I went on exchanges with my Sister Training Leader Sister Johnson on Tuesday, and we had an incredible day. We spent like 2 hours in one apartment complex talking to people and passing out copies of the Book of Mormon and helping people. It was so much fun. And we met this group of men from Puerto Rico who were on their porch listening to their music and all that, and only one spoke English well. He was pretty interested and we taught a quick Restoration lesson because he had to go to work. And when it came time to talk about the First Vision, I really felt that I needed to share it in Spanish so that the other two would gain something out of what we were saying. So I did and they loved it! I even got a high five for good pronunciation. Haha. The Lord gives us ways to share the gospel with everyone, and I'm grateful to have been able to do that. It was an awesome exchange and we were so blessed as we preached by the way.
The next morning was Zone Meeting! Hooray! I gave a study share about the Atonement, and then the Zone Leaders talked about the goals President Slaughter has set for the mission for 2015, which are 1) be fully consecrated 2) bury our weapons of rebellion, and 3) develop pure hearts. So that was really fun and I have an amazing zone. I learned a lot and feel super motivated to make this next year as successful as possible.
So it's been pretty chilly here lately, down in the 30s. We've been wearing our thermals and coats and hats and gloves and we use blankets during study to stay warm. It's been pretty fun, but I have to admit, I do miss the summer. And I'm sure in the summer I'll be saying how much I miss winter. But apparently it's supposed to get warm again soon. Yee.
Sorry this email is long this week, it was just a good week! Our sweet recent convert Sister Milam(i'll send a picture of her) is amazing and she is a true Texas woman and says the best things. She lives one hallway over from us, so the other night we stopped by. She swung open the door and yelled "Butter my butt and call me a biscuit!! The sisters are here!!" Hahaha. I love her so much.
The work here is going well and we've been teaching more and more! We've been working a lot with less active/part member families, and it is scary at first because we don't know what to expect, but things are going so well and we've gained a lot of trust from them. Our recent converts are doing amazing and I just love this ward so much! I serve with the sweetest people around. For real. Sister Farmer is doing so great and I just love her so much! She is so funny and so sincere and I'm beyond blessed to have her as my companion. Transfer calls are this Sunday, which is scary!
One last thing to share--something from my personal study this morning. I was reading Alma 5, and a part in verse 7 really stuck out to me. It's talking about changed hearts, about being in darkness, then "nevertheless, their souls were illuminated by the light of the everlasting word..." I really love that. The gospel of Jesus Christ is truly as good as it gets. Never doubt that or take it for granted. It absolutely can illuminate our souls, even when it doesn't feel like it, and it is all possible through the Atonement of our Savior who loved us and loved Heavenly Father enough to willingly and lovingly offer Himself for us. It's incredible to realize how loved and blessed we are.
I love all of you and hope that you have a great week!