Monday, October 26, 2015

"This is not just a church to join"

Helloooo Eveyone!

Its starting to get cold here in Idaho. Sister Rivers and I found this awesome coffee shop a street away from us that we get $1 hot chocolate from. We've been there three times in the last four days. There is this awesome white hot chocolate and its not too sweet which is perfect! I know some of you may be wondering about if I broke anymore chairs I can assure you I didn't. I dragged my comp to the track a couple times after convincing her it took awhile to convince her. We've been playing ball with the elders which is super fun, I laugh more than anything. Its fun to be on the court again for sure! 

My comp and I have been visiting the sisters in the nursing home! They are the sweetest and one of the sisters' named Cheryl always tells us she's gonna find people for us to teach. Her roommate and her have been a huge blessing to visit. She loves when we come and it has brightened our week since all except one of our appointments cancelled on us this week. She said something sweet to us she said "Whenever I see you, you bring the spirit into the room and you both just glow so much." She said you don't think you do, but i promise you , you do! She's the best :) We're helping her roommate get back to the temple by teaching her lessons she's been inactive for a while now.

Our missionary mom in the Payette Area celebrated her 10th Baptism Anniversary so we made her cupcakes and went to visit her. She keeps us on our toes and laughing a ton! We all wore party hats and the cupcakes were decorated with the baptism stuff and the temple since were working on helping her get to the temple. And we got to help her navigate family search and find her brother so she could get him sealed to her parents. 

We also had a Harvest Dinner for the ward which was super fancy. Sister Rivers and I spent most of the week inviting less active or investigators. Many people didn't answer the door,so we left invitations and  a ton of them were at the dinner, it was packed! It was nice to be able to see them in one room, we were running around like crazy!

So this week we also had three week follow up with the missionaries I entered the field with. Man it was so awesome to see all of them again I swear they are some of the best people I know and we picked up right where we left off! I missed seeing those gems. We had six hours of training and President said something that struck me. He said "We're not just a church to join, anyone can join a church this is the work of salvation, its not a place we go but its what we become in this church." I've pondered that this past week as we go finding and looking for people who are ready to hear the gospel. We don't leave everything behind for 18 months or 2 years because we think the church is true, because we want people to become Mormons. We do it because it's the invitation from the lord who is the head of this church. His invitation is to "Come Follow Him" to become disciple to make use of the atonement, to keep the commandments and to love him. He promises us that one day we will be like him and enjoy the blessing of eternity. The invitation comes because he loves us  and as missionaries we have the blessing of extending and teaching, building upon the faith that people already have and helping them receive the blessings the lord anxiously awaits for them to have. 

Hope you all have an awesome week :)

All my Love,

Sister Cleveland

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