"WE ARE GOD'S WARRIORS!"
MISSION LEADERSHIP COUNCIL MEETING WITH ELDER DONALDSON AND BROTHER HEMINGWAY
So this week we taught the gospel of Jesus Christ. And yep that's pretty much it. Haha! But really. Okay hmm..
As far as gators, not anything huge to report on. Continuing to progress so that's what we like :) we spent 3 days away from our area again this week but it's good, it makes us work harder when we are in here!
-Denyse (from Spanish branch) had her little farewell party yesterday! She is going to Kansas and leaves for the MTC this week!
DENYS'S FAREWELL PARTY - CON LA RAMA!
-AMBER AND JAKES WEDDING!
-Annual Ward BBQ. It’s amazing the second we pass out invites that say "BBQ" all the less actives come out of hiding. haha And we had a family that we were teaching at the beginning of summer, who dropped us (remember the family that dropped us right before we got pulled over, this is them), and they showed up to it! So we are going to try and start teaching them again!
-Exchanges with Danville and Blitz in Little Rock
(DON'T LOSE FAITH IN ME, I PROMISE I STILL KNOW HOW TO DO MY HAIR)
-I hit my 6 month mark this week!
-Our keys to our car were lost. We realized this last night, so then we set out on our bikes and didn't get 100 feet from the house and we hear Lewis's bike making crazy noises and realized Her tires are flat.. haha So we set out on foot. This morning we had Sister Eastman take us shopping and finally like an hour ago they turned up! We almost had to call president and break the news, haha good thing God answers prayers. Also the elders spent an hour last night at the church looking for them for us. Haha classic pile sister missionary move
-Since the mission I've only seen dead armadillos, but this week I saw not 1 but 2 alive ones! Nasty little things.
We are currently teaching a part member family. It’s a couple with 4 kids, the mom is a less active. We've been teaching them for like 2 weeks now and have been inviting them to come to church. The mom works nights so she said she wouldn't, but 2 of her boys, ages 8 and 11 wanted to come! So those two did! We were worried they'd think it’s boring but afterwards they said they are going to try to get the rest of their family to come next week and that they want to stay for all 3 hours! ahh! yay!
We had Mission Leadership Council with Elder Donaldson and Brother Hemingway. We all found out that up to this point we were doing missionary work all wrong. Haha He taught us to "teach like angels" and used 1 Nephi 11 as our example. As a mission we haven't been using the pamphlets well if at all, and he opened our eyes to a whole new way of teaching using the pamphlets, and more specifically using the pictures in the pamphlets. This is all real boring to you, but it’s seriously done a whole 180 to our teaching and we already have had good experiences using it. It has simplified and intensified our teaching.
ELDER JENKINS IS THE SPANISH ZONE LEADER
Wakolo instructed on faith. We defined having "full faith" means to have no doubt, and that all of our actions reflect our faith. It means we have the faith to "move mountains" and perform miracles. That "you canst do this" mentality. He connected these definitions with men and women in the scriptures. We all discussed great accounts of people like Nephi, Brother of Jared, Abinidi etc etc and how they demonstrated "full faith." We all were in agreement we want the faith that they had. President then had us all take out our ministerial certificate...mine reads...
"This certifies that the bearer, Sister Taylor Jane Moore who is in FULL FAITH and fellowship with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has been duly called and set apart as a missionary of the Church and as such has authority to preach the principals of the gospel. We invite all people to hear her message."
And this card is signed by the prophet! We are the Nephis, the Brothers of Jared, the Abinidis. Thats us! We have the full faith that we need to perform the miracles and to make the differences that those men did.
One last cool experience this week. I got a blessing yesterday from one of the Elders. I had been getting promptings to get one lately, not for any big reason other than I just felt like I had lots of weight on my shoulders and needed a clear head. I kept putting it off, and didn't want to get a blessing for "no reason." It was actually on exchanges when a Hermana shared her recent experience with me about her blessing that I finally humbled myself and asked for one. So a couple cool things happened. 1st before he gave me the blessing he offered a prayer. In it he said "as missionaries we come before thee today." It hit me once again how incredibly amazing this calling is. We are God's warriors, we are helping him fight his battle, and here we are 4 missionaries doing His work calling on His power to be able to fight harder. It was a super small but powerful moment for me. Before this prayer though he asked me a little bit about what I needed, I poorly tried to explain what exactly I needed, I could tell in his face he wasn't 100% sure what the issue was, and honestly neither did I! He started the blessing and through the priesthood was able to give me an incredibly powerful blessing, and as cliché as it sounds, it was exactly what I needed. Things were said that put all of my worries at ease. I was given a lot of comfort with the language and guidance and what I need to do in moving forward with the work.
I want to testify of the power of priesthood. At times I can't wrap my mind around the fact that God trusts young men to be able to act with His power. I love in D&C 84 where it says,
19. And this greater priesthood administereth the gospel and holdeth the key of the mysteries of the kingdom, even the key of the knowledge of God.
20. Therefore, in the ordinance thereof, the power of godliness is manifest.
21. And without the ordinances thereof, and the authority of the priesthood, the power of godliness is not manifest unto men in the flesh;
22. For without this no man can see the face of God, even the Father, and live.
Because of the priesthood we have the knowledge of God, and because of it's power to perform ordinances, it enables us to return to our Heavenly Fathers presence.
Others have the form, we have the power!
Les quiero ️
OH! And while we were grocery shopping this morning we were looking at the magazines and got a good laugh when we saw a picture of Bruce Jenner AKA "Kaitlin" and realized he is prettier than us. hahahaha the real world is too fun! Bless his/her heart.