I know I say this every week, but this week really was absolutely amazing! I am so blessed! Ahhg my heart is full. Amazing how the Lord can improve the quality, and quantity, of our love. So much happens and I wish I could write it all...
The First Presidency asked that all of us attend the Adult Session of Stake Conference. There are a whopping 39 missionaries in our stake! How fun it was to meet them all! No surprise that EVERY TALK WAS ON MISSIONARY WORK AND HASTENING THE WORK. President and Sister Stoker spoke. They really have grown into this mission! You can see all the care and love they have for all of us and the people in our mission. I am so grateful for them. He talks often of prayer, and opening our mouths. He shared some cool stats as well. Tracting, according to President Packer, is COUNTERPRODUCTIVE. From missionaries seeking out people, only 1/100 will accept the gospel. Verses if members initiate it and invite, 1/4 will accept it. That's HUGE.. No wonder all of our focus is on the members. Funny thing is, it's true! He also told us that by opening our mouths and inviting, we can change a life, and by doing that, we can change a legacy. He's a great man. "We do the inviting, the Spirit does the converting." Nothing could be more true to what I've learned out here!
I love the importance of inviting people into our homes. I'm convinced that when I have a home someday we will invite random people over for dinner every night. You can go DAYS without talking to someone with all the technology. Our society is one where we see the backs of people's heads, we don't talk to them! We've got to ALL open our mouths.
People at home! INVITE! That's all you're being asked to do. So do it!
SOOOO Kaitana this week... We shared a tender moment where she realized that the spirit has been consistent. Tears came to her eyes as she realized this. This is what sh'e been looking for! We invited her to pray about a baptismal date. So glad she's staying here for break!! I absolutely LOVE HER!!!! She feels with her heart a lot more, and I feel like her answers are coming. The Spirit is working.
ROB!! He brought a friend named Shawn to a lesson! Shawn is now taking the lessons!!! How exciting is that! He has two daughters 10 and 12. He wants to be healed. He is perfect.
Things are to the point where we have to go on splits in order to get all that we need to done, there is so much we can't do because we just don't have time to do it. We are at a point where we need members to really come with us! It's hard when they all have families, we're not sure what to do... WE NEED MORE TIME!!!
The only thing holding John back from baptism is the Priesthood. We invited him to fast and felt strongly that he'll get answers that way.
Ok! Gotta go! Love y'all. So much happening after so much work! I am so grateful!!!!