Hi everyone!(: this week has been crazy busy and so wonderful. I'm so
happy to be here in Casper serving with Sister Tahere. I'm so thankful to be surrounded by so many amazing people and I'm grateful for the chance God has given me to love and get to know them(:
Okay, so Robert and Kendra came to church yesterday! So awesome. They surprised us because they didn't even tell us they were coming. It was so good to see them there and I just know that they are so loved by Heavenly Father, I could definitely feel that love as we sat next to them. I know that they'll continue to receive answers to their questions as they come to church.
We had some really amazing lessons this week. Brittany, this hilarious and awesome member in the ward, came with us to a couple of them. We got to see Elizabeth. We had a great lesson about the commandments and why Heavenly Father has given them to us. I felt really prompted to share the Pearl Story with her, and when we got to the part where it talks about the little girl giving up the thing she loves the most and receiving something greater in return, Elizabeth's face softened and we all felt the spirit really strong. She is so wonderful, and I love her so much. She wants to take the necessary steps to make God a bigger part of her life, and I think that's amazing. Brittany was bold and testified powerfully, I look up to her a lot for that. We also got to meet with Becca, Russ, and Conner. They are so great, and Conner is so excited to be baptized. He said that he's been praying at school and he said a very powerful prayer at the end of our lesson, "Heavenly Father, please help me not to have the desire to do bad things, help me to be good and on the right path, and please help Sister Allen to come visit us after her mission,". That last part especially melted my heart(: He has an old soul, he's been through a lot and he is really taking the lessons seriously, it's an amazing thing to see. We gave him his own personal Book of Mormon and he was like, "I'm going to read a lot of this tonight!". It was so cute. Becca's son, Robbie, also wants to be baptized, so we are going to be teaching him as well now!
Okay so as a missionary, you rarely ever get phone calls from people saying they want to meet with you. On Wednesday, we decided to go contact people in the morning. No one was home and it was freezing, but we felt like we should just keep walking. As we did, this lady pulled over in her car to talk to us. Her name is Laura and she lost her dogs. I had seen one of them a while back and told her where, and then we gave her our number and she got ours so she could call us when she found them. She called us later and said she found them and we were so happy for her! We asked if there was anything else we could do for her and talked for a little and then hung up. A few hours later, we had a voicemail. It was Laura! She said, "I was so impressed with you ladies, I would love to sit down and have lunch and talk sometime,". So cool!!! We are meeting with her this week. I know the spirit touched her heart, I'm so grateful for the Holy Ghost and its ability to motivate people to act.
|"My cute companion with Cash and Dev!" (:|
That same day, we were walking down the street and I felt really prompted to knock on this door. So we did, and we met Jennifer. She let us in right away and we were able to share a message with her. We're going back to see her this week(: Yesterday, I felt like we should go see Zoey, a potential investigator. We went, and we met her husband Ryan. He is so nice! We felt the spirit so strong as we talked with him and he invited us to come back and teach them today! Then Sister Tahere felt like we should go see this less active named Eric, and he is so awesome and said we can come teach him on Tuesday!!! Miracles. I know that as we strive to listen to and follow the promptings of the spirit, we will recognize and feel it more frequently. I'm so thankful for its guidance in this work.
In Relief Society, we learned about Ruth and Naomi. As we talked about the selfless service that Ruth gave to her mother-in-law, I thought about all the people in my life who have been "Ruth"'s for me, especially recently. I'm so thankful for the love that everyone back home showed me as I worked to return to activity in the gospel, people who were and still are my true friends, not just "fellowshippers". The people here in Casper who have been here for me during all the health issues I've been having lately, who are my true friends, not just people in the ward who feel obligated to help the missionaries. I don't like having to be "Naomi". I like to do things myself and I don't really like asking for help, however, I know that there are times where we need to humble ourselves and allow people to be our Ruth. It blesses us and it blesses those who serve us. I know that when you lose yourself in the service and loving of others, you find yourself, because there is so much more of yourself to find. Service makes us better, brighter, happier people. Even if that service is just a simple hug or a smile(:
In conclusion, I'd like to invite all of you to look for ways to be someone's Ruth this week(: or maybe, humble yourself enough to be someone's Naomi. Either way, I promise the blessings and the joy that will come will be amazing(: I love you all, I know this gospel is true, and I know that we have a loving Heavenly Father and Heavenly Mother. I've felt her love a lot this week(:
Love, Sister Allen