Dear Family and Friends,
I met my new companion this week! Her name is Sister R and she's from Northern Idaho. She plays tennis and she is one day older than me :) We are getting along just fine. Don't worry she DOES know how to ride a bike, which is great because we don't have a car anymore. We met each other Wednesday afternoon and began proselyting Thursday. We rode 38 miles so far. We are looking forward to this next week :)
We taught 15 lessons this week, which isn't the best, but it's also not the worst so hopefully next week will be better. We are still getting used to the whole "no car" thing. This week we will focus on getting more members to come with us to our lessons! That way we can help them increase their testimony of missionary work, and we can get rides :) It's getting pretty hot here (Yesterday was 103 degrees)!
I also had the opportunity to give a talk in sacrament meeting yesterday! I spoke on sacrifice and why we need to sacrifice ourselves in order to progress and succeed. I focused it on the Doctrine of Christ and explained that we have to sacrifice things in order to have faith, repent, be baptized and keep those covenants, be worthy of the Holy Ghost, and endure to the end. Once we do these things we can have eternal life, which is success. One of my favorite quotes from True to the Faith is, "With an eternal perspective, you can see that giving up the things of the world is really no sacrifice at all. The blessings you receive are greater than anything you ever give up".
We had a Relief Society lesson on the importance of scripture study. "The scriptures are the key to your spiritual protection". One of the apostles said, "There was a time we could've gotten away with no Family Home Evening or scripture study. That time is OVER". The world is getting harder and harder to live in, but we have the scriptures to help us through these times. Life is an open book test. Read the scriptures everyday and you will receive the answers to the questions you have. I know this because I've received answers to my questions. I hope everyone has a great week filled with scripture study!
Goodbye Sister S
Hello Sister R