Monday, September 19, 2016

One Year Older...

Hey everyone :)

   This week was awesome we saw so many miracles and we had some awesome teaching moments. It wasn't the easiest with a lot of potential investigators we invited so many of  them to learn more and take the lessons and they said NO. Then they always tell us that what we do is good and they will pray for us to soften the blow. One man even started crying.. it was interesting. We have been working with a guy named Raul some elders tracted into him a few weeks back and gave him a book of mormon. He told us he had a mormon co worker and he was talking about The Book of Mormon with him. Raul is technically YSA age and so we told him about the ward and that he could meet with the elders who cover it and he said "If you guys  don't want to teach me you don't have to.." We assured him that we did and are excited for his first lesson next week.

    We also began teaching a girl named Angela she's 16 super sweet and learned about the church about 3 years ago from a friend. She even has been to Seminary! She is ready to be baptized all she needs is the lessons so we started teaching her last week. We have a lesson with her tonight also. It's so nice when we get a call from members saying they have someone for us to teach and they are able to sit in and contribute to the lessons and be the friend to the investigator. It's awesome. We've had a potential investigator family that my last companion met when she got here in this area. we just couldn't get them progressing. One night Sister Hickmott said we should go visit them so we did and she let us in. We talked for a while about having a relationship with god and praying. And she told us about how she wants too, sometimes she feels like she's talking to herself when she prays something many people tell us. She struggles because she wants to go to church but doesn't want to go without her "husband" (not sure if there married..) we taught her about the triangle of having heavenly father at the head and each person in a corner and as we strengthen our relationship with god we can strengthen any other relationship even if your other half isn't strengthen theirs. Well after sharing some stories from personal lives and the scriptures. Maria committed to coming to church. Sunday morning she showed up with her son and stayed for all three hours. She contributed in our gospel principles lesson and her son who is 10 months old didn't cry the whole time. And the talks and lessons were perfect it was such a great Sunday. We went to her house after church for some southern barbecue her "husband" is from Louisiana. And she said "she'll come next week."

   We taught quite a few people how to pray this week on their doorstep but they willingly did so. WE taught of the importance of talking to our heavenly father. One of my favorite experiences was with two 10 year olds one girl and another boy her mom is last active and she the little girl comes to activity girls but wants to start coming back to church and get baptized. As we were talking with them we taught them both why we are baptized and about the holy ghost. The little boy who is her cousin said I want the holy ghost "when im home during the summer im alone and i get scared" we told him that he could also pray for safety . He offered a pure simple prayer asking that heavenly father would bless him with extra protection. 

   I'm grateful this week for timing and the importance of following the spirit. I know this week its always devastating when people tell us they don't want to change or hear more, that they'd make bad mormons. But I know that one day they will be ready to hear the message again. I hope they accept it when they hear it again if that is in this life, Sister Hickmott and I were talking about how we hope that we meet this people again in the spirit world that we have the opportunity to teach them again or maybe we'll find them teaching others. I'm grateful that our heavenly father has a plan for all things, and that one day they will know with a surety that the things they have been taught are true an their hearts will be soften and they will be willing to act.

I hope everyone has an awesome week. Love you all :)

Sister Cleveland 

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