Wednesday, November 13, 2013

First Letter from the Field

Missionary work is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:D  I am now in my first area, Marquette Michigan!  It is pretty much as north as you can get, and I live right next to lake Superior!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  The lake looks like an ocean and gets kind of moody with the weather, haha.  It looks a lot like Yellowstone here with a lot of pine trees and forests but no mountains, it is sooooooooooooooooo flat!  That is probably why everyone gets lost here.  We have already gotten lost twice.  My companion is Sister Brandley and she is the best!!!  She plays the piano and one of the very first things that I found out from her was that she started teaching piano lessons as part of our missionary work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I was so so excited and happy!  I think we will be teaching a lesson this week :) 
It is very cold here and at the moment it is very snowy!  We have a truck (the elders were jealous that the sisters got the truck, haha)  so that helps. 
As for missionary work, we have teaching some less active members that need a lot of love and the hardest part right now is getting investigators and less actives to come to church.  There is only one ward here and it is huge!  So a lot of the ward lives about 30 minutes to a couple hours away from the church building.  The actually broadcast it to other places to make it easier but it is still hard.  This week we had two of our investigator families come to church and that was sooo exctiing.  It was the primary program and also we had a ward baptism after church that Sister Brandley and I spoke at.  So I gave my first talk on baptism yesterday and it went really well.  We also set a baptismal date for one of the families that came to church!!!!!!!!!!!  It will be in December :)
We have a couple new investigators that we found this week.   The first two people that we talked to street contacting we were able to give Book of Mormons to and we have a return appointment today with one of them!  She was playing outside with a super cute puppy and we started talking to her.    I'm excited to teach her later today!  Also, last night we met a girl named Evelyn.  We actually went to go see her room mate is less active but she was busy so we taught Evelyn about the restoration.  She is super amazing!  She is a cross country runner and is here because of a running scholarship she got, but unfortunately she is injured right now.  She told us that right before every race she would always say a prayer.  She said she didn't know why but she said it always calmed her down and it was just her thing she did.  She has such a sweet spirit and such faith!  We invited her to be baptized if she comes to know it is true and she said yes! 
We also contacted one of our referrals, a super nice family!   We taught two darling girls, Hope and Grace, about prayer and the scriptures.  Hope asked about Mary and wanted to know what she looked like so she could draw her, it was so cute! We read in 1 Nephi that Mary was beautiful and fair to answer her question.  Children really do love the Savior and are so faithful.  That was probably one of my favorite lessons.

Right now we are staying at a members home, the Rayhorn's.  They are super nice and have a great big sheep dog named Riley.  Riley is a very big but very sweet dog.  As for meals, we have had at least one dinner appointment everyday that I have been here and the food is delicious!  The members are absolutely awesome at helping us with missionary work!!!!!!!  It is a very missionary minded ward and that is super great!  I know that this gospel is so true and that God knows each and everyone of us!  Seeing God's hand in the lives of His children is such a blessing!  I have seen that so much, even from the moment that I got to the MTC.  I love you all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!