I was thinking about what I was going to write yesterday and I had a bunch of great things to tell you. Now that I'm sitting here at the computer... my mind is blank. Don't worry, I'll fill my brain back up with great things to share. That's why I always try to bring my journal with me to the library.
Two weeks ago on Tuesday it snowed for the first time since I've been in Oklahoma, so I was pretty excited. We are currently preparing for a "big" winter storm with blizzard like conditions. It's supposed to hit around 4-5 this afternoon. Right now its just pouring rain. Yesterday it was 60 degrees and beautiful... now we have a winter storm warning. It is crazy how fast the weather changes here.
I got a call from the APs on Saturday. Looks like I will be training another new missionary. I'm actually pretty excited. I have a gut feeling that due to how many Sisters are coming into our mission I will be training for the rest of my mission. I don't know if I'm going to stay here or go open up a new sister area. Those seem to be the two options, but I'll let you know for sure what is happening next Monday. Part of me hopes I get to stay here. The area is doing really well and we have some fun new plans to find more people to teach. I hate to leave it. However, if I end up leaving I will be excited as well. :) I am just all around excited for all the changes that are taking place!
During weekly planning last Thursday Sister Cooper and I decided to really utilize our dinner appointments as a finding tool rather than just a dinner appointment. We are taking our dinner appointments A LOT more seriously. We are preparing in the morning what we want to teach the family we eat with. We decide on a specific way to seek referrals. Well... the next day was the first time we applied this. We went to our dinner appointment and before we even started talking they told us of some people (members and non members) we could go and visit. BLESSINGS! :)
Going along with that, at Saturday's dinner appointment we shared 3rd Nephi 12:14-16;
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, I give unto you to be the light of this people. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Behold, do men light a candle and put it under a bushel? Nay, but on a candlestick, and it giveth light to all that are in the house; Therefore let your alight so shine before this people, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven."
They have a few kids so we brought a flashlight as a visual aid. (haha! get it! visual aid!! anyways...) We talked about how important light is. We talked about how we all have the gospel so we are a light to our friends, family and neighbors. I then shared a story that had literally happened on our way to their house.
My name tag falls off a lot because the clasp is loose. (but it isn't now. I super glued it shut! ) As I was putting things in my backpack my name tag fell off. I heard it hit the floor, but I didn't see where it landed. I got on the floor and looked on under my desk. I still couldn't see it. Then I realized the flashlight was right next to me, so I used it! :D My name tag had fallen in the farthest corner under my desk. It also happened to be the dirtiest place too.
As I picked up my name tag I thought about how the biggest name on my name tag is Jesus Christ's. We are the light of the world. We have light to share with people who are searching for Christ. As we shared these things with the family they told us about some people they are working with right now. It was a great experience.
Another thing we are working on getting started is a Book of Mormon study class. We will be doing that on Wednesday evenings. We will answer the questions of the soul that the Book of Mormon answers. Some missionaries in the city combined their efforts and put together a class. One of the sister's investigators who is a pastor of another church went to the class. He called them afterwards and told them that he had never felt the Spirit so strong before in his life and was ready to make changes in his life. SO AMAZING! :D
I love this work! I love the area I'm serving in! I am so thankful I went on a mission when I did so that I can be a part of the hastening of the Lord's work right now. I know y'all are seeing the effects of the age change. I wish you could see it from a full-time missionary's eyes though. The excitement for missionary work here is intense. Areas are being opened, our little army of sister missionaries is going to be tripled by June. Incredible growth is happening in each of the areas in this mission. From what I hear, it is a world wide thing. Not just in Oklahoma. Holy cow! I love being a missionary! There is really NOTHING better. I am so thankful Heavenly Father trusts me enough to help train these young new missionaries. It is truly humbling, but also exciting. :D
I love y'all more than you know!
Love, Sister Record