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Monday, January 28, 2013

A Nice Warm 40 Degrees!!

Hi Everyone!

This week has been not too bad--we haven't been able to get a hold of most of our investigators to set appointments, but at least they haven't said "we never want to see you again."  So we're sure that we'll get things set up this week.  We've met a bunch of less-active & part-member couples, and from those we have a new investigator!  She was taught by Sisters some years ago, and she is so accepting of the gospel right now & super ready to do everything that brings her closer to God!!!  I have no idea how we haven't met her til now, but it is sure evidence of the scripture Alma 13:24.

 24 For behold, angels are declaring it unto many at this time in our land; and this is for the purpose of preparing the hearts of the children of men to receive his word at the time of his coming in his glory.

One of our investigators who is doing awesome came to church yesterday & brought a friend with him!  She is a really nice lady who had gone to church before in Salt Lake & wanted to try it out here--can't wait to see her again!

The weather was so "warm" on Thursday & Friday--I loved it!  (It was a high of about 40 degrees, haha).  All in all, the work is pretty good, Zone Conference on Friday was awesome (we talked about the Book of Mormon & how it can help everyone in different areas of their life, especially their faith in Jesus Christ), and I love being out here!

Hope all is well with each of you & that you don't let life get you down!

Be strong & faithful because Christ was!

Love y'all!
~Sister San Diego

Role Playing

The Elko Zone

Time to EAT!!
Elko and Spring Creek Zones
January 25, 2013

Time to sing our thanks for lunch!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Work Hard, Pray Always!

This past week was ok; we've been going through the member directory & visiting people we don't know.  We met a bunch of people who weren't interested in the church anymore, and we met a few who were nice & let us in :)  We look forward to continuing to meet with them & help them come closer to the Savior. ^__^

Two of our investigators have been coming to church every Sunday without fail!!  They are so awesome & it has been a privilege to see firsthand how much the Lord blesses those who are humble & faithful; it reminds me of Alma chapter 32--you should go read it. :)

That's about it for now--have an awesome week!  Work hard, pray always!

Be strong & faithful because He was!

~Sister San Diego

Monday, January 14, 2013

Thank You, Mr. Gardener!!

Hi all!

I would like to start this week's post with this article; please read the whole article before continuing to read this blog post :)

I love that story; every time I read or hear it, I always tear up a little.

I'm not gonna lie, the life of a missionary is hard.  Life in general is hard.  But what it all comes down to is what are you going to do about it?  How are you going to be PROactive instead of REactive?  How will you *trust* in God that He will lead you the right way & help you in your struggles?

I would like to tie the currant bush story to my own:

The first week of the year was a bit of a rough one; we had gone through 2-3 weeks that were seemingly unproductive.  Appointments had fallen through, some people were sick, and others were busy.  While we did have bits of success in each week, I was still very frustrated that so many things weren't working out right.  You could say I was very much like the little bush, cut down & feeling rather upset.  Negativity constantly came at me, and I had to stop myself & remember that being in that frustrated, negative state of mind is exactly where Satan wanted me.

Like verse 4 of the hymn "The Time Is Far Spent" goes:

"Be fixed in your purpose, for Satan will try you;
The weight of your calling he perfectly knows."

and boy, he sure does!  He definitely does not want any of us to succeed in finding happiness through the Gospel of Jesus Christ, nor does he want us to succeed in helping others come unto Christ.  But the last part of the same verse is this:

"Your path may be thorny, but Jesus is nigh you;
His arm is sufficient, tho demons oppose."

How true it is that Christ can help us through any hardship, if we will "trust in the Lord with all [our] heart[s]" (Prov. 3:5-6)!!

Last week, I tried to lighten up my attitude more, & I truly feel like Heavenly Father helped me in doing so, and that I could not have done it myself.  As the week went on, we had our visit from the Traveling Sisters, who came to train & help us in different areas of our work.  It helped SO much, & they gave us awesome pointers.  We had scheduled multiple appointments for that day & were able to get to almost all of them, and they became new investigators!  We had a great lesson with another investigator later in the week, & the Spirit was there so strongly as we testified.

On Saturday, we spent a good amount of the day doing service for a lady who was taught by the previous Elders & was almost not wanting to meet with missionaries anymore.  While we were there, she became much more comfortable with us & as we were talking with her about prayer, her neighbors came over.  The husband had seen us outside shoveling snow & chipping ice and asked if we were Sister Missionaries.  Turns out he was an inactive member & his wife was not a member--they both wanted to start going to church, & she wanted to learn from missionaries!  As we talked with them & the lady we were visiting (I'll call her Lindsay), Lindsay shared with them her experience with missionaries so far: at first she was afraid that we would just try to force her to do something, but that day realized that we truly want to help her & care about her.  It was the best experience ever!!!  I have a testimony that if we are striving to do our best in doing what Heavenly Father would have us do, He WILL put good things in our paths, and will let all things come together for our good.  We ended the week with 12 lessons (4 times as many as the week before), and 7 new investigators (blowing away our average of 1 or 2)!!  I am so grateful that we were finally able to have a lesson with so many people we were struggling to get a hold of for a while--it was really a miracle!

Well, I gotta run now, but know that God is there & he is mindful of you.  He hears every prayer & answers with what is best for us.  I say that in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Love you all, may you have an awesome week!

Be strong & faithful because Jesus was!
~Sister San Diego

Monday, January 7, 2013

"Called To Serve - Our King!!"


Hope your first week of the year has been good to you!

This week has been another slightly tough one among appointments falling through, not being able to catch people at home, etc, but it's ok because we have another new investigator!  He is a humble, nice young man, & our lesson with him about our Heavenly Father, prophets, & the Book of Mormon went awesomely!  His roommate wanted to meet with us too but was fixing a car, so he invited us to come back when he is off work to talk with him!

There are also several other potential people we are working with, it's just a matter of establishing a good time with them.  We have a bunch of appointments on Wednesday, so hopefully that will all work out, especially with the traveling Sisters helping us!

That's all for now, take care!

Be strong & faithful because He was!

~Sister San Diego

Snow Castle in a member's yard
Let me out!