Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A Pretty Quiet Week...Mostly

This week was a pretty good week. Not a whole lot happened, but there were a couple cool things! So I guess I'll talk about those things!

One thing that was fun was that I got to go on exchanges with Elder English's companion...who is not his greenie. Remember how I told you Elder English was training? His companion ended up going home. It was pretty sad, but at least Elder English's new companion is really cool! His name is Elder Willes, and we were both around him in Carlsbad because he was serving in Oceanside, which is part of the Carlsbad Zone. I got to go on exchanges with him this week, and it was a lot of fun! And one of the best parts is that the dinner we went to was actually a member of the Meadowview ward when I was there last year! (In the last year they reorganized the ward boundaries) So that was really fun to see them again!

We picked up a new investigator this week! She is the lady I told you about last week that just walked into the church building wanting to learn more. So last Thursday we had a lesson with her at a members house (the sister that our Ward Mission Leader got to take her to Relief Society, and her family). And it was a really good lesson about the Restoration of the Gospel. She was asking a lot of really good questions that showed that she had a real desire to learn about what we believe. Which I would hope she does as she said that she wants to join the church. Sadly she wasn't at church this last Sunday so we weren't able to set up our next lesson there, but hopefully we'll be able to set that up quickly so we can meet with her again!

Dinner last Saturday was really good. It was our Young Women's fundraiser for their girls camp. The dinner itself was a spaghetti dinner with some salad, but then they also had a bake sale for some other goodies, and they had a live auction as well! I am really impressed when I see young(er) people, or really anyone no matter what age, working hard to try to reach a goal that they have set for themselves, or to try to get something that they really want. Because we all know that good things in life don't come without work. Just like living the Gospel. We go out and serve people, do home/visiting teaching, go to Church each Sunday, and a lot of other things because we love the blessings we receive and the chance to help out others.

Sunday was also really good. We had a really good Sacrament meeting, a nice lesson about scriptures in Gospel Principles, but the best part was the lesson we had in priest's quorum. One of the priests was giving the lesson and of course he hardly prepared anything, but the lesson, which was about grace, turned into a super spiritual discussion about how we need to strengthen our testimonies, so that when people try to challenge our doctrine, or confuse us with something, we have our own beliefs to lean on so we don't fall away. It was super powerful, and the Young Men's President was really excited because he said that that is how he wanted all the lessons to turn out. Super powerful and fully driven by the Spirit.

But, like I said, not too much happened this week so I guess this brings us to a spiritual thought. On the note of the lesson on Sunday there are a couple scriptures I really like from Section 84 of the Doctrine and Covenants. Verses 62 and 85, "Therefore, go ye into all the world; and unto whatsoever place ye cannot go ye shall send, that the testimony may go from you into all the world unto every creature....Neither take ye thought beforehand what ye shall say; but treasure up in your minds continually the words of life, and it shall be given you in the very hour that portion that shall be meted unto every man." That is really what happened in that lesson. The leaders, the priests, the Bishop, and us missionaries had all studies the scriptures and other things beforehand, and even though the priest that gave the lesson maybe wasn't the most prepared, the Spirit took those things we had studied and experienced and made it into a very powerful lesson.

Well, that is all for this week! Have a great week!


Elder Wixom

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