We didn’t hear that there was going to be a hurricane coming up the coast last week, but there was one night where we had a crazy rain and wind storm. Mostly wind like crazy. I wonder if that was it?!
So you read that talk I mentioned last week? I’m glad you loved it! I’ve been trying to work on that principle, but it’s sometimes slow going, and I have to catch myself, even as a missionary. It’s especially important in the work because you really have to practice loving people in every way that you can. Another way I have been using this principle is in our purpose, which is to “Invite others to come unto Christ, by helping them receive the restored gospel, through faith in Jesus Christ and His atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end”. We focus a lot on that first point, inviting others to come unto Christ. We invite people to be baptized in every lesson. It’s kind of scary, especially when the person you are teaching has only heard the first lesson, and hasn’t even read the Book of Mormon yet, but we do it every time, in faith, and it works out. People might be surprised, but not offended– if they can feel the love we have for them. The Lord is hastening his work! I am not afraid that people won’t be ready, or able to handle this challenge, as forward as it seems at first. In fact, I’ve been doing this my whole mission, so it is natural now. In District Meeting this week, we were talking about district goals, and I suggested that we not only invite people 100% of the time, but we invite them to be baptized on a specific day every time we invite them to be baptized. So we now are pushing it one step further with faith. When I first gave this idea, it seemed like it would be a lot easier than it actually turned out to be. When asking them to be baptized on a date, it is ESSENTIAL that they know you are inviting them because you truly love and care for them. And we really mean it. They have to be able to see and feel your love for them! But so many blessings have come from this already. We have had investigators agree to be baptized, or agree to pray about a specific date! They also understood our purpose as missionaries much clearer, that we were there to do more than to just educate them, but to actually help them come closer to God, and it helps them when they have an end goal in mind.
I don’t have much time for pictures, but here’s a little sample, from when we were driving out in the country this week and came upon this abandoned old building. No idea what it once was, my guess is a motel? Then we looked closer and saw something in the window. Uuuuuuuhuuum yeah.
Virginia creeper? Sister George says that’s what this is, but I thought that stuff was smaller? Anyway, whether it’s creeper or ivy, it covers everything!!!
Other news from this week (added by Virginia)
These two sister missionaries came to visit at our house on Sunday. They are currently serving in our ward and stake area here in Salt Lake City; Sister Ashworth (from West Virginia) and Sister Kent (on the right.) We discovered this week that Caroline is currently serving in Sister Kent’s home ward in Fredericksburg; while Sister Kent is serving in Caroline’s home ward in Salt Lake. What a fun thing!!