Dear Family and Friends,
I AM STAYING IN THE A. WARD FOR ANOTHER 6 WEEKS!!!! I am so excited that Sister R and I are staying together. We had 16 lessons this week, and had several miracles happen.
First off, we met with Charlie and he said he is willing to pay tithing and he'll stop smoking this week, and prepare for BAPTISM on September 13th! The Lord really does work in miraculous ways. It has been amazing to see him change over the past 5 months I've been working with him.
On Thursday we got to dinner about 15 minutes early, so I decided we should do some tracting. We went to one house and knocked on the door. Turns out that Ida is a lost member and her husband is not a member. We got Ida's information so we can get her records here, and we reviewed the Introduction of the Book of Mormon, and asked her husband if he would be baptized when he knows it's true. He said, "Well, I don't see why not" We found a new investigator because the Spirit prompted us to knock on that door. We could've just showed up to dinner a little early, but where's the fun in that? The Spirit is amazing!
I also got to pull out Ethan's first tooth. It was so funny. He wouldn't let his mom do it because he was scared, but he let me do it. I pulled it out and he had this horrified look on his face, then he saw his tooth in my hand and he started laughing haha. It was the best.
I also had the opportunity to shake hands with Elder Russell M. Nelson and hear him speak. He answered a lot of the questions I had, and said a lot of amazing things.
He shared Moroni 10:32-33 and told us to take out the word grace and replace it with Atonement.
32 Yea, comeunto Christ, and be perfectedin him, and denyyourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and loveGod with all your might, mind andstrength, then is his Atonement sufficient for you, that by his Atonement ye may be perfectin Christ; and if by the Atonement of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the powerof God.
33 And again, if ye by the Atonement of God are perfect in Christ, and deny not his power, then are ye sanctifiedin Christ by the Atonement of God, through the shedding of the bloodofChrist, which is in the covenant of the Father unto the remission of your sins, that ye become holy, without spot.
He also taught me more about enduring to the end. He said, "enduring to the end means getting your own endowment and sealing ordinances. We will never be perfected in this life, but we will be in the next. Heart surgeons, morticians, and beauticians will be unemployed in the next life". He's a pretty funny guy.
Someone also asked the question "How do we improve our personal prayers?" and he said, "Pray". I know that as we pray we can receive answers to the question we have, if we are in tune with the Spirit.
I hope everyone has a great week. Love,
Avery looks like me I guess??
Look Ethan has a hole in his mouth :)
It actually rained here! WOW
My 2 companions. Sister S and Sister R