I love sister Akemon so much too.... we get a long really well and both have a desire to work hard and learn how to be the best we can be... so although we make tons of mistakes and both don't really know what were doing ha... we laugh about it and re evaluate and move on. (Christina had been out 12 weeks and Sister Akemon had been out 6 weeks when they became companions.)
Also, a less active who has been coming back for a while now has started to meet with the bishop and is talking mission bound!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I never imagined that part of my missionary work would be strengthening future missionaries so that they could be prepared to teach the people wherever they go! It's exciting.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE my companion. We are learning lots, growing lots and having fun. We've had up and down days last week but it is exciting to feel like we are both getting in the groove of missionary work more.
We have been seeing HUGE miracles and success with our less active work.
Last Saturday, Sister Akemon and I both left the car full of faith and happy attitudes and we talked to 35 people in less than a hour and a half. We got 7 phone numbers and are really excited about teaching these people... I'm going to continue pressing forward with faith in saying that atleast one of them WILL progress to baptism. If we press forward with FAITH and do our best to work hard the lord WILL lead us to people who are receptive and ready.
I have had some really neat studies in the book of mormon this week. I know the church is true. this really and literally is Christ's church. I am SO LUCKY I was born into the covanent. I still wonder why God does some things some ways... haha but i'm smart enough not to question why ha. I love the scriptures. I love the temple. I'm so excited to go this week and feel of the rejuvinating spirit there.
Things have been going well. I love my companion so much and we are still focused on bettering ourselves and trying to bring people closer to Christ.
We have a lot of appointments with less actives who are really catching fire and we committed someone to a solid baptism date this week which is REALLY exciting for us :) so ya...things are great.
We have had a lot of prayers answered this week. The biggest miracle is a ward member brought a friend to FHE who we ITL'ed (Invited to Learn) and they now have a date for the 15th. He is so golden too. He is an avid Bible reader and says he knows the book of mormon is true. I love when members do missionary work. It's a miracle :)
We live in an area of town called North Pinery ... its up in the mountains and is BEAUTIFUL. Deer and foxes are everywhere, and they get so close to you! My goal is to feed one out of my hand before i leave :) The member couple we live with are so cute. Brother ____ leaves us treats at the top of the stairs EVERY single morning. They are so darling.
Sister Akemon is amazing. I am so blessed to have her. We are besties and are so happy that we will be serving together again next transfer! She is totally rubbing off on me though... the other day whilst ( haha) tracting I caught myself saying "y'all have a good day!"..... after we walked away, we both busted up laughing cause I'm turning into a southerner.
I know that Christ atoned for everything... and I can truly pull myself out of the "funks" of life if I rely on him and put in the effort to work and sincerely dedicate myself to Him.
Some members we had dinner with last week were grilling us about why we went on missions etc. and I almost felt bad that I was on a mission and not searching to embark on the realm of marital bliss.... but then I realized that was ridiculous and I made the right decision... chasing people down in the Walmart parking lot with a pass along card is so much better than marriage :) hahahahaha..
President Pfile is giving me a Dear Jane T-shirt though... it says on the back of it "Apparently absence doesn't make the heart grow fonder." and then says "Dear Jane" on the front and its hot pink. I'm so excited hahah.
I have been surprised multiple times to find that the random person I picked to introduce myself to is the exact person we NEED to talk to. It is amazing to see how we are being led by the spirit.
Sister Akemon and I have been abundantly blessed with people to teach and work with. I feel the pressure of working extra hard and not screwing up these lessons though because we are truly being so blessed!
The members here are so amazing. I really love them so much. I swear I want to come home from my mission and devote my life for at least 3 months to just serving the missionaries ha. giving them rides everywhere..... feeding them, going tracting with them. I have been so overwhelmed by the goodness of the members... its unreal.
I don't know if I have ever had a chance to tell you about ____ and____ . They are the SWEETEST elderly deaf couple that live in a family ward in our stake. I help interpret on the Sundays that we don't have P.E.C in the morning and Sister Akemon and I visit them once a week. They are so sweet and so cute. I love them so much.
This whole week has been a miracle. God has answered it seems every single prayer I've uttered this week. We have 2 people with a solid baptismal date.
Another miracle is we have been meeting with a less active who has now come back and is preparing to serve a mission and his lessons have boomed to this giant missionary meeting thing every Sunday night. We have all the future missionaries and some less actives come and we role play and bear testimony and it is so amazing.
I love the ward, we have lots of less actives to work with. Tracting... people are still mean. But we've been blessed with people to teach so I'm not going to even worry about that right now.
I have a testimony that the lord is preparing people all the time. I have a testimony that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and that there is power in the Book of Mormon. This is Christ's church. God hears and answers prayers. THANK GOODNESS!
Sister Akemon and I have 2 people with a baptismal date. One of them is getting baptized on Sunday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She has already called and invited her non member friends and Aunt. She stood up to introduce herself in Relief Society (like they always do with new people) and she announced her baptism hahaha. We were so happy!
_____ remembered a Mormon friend from high school and when he got back from BYU for the summer, she asked him if she could go to church with him. We were led to her by the spirit and introduced ourselves. We found out she wasn't a member, so we offered to teach her more... We committed her to baptism on the first lesson and told her we'd need to meet with her every day ... and now she is preparing for baptism on Sunday the 22nd! We are so excited. She is a miracle.
- Sister Gil
Things are going great! Sister Akemon and I had an amazing baptism on Sunday and it went beautifully! I love my companion and I love the ward and we have lots of work to do which is nice. Honestly there isn't anything to complain about. I've been a little sick this week... my lymph nodes were like the size of golf balls on Wednesday but I am in ship shape now :) :)
We had an AMAZING FHE put on by the ward missionary counsel. We watched " by small and simple things" a church video clip including President Eyring talking about missionary work and then a bunch of testimonies of converts and then we had the converts in our ward bear testimony on all it took was an invitation to something. I am excited to see the fruits of that in the upcoming weeks. I think our ward is really starting to get excited about missionary work.
Some of the miracles this week were watching our less actives or investigators truly feel the spirit.
On Saturday night after watching the Joseph Smith movie with her we had a little testimony meeting. She knows what she is doing is right and true. She cried. Sister Akemon cried. I cried. We all cried. It was a beautiful wet mess :)
I LOVE reading the Book of Mormon every morning. It helps me so much.
I feel such weight on my shoulders to teach these people correct principals so that future missionaries aren't meeting with my recent converts who've gone less active. I want all these people to rely on the lord as their source of strength not me as a missionary or whatever.
I love baptisms so much, but it is so hard as a missionary! I know as soon as someone has a baptismal date the investigators and the missionary get put through the wringer? ringer? I don't know. anywhoo..... Sister Akemon and I have been worked over especially on Sunday (the day of the baptism).... it's just unreal the power that Satan has. Hate that guy.
On Sunday a convert received text after text of anti material from friends (some of which were so ridiculous they were comic. One of them said " ya... and you can ONLY get married in Utah and like once you're in ... you can never get out of it... hahaha) and family members were saying she was joining a cult etc. It hurt my feelings so bad. Honestly I don't understand how people can be so ignorant. The world is so wicked. I know that sounds so grandma-ish but it really is. Utah is SUCH a bubble and I never realized it. You think I would have found out when I lived in London but I still was surrounded by members then. I know prayer is real and we need all the prayers we can get. These people sending the text messages just don't understand.