Dear Family and Friends,
Happy Labor Day!! It was a pretty great week. We had a lot of miracles. We had 18 lessons, we found a new investigator, and Bill, one of our recent converts, went to the temple to do baptisms for the dead and loved it!!
Charlie is still planning on getting baptized on September 13th, but is struggling with tithing so he's back and forth. Prayers for him would be great :) He is so ready, and he comes to church every Sunday. He just needs the faith to understand that everything will be ok if he pays tithing!
Our new investigator, Lonnie, is amazing. We taught the Restoration and he loved it. He said he'd read from the Book of Mormon and he accepted a baptismal date of October 4th. He seems very interested! We also met with Devan, an investigator, and asked if he had prayed to know if the Book of Mormon was true and if the Restoration really happened. He said, "No I haven't prayed about it, and I don't mean to say I don't think prayer will work because that's not it at all. I just haven't prayed yet because I don't really have any questions yet. I already believe it!" We are so excited for these two investigators!! We will be working with them a lot to prepare them to make and keep covenants!
We also went on exchanges this week and I went to the R Ward with Sister H. We had a good 'ole time. We were in a truck because the roads in their area are mostly dirt :) Like big dirt hills :)
We also did service for Peggy and hauled a ton of wood. My back was super sore and I was pretty exhausted the next day, but hey we did some pretty good work. There was a lot of wood!
A cool story I heard in church:
A man asks the refiner how he purifies silver.
The refiner replies, "Well you have to leave the silver in the middle of the fire for the perfect amount of time. If you don't leave it in enough then it won't be completely pure, but if you leave it in too long then it will be burned"
The man asks, "How do you know when it's been in for the perfect amount of time?"
The refiner replies, "That's easy. It's done when I can see myself in the reflection".
This is what our Heavenly Father says about us. We have to go through these hard times, but Heavenly Father is allowing us to become perfect. We will be taken out of the refiner's fire when we are like our Heavenly Father. In 3 Nephi 12:48 it says, "Therefore I would that ye should be perfect even as I, or your Father who is in heaven is perfect." With God's help and the Atonement of Jesus Christ we can be made perfect.
I hope everyone has a great week and enjoy the end of summer :)
The wood we stacked!
The dirt hill we had to drive up :/
Exchanges with Sister Higbee