|"I have the most beautiful, wonderful companion!"(:|
Hello everybody!(: this week was fantastic. We witnessed miracle after
miracle, and I just love my companion. I couldn't ask for a better place to be than right here in Wellington(:
We had an amazing lesson with Char, this beautiful lady who the Sisters have been teaching off and on for a while. She's been through so much in her life, but from the time she was a little girl she was able to find strength through the Savior. She has read the Bible many different times and has read the Book of Mormon four times now. She has a strong faith and wants to follow Christ, and we were able to invite her to pray about a baptismal date this week(: we were also able to have a great discussion about prophets and the fact that President Thomas S. Monson is the prophet of the world today. I know that he really is a man called of God, you can see it in the goodness that he radiates and the love he has for all of Heavenly Father's children. I know that Char will come to know that is true too as she prays about it.
An awesome member in our Ward gave us the number for a lady that she works with. Her name is Mary and we had a lesson with her this week(: Mary used to be a member of the church. She has gone down many different paths in life, and she has a sincere desire to change. She has already made so many amazing steps back towards God, and as we taught about Joseph Smith's experience, she said, "I know it's true, no doubts. It feels good and it makes sense,". The Spirit prompted us to speak about the Atonement and Christ's ability to heal. As we did, my heart was full of joy because my testimony of the healing power of the Atonement has grown exponentially on my mission. I know that Jesus Christ perfectly understands my physical and mental struggles because He has experienced all of them. Each day when I pray for healing and strength, I feel a renewal of Spirit and a resolve to keep trying, even if I don't physically feel that much better. That's the enabling power of the Savior, and it's available to every single one of us. So awesome(:
|"Reunited with Sister Thompson!! I was her STL (sister training leader) when she started her mission!"(:|
We had an amazing dinner/lesson with Mark, a less active who is coming back to the gospel. He is such a kind soul(: his whole family is wonderful. We had a lesson on the Plan of Happiness after dinner, and Lily and Jen, two of their non-member friends, sat in and listened. Lily is a little girl, and she had so many awesome questions. At the end of the lesson, we asked everyone, "What is the first thing you're going to do when you see Christ again?". Mark's response was so sweet. This muscular, tough man said, "I'm going to fall down at His feet and cry,". That brought tears to my eyes(:
We contacted an older investigator named Olga, and she said we could come back the next day and teach her daughter and grandsons(: we taught the Restoration and brought Bailee (a young woman in the Ward) with us. The Spirit was just beautiful, and Olga's daughter began to cry. She spoke about how she wants to be prepared to see her Savior again, and she knows she's not ready. The Spirit helped me to bear a fervent testimony of our ability to change through Christ's Atonement. Sister Larson invited all three of them to be baptized, and they said yes(: I asked if they would prepare for April 9th, and now that is their special day(: I love these beautiful souls and am so excited for them and so proud of Sister Larson for following the Spirit and inviting. I love my companion!(:
We also had an amazing lesson with Megan. This girl is honestly my kindred spirit, I know without a doubt that I was sent here to Wellington to meet her. We taught about the Plan of Salvation, and she had wonderful questions and kept saying she felt so happy as we explained God's great gift of agency and of the Spirit World. She was like, "This makes so much sense..I love it!". She has been reading and praying and feels really good about the gospel. She said that she wants to be baptized by someone who holds the Priesthood(: she's praying about a date right now, so if you all could keep her in your prayers that would be great!
Little miracle for the week: we were in Fort Collins getting our car worked on, and the Zone Leaders called and asked if we would sing at Zone Conference. So we started practicing songs. An older man sitting next to us got up and turned off the television and said, "You know, I'd much rather listen to the beautiful songs that you're singing than watch the tv,". He listened to us sing for 30 minutes and when we left he said, "God bless you girls!". So sweet(: music definitely touches people's hearts.
|"This is Wellington!" (:|
This week I've been thinking a lot about fear. Our Zone Leaders gave a great training on it this past week, and I haven't gotten it off my mind. There are so many things in our lives that we are afraid of. Three of mine: not being good enough, not being able to be bold enough, and sharks (this last one doesn't really pertain to what I spiritually learned this week, but they terrify me). I was thinking this week about why I am afraid of these things, and I realized that it's because of the world and because of the adversary. Christ never motivates through fear, He motivates through love and faith. Feelings of inadequacy and nervousness never originate in Heavenly Father and His Spirit. In John 16:33, it says, "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.". I love that so much. I have realized time and time again throughout my mission and my life that I need to be able to go to Heavenly Father and my Savior and ask for their grace to help me in my time of need. Every time I do, the fear dissipates and I am able to do what They need me to. And every time I don't, I miss an opportunity to do something great. I want to be someone that the Lord can count on, and I know that comes through overcoming my fears.
This week, I hope we can all identify what we are afraid of, and then take it to our Savior and lay it at His feet. We have nothing to fear, because He really has overcome the world(: faith in Him helps us to overcome it too, and we will come out stronger, better, and bolder people because of it.
I love you all! Have a wonderful week(:
Love, Sister Allen