Week 33, March 12, 2014

16.3.14


I had one of the best days of my mission so far this week.  We had nothing planned in the  morning so from 10-1:00pm we did finding work.  We found and taught golden people who are excited to learn more.  Then after lunch we were going to teach a less-active member a lesson.  When we got there, she had invited a friend of hers that is not a member.  This friend is a nanny and she brought the nine year old boy that she nannies.  We taught a lesson about the plan of salvation.  This kid taught us about the fall of Adam and Eve.  He had learned the story from his  church, but is so excited to meet with us again.  We will be meeting with them all again next Thursday. 

After we left that house, we had planned to visit with a member of the ward in the hopes that we could have the chance to meet with her husband, who is not a member.  Her husband stayed in the other room.  So, we did not get to meet with him.  This lady has been a member for about 5 years, and she is an older lady and has lost a son.  Today we taught her about baptisms for the dead.  It was a really powerful lesson.

We were on our way home and my companion said that she felt like we needed to pass by a particular ward family’s home.  We had about an hour until we needed to be to our next lesson, so we decided to stop by.  We were sitting on the bus and we were discussing what we should share with them for a quick spiritual thought.  I suggested that we read 1st Nephi 17:13-14, that says “I will be your light in the wilderness.”  My comp said, “No way, Carter, that is the exact scripture that I was just thinking of.”

We get to their home and the 1st Counselor in the Bishopric and the wife of the ward mission leader were there already.  We asked them if we could share a scripture with them.  My comp asked the mother of the home to read the scripture.  She started to cry after reading only the first couple of words.  In fact, everyone was crying the Spirit was very strong.  The mother finished reading the scriptures and there was a very tender spiritual pause.  I told her that just like it says in these verses, we know that God is with us during every moment, and he leads us by the hand.  They told us that they were going through a really hard time lately.  There have been some things happening that are not fair and the mother had called the wife of the ward mission leader to come over and the wife of the mission leader had said some things to the family, and the 1st Counselor had come over and said the exact same things.  Then, the mother said that we, the missionaries, just randomly stopped by with the exact same message that had just been shared by the other two people.  She said that was the third time she had heard that that day.  It was very emotional, and the Spirit was so strong.  She testified that we were in the right place at the right time so that she might receive a message from Heavenly Father that was just for her and her family.  

The day was packed with miracles and when we got home we found out that the sister we have been teaching has found a job and her boyfriend has accepted a baptism date.  We spoke with her to set a baptism date, and she said that she needed to pray about it.  So, we will meet with her later on in the week and discuss what needs to happen for them to be baptized.  They are such a wonderful couple and it has been so exciting to watch them progress towards our Father in Heaven. 

This day was such an amazing day! Even though, I have had a ripping headache all day and have just gotten home to take some ibuprophen, today has been spiritually full. Today helped to reaffirm some things in my mind.  I am in the right place at the right time and I can do this. Every day with all of the expectations, it is hard to feel adequate. But its days like today that help me to realize that I can do this.  It’s so hard, but it’s also so so beautiful.  Being a missionary is so exhausting, but so rewarding.  There aren’t any words to express this.  

The boy who was going to be getting baptized over conference weekend has changed his mind and is now going to be baptized on the 29th of march. He said that he doesn’t want to wait that long to get the Holy Ghost. He is such a solid kid. His mom is back full swing into the church, which is a miracle.  His dad mentioned the other night that he'd like to be baptized too.  In order for that to happen, we have to work on the word of wisdom with him. 

Another miracle! We were doing language study in a Gelateria this week, because we traveled out to a Paesino to meet a couple families, and so we had time in between and decided to get gelato, and do you know what song came on? DEMONS. BY IMAGINE DRAGONS.  He is sooo good to me. :) Miracles everywhere!!!

We went shopping in Switzerland last p-day and I bought the cutest skirts in a store called H and M…have you heard of it!?!?  Awe…’Merica!  I miss you!

March 8th was the Giorno Delle Donne, or Women’s Day. This is a keychain that our Relief Society President gave us. We've been talking a lot lately about the 'moral force of women' talk, and how just truly amazing women are.  Thank you to all of the wonderfully strong women that I was surrounded by in my youth.  I truly would not be where I am today without your influence.
Here is a sound bit in which I teach you a couple of Italian curse words.  Stay tuned.  Please ignore the loud trucks, I was recording this on my front porch and the cars were really loud.

Here is my and my amazing comp today out by the lake.  Yay for p-days! 
Also, here is my selfie for the week. 
Mischief Managed
_Sorella Kynia

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