Thursday, June 30, 2016

This week... Well it has been a week

Well hello again!!

This week... Well it has been a week. Not a bad week. And not a particularly interesting week.

We still don't have any new investigators. We did a lot of finding this week and sadly everyone we have tried to come in contact with wasn't interested in eternal happiness and floods of blessings.

Speaking of floods, it rained cats and goats like crazy this week. Plus it was like 30 degrees. Oh gosh and today it snowed! Ok go look at your calendar.. It's APRIL! And it snowed! Ahhh! Noooooo stop!!

We have been getting very creative with finding new people to teach. On Monday though we went and did yoga because a potential investigator is the instructor and she set up a return appointment with her for this coming Sunday! So that is really great!

We visited a lot of members and did a lot of service and such. Thank goodness for wonderful members. We have really been working with them and getting them excited for the new mission vision. Which is to have every member invite someone in their home to be taught by the missionaries. So we have been setting a date with them as to when they want to have someone to be taught in their home. So far we have set 7 dates with families. Which is like 1/3 of the branch, so we are off to a good start. I can feel the miracles a coming our way!!

Oh my goodness, I am so sorry that this email is so boring!
But nothing really crazy happened this week.. We didn't even get lost or almost die or anything!! Sorry I will try to have crazier stories for next week!

Oh I remember something funny that happened at church on Sunday. So it was fast and testimony meeting right, and the funniest things always happen during that. So this one member gets up (who we taught the mission vision to) and he starts baring his testimony about missionary work, since he is a convert. Haha and then he says, "the Sister's came over yesterday and they asked what blessings I have seen from living the gospel."
Then he says, "how do you answer a question like that? There are just too many blessings! It would be to hard to put it into a short summary. Might as well just ask me to write the history of the world in 3 sentences!" Well he goes on talking about blessings and such. He told of how he felt like there was a huge hole in his soul before he joined the gospel. Then he said, "Everyone who doesn't have the gospel is like a donut! They are just walking donuts with big holes. Well guess what guys! WE HAVE THE DONUT HOLE BABY!" He yells!!


Well.. I guess I will now go forth with my spiritual thought.
So as you can probably tell.. Nothing really happened this week. We worked hard but we haven't gotten anyone new to teach. But we still saw small little miracles and tender mercies of the Lord every single day. He helped us to stay busy, and we met many wonderful people.

So story of all of our lives, not everything is going to always go our way. Not everything will be easy. In reality everything that is easy isn't really worth it. Here is a quote from a Elder Holland in an article he wrote for the March 2001 Ensign, "Anyone who does any kind of missionary work will have occasion to ask, Why is this so hard? Why doesn’t it go better? Why can’t our success be more rapid? Why aren’t there more people joining the Church? It is the truth. We believe in angels. We trust in miracles. Why don’t people just flock to the font? Why isn’t the only risk in missionary work that of pneumonia from being soaking wet all day and all night in the baptismal font?
          You will have occasion to ask those questions. I have thought about this a great deal. I offer this as my personal feeling. I am convinced that missionary work is not easy because salvation is not a cheap experience. Salvation never was easy. We are The Church of Jesus Christ, this is the truth, and He is our Great Eternal Head. How could we believe it would be easy for us when it was never, ever easy for Him? It seems to me that missionaries and mission leaders have to spend at least a few moments in Gethsemane."

I think we could replace missionary work that Elder Holland is talking about here and put there anything that any of us may be struggling. Testimony, self worth, and trial or any repentance process.

It'll all be worth it in the end, and that Heavenly Father is aware of all of us. And there is a point and a plan for everything.

This church is true.
Jesus is the Christ. He lives.
The Book of Mormon is the true word of God.
God is our loving Heavenly Father.
We have living prophets with the priesthood authority of God, and all the tools necessary to make it back home to Him.

I know this is true.
I love you all!!
Sister Dickson

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