Thanks for all the letters, getting mail is really exciting ha ha, I can't explain it. I love hearing about what is going on there! Emails are great and I love reading them :) Just keep me updated!
One thing: I want to send you guys photos but I need the camera cable to be able to do that, so if you could send that it would be great :) I have the black Sony cyber-shot. If we don't have a cable for it I can just send you guys the SD card. And I'm alright on cardigans right now, there is a mall nearby so if there is anything I need I can probably buy it. Thank you!
This week has been interesting! We met a lot of interesting people and talked to a lot of people of different faiths. One of the cool things about being a missionary is that you get to learn a lot about what other people believe! It's been really interesting :) we are hoping that we can get the members more involved at church with befriending people that we visit. Mom, did you watch the broadcast by any chance? Missionary work is changing! Its crazy, they are going to be on the internet so much more. Much less knocking hopefully!!! Being a missionary is really hard, but the blessings SERIOUSLY outweigh the sacrifices :)
Some interesting things that happened:
-We have been doing A LOT of knocking. Like a lot.
-A woman that we were doing service for gave me a TEMPLE DRESS!!! We were helping her move and she had just bought a new one so she gave me me one that she didn't really use. It was so nice of her!!
-We met a guy who has seen all kinds of visions.
-Sister Stoker and I try to stay focused on the work, but sometimes it is hard! So we made up a game. Whenever we see a random person walking or doing something we make up a story about how the gospel entered their life or something. It is hilarious, I highly recommend it :)
-Sister Stoker and I taught Relief Society this week! It went really well, we are trying to get the members more involved in missionary work. Our lesson was on the broadcast.
-We get to go to the temple next week!!!!! We are sooooo excited and cannot wait!!
This week we have been working hard to find new investigators. We have been knocking on doors, contacting people on the streets and asking for referrals.
This week we met with the seven different families and individuals. We taught them about modern day prophets, the plan of salvation, another the restoration, one family committed to read the Book of Mormon, we referred one girl to the young single adult ward and she is meeting with the Elders. Some visits go better than others but all in all we are excited to be teaching the gospel to these wonderful and interesting people.
Learning More Myself
I have been learning a lot this week about how the lessons should be taught and how to try and bring the investigators attention back to what we are trying to focus on. Sister Stoker has been extremely patient with me as I make mistakes and learn from them. I am trying to remember everything that I learn and the people that I meet but it's kind of hard to. I have been forgetting a lot of little things lately, but I'm sure that is just how being a new missionary is. You are having a lot of information thrown at you.
This week I have been studying a lot about recognizing the spirit and the Light of Christ. The Light of Christ was something that I had heard of before but never knew exactly what it was and learning about it has been so interesting. It is the desire to learn and do good because of Jesus Christ. Since I have been learning about it I have been trying to notice the Light of Christ or that desire to know when we start to teach people about Jesus Christ and his gospel. I have loved learning more about it.
I thought that I knew a lot about the gospel before I came out on my mission but there is so much I didn't know and can learn! I am constantly learning. It has been exciting learning new things and receiving revelation about this gospel through scripture study and prayer. The more that I learn and study the more I realize just how perfect this gospel is and how much it can bless the lives of the people that accept it. It just motivates me more to share what I know. I am so grateful for this gospel and the Book of Mormon, everything that I study just builds my testimony stronger and stronger.
This next week should be a great one, I am excited to see how our lessons go and who we meet!
I love you guys so much!!