Almost Heaven...West Virginia
Monday, August 12, 2013
August 12, 2013
9:25 AM (7 hours ago)
What a fantastic week! Sister Tuckett says that it is probably the best week Back Creek has seen in
how many lessons we got to teach. This area is truly amazing and Sister Tuckett is such a fantastic
trainer. I'm learning so much and meeting some fantastic people.
, we got to teach 3 lessons and then go to dinner at this amazing Steak House. I think it i
s the best to be companions with someone who is going home soon because everyone wants to make
sure that she experiences the "bests" of everything before she heads home. Thank you!
we drove to Charleston for the Misson Leadership Council and that was amazing! Even though
we had to wake up at
, it was worth it. We talked about refocusing the mission on baptism and
continuing to hasten the work. I love my mission president and all of the other missionaries in leadership
positions. We then ended the night by going to a Court of Honor and it was so fun to see this side of
the ward. They go all out for Courts of Honor out here. I mean, decorations, dinner, dessert, it felt more
like a reception! Crazy! I just thought of my family members that are Eagle Scouts and became so
proud that they have done so much.
we taught a few lessons, but nothing too major, just a normal day. :) We also stopped
by to visit the lady at the gas station that we are working on and a member walked in and bought us a
soda, then the lady gave us a doughnut...They all think we don't eat enough! I promise we are! Holy moly!
, we went to our zone meeting and really focused on committing people during our lessons.
We need to always try to leave them with a specific committment, then always follow up. I've seen such
blessings come from doing this. Funny story for the day, we went to this less active man's house and
he said, "I'm not a Hillbillie, I'm an appilaaachin American!" haha I tried to do it how he said it. It was
hilarious! I also have realized that I haven't told you about our baptism coming up next week. Benita is
going to be baptized
the 18th! Yay! She's had a baptismal date since before I got here, but
now that it is next week, it is finally a reality! She is on fire and her husband (who is already a member)
is so excited as well. They are really striving to go to the temple and are great member missionaries!
They are in their late 50s or early 60s and were truly prepared by the Lord. We then had dinner
nigth with some members and their kids made us duct tape wallets. Sweet!
we went to the other half of the zone's zone meeting then went out to lunch at Olive Garden before
exchanging. I got to be with Sister Gubler. Sadly I haven't gotten a picture yet, but we had a blast. She
was in this area before I got here, so we taught lessons to a lot of people she found and it was good for
them and her to see each other again. Overall, a great day with many chances to share the gospel. We
ended the night at Benita's house and she had brought her grandkids to ask us some questions. They
are going to be members someday. Holy cow those kids were awesome! The little boy who was 8 was
asking such great questions and such a love of knowledge.
was our day to meet with one of our investigators that we've been teaching awhile, I mean
about a year. We believe she's gotten her answer, but is afraid to act on it. She is in her late 60s and
is doing everything we ask her to, except get baptized. She's almost finished the Book of Mormon,
comes to church each week, and prays. We can't drop her because she really is trying. She just finished
the book of Alma and she said, "I like that Moroni guy like Macoroni" "Good ole' Mac" hahaha we died
laughing! She is super funny and we love her, we are just trying to help her experience conversion. We
then exchanged back and went tracting and we tracted into this baptist lady who said she was concerned
for our souls. haha She'll come around someday.
we had a farewell in our ward and the first speaker was talking about how amazing it is that
missionaries leave their families to teach people they don't even know. I felt a tap on my shoulder and
the lady behind me looked at me through her tears with such an expression of gratitude that I couldn't
help but tear up. I turned to her and said, "You're worth it". She truly is, we 've been teaching her
grandsons and we are just waiting on their mom's approval for a baptismal date. They are 8 and 10 and
want to be baptized. The grandma is already a member. She is a sweetheart and she knows we love her.
We then met after church with Benita and her husband to plan out the baptismal service and our Ward
Mission Leader pointed out that a sacrament service and a baptismal service are set up just about the
same way. It is because when we repent and partake of the sacrament, it is like we are being baptized
again. Wow! Mind blowing! :) We got to teach a few more lessons and at 2 member's house they gave us
"Missionary Pie" which happens to be my favorite thing. For those of you who remember, I love Hershey
Sundae Pies from Burger Kind and apparently, that is the favorite dessert of members to give to
missionaries. So awesome and terrible at the same time! hahaha Oh and I got my first bug bite while
on the mission today! Sweet! :)
Well, we are off to go bowling for Zone Unity haha and then tonight is the event called, "Empty Nesters"
It is a gathering of all the empty nesters in our ward (95% of our ward) and they have Blue Grass Music,
Potluck, a spiritual thought and just fun. It is a great chance for us to meet people because it is now this
huge thing that gets non-members and members together. They have it every second
month. I'm so excited! I'll let you know how it goes next week.
I want you all to know that I have a firm testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that our
Heavenly Father has a divine plan ofr each of us and that as we put our faith in Christ, we can do all
things. Our Heavenly Father is truly aware of us and loves us. He wants us to return to live with Him
someday as eternal families and has provided all the necessary things for us to accomplish this goal.
I love this gospel and I love being a missionary. Thank you for all your support and letters/packages.
They are truly appreciated.
Have the most wonderful week ever!
Picture 1 - Our dinner
Picture 2 - Driving to Charleston...was gorgeous!
Picture 3 - Making fried cucumbers (our less active told us we had to try them)
Picture 4 - The final product
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