It was another eventful week here in Cherry Grove. Lots of little things that happened and a few big things.
Tuesday night was hilarious! We were challenged by J to teach a lesson blindfolded. Hahaha and we accepted! The punishment wasn't disclosed if we messed up, but we were warned to wear service clothes... Hahah well we roleplayed during Companion Study, and it went really well! So we showed up ready to perform! We had the video all set up, our scriptures tabbed, and we succeeded! It was a blast, and I have a new appreciation for blind people! Hahah
Wednesday night was quite the adventure! We helped load and unload 160 square hay bales! Talk about a workout! The smallest ones are 50 lbs! I have a new found respect for farmers and ranchers. And don't worry, I cracked so many cheesy Hay jokes.... ;D Doing it once was hard enough, but I can't imagine having to do it every year. But after spending almost 5 months in Cherry Grove, I really needed the workout! Haha they just feed us way too well!
Thursday consisted of running around all day from one place to the next! It was crazy! We helped T in the morning with a window display she's working on for her clothing store. It felt like my days back at The Limited! haha she's so great. Then we went and taught M, a boy in the ward that is turning 8 this month. He's a handful to teach! Haha he has some effects from Fetal Alcohol Syndrome so he struggles to pay attention, but that is the beauty of iPads and videos!
Thursday we also got to teach G and R! Goodness I just love them so much! We had a great discussion about the Word of Wisdom and Tithing. They were both so willing to accept both commandments, which makes our job way easier! We had some time left before the end of our lesson, and so we read the story of Ammon and King Lamoni in the Book of Mormon. This is one of my favorite stories to share because it's so easy to visualize. After we finished, we asked G what he liked about it, and he immediately says, "This story totally happened! There's no way it couldn't have happened!" Such a cool moment!! That is his first testimony of the Book of Mormon! I couldn't wipe the smile off of my face for an hour after that! I feel so incredibly blessed to have been able to share that moment with G and R. The Spirit was just tangible! I can't wait for these two to get baptized. They will be wonderful additions to the Lord's kingdom.
We've had some pretty dramatic things happen within our ward that have caused a lot of gossip and trash talk... it's been pretty sad, and unfortunately, we were pulled into the situation. With the help of President Pattison, we were able to get back on the outside of the situation, but we had a great discussion about it in our ward council meeting. The hard part about our ward is that almost everyone is family, and so those that aren't feel very alienated and there is a lot of cliques. So our focus as a ward council is trying to figure out how we can build unity in our ward. So if you have any ideas at all, please pass them along! There is so much potential for this ward to become incredible, but it's going to take some work.
Friday we had a really cool experience. We had been thinking of this woman and her family for a while, but we hadn't had a chance to stop by. Finally we made it a priority to go see them, and it couldn't have been better timing. Sister H has had some struggles with her kids, and her and her husband have been trying so hard to keep there family together, but you can only do so much to help your adult children. They're starting to feel pretty burnt out, and they were about ready to give up. But we had prepared to watch the Mormon Message "Good Things to Come" with them, and it was absolutely perfect. It gave them the boost that they needed to keep enduring. It's amazing how sometimes we feel like we're failing because we're unable to accomplish something in the timeline we have set, but the Lord has a perfect timetable, and I'm so glad that he led us to the H family at the perfect time.
Sunday consisted of two dinners! Hahaha the Cherry Grove struggle is real! But our second dinner was with the L's, such classy people! We were sharing a message with them about our new "Pray, Look, Speak, Invite" initiative, and it turned into a 30 minute conversation about member missionary work and the importance of the gospel! It was so cool to hear about the experiences that they had had in their lives as well as the others who were there, and I know that because of that discussion, each of them will be incredible member missionaries. So I would encourage each of you to start asking your friends about what experiences they have had! It has always built my testimony to hear about others have shared theirs.
Well what a great week it has been, and I have no doubt this week has some great things in store. Something I'm really grateful for this week is my health and strength. Besides a few sicknesses here and there, I've been blessed to be very healthy throughout my mission, and I know there are so many missionaries who aren't nearly as lucky, yet they push through everyday. It is such a testimony to me of why they are here, they know that it's not about them. It's about the people we're serving.
Have a killer week full of miracles! I love you!
Sister Bethany Christensen