How is everyone doing?? It has been quite a week here in Lacombe! We
had our Meet the Mormons movie night on Friday, and out of 100 flyers,
1 person came! Haha thank goodness! I was praying for at least one!
His name is D, and we got so excited that he came! We just knew
he would be our next investigator! We started talking with him and we
found out that he is a devout 7th day Adventist. I guess they like to
come to these kinds of events! He really enjoyed the movie, and let us
know that he is starting a health and wellness business. Of course my
mind says, this is our in! So we ask to meet with him, he can tell us
about that and we can tell him about our religion! We met with him on
Sunday, and it turns out, it's a requirement of the 7th day Adventist
university here in town to take theology, and they are encouraged to
learn about other religions... In other words, a dead end! We were a
little disappointed, but we're continuing to keep tabs on him, waiting
for an opportunity to teach him. ☺️
We have someone else that we are teaching. His name is J,19, and
he was raised in the church. He left home when he was 15, and has had
very little to do with the church. He just checked himself into a
mental health rehab center, and contacted our elders quorum president.
He has a huge desire to turn his life around, and requested the
missionaries! So we went and saw him last night with a kid in our ward
that leaves on his mission in a few weeks. I have never felt the power
of being set apart as a missionary like I did last night. WOW. There
was so much bearing of testimony about the Atonement, repentance, how
much Heavenly Father loves us, it was overwhelming! He is so ready to
start his relationship with Heavenly Father and I feel so blessed to
be a part of that! We showed him the Mormon Message "hope of god's
light." It was almost exactly what he is going through, and I'm so
grateful that we have the resources to show things like that! It was
incredible to feel just a small portion of the love that Heavenly
Father has for him and for us! We are starting the lessons on
Thursday, and I can't wait to tell you more as we teach him!
So at this movie night we had, of course we had to have popcorn! So
naturally they needed someone who knows how to run a popcorn machine.
I ever so quietly volunteered to be of service, (I basically jumped
out of my chair!) and they agreed! I think I almost ate more popcorn
than I popped.... Thank goodness for 30 minute kickboxing workouts
with Jillian Michaels in the morning! It was a blast, and the ward
loved the movie night.
Like you all know by now, I spoke in sacrament meeting this week.
Brother Hatch is the 2nd counselor in the bishopric and he asked me to
speak. I guess they don't have missionaries speak all that often do
I'm glad I got the chance! I got a lot of positive feedback about it!
I talked about the current bush story from Hugh B Brown, and how we
can grow from adversity. Check out the story! It's one of my
favorites! The Lord will always help us grow from things that bring us
down. It's up to us to use the Atonement to give us strength to make
Ah this gospel is so true! I feel so blessed to be a representative of
the Savior, and to wear his name everywhere I go. Thank you again and
again for the endless support I have! It strengthens me beyond
measure. I love you all! Have an amazing week!
Sister Bethany Christensen