Monday, September 29, 2014

September 29, 2014 - Lessons at a Grocery Store


Let's see.... so, on Monday, we played Zombies in the Avalon building, an older church building with lots of adding on. :)  Needless to say, tons of fun. :)  Until I injured my toe (blood blister.  That popped.).  But still tons of fun.  Just, you know, running around the halls of the church, trying not to be tagged by one of the "Zombies".... the point is to be the last one tagged.  Yup, lots of fun. :)

Tuesday was a good day.  We picked up a new investigator!  Her name is Karisma Woods, and her dad is a member, but her mom is not.  Karisma wants to be baptized, but hasn't been able to take the lessons really because of basketball, apparently.  Well, anyways, we set up an appointment to start teaching her the lessons on Wednesday!  We're super excited. :)

We also got back into the Stinchcombs home!  We finished the whole first lesson this time, and it went really well.  Even the oldest, Jacob, was involved this time, and payed attention and seemed interested. :)  The spirit was really good there, and I really think they're both going to progress. :)

Then we went and visited Kristie Boswell that night.  Previously, we had left her and her husband to read the first chapter of the Book of Mormon.  When we went to visit them, she was home with two of her kids (husband was at work), and she had told us that she didn't read it.  So we read it with her, and her daughter, Melissa I think, followed along with us.  The spirit in the home was incredible!  She was almost in tears when we wrapped up.  She then told us that she was going to take the Book of Mormon with her that weekend to work and read it all!  EEK!  I can't wait to hear how it goes tomorrow!  :D

We taught David and Terra Pitts on Wednesday.  David is seriously one of the stinking cutest 7 year-olds I have ever met.  He said that he had prayed about the Plan of Salvation, which we had taught him last time, and that he got an answer back that it was true!  And then he got after his mom because she got up late on Sunday and they didn't make it to church.  So, this week, we taught them about the Gospel of Christ, and both Terra and David asked good questions. :)  It's so awesome to see these two have the desire to learn and to come back to church. :)

We also had an actual sit-down conversation with the Marsalas on Wednesday and re-taught the first lesson!  It went really well, and it helped us know better where they were standing spiritually.  So this week, to help them with their testimony of Joseph Smith, we're going to watch the Prophet of the Restoration movie with them.  I hope it helps. :)

We had a very interesting lesson on Thursday night... so, on Tuesday, Brother Grigg in the 3rd ward called us up and told us that we had an appointment to meet with this potential investigator named Lino, and that he was going to bring a friend with him.

So, the first odd thing was that we were meeting in the Kaveman lounge above Ridleys.  Nothing up there but tables, but still very interesting.  So the meeting was Sister Stevens and I, Brother Grigg, Sister Neal, and then Lino and Doug, his friend.

So, we started out just by laying out some of both of our basic, core beliefs.  And Lino and Doug started asking questions.  And they were good questions.  At first, Lino seemed to want to understand, and it was Doug that seemed a little more... attacking.  Well, like I said, they had good questions, almost a little too good.  As in deep doctrine questions.  And we were starting to lose control.  So, I turned to Doug, who's in charge of the kids ministry at his church, and made a connection with him.  I mentioned that I've taught kids about Christ as well, and so we've had similar experiences.  Then I asked him if, when kids come to him with deep questions, if he laid out the basics of their beliefs before he told them any deeper stuff.  When he replied yes, I explained how we were in the same situation now.  We would love to be able to explain and answer his questions, but that we had not had a chance to lay out the basics of the Gospel yet.

There was a very visible change in that moment.  It was suddenly Doug who was wanting to hear more what we had to say, and Lino was the one attacking us, even though we may of had the same belief as he did.  It was very hard to keep calm and not argue back, but I am very grateful that I have the gift of the Holy Ghost to guide me to what to say.  

It seemed like our conversation was 2 hours long, but Brother Grigg neatly wrapped up the discussion at 8 o'clock, nearly 50 minutes after we started.  We ended with a prayer, and offered both Lino and Doug a Book of Mormon (we, having previously, explained that the Book of Mormon was another testament of Jesus Christ).  Lino flat out refused, saying that all we need is the bible, but Doug took it!  I don't know if he'll really read it or not, or if we'll hear from him again.  We saw him talking with Lino outside afterwards, and Lino seemed upset.  But we feel like we have planted the seed in Doug, and that maybe, one day, he'll be ready to accept the full truth.

It was a hard lesson/discussion to go through, but I am very grateful for it.  It was an experience I will never forget, for sure.

On Saturday, we met with the Taylors again, and had another fantastic lesson with Brother Taylor.  He again was very active in the conversation, and you can tell that he really wants to know.  I think that he already knows, he just doesn't realize it yet.  I love the Taylors!  They're such an amazing family!

On Sunday, we spoke in 3rd ward (again), and my talk was on agency.  There was one part where I almost cried.  I was talking about how I don't need to see the news every day to see Satan trying to pull us down, trying to make us make the wrong decisions.  I just needed to see the people who I visit and love to see Satan trying to work against us, and I was hit with an overloading sense of love for everyone in the congregation.  I found myself pleading with them to make those right choices so that they could be happy.  It was a very special and spiritual experience for me.

We had another lesson with the Martin girls last night, and I think it was the best lesson we've had with them.  They were all very quiet, took turns answering questions, and even Chloee, who usually is the disruptor, was really quiet and was involved.  They're excited for General conference to come up.

We also taught the Higleys about Missionary work.  Sister Higley is so sweet!  She made some cookies for the first time (as to first time ever or first time in the oven or first time here in the US I wasn't quite sure about), but they were really good. :)  Some sort of like, macaroonish cookie or something.  Very yummy. :)

We spent the rest of our Sunday night with one of 3rd ward families, the Jensens.  We played some sort of number game with them (they would read a question, and you would have to guess the answer.  For example "How much did the biggest pumpkin weigh?", and then we would guess who was the closest in answer.), and just had fun with them.  They're an awesome family. :)

Well, that's all for this week!  It was a really great week, and I just love being here in Kuna.  It's the best. :)

Love y'all!  Keep the Faith Strong!


Sister Empey

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