No worries about last week. The letter was wonderful and the cookies are delicious :) they also gave us a great excuse to see some people in the area and share the love :) Butch was one of them and was so happy. "Shoot you didn't have to do that" He's so funny. But Mom, I hope you're feeling better! That's great that the ward planned a Cottage Meeting but so sad that no one came :/ was it going to be a time for church tours? or a fireside? That would be so cool for the new teacher to bring her kids. Then she would get to see them all the time! I also have to agree that I have the best companion. It makes a huge difference when we both want to work hard, to find, to talk to everyone, and to teach with the spirit. We have too much fun sometimes :)
Dad I'm glad you're back safe from the fires. You're such a goof. haha Oh and the package I mailed last Monday should be there tomorrow for Mother's Day (yeah sorry that was a while ago, BAD daughter!) and a little something for your birthday :) The other Sisters from our ward are talked about too right?! haha I love getting their weekly e-mails and reading up to see how wonderful they're doing and how strong they are. They have so many more challenges to work through and I admire them so much!! That seriously made me laugh so hard to picture you cracking up and the other firefighters looking at each other wondering what was going on. Mom texted during church what?! haha sounds like when I did that to her but she hadn't silenced her phone. I still feel bad about that. haha But what a good opportunity to have a missionary experience and to notice it as one! I'm learning that sometimes it takes many run-ins with the church before some people have their interest sparked. So one down! haha they just don't understand what they're missing! I'm glad you're enjoying Preach my Gospel still.
Grandma, thanks for your letter!!! It always makes me feel good to hear from you. And yes it was totally legible :)
This week was AMAZING! Wednesday we went to one of the trailer parks to knock a couple doors and the first one we go to she let us in. What?! We sat down and began to talk with her (Lori). She's been losing faith in Jesus Christ because of the death of her brother who was her closest friend. I cannot even imagine. She does want to come closer to Him though, especially as we explained that only Christ can heal her heart and help her to find peace and solace. She agreed to meet with us again on Saturday which was even better. We shared the message of the Restoration with her and as the spirit there grew in strength she completely opened up to us and shared her burden. Wow. I'm amazed at the trust people give to us because of us showing a little love and concern. Charity NEVER faileth. She told us she had tried other churches and was looking for a feeling and never got it, so she had given up. After Sister Hartung had shared the first vision, we asked her, "are you feeling this right now?" She firmly and with tears in her eyes said, "yes." "is that the feeling you've been looking for?" "yes" We then got to invite her to be baptized and again she said. "Yes, absolutely, sign me up!" WOW!!!!!! What a special special experience. She is now preparing to be baptized onand wants her kids to learn more too :)
No effort in missionary work is Ever wasted. It's all in the Lord's time and according to the readiness of the people's hearts to receive it. I continue to be reminded every day that His work is a marvelous work and a wonder, whereas if we did it ourselves it would be mediocre at best. On Sunday, the Lisica family came to church. THe husband was baptized when he was younger and his wife isn't a member but because of recent trials (tumors in his brain) more people in the ward have been able to serve them. We are excited to continue working with them to bring them closer to Christ than they have ever been. ALSO the Blaser family, (less active) came to church for the first time in long long time!!! it was the greatest thing ever to see them sitting in the pews during Sacrament meeting :)
What a blessing it is to be a missionary here in Kansas. It truly is the best mission on earth. I love the people here so much. I absolutely LOVE doing the Lord's work! Sister Hartung and I are striving everyday to be better than we were the day before and the Lord is blessing us for our minuscule efforts. I know the Savior lives and that God is at the head of this church. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever and He loves each of us dearly and equally. He wants us to find His children because they need what we have. They have no idea what they're missing and it's amazing to see them realize the blessings that are theirs if they will but have faith, repent, be baptized, receive the Holy Ghost, and endure to the end. It is so true!!!!
I love you all and pray for you daily! blessings, blessings, blessings :)
we're on bikes again! and this is the Groths. They are so awesome and have helped us so much. He is the greatest ward mission leader :)