Monday, September 12, 2016

How far away do you think that plane is? About 17 months

Since we see planes all the time coming in, we saw one as we were at a stoplight and my comp asked "how far away do you think that plane is?" I responded that I am bad at estimating distances. Then she said 17 months, because I have 1 MONTH DOWN and 17 more to go haha

Anyways, this week has been pretty great! The work is starting to pick up since we are finally starting to get to know the people in the wards and also the area. We had some pretty great lessons this week too. One of the best ones was at the VC with a guy who was excommunicated and is trying to get back into the church. With him, we are basically just meeting with him to uplift him and bring the Spirit into his life more. So with him, we watched a movie at the VC in a teaching room. The movie was a modern(ish) version of the prodigal son. The best part was that we had a member with us as well who has gone through some challenges and is working through some things as well. Before we actually watched the movie, the excommunicated member and the member present understood each other and just kinda had a conversation going, and I think it was something they both needed. Then, when we started the video, the member present really felt like it was for her too. She even leaned over to my comp and asked, "who told you?" which she said no one, but the member asked again, and my comp said the Spirit. Then, one last time the question was asked, and the response was Heavenly Father. I think it is so amazing how the Spirit works. This lesson was supposed to be geared towards the man we were teaching, but really it taught both of them. They both really enjoyed a scripture that was quoted and it was 2 Nephi 31:20, and their favorite part was "press forward with a steadfastness in Christ". They both realized that they need to keep improving and working towards their goals. The same is true for all of us though too. We have to keep improving, keep moving forward, day by day.

We had a couple lessons with one of our other investigators. His name is Dan. He really is a great guy and works hard and does the things we ask him to. He is so strong, but the hardest thing he is struggling with is recognizing the Spirit. In our lessons, the Spirit is there and we know that he can feel it, but he needs to learn to recognize it so that he can know that he is receiving and answer from God and that God is there and cares about him. But he really is a great guy.

One of our other investigator's, Rosa, is a new investigator. She has gone to church for a while and has read the Book of Mormon, but isn't baptized yet. So we are trying to work with her towards that. She talks as if she is a member. So we will see how it turns out.

This week, I also got a glimpse into what Christ might feel like when we do not use and accept His Atonement. We have a lady in one of my wards that is struggling in multiple ways, but she won't really accept a lot of help. We have visited her multiple times this past week, and every time we walked away from her place, I always felt kinda down and disappointed and even a little upset. It's so hard to see someone going through such a rough time and not ask or really accept a lot of help. I feel like Christ feels this way when He knows that if we just accepted Him and His Atonement, our lives would be happier. Trials would not be taken away, but they would be easier to bear.

Anyways, love y'all!
Sister Smith

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