. She didn't tell your Mom, but you didn't keep your promise, did you?
No, Lord. I didn't. I'm sorry.
      So am I. Now go ahead and finish your prayer.
Wait a minute. I have a question: Do you always listen to my prayers?
      Every word, every time.
Then how come you never talked to me before?
      How many chances have you ever given me to talk to you? There's not enough time between your "Amen" and your head hitting the pillow for me to get a word in edgewise. How am I supposed to give you an answer?
You could, if you really wanted to.
      No, I could, if YOU really wanted me to! My child, I always want to talk to you!
I'm sorry, Father. Will you forgive me?
      I already have. And thanks for letting me interrupt you tonight. I get lonely to talk to you sometimes. Goodnight, my child. I love you.
Good night, God. I love you, too.

Life isn't supposed to be easy. Christ was perfect, and His life was anything but easy. But, our life will be worth it. It will help us to grow, and if we choose, it will be amazing and full of joy! But, it is always our own choice. Make sure that you are choosing to make it that way each day. SMILE :)

Love you tons!

I loved the package! YUM!!!

 I found this sweet mask at service, so I decided I would be...I'm not sure what it is...but it's pretty cool!

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