Dear Family and Friends,
This week was SO TOTALLY WICKED (Incredibles reference...come on). Remember how I told you we would get 22 lessons this week? Well, we ended up not having 22...we had 24! We also had 5 investigators come to church (which is the most we've ever had)!! This week was so successful! We worked every second we could and ended up finding 7 new investigators. Our Zone (18 people) goal was 14 new investigators in 2 weeks. Sister S and I found half of our Zone's goal in 1 week. We have been praying for new investigators and have been so blessed.
We also bought new bikes online and they came in last Monday so this week we rode them everywhere! We rode over 42 miles and we are so sore. My bike even got a flat tire on Friday, but luckily our Assistant Ward Mission Leader is awesome and he fixed it that night and we continued riding the next day. Sister S named her bike Bruno because she loves Bruno Mars. My bike just doesn't look like a Taylor so if anyone has any name ideas let me know. It needs to be very unique and a guy name. A scriptural name would be nice too. I'm thinking Nimrod or something weird like that. :)
We have been going to bed at 10:00 instead of 10:30 because we are so exhausted when we get home. On Wednesday, someone texted us at 10:19 and it woke Sister Soleta up, so she went to grab the phone off the dresser and she ended up falling out of bed. Let me remind you that our beds are almost 4 feet tall. It was pretty much the funniest thing ever. :)
This week we got to serve a lot as well. We helped Sister H (who is like 80 something) with her yard work. We raked and raked and raked... We also helped Sister L plant some flowers because she can't bend over. And we went on a scavenger hunt to find some clothes for Sister M so she could come to church. We were able to find some that fit her, and we dropped off a box of church clothes at her house on Saturday. Her face was filled with light and she was so excited. It felt so good to be able to help her out. "When ye are in the service of your fellow beings, ye are only in the service of your God" (Mosiah 2:17)
Well we taught Bill again and we talked about the Atonement. He asked why Jesus Christ had to come and suffer for us. Why couldn't God just accept His children as sinners? We talked about how no unclean thing can dwell with God so we must be made clean in some way. Then we watched the Mormon Message called "The Mediator". If you haven't seen it...please watch it. It is my favorite video. They talk about justice and mercy and how they play together. There is a man who is in debt and he needs help because if justice wins then he goes to jail, but if mercy wins then the creditor doesn't get paid. He pleads out, "Isn't there some way that both justice and mercy can be served?" There is a way, but that way requires another...a mediator. Someone else comes and pays the creditor so justice has been served and the man doesn't have to go to jail so mercy was served also. He tells the man that he must pay back the debt to him. He says, "It will not be easy, but it will be possible." This is what Christ does for us. He forgives us when we show Him that we are willing to do all we can to pay Him back. He is the Mediator. He allows us to receive mercy. Without Him we could not return to our Heavenly Father's presence.
Sister H, her granddaughter and I raking up a storm!
Sister S, Bruno, myself, and my unnamed bike.
Sister B and I at church. Nerding it up because my allergies were getting the best of me Sunday morning.