|"Baby goat again!"|
Good morning everyone!(: I hope that you all had a great Easter Sabbath yesterday. I love Easter because it's a great time to reflect on the many blessings of the Savior's Atonement and His many other sacrifices for us, not to mention the freedom He brings to us, freedom from sin and physical death. He is wonderful. As I was pondering on that this week, I realized that while Easter is a significant day set apart to remember all of this, every Sunday should be like Easter, especially when we partake of the sacrament. How different would our Sunday worship be if we all treated it like Easter Sunday every week?(: I know that I'm going to make a more concerted effort to view the Sabbath Day in that way, and I'm grateful for the Spirit for helping me realize that it's something I need to do.
We had an AMAZING week here in Wellington. The Lord is so good to us, and He blessed us with some more beautiful souls to start teaching. One of them is Sami. We were searching for the house of a member and we got lost out in the County Roads of Wellington. We pulled over to the side of the road to have a prayer, and then I noticed these two people cleaning out a horse stall. We decided to go see if they needed help(: they said no, but Sami said that we could come back and teach her sometime(: we went back and shared the Restoration with her a couple of days later, and it was powerful. The Spirit has definitely been preparing her heart. When I shared Joseph Smith's experience, she stopped me once I finished and we all just sat there for a second. Then she said, "That gave me the chills. I can just feel that it's true, it feels right,". The Spirit helped us know that we needed to let her know that it was God answering her. She had the biggest smile on her face, and she says she'll be baptized when she comes to know that the Book of Mormon is true. We had a kneeling prayer and we are seeing her again this week! I just love her. And I love being able to share Joseph Smith's experience. It is such a sacred part of his life, I'm grateful that he has shared it with all of us so that we can clearly see that God knows each of us by name and He will answer our prayers, even if it's not in the way that we expect Him too(: Another awesome part of the story, a wonderful member in our Ward (Sister Flake), came and picked Sami up without even meeting her beforehand and gave her a ride to go get parts to fix her car. Sami was so grateful and loves Sister Flake. It goes to show that an act of service can leave a lasting impression on people. I'm grateful for people who exemplify the Christ-like attribute of charity. It's beautiful(:
"cause we're the best of friends"(:
We had a blizzard this week randomly in the midst of 60 degree days, but it was super fun. We bundled up and went and shoveled our investigators driveways. Megan and Angie freaked out when they saw us doing it, they were so grateful. They had us come in afterwards and we read out of the Book of Mormon together, in Alma Chapter 32. As we did, we spoke to Megan about faith and the feeling of the Holy Ghost. Sister Larson asked her, "Have you felt that warm feeling before, and do you feel like it's growing". Megan proceeded to tell us that she and her sister, Jenna, read the Book of Mormon and discuss it together, and that she feels all warm and fuzzy inside when they do. She said that this has brought her closer to Jenna than she's ever been because it gives them something positive to relate on. She even taught Jenna about the Plan of Happiness(: so amazing you guys. When she finished, Sister Larson and I were both beaming. "Meg, that's the Holy Ghost, He's letting you know that this is true, and that it's good, God's giving you an answer," I said. She smiled big and replied, "Yeah! That's exactly how I've been feeling about all of it,". I love Meg so much(: and I love my awesome companion and her inspired questions. We have so much fun teaching together. I couldn't ask for a better human to spend 24/7 with. Sister Larson is just great(:
From left to right: Meg, Conner, Angie, Jenna, Me, Sister Larson, and Katie (feat. Raymond taking the picture) (:
We had an awesome lesson with Mary, Tegan, and Katarina. Bishop came with us and we taught about the Restoration and the importance of the Sabbath Day. The Spirit in the room was amazing, and Bishop's testimony was powerful. During my studies that morning, I prayed and asked God what we needed to share with Mary to help her come to church. I opened up my scriptures to a random page, and these two verses were highlighted: Doctrine and Covenants 44: 2 and 5. "And it shall come to pass that inasmuch as they are faithful, and exercise faith in me, I will pour out my Spirit upon them in the day that they assemble themselves together. That your enemies may not have power over you; that you may be preserved in all things; that you may be enabled to keep my laws; that every bond will be broken where with the enemy seeketh to destroy my people,". I shared it with Mary and then the Spirit did the rest of the talking. She had tears in her eyes and said, "That gave me chills! Okay I'm talking to my boss, I need those blessings and I know I need to get to church,". I love Mary and I know that the Lord will provide a way for her to accomplish the things He needs her to do.
We met the happiest human on the Earth this week. His name is Eric(: we found his number in our phone, so Sister Larson called and we set up a time to meet. An awesome return missionary in our Ward, Gretchen, came with us. He walked up with hugest smile on his face and we went and sat down and started teaching him. He got emotional multiple times in the lesson, and talked about how he felt so good inside and how he wished he could share it with his family (they're back in Florida). As we spoke about Joseph Smith's experience, his eyes lit up. He has cousins who are LDS who had told him a little bit about the gospel, and about the Book of Mormon. We invited him to read and pray and be baptized, and he said yes to all three with tears in his eyes(: he has been through so much and he needs and wants the gospel. I felt such a strong personal connection to this man and his past, it brought tears to my eyes to see him so humble and willing to accept it because I remember when I got to that point. He said, "When I came to Wellington, I felt like there was something more here for me, maybe this is it,". Sister Larson let him know that it is(:
|"the Seyfi's" (:|
Okay last thing I promise. Our investigator/wonderful human, Lissette, came to all 6 hours of the Women's Conference on Saturday!(: we had a service project, a dinner, and then the broadcast. She loved it!!(: I know that she felt the Holy Ghost. I can't wait to see what the Lord leads her and Terry to do in the future.
Also, we had Easter dinner with Meg and her family and oh my goodness it was awesome. We had so much fun and I just love those humans. We shared the Hallelujah video with them and it was such a neat experience, the Spirit was powerful. These people are family to me, I feel so blessed. Also, I GOT TO SEE THE SEYFI'S(: they drove up from Longmont and it was so good to give them a hug/handshake haha. They are lovely people and have made my mission and life even brighter(: I love them so much.
This week was amazing, and it of course had its struggles too. But something that was said in Women's Conference really struck me. "Don't think of your task as a burden, think of it as an opportunity to learn how to love,". I love that. One of my good friends emailed me last week and said, "All the things I'm thinking about/experiencing are not hard by themselves; I can do all of it. However, all of them added together is challenging!! That's an area of opportunity for me this coming week,". An area of opportunity.
Every time we go through something hard in life, or we have a difficult task to accomplish, or something heavy to endure, it's an opportunity to be yoked with the Savior. An opportunity to show that we are "they who have believed in the Holy One of Israel, they who have endured the crosses of the world...". We all have unique crosses to endure, but every single time we do, it's an opportunity to get to know our Redeemer in a more personal way.
I hope that each of us can take the hard things in our lives and view them as opportunities to grow. I know that as we do, we can learn to love in the Savior's way.
I love you all and hope you have a great week!
Love, Sister Allen