Friday, April 29, 2016

April 11, 2016

Week 8: 3 Nephi 14:13-14

Sadly the struggle is still real here in the YSA South Valley Area. For one thing, the beginning of this transfer the APs decided to cut down our miles. Which wouldn't be a big deal if we only covered like one town, but the YSA stakes cover like, 10 towns. literally the entire SOUTH VALLEY. so yeah, trying to use as little miles per day as possible is super fun when you drive from Springville to Orem, to Provo, to Spanish Fork, to Salem Hills, to Payson, back to Provo, to Springville, and then to Benjamin for dinner, all in one day! Thank you very much, APs! im laughing, but im crying at the same time. ya know how it is. 

Anyway, remember our golden investigator Raul????????

he is back in the Dominican Republic. our last meeting with him he literally told us he was feeling the Spirit like crazy, but he still wants more before committing to baptism. He's such a dry Mormon it hurts. never before have i wanted to bang my head against the wall more fervently than i did yesterday because the Spirit was LITERALLY SO STRONG. There was some definite burnings of the bosom going on in that room. Sister Saili and I bore our testimonies, and then so did his girlfriend Marian and it was probably the most amazing lesson I've been in so far. He was definitely feelin it, he just wants an angel to show up and smack him around i guess. Stop fightin the Christlike love, Raul! He promised to keep meeting with the missionaries back home in the DR, so keep him in your prayers!

What else, what else. Well, one of the less actives we've been meeting with dropped us because I guess we've been doing such a great job she doesn't need us anymore lol. Which is great for her, but it weirdly felt like being dumped lol

We also did a lot of contacting, which is always...super fun. A lot of our lessons fell through, which is always not super fun, but we did find some new people to teach, which is awesome! One woman we met has actually taken discussions before, like a yearish ago, and as far as we know they didn't really go super great. like they werent bad, just not great.  She is SUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUPER Christian. She really loves Jesus and is super into the Bible. She has a copy of the Book of Mormon, but never got past 1 Nephi lol so she already has a lot in common with most members of the church! just kidding...mostly. lol anyway, We're meeting with her Wednesday so we'll see how that goes!  Hopefully we can help her see that the Book of Mormon really is all about Jesus lol

This weekend was also a stake conference for one of our stakes, so we got to hear a lot from Elder Dale Munk, who is an area seventy, so that was pretty awesome. President Hodgman also spoke and told us about his conversion story. It was pretty funny. Maybe I'll tell it to you guys sometime when I feel less lazy. 

So yeah that's really about it, or at least that's all i can think of that happened at the moment. Well, we did meet with this one guy who really wants to get baptized, but he kind of has some mental challenges and has a lot of anger and hatred towards his mom and family, and spent a night in jail, so we're not totally sure how best to help him. His story really made me think about some of the challenges people face in this life. like how hard his trials are, and vice versa his mom's and his family's because of something that is out of their control. a lot of the times we feel like our hardships are out of our control, and sometimes they really are, but they're never out of the Lord's control. I know that as we turn to Him, our burdens are made light and we can endure anything life throws at us.

"Enter ye in at the strait gate; for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, which leadeth to destruction, and many there be who go in thereat;

"Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it"

Sometimes it might feel difficult to stay on the path, but I know that when we keep our focus on the Savior we can endure whatever trials we face. His yoke is easy and his burden is light. We've already found the gate. Now we just have to stay on the path, and we can do that by striving to become more like the Savior by going to church, saying our prayers, and reading the scriptures. Remember that Faith is like a little seed. It doesn't grow all at once. We have to nurture it! So keep watering the tree!

Love y'all, 
Sister Wainwright

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