Dear Family and Friends,
This week we only had 2 cancelled appointments!!!! If you were praying for me I would like to thank you!!!! You are awesome.
The only thing that was frustrating about this week was the fact that we didn't find any new investigators. We taught 14 less actives so that was pretty exciting, but no new investigators. We decided to go tracting in a different neighborhood and that was a terrible idea because the people on Alston and Bangor Street are ruthless! One lady answered the doors and said, "You ladies should figure out what you're teaching people and what you believe because you have no idea. It's not a religion. It's a cult". Then she slammed the door. I turned to my companion and said, "Actually I do know what we believe and I know it's true because of the Spirit I've felt while teaching people and reading the scriptures." Sister S said, "Amen! Now what's a cult?"
I've also continued my crocheting and I finished one ball of yarn. It's still not fun, but I've made a goal to finish it so I'll do it. Why did I set that goal?
Also we went to the L's house and they had a trampoline so I had to do a few backflips. Keep in mind that as missionaries we are always in skirts. Maybe that was not "appropriate", but it does not matter it was in the past. :)
I have also started reading Jesus The Christ by James E. Talmage and it is a great book! It is very hard to understand because of all the big words. Like Mrs. B says "Words is Hard", but it is a great book and it will strengthen anyone's testimony of the Savior. I encourage all to read it, whether you're a member of the church or not. Just beware that it is a difficult read. I've been reading for 3 hours and I'm on page 27. There are great cross references that take time to read but are so worth it!
This week we had our zone conference! We learned so much and my favorite part was when we watched a talk by Joseph B. Wirthlin. He said, "The Lord doesn't shield anyone of grief, but He does open the windows of heaven and pour out blessings. So with every trial: come what may, and love it!". We will all have hard times in our lives, but the most important thing for us to do is to put our trust in the Lord and allow Him to lead us along. Another quote that I love is "Our destiny is not determined by the number of times we stumble, but by the number of times we get up". I've stumbled a lot through the first few weeks of my mission, but I've gotten up every time. When we can't find the strength to stand, kneel and ask God to give you that strength and I promise He will. He knows us better than we know ourselves. Give it all to Him and He will take care of you. I love you all and miss you!
The J Family