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
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Sister Emily Griffiths
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