What a great week! I love being a missionary!
We started off the week by teaching Elizabeth with Sister Skinner. It was an amazing experience as we began teaching her in the church about the Plan of Salvation. The spirit was so strong! Each time we brought up a point that may have differed from Elizabeth's Baptist belief, she would say, "Wow, You are filling in all the gaps! I didn't even realize I was missing pieces!" I felt like I was reading from Preach My Gospel. It was wonderful! She is steadily reading through the Book of Mormon and would have come to church yesterday if she hadn't of worked the night shift before. She is one amazing person. We are going to meet with her tonight and teach about the Word of Wisdom while teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Elizabeth also went to volleyball at the church and is making friends with many of the members. It is truly a blessing for us to get to teach her. The gospel "just makes sense!" as she would say. ;)
At the end of the meeting I sadly and oddly had to give my "Departing Testimony". This is something each missionary does before they leave. I guess this was my last Specialized Training before heading home so it was my turn. So sad! It was awful! Especially because I wasn't planning on having to do that until at least November. But now it is done and now I get to get back to work! :) Yay! We then went on exchanges with the sisters in Lynchburg. I went with Sister Lopp who is finishing up training. We met a lot of great people and had some amazing lessons. Sister Lopp is fantastic missionary! I learned so much from her! At the end of the night we had a lesson with a young man who was trying to bash, but we simply bore solemn testimony and at the end I invited him to keep an open mind as he met with the missionaries because otherwise he would never know the truth. heehee A bit bold, but hopefully it will open his mind more. :)
We then saw Mary a bit before heading to the Women's Conference! I loved every minute of it! I love the spirit and sisterhood of the church. I love the spirit we feel each time we meet! I love this gospel! It was amazing to go to one church back to ours and the difference felt. I am so grateful for the time of year that it is and that we have a living prophet on the earth today! I'm so grateful for the Relief Society and to be a part of it!
I hope you each know how much I love you! I want you to know this church is true! The fullness of the gospel is on the earth! We have a living prophet and get to listen to him and the apostles speak this weekend. Prepare this week to hear and follow their counsel. You will be blessed for each sacrifice and act of preparation!
I love you!
Picture 1 - My cute companion in one of the shops in Lexington
Picture 2 - Sister Lopp and I on exchanges