This week was full of what I would call "ah-ha" moments. Hahah I learned so much! We're still so so busy trying to visit everyone we can! We're having to start looking a week ahead for appointments! Unfortunately, I got the stomach flu on Wednesday.... so that set us back even more! But it's been an awesome week anyway!
We had an amazing zone conference on Saturday in Red Deer! Being in an outlying area, it feels a little isolating sometimes, especially because we rarely see President and Sister Manion. So it was wonderful to see them and spend time with them. We talked about the importance of working with members and the ward council, and then for lunch, they brought in our bishops, ward mission leaders, and ward missionaries! It was so fun to walk into the room and to have them be so excited to see us. As a group, we were trained on the ward's role in missionary work and how we can utilize the church's new website, justserve.org. If you haven't checked it out, do it!! It's so cool!
We were with them for only an hour, then we went back to our zone conference. A few weeks ago, we watched a worldwide training with all the missionaries currently serving. The Brethren put a huge emphasis on teaching repentance and baptizing converts. A lot of our zone conference was spent focusing on how we can achieve that. Something that was said in that training by Elder Bednar and that another missionary reemphasized was, "you are not called to teach what's
comfortable." Ain't that the truth! Haha eternal salvation is not an easy thing to discuss with people! But this made me realize that I need to really stretch myself into some uncomfortable places. Talking to people is so easy for me! Talking to them about the gospel is a little more difficult. I only have 4 more weeks left in Lacombe! I want to give everyone I meet a chance to have the joy that I do. So please pray for me! I need some extra strength to make these last 4
On Thursday, we did our training at District meeting! We were so excited! We put so much preparation into it, I even convinced Sister Persson to use a business principle! We were set for success! We lunch as a district beforehand, the Spanish elders taught us how to make empanadas! We had so much fun, and I was so stoked to blow their minds with our well-prepared training! Sometimes, I forget that I'm serving with 18-20 year olds. They were talking through almost the whole thing! I came so close to chastising all of them, but I knew that would drive the Spirit away, so opted to just continue and pray like heck! Two of the elders were pretty good at paying attention, but I finally just started to bear my testimony of the importance of the subject we were teaching. Everyone listened to that! Haha It made me realize just how lucky I am to have been able to associate in a professional and business world! And I get to go back to that world after this! Haha
We had a really unique experience with a member this week! For the last few months, he's been trying to decide how to share the gospel with one of his friends. Friday, we get a phone call from him! He said, "we're going to see C today! If we don't do it today, I don't know when I will!" So him and his wife met us at the church, we said a prayer, and then we went to C's place! Although he was super nervous, it was wonderful to see the Spirit working! Sadly, C wasn't home... But it was exactly what this brother needed to get started on sharing the gospel. I have no doubt that he's not the only person who the Spirit is prompting! We're really focusing our efforts in the next few weeks on encouraging members to share the gospel!
The Spirit prompted us to do something pretty crazy this week. We have challenged the ward to participate in March Madness! No, they won't be filling out college basketball brackets. ;) They will be reading the Book of Mormon in a month!! And almost everyone has already given up, but there are a few members participating! We were seeking revelation on what to do with B, the investigator we have been teaching for 6 months, and this is what the Spirit told us! We know that if the whole ward is striving to read the Book of Mormon, naturally they will fill the Spirit more, and they will share the gospel! And if other ward members are doing it, then B will follow that example! It's probably the most unique approach to missionary work I've ever heard of, but it wasn't our idea, it was the Spirit! ;)
I have been able to feel an abundance of the Spirit this week, so much joy! I feel so incredibly blessed to dedicate this time of my life to the Savior's work. It is by far the hardest thing I've ever done, it's hard every day! But when I remember why I'm here, it becomes so easy to keep going. I love my Savior! I feel honored to be a full-time representative of him.
Have an amazing week! I love you all!