Friday, April 4, 2014

March 31, 2014

What an awesome week! 
On Wednesday, we had exchanges with the sister training leaders in Green Bay.  Sister Arnold came here to Marquette and my companion went to Green Bay with Sister Taylor.  I love all of the sisters here!  I really enjoyed exchanges!  Sister Arnold is so funny and has such a fun energy for the gospel!  We met almost all of our goals that day and had a great lesson with the Auston family.  We also tracted into a lady named Nancy who was super friendly and invited us in.  She thought we were nuns from her friends church, that her friend had sent over, haha.  She was still really nice to us though when we explained we were actually missionaries from the church of Jesus Christ of latter-day saints.  We taught her the restoration and have a return appointment with her this week.  She referred us to her friend who is a nun and we went straight there after our lesson.  Her friend's name was Lud and she let us in and told us that she was a nun and asked a lot of questions about our service as missionaries.  She told us about a service opportunity that she is involved in that we actually agreed to do as well just a few houses before hers, haha.  It is amazing to see how things work out sometimes, haha.  Well, I learned a lot from Sister Arnold and really want to apply some of the things she showed me. 
  Aaron was baptized on Saturday and confirmed on Sunday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The water was freezing because the water heater doesn't work very well so he looked really cold when he went under but he said that he felt really happy.   I hope I never forget the joy on his face!  He just radiated light when he stood up to shake everyone's hand after his confirmation.  What a humbling thing it was to witness it.  I'm excited that their family is headed for the temple in a year!  They are such a good family, so humble, and striving to do what's right. 
Then yesterday we had a lot of people at church and a few people surprised us!  We called Treasa this week and had a phone lesson with her and she told us that unfortunately she would not be able to make it to church this week because they were driving to downstate Michigan to go pick up another car.  Well, we went to ward council in the morning and then were surprised when we walked into the empty chapel (we were early)  and saw Treasa and her husband Jon sitting on the second row!  She said they decided they weren't going to get the car and so they came to church.  That was such a tender mercy!  In sacrament meeting, the 1st counselor in the bishopric started his testimony by talking about fast offerings and fast and testimony meeting.  After the meeting the first thing Treasa said to us was, how do I pay fast offerings?  We talked to her about fasting and then showed her a tithing slip.  She already has a great desire to give fast offerings!  She love the testimony meeting and also loved the women's conference on Saturday!  She just has so much love for the gospel and such an open heart.  We haven't taught her husband yet though and she said that  she needs to work on him a little and that he is not as open.  We hope to make another trip out to Munising again this month so we can have a lesson with both of them.  Besides that though, we had a less active family come to church too!

Good things are happening here!  I can't believe how fast this week went by!
The church is blissfully true!  love you all!!!!!!