SWEET IS THE WORK!
ZONE MEETINGS IN CONWAY. PINEAPPLE WHIP LIKE DISNEYLAND!
This week went too fast, I can't even remember all that happened!
Kerry and his sons Denver (9) and Lauren.(11) They are gems. His ex wife was on the roster so we went to find her and found them, and seriously they are golden! They live in a nearby town Atkins, and they own a ton of farmland. The first lesson we had with them we applied what we learned last week with the pamphlets. We taught the restoration and the spirit was incredibly strong, we were able to set baptism dates with all of them. The boys reply to all of our questions with "yes ma'am" and it makes me melt! They are so darn cute! Seriously we love this family so much. I feel so blessed to be teaching them. He also is a pilot and has a little plane; he used to be in the air force. He wants to take us on a ride, but the white handbook says no =(
Chase is MIA right now, which is real frustrating. This is typical though, the closer it gets to their baptism date the harder Satan works and things start falling apart. Hoping to get in touch again with him soon. It’s not like him to be MIA like this, praying everything is good.
Brag Family (AKA Koster family, we had a bit of a mix-up with last names) - They too are also golden. This family are the 2 little kids who came to church last week! We set dates with all 4 kids this week. It has been so much fun teaching families! It's crazy thinking about how God has lead us to find these families who are so ready for the gospel.
BACK TO THE BIKES
I'm not sure I've mentioned Rafael in a while. But he is turning into an eternal investigator. We both felt like we needed to keep teaching him. A few days after this we stopped by and he wasn't home but his siblings were! They all are from El Salvador, and they offered to feed us! We've started teaching them too! Rafael gave us 3 new gators! haha Okay so get this, they fed us fried bananas (they also have every kind of fruit tree/plant growing in their back yard), beans, and then crema. Straight crema. I'm not sure how to spell it, but basically it’s just cheese that looks like mayo. The members from Mexico feed it to us as well, but in super small portions, but I guess from El Salvador they eat it like soup! Oh my goodness, we felt so gosh darn sick. Dipping fried bananas is cheese was a one of a kind experience. Y’all should google this stuff, then go buy it and eat it like soup and TELL ME HOW YOU FEEL AFTER. Oh listen it gets better, this was our 2ND MEAL of the night. But we can't turn down meals with gators! Or with anyone down here because they will hate you forever if you do! haha oh my gosh for real though it’s insane. We felt so sick. Sweet is the work.
DINNER WITH THE RAFAELS
Also Katie is in Utah! Until the 14th! Mom I hope you and Lewis's mom can meet up with her!! She is visiting with all her missionaries. She has every day chuck full of plans. Katie basically runs the ALRM so all of her missionaries in Utah are super excited to see her. So mom you have to squeeze in a lunch or something!
Saturday we didn't do studies in the morning because we had an activity with the branch. And then we went on teaching without doing studies. Halfway through the day we realized the impact it had had on us. So we went and did a good hour of personal study. We finished the day like rock stars. Perfect example of the power of making time for studies every day. Missionary or not.
BRANCH ACTIVITY AT MARINA PARK
Also if you want to win over someone's heart just start washing their dishes and they will most likely offer to feed you :)
We talked with President this week and he asked us if Lewis and I are sick of each other yet or are sick of Russellville..NOPE! We want to stay together right here in Russellville! My favorite lately is our late night (meaning 10:35) giggles. We both are completely exhausted but before crawling into bed we recap all the hilarious things that happened and just laugh like crazy.
I love the Ward and branch. This feels like my home Ward. And I'm terrified to leave.
Sunday School is way cooler now that my Spanish is better:
2 Corinthians 12:9-11
"9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me
10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong."
Reminder that in hard times, when days go bad, when everyone cancels on church last minute, when your feet are sore from walking, when you feel inadequate as a leader, when someone slams the door in your face, when you feel like theirs 100 pounds on your back, when you want to be home doing normal things, when you want to sleep in, when you’re trying to teach in a language you don't fully know, when you walk out of a lesson feeling like it wasn't good enough, when you can barely keep your eyes open and the day has just begun, when someone is changed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ and still walk away...
("if it so be that we suffer WITH HIM, that we may be also glorified together."Romans 8:17)
REMEMBER His Grace or His divine help/strength given to us through The Atonement, is enough. He knows what it’s like. His power fixes everything.
When I depend on that power that only He has...
Then I become strong and triumph over all my weaknesses
te quiero muchisimo!
TEACHING WITH "GRACE"! :)
HIKING LABOR DAY WITH RUSSELLVILLE, DANVILLE, AND MORRILTON DISTRICT, AND SAM AND SYD!
WE CAN'T GO IN THE ELDER'S APARTMENT SO WHENEVER WE HAVE TO GO THROUGH THE ROSTER OR ANYTHING WE HAVE TO SIT ON STOOLS OUTSIDE THE DOOR. #MISHLIFE