Oh what a beautiful day!!!
: We woke up bright and early (at ) and headed to Charleston, WV for Mission Leader Council. What a fantastic thing to be a part of! I love listening to President Salisbury and getting to learn from the other missionary leadership. There are some amazing missionaries in this mission! We also got to eat at Chick-Fil-A which is always a treat on the way home. heehee So fun!
: October!!! Where did September go?! We were able to see Linda Flint and invited her to watch conference. She used to be a race car driver and is one of the coolest older ladies! We are hopefully going to begin teaching her son, Robert. The gospel would change his life by giving him direction and purpose. We then stopped by Lisa Wilhelm's house for a second to set up a time to come back and we were able to learn a few Ukrainian words! She is from the Ukraine and so his her grandmother who is living with her. Her grandmother doesn't speak any English, so I'm hoping to pick up a few words. :) We then went to District Leader Council for a bit and discussed the needs of the zone before heading to see Mary. She is doing great, a bit stressed, but doing great! We also were able to do a quick cleaning for a lady named Miranda who Sister Tobler used to teach in Salem! For some reason she was visiting our area! We had a wonderful church tour that night and had 2 people come who asked some fantastic questions! I love the church tour! We then ended the night by seeing Gloria. She is so fun to teach because she believes everything we believe, she just thought she was the only one! She has a lot on her plate right now and would not be able to get baptized for a while, but she is a joy to teach.
: We did our lovely weekly planning, then went and planned our zone meeting with the zone leaders. We were then able to stop by and see Mae. She is a classy woman! We hope to begin teaching her and her grandson soon! We tried to see a few people, had dinner, then met up with Elizabeth! This is where another miracle with Elizabeth happened! We were teaching her the Word of Wisdom and she said, "I've already studied this and so I started living it, and there are so many health benefits!" and then she went on to say, "Of course, Joseph Smith received this revelation from God!" Are you kidding me?! Amazing!!!! She is wonderful! Wow! She came to volleyball that night and is really seeking to know if this is true! She is so much fun to teach! She is hopefully going to make her date of !
: 15 month mark!!! We had a fantastic zone meeting! Thank goodness for the spirit, truly we didn't do much, but the spirit guided the discussion. We taught about Chapter 8 in Preach My Gospel and how it is something that will change our lives! I invite each of you to read and apply it! Amazing! We then went and taught Brenda and finally met her boyfriend, Joseph. He is a sweet man. We then drove back to Lexington for Correlation where we had our delicious night pancakes (just like home) and talked about the needs of the investigators. We ended the night by contacting some referrals and also seeing Willie and Karen! I love them! Willie's heart is continuing to soften and hopefully he'll be at church soon!
: We volunteered at RARA and had a great experience there, before heading to listen to conference in the church. Between conference sessions we stopped by the Hendersons and invited them to watch it from home. We then watched the 2nd session and ended the night with dinner at Sister Arogyasami's. She made us delicious Indian food and we had a great discussion with her!
: We were able to begin teaching 2 men! One named Derek and the other Donald! They are both super nice men and are looking for peace. It was neat to see the Lord's hand in the work! We then watched conference with Elizabeth and this was the session where the first 3 talks were on "Following and Sustaining the Prophet". We turned to her and told her that it was unique and then she turned to us and said, "It must be important!" haha slap in the face! We got chastised by our investigator! haha She is truly amazing! Between conferences we ate lunch with the Kraut's who have the most amazing conversion stories! Sister Kraut is German and found the church in a little town in Germany. Her husband found the gospel in the army. So neat!
A crazy week has come and gone and I've loved every minute of it! Wasn't conference amazing?! I don't know anyone who can listen to the words of the Lord's servants and not feel the spirit! Wow! I'm so grateful for conference and to know that we have a living prophet and apostles today! We don't have to search hopelessly for truth and wonder if there is any truth...We have it! All of it! We have every blessing, every ordinance, every covenant! We have the fullness of the gospel! I'm so grateful to be able to share this message with the wonderful people in the West Virginia Charleston Mission! We are so blessed to have an eternal family and the priesthood in our homes! Just think, the power of God is available to each and every person on this earth! Phew! It gives me goosebumps! :)
This week started off beautifully! We were able to go to the community table which is an organization set up in this community to provide an amazing meal 2 days a week to families for free! It is all volunteer and all donated and helps struggling families to make ends meet. It is so neat to see people from all walks of life to come and eat together and serve one another! It was created by an LDS man and is now affecting 1000s. We were placed at this table with a cute African American woman named Lois Green. She is 73 and amazing! We hit it off and became best friends within minutes. She invited us back this week where we are going to exchange information and as she said, "keep in touch". I sure love her! We then spent the rest of the night trying to see a few people and getting appointments set up for the coming week.
Today we are writing late due to some miracles! We ran into Willie and Karen and they took us out to lunch, then the bishop asked us to go teach this family with 5 kids. Of course we said, "Yes!" haha I love our bishop. He is amazing!
Well, I'd better get going, but I hope you each know I love you dearly! I hope Hollen had a happy 6th birthday! Mason! You are going to be 18! What better way than to spend it than in Italy. (I'm a bit jealous!) Also, thank you Bridget for the wonderful package! You were inspired! I was going to go crazy with the clothes I had. :) You have beautiful taste!
I hope you each have the most wonderful week! Remember you are loved! The gospel is true! The temple is where we want to be! Just like they said in conference in Elder Scott's talk. Pray, read the scriptures, have FHE, and go to the temple as much as possible! I love you!
Sorry no pictures this week! I'll do better next week!