Monday, July 27, 2015

Week 12

This is the first week in a long time that we were in Blanding for the whole week. We have reached all our goals and have 4 people on date to be baptized. I love being a missionary; it’s hard but worth it. 
There have been a lot of blessings happening thanks to the members coming with us to lessons. We have had almost all of them with members. It’s been amazing. Members are so important in missionary work.
We are teaching a man who speaks mostly Mexican. We brought one of or Young Single Adult members who served in New York City Spanish speaking. It was amazing! We had no idea what they were saying but we could see our investigator light up as they talked. We could feel when they were bearing testimony of the truth of the Book of Mormon. 

Week 11

It can be tough being assigned to 3 Wards and a Young Single Adult Branch.  At Times it seems like we leave a ward out.  Lately we have been focusing on the Single Adults. We are slowly but surely getting to know them.  We are blessed with quite a few return missionaries who are always happy to teach with us.
 We have 7 people on date to be baptized on August 29th.  I can’t believe we were able to find so many people in Blanding.  God has really been there helping us along the way.  I love being a missionary! Being exactingly obedient has brought so many miracles

Alma 26:27

Played with a baby horse Best day ever!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Week 10

I love being a missionary! This has been the best week ever (so far)! I met a new Sister names Sister Archeleta.  She used to work at National Parks before serving. She and I instantly became good friends. She is currently serving at Flora Vista.
                District meeting was really good and I felt ready to take on the world after it was over.  That same day we had a member who came with us to a Sisters home to give her a blessing.  It was a powerful and memorable experience. The power of the priesthood is real and is back on the earth today.  I used to take it for granted and not realize how important it is to have someone in your life that is a worthy Priesthood holder.
                Being on a mission is like a spiritual vacation from the world.  I don’t have to worry about things at home.  I know that I am helping more now than I would at home.
                I had my first Baptism invite this week. It was so amazing.  I felt the spirit so strong. I have never like that before. I was trembling with power as I said the words to invite one of the Sisters we have been teaching to be baptized.  She accepted and will be baptized on August 29th. While we were walking down the street I had a prompting from the Holy Ghost to go to a particular house.  We discovered a partial member family lives there and they want to receive the lessons.
                We met with one of our YSA members. She has a horse ranch and right now is setting several of her horses free to run wild in the canyons for the summer.  She says that they are less likely to get spooked after running wild with the elk and deer and it toughens them up when they cross rivers. We also were able to see the new baby foals.
                We got to help out for the San Juan Pageant. President Adams came to Blanding to watch it. We received special permission to stay with them to watch it.  It was all about the history of the church I Blanding.  We got home at 11:15 p.m. Crazy!  It was worth it though. Not every missionary can say they got to hang out with their mission president after curfew. 
                We had such an incredible lesson on Sunday. One of the investigating Sisters was there and it was exactly what she needed to hear.  I know that God inspires these people to say what they did.
                I can honestly say I love being a Missionary.  

Week 9

We had exchanges with the Aztec 2nd ward Sisters. That was a Blast! I was able to see Sister Browning who is one of the funniest people I know. Sister Clark is an amazing Sister training leader.  She copied some of her work-out routines for me.  It will help because 6 a.m. workouts aren’t always the most effective. Sister Clark said I am improving so much from the last exchange. 
I was able to meet my new President. President and Sister Adams are amazing! They want us to prepare for life after our missions not just the mission itself. They also want to set an example for a great marriage in the future.  I have learned so much more but will have to share another time.
 The 4th of July was great! I got to be in the parade in Blanding with several other missionaries on a 7 person bike.  We passed out some book of Mormons while giving kids hi-fives.  Blanding is apparently know for having a big fireworks show. We watched the fireworks from our upstairs window in our P.J.’s.  Sister Brady wants to learn to sing so we have been practicing.

Week 8

Sister Rubinal went home this week. My new Companion is Sister Brady. She has so many exciting stories of serving in Gallup for 7 months. We have been praying for help finding people to teach. The Lord had answered our Prayers and we now have 28+ referrals thanks to the members. 
We had a meeting down at Bluff. I’ve never been there before and it is mind blowingly beautiful. You are surrounded by a wall of red rock. I hope to go back there after my mission. The church building at bluff is so tiny, it’s kind of cute. The baptismal font is under the floor in the kitchen. I have never seen that before but they make the most of what they have. 
One of the people we are teaching likes to call me pioneer woman. I remind her of a pioneer I guess...
During companion inventory I’ve learned that I’m patient with others but I need to work on being patient with myself. I’m growing more and more everyday!!!

Sorry no pictures this time.