Monday, May 26, 2014

Zone Conference #2- Success!

HELLO!!!! :D

I hope all are doing well!  This week has been busy, and fun, and crazy!

Our FHE with the Valdez family went really well!  The kids really enjoyed it, and the Spirit was good.  Even Kelly (the ex-husband who comes over a lot), seemed to be paying attention... when he could.  Cayden can be a bit of a handful sometimes.  But he was telling the kids to sit down and listen!  HOW AWESOME IS THAT?!  And then we had Teressa agree to do the lesson for FHE today.  I'm really excited.  I know that she'll do great. :)  Oh, I just love their family so much!  They're so sweet!  I hope one day Kelly will see how much the gospel blesses Teressa and the kids and will seriously consider getting baptized.  I have a feeling that he could really be a good, strong member if he joined.  Well, nothing that a little prayer can't help!

Tuesdays are starting to be our busiest days it seems like.  Or maybe it was just this Tuesday.  I dunno.  But having splits every Tuesday nights seems to help us see everyone.  In that 2 1/2 hour time frame we can usually visit between 5-6 people!  It's great, and it's helping us know the ward members better, and form good bonds with them.

So, on Tuesday, and Saturday, we started helping Jayme Adams, a recent convert, move back into her old home.  She's really excited to move back in.  (So is her dog, Pearl.  One of the sweetest dogs I've ever met.)  She wants to slowly move back in since she has to stay in her apartment until the end of June, but we're now going to help her move every Friday night. (Welcome back causal Fridays!)  I think this will be good for her-- especially since she likes to garden, and she can start working on hers again.  She grows a lot of Iris's, which are beautiful, by the ways.

Speaking of Iris's, look at Sister Stevenson's garden: 

Sister Stevenson is like, the sweetest lady ever.  She feeds us at least once a month, and is just SO talented.  She sews, she paints, she has this awesome garden, and is just the sweetest lady ever. :)  So we had to stop by yesterday to see her flowers in full bloom.  SO GORGEOUS.  Pictures do not do the garden justice.  But yes, it was good to visit with her for a little bit and to hear all the stories about how she got all of her flowers.  Yup.  Love her. :)

Anyways, Zone Conference was really good.  I think what I got out of it is... 
1) Obedience.  Obedience is KEY.
​2) To gain true conversion and testimony, you have to exhort yourself, and put the work in it; not just do the bare minimum.

It was a good reminder of both.  Zone Conference, as the time before, helped rekindle that desire to continue on my own conversion path towards Christ.

Oh, and also, the singing went smoothly.  It apparently made Sister Cannon cry because it was so good. :)  I'm just glad to have it over with.

And then we had a lesson with the Babbs on Thursday night.  it was SO GOOD!!!!!!!! We taught them about the Plan of Salvation, and Will was totally into it.  He said that it all made sense!  he was talking about how he kind of already knew it, but when he was taught it as a kid, the teachers would always stop at Judgement Day, and he always wondered what happened after that.  He said that the Kingdoms "completed the chapter"  AGH!  He's so golden!  We're hoping to commit him to baptism in a couple of weeks when we see him next.

We also finished up Vicki Barker's yard.  It looks really nice.  And she fed us lunch (bonus!).  We also met her neighbors (double bonus!), and the kids were super cute.  We got along with them really well, and the older kid, Reed, seems to want to more about religion in general.  I'm kind of excited for him. :)  I'm hoping that we can somehow get in and teach him.  Both Reed and Nyela (I think) are sweet kids, and their mom seems pretty nice too.


THE PUCCIOS WERE AT SACRAMENT MEETING THIS WEEK!!!!!!! AGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We didn't get to talk to them really afterwards, because they left to eat lunch at a members home, but they were there!!!  And it was a great sacrament meeting to.  The had the high priest group talk about the second coming, the apastacy, and about Joseph Smith, which is great for the Puccios.  I can't wait to talk to them this week about what they thought of it. :)

And...... yup.  Think that's about it.  It's time to head off and go play at the park!  (We're gonna play badminton!  And tennis!  And have cake!  I'M SO EXCITED!!!! ... yeah, it's a mini party for me.  Birthdays are awesome, what can I say?)

Love all of you!

And a thought,provided by my awesome brother Jake, to leave you with: 2 Timothy 1:7- For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

How amazing is that?

Love you all!  Hope all is going well!


Sister Empey

PS-- So, this week, we're emailing at the Family History Center since the place we usually email is closed.  This just happened to be above the computer I'm using:

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