So, this week despite my companion getting sick, we were able to have some awesome experiences!!!
We started teaching the 8 year old daughter of a Less Active family. Her name is Bella Arnold and her mom is from Brazil, so her english isn't very good. But we were able to teach her about Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost. It is amazing how quickly children can learn. No wonder Christ commands us to "become as little children." They are so humble! Like little sponges!
We also got to teach Ryland! Also, found out his last name and decided I'll never be able to say it...it's Krzywicki. Yep. Anyway, the lesson went great! We had a lesson on the Plan of Salvation which was perfect because he recently had a family member pass away. He seemed to soak up the plan of Salvation and understood it well! We also committed him to get permission from his dad to be baptized so he can finally enter into the waters of baptism! His mom told us that he had asked her before why he hadn't been baptized yet, but now his opportunity is coming! :)
We also discovered that the last Recent Converts in this ward (which are about a year ago) never had their new member lessons. The 3 oldest kids had gotten baptized, but their dad, Kyle, never joined because he has concerns. However, Kyle LOVES us! I'm not really sure why but he gets so happy when we come over, and when we came, he stayed for the entire lesson and even participated! The Spirit was there and it was such a pleasant evening. He even asked us if that was it or if we got to come back again! :)
CHURCH WAS AWESOME! SOOOO many little miracles! #1 Bella Arnold's family finally came to church! #2 Brother Mitchell asked us if we could call before we came to drop off a note to his roommate to make sure he was there because "he really took to us" (that just made us laugh because the elders were trying to work with him) #3 Kyle and the whole family (this hasn't happened for a while came to church!) Not only that but he stayed all 3 hours!! I don't think he'd ever done that before! :) #5 so many members came up to us asking if we could visit their families :)
This week I feel that the theme has been humility. I've been reading in the Book of Mormon about the people after Christ came. They went from "and surely there could not be a happier people among all the people who had been created by the hand of God" to "it is impossible for the tongue to describe, or for man to write a perfect description of the horrible scene of the blood and carnage which was among the people...And there never had been so great wickedness among all the children of Lehi, nor even among all the house of Israel, according to the words of the Lord, as was among this people" in a matter of 300 years. What was their downfall? What went wrong? It was the root of all evil, pride. Which is probably why the Lord commands us again and again to be humble. I dissected a scripture this week that shows the power of humility, hopefully you can follow, it's Helaman:
"Nevertheless they did fast and pray oft, and did wax stronger and stronger in their humility, and firmer and firmer in the faith of Christ, unto the filling their souls with joy and consolation, yea, even to the purifying and the sanctification of their hearts, which sanctification cometh because of their yielding their hearts unto God."
Fast and ---> wax strong in humility ---> souls filled with ---> hearts were purified <---all this came from yielding
pray often and then, firmer in joy and (cleansed) and their hearts to God
faith consolation sanctified (made holy) (because they were humble)
Being humble is not easy by any means, but the fruits of humility are so so sweet. Please examine your lives and ponder what more you could do to humbly submit to the will of the Lord, I promise you won't regret it in the end.
Serving with a Smile,
P.S. I will literally get a smartphone and become a Facebook missionary the WEEK before I come home :)
2. We decorated a Less-Active's door, I thought my hands were going to fall off they were so cold (gloves would have been very inconvenient though...) :)