Monday, July 7, 2014

July 7, 2014

Last Thursday we had interviews with President Cutler, and my companion and I got permission to go to the Chicago temple!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D  What a joyous experience it was!!!  But in order to go to the temple we had to move our P-day to Thursday, or the day we were going.  So instead of having p-day on Monday we had a regular proselyting day and we went out to find new investigators!  The first part of the day was pretty hard and my companion had a few discouraging moments but we said a prayer to help us find someone who needed us that day and the Lord did bless us.  In fact, right after our prayer we visited with Kathy, who has been really struggling physically and we were able to say a prayer with her.  Then we went to go contact a referral in an apartment building.  The referral didn't answer the door but as we were walking out we met a lady with a parrot on her shoulder.  We started talking with her and she said, "while I have you two ladies here, how about doing a bible study."  It was so neat because in our planning, Sister Ormsby and I had talked about starting up a scripture study class to help us find but hadn't done it yet.  She told us that she just wants to learn more about the bible right now but perhaps that will be a good way to start teaching her.  Her name is Lydia.
We also got a new investigator, Bonnie.  She is so sweet!  She is an elderly lady, who loves learning about God.  She was Lutheran and then got kicked out of her church so she joined the Baptist church and now isn't currently going to church.  She loves little children, and taught early elementary education for a long time.  She told us that she misses them.  Bonnie has such a desire to serve and to give!  She tried to give us money but we said we can't, so she offered us refreshments, haha.  She is a little concerned with baptism because she has already baptized  twice and thinks that it would just be silly to be baptized again.  We taught her about the importance of being baptized by proper authority and committed her to read and pray about the Book of Mormon.  We were able to meet with her 3 times this week and her reading is going well. 
Anyway, we had a lot of little miracles this week but one of the greatest was that we were able to go to the temple!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D  It was such an amazing experience and one that I will not forget!  I was able to feel the love of those that were with me as well as the love of those I could not see.  What a special place the temple is!  Sister Schrauth, a woman in the branch took us, and also the youth in the branch came.   I will have to send you pictures. 

Well, I am out of time. Love you!  The church is simply true!