"IN ORDER TO REACH A HIGHER GOAL, WE MUST DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY!"
So much has been going on and I'm the worst for not taking enough pictures or writing things down because now I'm here looking back at the week and I can't remember all that happened...days just cram together.
Some good stuff:
Some more greenies arrived in Arkansas this past week! All of the trainers were in our area to pick them up so we got to do a lot of blitzing and sleepovers at our house. We do all the planning and chauffeuring, which makes things crazy but we got a lot of referrals so definitely worth it. :)
Sister Jackson went out of town so we had sleepovers at the Hermanas apartment #blessed because I love my Hermana fam.
We took a bike day this week, which is so hard because we still have the car out front and we have to just buckle down and do it. Little Rock is so brutal because if we aren't going uphill we are going downhill. There is no in between. We came back for dinner and had to take showers we were so disgusting. But we did find a family of 4 so it was so worth it!
POST BIKE DAY!
Missionary Fun Fact: the copies of Books of Mormon and Bibles we hand out have a bar code on the back that act as Kroger cards. So whenever we buy food at Kroger we have them scan the back of our Book of Mormon. They think it's hilarious and they just can't turn it down when we offer them a copy. Is there a Krogers in Utah? If there is I DARE YOU TO GO TRY IT!
Hooray that the church is now officially recognized in Vietnam! God let us celebrate a little too. We were getting our oil changed and a lady came and sat by us. We started talking with her and found out she is from Vietnam! We gave her a card that had a picture of the Salt Lake temple. When we finished talking with her we watched her pull out her phone and get on the website that was on the card. She kept the temple picture in her hand and just stared. She loved it! She isn't in our area, but we got her info and are sending missionaries to go teach!
I saw Sister Davis from Russellville! I LOVE HER!
DINNER AND FHE WITH JOHNSTONS & NUTTALLS
(I LOVE THESE FAMILIES)
We met the most amazing man this week- Pista! He if from Hungary. I say this all the time- but easily top 3 lessons I've had on my mission.
Our investigator and her family are still going strong! They got back from a weeklong vacation and we were worried with distance that they may have gone backwards but things are still progressing so well! We've seen so many great changes in them!
Ms. S came with us to the Stake Adult session Saturday night. President Wakolo gave an amazing talk directed right at all the investigators who attended. President Wakolo was with the AP's when they knocked on Ms. S's door 8 months ago. After the session, he came right towards us and looked at Ms. S and said "Ms. S we know you know that the gospel is true. Do as the Savior did. I would love to baptize you this weekend." Holy moly. This just went on and on and the power of his words was incredible. It was an intense couple of minutes, but it was exactly what she needed. Ms S continues to be a little stubborn, but we could have a miracle baptism this weekend :)
ON OUR WAY TO STAKE CONFERENCE
Elder Arnold was in our mission this past weekend! He spoke at the Saturday night session, Stake conference on Sunday, and then to us on Monday. I got to talk to his wife a lot too. Sweetest little thing. They were called to serve as mission presidents in Costa Rica when they were in their mid 30's with 5 kids under the age of 11. Amazing people. It was such a privilege to learn from them.
The stake Presidency was all changed up on Sunday. The old stake President, President Beheshti (who is also in our ward), is now Elder Beheshti! So we had 2 general authorities with us!
SISTER ARNOLD AND WAKOLO
WE WERE GREETING EVERYONE DURING STAKE CONFERENCE WHEN PRESIDENT WAKOLO SAW US TALKING TOGETHER HE GRABBED THE PHOTOGRAPHER AND HAD HIM TAKE A PIC OF US! SO FUN!!
SISTER KING GOT THIS SWEET SHOT
After a lot of preparation the day finally came! On Monday Elder Arnold spent the first 2 hours with STL's and Zone Leaders and then the rest of the mission joined and we spent all afternoon learning from him, Sister Arnold and the Wakolo's. We had been preparing and studying A LOT to be ready for this meeting and it was so good! A main theme was "In order to reach a higher goal, we must do things differently." So he just threw down on things that we are not to do anymore, and things to start doing right now! We've been able to apply those things and it's already making a difference for us in the work. Lots of good changes are happening. He is pretty bold and we just eat up every word because he is just amazing! We focused a lot also on teaching repentance a lot better. “At the closing of the day, he started our 24 hour mission fast with a prayer that the whole mission will find someone that will be baptized in the month of July.
AR SIDE WITH ELDER AND SISTER ARNOLD
HAPPY FATHERS DAY! I LOVE YOU DAD!
All is well in Pinnacle Mountain. :) We are staying real busy! I love it here, I'm happy! I love this work, I love these people. Love my Savior. His gospel is perfect and simple and when I live it my life has purpose and I just can't help but be so happy!