This week was great! Like the subject says, it was full of birthdays and sick days!
Wednesday was Sister Jones' Birthday! yaayy!!! It was so much fun and we basically did little celebrating all week! Tuesday night we took her out for pizza! Then on Wednesday we had Root Beer floats after District Meeting, got hot chocolate at Starbucks, and went out to dinner at a mexican place!
Well, here's some other highlights from our investigators for the week!
Thinh: We taught him again on Sunday! He is doing well and he wants to believe in God and Jesus Christ but he is conflicted because he doesn't want to go against what his family believes. We talked a lot about faith and how faith is not just believing but its also DOING. He is leaving for about a month on vacation, so we won't see him for a while but he still texts us to check in!
Andre: Andre is greaatt!!!! We had a lesson with him this week and just tried to address some of his concerns. We read Alma 17 together and he loves the story! But he was also able to connect to the message of the story and apply it to his life! He has been doing GREAT on praying, reading the Book of Mormon and coming to church! He is progressing so much and has a desire to believe and learn more!
Jose: This week we didn't get caught in a rain storm! Yay! But we did have an AMAZING lesson with him on Wednesday! (Sister Jones said it was the best bday gift ever!) He reported that he read EIGHT CHAPTERS of the Book of Mormon! WOW! And he had a lot of questions about it, so we talked about that for a while. Then we taught him about the Plan of Salvation! Every single step of the Plan of Salvation blew his mind! It was so funny because we would lay out another piece of the picture (we have little pictures to help explain the concepts) and explain it and he would just pause and say "Woah! Ok, give me a second to process this." And we would sit in silence for what felt like hours and then he would ask questions or comment on it or make connections to other things we have taught him. It was so cool to see the Spirit working on him and confirming all of this was true. He didn't doubt it! He said he just needed to process it all and that he was going to be praying a LOT this week! But it is good! We are so amazed at his desire!
And some fun things that happened this week!
Volleyball: We played volleyball last saturday for pday and it was sooooo much fun! I missed it a lot! Luckily one of the elders is really good at it so he makes me RUN! It was a good workout that I haven't had in a while!
FHE: Monday night we went on another hike at McCormicks creek with a bunch of people from church! It was so fun! This time we DIDNT get lots, luckily!
Sick days: Thursday and Friday Sister Jones was pretty sick so we just kinda laid around. Thursday we were at home all day and she slept most of the day while I tried to keep myself busy. Then on Friday she REFUSED to stay home so we just sat around at the institute building and relaxed and studied:)
Last Sunday I was asked to give a talk at church! The topic was Using the Power of the Atonement in our Daily Lives! It was so enlightening to study out that topic all week and learn so much more about Christ and His Atonement! One thing that really stuck out to me and has hit me hard these last few weeks is the idea of His Grace. Sometimes we think of grace as: if I do my best, He will make up the rest. But that's not true! He doesn't make UP the difference, He makes ALL the difference! He paid for everything! We are not only saved by His Grace, but we can be CHANGED by it. So, are we?? "For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father." (Mosiah 3:19, in the Book of Mormon) Are we doing all we can to turn away from our selfish natural tendencies? Are we seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit? Are we saints (a sinner that keeps of trying)? I know that if we do this in our life that God promises to send us light, peace and joy!
I love you all! Hope you have an amazing week!!!!
Love, Sister Griffiths
Hello!!!!!!!!!!!! Welp, here's a little about my week!
Saturday: After we emailed in the morning we went to a place called McCormicks Creek in Martinsville IN (about 20 min north of us). Its a state park I think. But it was beautiful and so much fun! We hiked all day! We got lost quite a few times but we made it out alive!
Sunday: Church was empty! It was the first week of summer so everyone has left us! So sad:( There was about 20 people total, including the 6 missionaries! Yikes! It was good nonetheless! Then that afternoon we surprised our good friend Sister Pettay with flowers (picked from outside the senior folks home) and a card! We didn't think we would be able to make it over like we normally do, but we ended up having an extra hour so we surprised her and she loved it! That night we got to Skype home! Yaayy!!! It was so good to talk to the fam! And crazy to think that this is the last time I will see them till I'm home!
Monday: We taught Andre in the morning about families and temples! He loved it! It was awesome when he said that he wants a family one day that can be stable on a foundation of the Gospel! That evening we went to the Clark family's home for dinner! We had a fun BBQ outside at the fire pit and had hot dogs and s'mores!
Tuesday: We taught Davey in the morning, a member of the branch. He's goin' through a hard time so we decided to have lessons with him every so often. It was a super funny conversation, but we got around to talking about blessings and how they can help us. It was super hot all day so we would walk around on campus a bit and then find something to do where we could take a break inside and cool off and then go back out. Campus has been pretty empty now that its summer. We only have the chance to talk to a few people each day. Then we went and did service for Sister Pettay and had dinner with her! That night we had a lesson with Naser. We talked about the path to God, which is the Gospel of Jesus Christ and where he was on the path and what he needs to do in order to progress. We talked a lot about prayer which was really powerful!
Wednesday: Was a loonnggggg day! It was hot and we didn't have anything scheduled all day except for walking around campus! But it was good! We found some cool people that we talked to! That afternoon we had a lesson with Jessica! We met with her once the 2nd week I was here and then her life got crazy and we weren't able to meet with her. But we saw her! And she is awesome! She read through the whole pamphlet and had a ton of questions for us! She was so sincere and we had a really good discussion about the nature of God.
Thursday: We tried in the morning to give out homemade snickerdoodles with a conference quote as a different way to talk to people but we only got to talk to 1 person! It was fun anyways! Then we had interviews with President Carlson which went well! In the afternoon we went to MCUM (the food pantry) to volunteer and then had pizza for dinner!
Friday: We taught Andre again in the morning and we had Zoey there with us! She's a member of the branch. We just had a good discussion together where we were able to answer some of his questions and concerns. He finally understood the idea of the promise of baptism! And it clicked with him that God will always keep His promises! He told us that that concept has brought him a lot of comfort because no matter what is uncertain in life, God is always constant! So cool! We also taught Jose! We met him at his work and went to lunch with him for his lunch break! We asked how his praying went in the 2 weeks that we didn't see him and he told us how we went to the forest so he could be alone and pray aloud! He said he hasn't received a solid answer yet but that he has the faith God will answer him soon! On our way walking back we got caught in a SURPRISE rain storm! We were in it for about 2 minutes, while running frantically to shelter. By the time we got there it looked like we jumped into a pool in our clothes! We were soaking!!!! It was a good little adventure. We waited it out and then walked back. We didn't dry until AFTER dinner!
I wanted to share a little bit about repentance. For most of us, hearing the work repentance is kind of scary! We think of something we have to do because we have made a huge mistake in our life. I have been studying and learning a lot about faith and repentance lately and its such a simpler process than we think. And the most amazing thing is that we can do it every day! And its all because of the Savior Jesus Christ! The enabling power of His atonement is SO powerful in our lives!
"Rely on the Lord, for only He can turn a mess into a message, a test into a testimony, a trial into a triumph, and what's broken into something beautiful."
"There is no choice, sin, or mistake that you or anyone else can make that will change His love for you or for them." -Ronald A. Rasband
Wow! This week was pretty eventful even though its summer on campus and there are waayyyyyy fewer people to talk to....its sorta dead.
Andre: IS AWESOME! We had 2 lessons with him this week! He is doing so great and just LOVES commandments sooo much! Which is awesome, because most people have a problem with them and don't want "restrictions", but its amazing because Andre sees them as a guideline on how he should live his life to be a better person!
Thinh: We also saw him twice this week! He is also doing amazing! He has said 3 prayers with us so far and its the first time he has ever prayed ever! They are so amazing and sincere! We taught him about the Restoration and the Book of Mormon! One of his comments was "I know that this information is valuable."!! Yaayy!!!!
Transfers: On Tuesday we drove to transfers to help out with our zone. We had to say goodbye to our good french friend, Elder Boutoille, and our courtyard friend, Elder Huntington, whos area was closed! And our other friend Elder Campbell finished his mission! Sad to see people go and get moved around but we gained some good missionaries too!
Gifts: On Wednesday we got a surprise from one of our amazing members! She works at Francesca's in the mall and decided to be super awesome and get us necklaces!!! She looked us up on Facebook to find out our first names and then got us an "E" and "B" necklace.
MLC: Was yesterday! It was pretty good! We had some good trainings and discussion! I learned a TON to help our investigators so hopefully we will be able to use it this week!
Something super awesome that I was reminded of this week was the power of the Holy Ghost in Conversion! I was reminded that when we teach people we can only say so much and do so much to help them! But when the Holy Ghost is in the mix, that's when the true change and conversion happens! Elder Bednar said at a training that we can "bring the truth unto the hearts of people, but only the Spirit can bring it INTO their hearts." Love it! Its so true! So for you all, remember the the Holy Ghost is such an important part of your life! Seek to have it with you all the time so it can teach you the things God wants you to know at this time!
Love you all! Have a great week!
This week was so wet! It basically rained all day every day this week! But we survived!
- First off we just got our transfer news this morning and both Sister Jones and I are staying on IU campus for another 6 weeks!!!! Yayyyyy!!!!! That's what we were hoping would happen:)
- Thinh: A new investigator that we taught on Sunday! He was someone we met when we did the cookie booth on campus a few weeks ago! He is so awesome and SOO prepared to be taught the Gospel of Jesus Christ! We talked about God and prophets and the Priesthood and he loved it all! We are so excited to continue working with him!
- Monday was full of miracles!!!
- We met with Hyesong! He is also someone we met at the cookie booth. He is amazing and already knows so much about the Gospel because he was taught by missionaries for a few months, a couple years back!
-We also taught Joel. We met him on campus a couple weeks ago! He is a very strong Christian and we had a really good conversation about the Gospel
-J.O.S.E!!!! HE IS OUR MIRACLE CHILD! We taught him for the first time on Tuesday! He is another person that we met from the cookie booth! He is SOOO prepared to hear the Gospel and accept it! It was amazing! He said that he is "lost and searching for light" in his life, so we taught him about the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and he LOVED IT! He even said his first non-recited prayer with us and it was so sincere!
-Thursday I went on exchanges with Sister Kammerman! I LOVEEE that girl!!! She is amazing:) We had a great day! We taught Andre in the morning about some more commandments! He LOVES commandments! He says that they're a great way for him to have a guideline to know what he should do in life!
-Friday we saw Davey and he is great! He is going through some struggles so we got to have a good long talk, but it is good that we can turn to Christ in hard times like that:)
-ANNDD for the big finaleee.......*drumrollllll* ZACH, JOSH, AND MOISES GOT BAPTIZED ON SATURDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wow! It was sooo amazing! They are all from my last area (Indianapolis), but since I taught them for a while we got permission to go up and be there for it! The best part was that Eddie (their BEST friend and recent convert) got to be the one to baptize them! It was so special and the spirit was soooooo strong!
It was an AMAZING week! Thanks for all your support, prayers and emails:) Love you all!
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