Honestly, I don’t really know what to say, there is so much that has happened this week and not enough time to type it. I think what I am going to do is write y’all a letter explaining this crazy week! For now, I will send my email to President. I feel terrible for doing that, but I just don’t have enough time. Don’t hate me or be mad. I promise I will write yall a letter explaining everything.
I want y’all to know how proud I am of y’all! I haven’t had time to write to Caleb yet but that will happen today.
Oh! We got a very nice new apartment and we love our neighbors. There is a cute little 19 year old who lives next to us and she helped us move some of our furniture in and the Zone Leaders were helping too. She commented that they are “really cute” which made me laugh and my companion explained that they are off limits for 2 years… we made her cookies and thanked her for helping us. We are planning on giving her a book of Mormon and inviting her to come to church.
There is also a young lady who is graduating from high school today and she wants to be baptized. It will probably be the 30th or the next weekend. If y’all want to pray for her, her name is Mia.
Wright, Anna Christine
You were right, I do love this new area and companion! How can one not love being fed every night and having members teach their friends in their homes? This is quite a different experience than I have had in any other area, yet it is what I have striven to help each of my areas to become. What a blessing! That is all I see around me, mounds and bundles and barrels full of blessings!
Sister Downs and I feel especially blessed with the very nice new apartment! Wow! All of these blessings motivate me to work even harder and show my gratitude through my fruits (actions). Every night when it is finally time to lay down and fall asleep, I am so exhausted that I am amazed that I am able to wake up with such energy as I do in the morning. I know however that it is the Lord’s blessing for my dedication, hard work and perseverance.
Thank you President for following the inspiration which you receive from our Father in Heaven and for sending me here. I am also grateful for the time which I was able to sped in Jasper. I am confident that the Lord knows me and my heart and that He is in control. I trust Him with all of my heart!
This week I have been studying chapter 9 of preach my gospel again, as you asked us to do. I love the sentences, in the section about using/working with members (pg. 161 bottom of the page) , that say, “Strengthening their understanding of the doctrine of Christ will do more to increase their trust in you and to build their excitement to do missionary work than anything else you can do. Help them understand that offering the restored gospel will flow more naturally out of relationships where they are seeking to love and serve their family members and friends.”
Sister Downs and I have been sharing “Hastening of the work” messages with members of the ward and we have been sharing Alma 37:6-7 which is the small and simple things scripture mastery scripture. Then we share how we felt very small and simple before coming out on our missions and how the Lord helps us, then we read a quote by one of the apostles how one testimony can change someone’s life for eternity and we invite them to bear simple testimony in some way in the coming week. (a note, in person, online, etc…) This has been very powerful! I am so grateful to be able to work with such incredible members!
We are tracting every day. Our district leader, Elder Curtis, invited each of us in the district to prayerfully plan out tracting first every night. We have had some small, yet obvious signs that the Lord is directing us in this effort to seek His will in EVERY part of His work.
Yesterday we felt we should go to a certain neighborhood where a part member family lives and tract. I offered the prayer before we began asking to be lead to the home and family that needed us. Immediately after, Sister Downs said that she had a number come to her mind so we worked our way to that house, talking with others who were outside and knocking a few other doors on the way, and when we got there, it was an older woman who answered. Right off she knew that we were from a church and kindly turned us down for any service that we tried to offer and quickly shut her door before we could ask if she knew anyone who could use our message. We shook it off and decided to finish the 3 houses left on the street.
The next house we went to and knocked on, there was no answer and then that awkward moment happened when the resident drives up and you are standing at their door…. totally happened and it was so awkward, but I determined to defuse the awkwardness and we greeted her and explained that we are missionaries and were in the area leaving prayers with people. She invited us in and we talked for a few minutes asking if there was anything specific she would like us to pray for. She told us that her daughter was struggling with a recent diagnosis of bipolar disorder. We offered the prayer and there was a nice spirit there. We asked if she felt anything while we were praying and she said she did, that it was very nice. We asked if she would like us to come back and share a message about our Savior and how our families can be strengthened through him. She said she did but they didn’t have time and then nicely said she didn’t want to know more, but thanked us for the prayer and I assured her that we would remember her daughter in our prayers.
The next door was a quick, firm no as well, but we were able to have a nice conversation with the lady who answered and show her that we are kind and friendly and that we care. I feel that we helped her just by listening to her talk.
I love the Lord and I am choosing to remain STEADFAST IN CHRIST TO THE END!!!!
Love, Sister Wright