|February 19, 2015 Wausau Zone Conference|
|February 19, 2015 Lunch at Zone Conference|
Dear Family & Friends,
Poor Da, send him my love :( That's awesome that Chris is getting married!!! Yay eternity! My trainer Sister Anderson is so close to getting married...I warned her that she better wait till I get home so I can go...even if we have to make an extra pit stop on the way home haha. Speaking of which...if we are staying in Nauvoo, I think you have to get reservations for a hotel or whatever we are planning on doing...I wish I had the internet sometimes to see when the pageant is. The Baetens from our ward are actually in it!! So I'll get the deets from them :)
I will send something to Deb, this world is so crazy right now, there is no doubt that the time is at hand for the Savior to come and cleanse it!
YES, the Hmong here are hoppin'! I am surprised how many. We have tracted into a few Hmong people who speak pretty good English, but it is so cool learning more about their culture.
There are so many blessings that accompany those whom and with whom you serve. Nothing gives me more joy than seeing that hard shell of defensive misunderstanding melt away around the heart of someone we come in contact with when the Spirit touches their soul in some small or big way, unknownst to us. We met a sweet older lady tracting in the dead of night a couple of nights ago. We knocked on her door and she answered in her curlers saying: "And what in the WORLD are you two doing at this time of night in this freezing weather??" We mentioned we were doing a survey and when she asked "why? I'm not changing religions." We said that we want to understand people's beliefs and what makes them happy. She said "Fine, but I'm watching a good movie so make it snappy..." We ended up talking to her for almost an hour about her family and her Christian beliefs. She lost her son when he was 11 and has been relying on the Lord for all of her strength. She has been through so much, but has the most glorious countenance that made me just want to keep smiling. She opened up so much, laughing and we couldn't help but laugh with her, and although she was not interested in the Book of Mormon or anything, she genuinely said how thankful she was that she got to talk with us. I look forward to meeting with her again.
This week the power of member-missionary work was apparent, not only in our area but many others as well. After we offered a training at Zone Conference about the importance of getting to know and serve the members of our wards (for only then can we earn their trust and the work fully move forward) we employed the service of the Hoens for our investigator Kelly, who has been investigating a long time, to give her a blessing to help her quit smoking...she still desires baptism so we will be working with her to make a plan to talk with her doctor about options to help her quit smoking. We also brought Sister Chandler, who is new in our ward, and Mai Lee the recent convert who came to Zone Conference, with us to a couple of lessons and they were so excited for the first time going out with the missionaries and meeting new people. I believe many miracles will continue to develop from their service.
I think the members are starting to trust us more...the bishop's wife invited us over for dinner for like the first time EVER after stopping by and getting to know them a bit better. We have been reviewing the Ward Mission Plan with families in the ward and the young men also made all the missionaries care-packages, which were so amazing to see, and many youth are asking questions about missionary work!
Sadly no investigators came to church yesterday :( They were either sick or "busy" so we will work extra hard this week to make sure our baptismal dates and the others we are teaching GET TO CHURCH! We have also found a few promising potentials this week so we hope and pray that they will turn into solid investigators this week.
Thank you for all of your steadfast devotion towards the Lord and the support you give me and bro and all the missionaries. Because we need all the help we can get...
Love you more than the icy cold loves turning snot into icicles!