Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Poor Excuses and Singing with Seniors

January 30, 2017

Hello Everyone!
 This week was pretty good! We Had a massive storm last Monday! It wasn't even snowing that hard, but the wind made huge drifts, and it was a little scary going home. Thankfully we made it without any major delays and all was good! We did get stuck again at one point though, the snow just pulls you further into the drifts, it's crazy! But now it's nice outside and it's even melting!

This Thursday, Amalio will be baptized!! He's so ready! He brings his less active and non member friends to his lessons, and they ask questions, and he answers them with the Book of Mormon! It's incredible!

We're still on stand by for Raylee. We went out to her mom's again with the intent of asking if she'll give Raylee permission to be baptized, but neither of us felt like it was the right time to ask, and so we just shared a message and hopefully her heart will be softened!

The same couple (the Helquists) that gave us elk meat fed us again and this time it was deer meat. It was super good though! I'm a fan :) Definitely different than anything else though. And they invited us back again!! Normally, we don't have dinners with the same people every few weeks let alone on a regular basis, but this is really good contact for them in the church, so we'll set up a regular schedule with them for dinners. And..... they came to church on Sunday!!!! We're excited for them!

We did meet with several less actives though, and it's amazing what kind of excuses people come up with for why they don't come anymore. One guy said he doesn't come because he doesn't have a wife to poke him and keep him awake. That pushed the wrong button for Sister Nilsson and I, and we patiently told him that he needs to come to church no matter what. He didn't come, but we'll keep trying to help him. One thing I've learned is that you make time for what you care most about. And it shows!

Also, we unexpectedly went to a senior center and joined the older folks in singing songs I've never heard in my life. By unexpectedly, I mean 2 old ladies we met last week were on their way and saw us walking and told us to get over there, and we didn't have any scheduled appointments, so we followed them over there. It was fun, and they were really nice and gave us lunch. It was a good opportunity to get to know the people here and so we'll try and go regularly.

Also, the Burts are going to go through the temple this week! It's amazing! Heavenly Father knows exactly what people need in their life to help them come back into the church.

I hope you all have a good week! :) The church is true! I love you more than the number of times I tell people where I'm from and how long I've been out! It happens like 3-4 times/day!

Love you all so much!

Sister Withers

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