2 Nephi 9: 39 O, my beloved brethren, remember the awfulness in transgressing against that Holy God, and also the awfulness of yielding to the enticings of that cunning one. Remember, to be carnally-minded is death, and to be spiritually-minded is life eternal. (Spiritually-Minded is Life Eternal stands for SMILE)
Monday, July 11, 2016
DESMOND WAS BAPTIZED!!!!!
Happy email day!
Happy happy Monday family and friends dear!!
hope y'all had a wonderful Fourth of July, it definitely was different in good
old Virginia, but it was still so much fun! We went over to a member in our
ward and there was lots of food and there were tons of people. It was raining
all day, but thank goodness it was only sprinkling when it was time for
fireworks :) they had SO many, it definitely reminded me a lot of home and I
loved every second of it. Desmond was able to come as well and meet more people
and even better, get away from his friends so he wasn't tempted to break the
Word of Wisdom.
Fourth of July FUN!
really fun and exciting things happened this week, our zone and the work in the
mission is progressing very well. I can't tell you enough how much I loved
President and Sister Smith. I will talk about them soon.
evening we had a few more minutes before it was time to go home. It was about8:30, and we were walking around these
apartment complexes. We didn't have any potentials in one of the buildings, so
we decided to tract it a little. We were down to the second level and this guy
comes up to us yelling at us and telling us he isn't interested. (We didn't say
a word to him or even look at him, we had no idea he was there until he started
yelling). We were polite and told him okay and just went on our way knocking
doors. He then started saying all this crazy stuff to us and just screaming.
Then a girl pulled up in her car and was walking up to her apartment (God sends
people to help us, I'm telling you). She heared us getting yelled at and walked
back down the stairs and invited us in her house. Long story short, she told us
that the guy is crazy and has been in jail 5 times for harassing women. We
start talking to her and she said, “Hey! My boyfriend is a Mormon. She wasn't
interested at all in us teaching her, but it just showed us that God really
does work in mysterious ways. He put her, us and Mr. crazy pants yelling at us in
each other’s path just so we could meet her. God is funny sometimes. Once the
guy finally left and walked into his apartment, we were able to leave.
We were again
knocking some doors on Friday. We knocked on this door and this guy answered.
He was really standoffish and didn't want to hear from us at all. I then asked
if I could give him something (a picture) and his eyes lit up and was SO happy.
He thought we were there trying to sell him something or we were the police. He
was saying how amazing it was that we came by and how he knew this was a sign
from God and he had to become a Mormon now. Don't get your hopes up, this story
gets crazier. We set a return appointment with him for Saturday. We went by and
talked to him a little more. He then became weird. He said he is half human,
half alien, and God speaks to him and he had it on film and he showed us, (it
was just a giant lightening/thunder storm we had the other night), he can smell
me at times through the day and even when he ate his popcorn that night, and
then he told us he was part of the Illuminati. Yeah- We won't be going back
there again. Haha Jess, one of the young women, was with us... She was weirded
out big time.
I forgot to mention
this last week; it is so funny and so cool!! When were in the middle of our
last MLC with President Wilson and he was in the middle of a sentence, his
phone rang. He looked at it and said, "hold on one second." He left
for a few minutes and came back in and said, "Sorry, that was President
Monson, and he just needed to talk to me for a second." He had no emotion
or anything on his face and started up where he left off. Everyone was just
sitting there like what the heck!?!? It was so funny but cool to know the
PROPHET was on the phone with our mission president.
We were able to
have Zone conference with President and Sister Smith. They are so inspired by
God and are truly called by Him. They know exactly what we need and will try
and strive to do everything they can for us. Cool fact about President Smith:
he marketed and came up with the idea of Funfetti cake mix, so of course, that
is now our mission’s favorite type of cake :).
He also worked for the juice company, Ocean Spray. If that doesn't show
you how cool he is, I don't know what will. Haha
had the chance to volunteer at an Animal shelter this week. I don't know if you
remember me talking about the Hoyts. They are non-members and fed Sister Bray
and I one night. Well, they own an animal shelter and we finally got a hold of
them and went and volunteered. They mainly have cats and dogs. But we got to
learn how to take care of them; we played with them, took them on walks and
helped clean around their shelter. It was so much fun. They have so many types
and sizes of cats and dogs. Their shelter is amazing because it's not a kill
shelter. Most of them are. But they will keep the animal until they get
adopted. We hopefully will be going back this week.
One thing that has been
slacking really big in the mission since I have been here is getting
investigators to church. But it was so amazing, we were able to have a girl
that we found recently named Tasha come and Roger who has met with missionaries
before but we got in contact with him again and he came to church, and of
course Desmond! They all LOVED it. They both plan on coming back next week :)
Roger came to all three hours and participated in class and loved when they
talked about Temples and baptisms for the dead in his priesthood class. The
elders came up to us after church and said he was so happy and excited when he
heard there were baptisms for the dead because his father passed away and it
has been really hard for him to get over that. He is super cool. He is in his
OF THE WEEK- DESMOND WAS BAPTIZED!!!!! Holy cow he has been doing amazing. He
really has changed and progressed so much the last two weeks. He keeps saying
this is his church, he knows he needs to do this and he has God more in his
life now. It has been a stressful week with him because so many things have
been going wrong, but then of course, things always work out wonderfully. He had
his interview on Wednesday and he walked out of the room with the district
leader, threw his hands in the air and said, "I did it, I'm getting baptized!!!!" Everyone just
laughed. His family has been trying to talk him out of meeting with us and
coming to church, but he has held strong and he knew he needed to do this. He
was baptized last night :) He went to put his baptism jumpsuit on and walked
out of the bathroom and just looked at me and said, "ew, I look like a
stuffed turkey." And of course, the room busted up laughing again. There
were SO many people at his baptism. So many people from the ward were there and
some of the elders and sisters brought their investigators! He asked us if we
would sing at his baptism, so of course we did. His baptism had the spirit
their sooo strong. I am so grateful for Des and his decision to be baptized and
do good in his life.
Scripture of the week: Moroni
6:6. I have been thinking a lot about the sacrament. Really, we are so lucky
and very privileged to have this ordinance here for us every week. It's a
chance for us to repent and remember our baptism covenants. This should be a
time we look forward to and really ponder as the sacrament goes by. I have seen
such a change in my Sabbath worship as I have focused and prepared more for the
It's so crazy; we receive transfer calls on Saturday. These
transfers have been going by crazy fast. I love y'all so so much!! Like what
the heck, can you believe summer is pretty much half over???