Monday, October 7, 2013

It's conference time!

This week has had it's ups and downs. One thing that's been interesting to see, is how the Spirit speaks differently to everyone. For example, last Monday night we taught M, who is very intellectual, and comes at things at a very "step by step" method. Most of our lesson involved resolving concerns about the Book of Mormon. It was an interesting lesson because it was very "logical" and not as spiritual as some lessons, but it was spiritually guided and by the end of it, he said that he knew the Holy Ghost had told him that he needed to actually read the words and test the promises, not just look into the historical aspect. 
Ashlyn's District & the Assistants.
We also have a new investigator, J, who is very energetic. At an early point in the lesson, Sis J and I just looked at each other and threw our structured lesson outline out the window and just taught 100% based on the spirit. It turned out a lot better than anything we could have planned for her! All of our investigators are soooo different, but I love each one of them, and have gained a greater testimony of how well Heavenly Father knows each one of us.
Horses & beautiful green grass & trees near Corbin--a visual treat for all of us desert dwellers!
This week we also have done a lot of "member work". It seems like a lot of investigators, converts, and other ward members were hit really hard with trials this week, so we spent a lot of time trying to help them out. 
Some of the trials that I have seen people go through here, are things that I have never ever experienced, but the message that I am here to share is so universal and true that it can help and heal in ways nothing else can. I know that obeying the commandments and living the Gospel is the only path that we can depend on in life.

 We went to the Saturday sessions of General Conference at the church, and Sunday morning at Sister W's house (yw's pres, 4 foster kids) And the afternoon session at Sister H's  :) She also made us some yummy chili and cornbread, and some fresh squeezed carrot/mango/other fruit juice that dad would have loooooovvveeeddd. I feel like I have kind of a special connection with her and Sister M becuase they both have a kid out on a mission, so they are very nice and supportive of us! They have really been a blessing to me so far during my mission. 
This week we also talked to W. a lot. She is a recent convert baptized in August. She is a single mom who is 30 and is super amazing, but doesn't see it at all. She is going through some pretty rough times so could really use some prayers right now. Conference was really good for her.  There were a few times she looked over at us in shock at what the speaker was saying, because it was sooo direct for her!! The spirit is just the best. :D Love it. 
I have a new recipe for y'all to try. Maybe P. (little sister) would like it. It's grilled cheese, but you put spaghetti sauce on before the cheese, and some peperoni after the cheese. Like pizza pockets!
Also a bit healthier than nutella-marshmallow sandwiches :) Ha!

And yes, Sis J and I were dying over the fly in the Sunday afternoon session. Did you see the little guy in the choir yawn on Saturday?? Super funny. 

Favorites of the week:
  • Scripture: D&C 50:40-42:
 40 Behold, ye are little children and ye cannot bear all things now; ye must grow in grace and in the knowledge of the truth.

 41 Fear not, little children, for you are mine, and I have overcome the world, and you are of them that my Father hath given me;

 42 And none of them that my Father hath given me shall be lost.

  • Line: (While teaching J) "I love Mormons! They're like hippie Baptists!" 
  • Conference quote: "Gratitude makes us rich in contentment or poor in discontentment" -Elder Bednar
Yikes! He has his arm around her. :)

Sister Galloway

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