Friday, December 20, 2013

December 16, 2013

What a week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  It seems to fly by so fast!!!!!!!!!  On Monday we taught the first part of the Plan of Salvation to one of our investigators who cannot have a baptismal date until next month, but he is so amazing!  We talked about God's plan for us and about the gift of agency.  He really valued that.  He has been reading the Book of Mormon and praying.  He said that he thought he wouldn't really like reading the Book of Mormon because he thought it would be hard to understand because it was hard for him to understand the Bible, but he is now in 1 Nephi 15 and likes reading it because it gives him a peaceful feeling.  My favorite part of the lesson was when we asked him if he had any questions and he said, "when can you come back?"  He has been reading everyday and coming to church every week!  He and his wife have been through SO much but they just keep moving forward with faith! 
We had 6 weeks training this week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  It was a long drive to where the training was so we stayed the night half way with some other sisters in Manitowoc.  Then the next morning they drove us the rest of the way.  At the training I had a joyous reunion with my MTC companion!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D  It was so exciting to be able to see her and how she is growing!!!!!!!!!! What an amazing example she is to me!  President Cutler and Sister Cutler are so wonderful and care for us  and the people we are teaching so much!  We did a lot of role playing! 
Then we stayed the night with the sister training leaders in Green Bay, who were going on exchanges with the other Green Bay sisters, the same night!
Friday was the ward Christmas party!  We encouraged all the ward members to invited their friends, and follow the bishops invitation in bringing someone to the Christmas party.  We ended up having 30 nonmembers/less actives come!!!!!!!!!!!!  I had a feeling before we left that I should bring my Christmas music with.  While we were there one of the sisters in the ward asked if I would play some background music while everyone was eating so I brought my piano music and got to play for awhile!  It was very nice!!!!  One of the families in the ward, the Comptons, acted out the 12 days of Christmas, and it was so funny!!  Also, the Primary acted out the nativity, and then they had a whole bunch of other musical numbers.  The  elders, Sister Brandley, and I sang "Come thou Font of Every Blessing"  while one of the recent converts accompanied us on the guitar.  It was beautiful and the Spirit was so strong.  We were so busy introducing ourselves to the friends that the wards members brought that we didn't even sit down to eat until we were home!  It was wonderful!  We are meeting with one of the non-members that was there tomorrow. 
Unfortunately, we did not get to meet with the Stockers this week because they were working overtime and weren't home.  Cherie is still sick too, so we are keeping her in our prayers.  We dropped off a little care package on her door step though. 
On Sunday my companion and I did 2 musical numbers in sacrament meeting.  I accompanied Sister Brandley while she sang a song her uncle had wrote, "Savior and Son" and then we sang "Mary's Lullabye"  with the young women.  I'm so grateful for music and for the spirit that it brings into our hearts.  I'm grateful for this Christmas season where we get to celebrate the Savior's birth and life.  What a joyful message we have to proclaim!  Merry Christmas!
Love you all so so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

The church is truly resplendesently true!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!