Sorry you didn’t get an email yesterday, we had a General Authority (Elder Sitati and his wife!) come speak to the whole mission in Richmond! But more about that later.
Lessons with investigators are going well! We’re trying to figure out how to encourage them to have a desire to feel the spirit, and listen to our lessons for more than an academic perspective. Any ideas there?
We have been so busy this week, it’s crazy! Appointments right and left – so great! We’ve been meeting with members often (trying to meet with each one!) to introduce the ward mission plan, share our favorite scriptures and hear theirs, and ask their conversion story (everyone has one! Not just converts!). Sometimes I share my favorite hymn too (not singing it though. It’s pretty obscure haha. “The Wintry Day Descending To It’s Close”. There are about 10 reasons why it’s my favorite.). We even had a member do a roll-play with us, so she could invite her friend to institute with confidence, and be prepared for what she might say. Amazing!
So yesterday, Elder Sitati of the Seventy came and spoke to us all! Let me tell you, it was a long day. I don’t think I have ever sat in a pew for that long in my life. But it was definitely worth it. We had to leave the apartment at 6:45am, and didn’t get home till 6:00 at night. It’s only about an hour away though. He asked us to think of questions to ask him. A few of these he put on the board, and told us he would address them later. He then broke down our missionary purpose, and we studied it intensively. Embedded in our purpose as missionaries were all the answers we needed all along! What amazing insight. He also taught us that the missionary purpose wasn’t just for missionaries, but for all disciples of Christ. He added a couple things (I’ll italicize them) to convert it to fit everyone. Here it is:
Our purpose is to come unto Christ, and invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and his atonement, repentance, baptism and all other saving ordinances, receiving and being worthy of the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end.
OH! So there’s a sweet girl (21 years old) with high functioning autism that we have been visiting. I’m glad I’m really comfortable with this kind of situation. She is so sweet, and funny, and sings! She is very talented. She has stopped coming to church because she feels self-conscious because of her autism. We’re helping her to feel loved and that she has friends in the ward. She has never been to the YSA ward, so we’re encouraging her to try it out. A ward member has done a terrific job of taking her under her wing. Her mom is active in the family ward, and very encouraging. We hope she will feel comfortable to come to a church activity or meeting soon!
Ah! Almost out of time! Love you all! Bye!!!