Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Week 14: Zero to Hero‏

First, let me explain the title. So. The past two weeks have been a bit tough because we didn't know anyone. We had been trying to find people and I felt a bit discouraged, but then we showed up to church on Sunday and we received a hero's welcome! For reals. We got to church and there were so many who told us how excited they are because they have sisters! Apparently, they haven't had sisters in the ward in years---we're talking decades! Crazy, right?
I'll admit that I was really bummed to be leaving the Malley ward, but I'm still at home in Thornton! It's wonderful! The members here really take care of us!

This week we met with some more families! So we know more people now!
We met with this less active family who really have testimonies. We asked their daughter why she prays and she told us that she prays when she is taking math tests. We then asked her what she prays for during math tests, and she said that she prays that it'll be okay even if she doesn't answer correctly. Wow. What faith does that eleven year old have! We taught them the Restoration and when we taught the First Vision (when Joseph Smith saw God and Jesus Christ), he had tears in his eyes!

We had an uplifting week with several meetings--a Sisters' conference (a meeting where all of the sisters received training from President and Sister Toombs), a zone meeting, and a trainers meeting (a meeting designed for the new missionaries in the field and their trainers--like me and Sister Holladay). Sister Toombs stressed the importance of remembering who we are. We must remember that we are children of God. If we remember that, then everything else falls into place--as long as we are doing what chilldren of God should do. In our zone meeting, we learned that we need to teach people about the Atonement--it's through the Atonement that we can be forgiven of our sins and receive eternal life.

We also met this woman in our ward who served her mission in Japan. Her name is Heidi--not like the other Heidi from last week's entry. She is an incredible member missionary--she knows EVERYONE on her street and has invited them to hear more about the gospel, too! She is incredible! She is so wonderful and she began to cry when SHE prayed for US. Seriously. That woman is a saint.

We then called this woman, Maryanne, that used to be investigating (we saw her our first week here) and she was telling us about her daughter in law who got hit by a car and is now in the hospital. When we first asked if we could have someone bring over meals, she cried! She felt so loved--well, when we talked to her on the phone, she said that she was touched by our kindness. She kept saying, "There is something different about the Mormon church." It was incredible! We have an appointment with her tomorrow and I am excited to see how that goes!

Also, one man that we have been teaching is getting baptized! His name is Raul and he has a lot of deep doctrinal questions. But Sister Holladay committed him to baptism on the second of November! He wants to find happiness, but he still doesn't have the full desire to change completely. We'll be praying for help!

We also went and did service--we sang at the nursing homes! At one of the homes, I went to say hi to some of the older ladies and they were so adorable! They all kissed me on my cheek and hugged me! It was so sweet! I LOVE OLD PEOPLE.

"Then, a miracle happened!" as Coalhouse from Ragtime would say. We contacted a member referral and met this wonderful family, Jeremiah, Melissa, and two of their three children. We asked if we could offer a prayer of peace over their home and they said yes! Well, we went back the next day to pray over their house and we ended up teaching about Joseph Smith and his vision. It was incredible! They had so many questions and we answered them the best that we could. I am so excited to see them again! It is such a blessing to be able to see lives change.

I want you all to know that I know that Christ lives. I know that the only way to peace and happiness in this life is through following Him.

Know that you are loved!
Sister Hardy

p.s. A picture is worth a thousand words :)

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