Thank you for your email this week! Even though I don't have a lot of responses to it this week it did mean a lot to me, and I enjoyed reading it so much.
This last week was pretty great, here's the next update.
Sheila (recent convert) spent over an hour with us learning about family history last week and planning the next steps she needs to take to go to the temple. Bishop is going to reach out to her for an interview, but she did say she would be at church yesterday and we didn't see her so we are waiting for a response. Hopefully we'll see her again this week.
Janette has had some sick kids so she didn't make it to church yesterday either and had to cancel our appointment this morning, but we did get to start reading the Book of Mormon with her last week and she's beginning to understand it a lot better. And she loves reading it! She's been reading on her own and we rescheduled to see her on Thursday. She did say that she wants to read the entire book before setting a baptism date, so we are praying that the Spirit may be with her to help her on this path and realize the importance of the decisions she makes. Maybe she will stay up all night one of these days not able to put it down. Or something, but it's great that she's making such progress! She already has an inspiring testimony and she's being blessed for it.
Last Thursday we had a devotional - Gladys Knight and the Saints Unified Voices put on a performance. It was a huge missionary effort that's been going on for the last 2 months. We had some people go and they loved it, Sister Knight's testimony was powerful and the Spirit was there, even though the music style was a little different than what I'm used to. Brother Novillo (non-member, wife and kids are active) was there and loved it, but wasn't at church because he had a bad allergic reaction so we haven't seen him since yet. The Nixons (non-members with a son on a mission) were there and we have dinner with them tomorrow. Laura (less-active) was there and loved it! Said she'd give us a call this week. And Brittney (non-member) couldn't make it last minute, but we think her 2 friends still went.
Friday Julie (less-active, starting to reactivate) took us to Lucille's barbeque for dinner. It was a lot of fun to finally have barbeque since it's been so long, but it wasn't quite Texas quality. (I didn't tell her that of course, we still had an enjoyable time!)
But she came to Sacrament meeting yesterday! That's the first time in decades!! For the past 2 weeks she's come to relief society, this time she stayed all three hours! We are just hoping we can help her keep that up now that she's taken the first and probably most difficult step.
Caira (non-member friend of a recent convert) showed up at church yesterday, also stayed all 3 hours and really liked it. Wants to learn more about where the Book of Mormon came from. She reads the king james Bible regularly. But she does have some minor mental issues that may be difficult to work with. But not impossible!
So in companion study the other day, Sister Loveridge and I were talking and it was so funny because I don't remember what the conversation was about but she said somewhere in the middle of it, "And so I said to myself: 'self, . . . [blah blah blah]'". Then we opened up the New Testament because we read a couple pages each day and came across this verse unexpectedly Luke 12:19. Couldn't stop laughing for a while.
Speaking of scriptures, I missed my ponderizing scripture last week Mosiah 26:18. And for this week it's Alma 12:30 "And they began from that time forth to call on his name; therefore God conversed with men, and made known unto them the plan of redemption, which had been prepared from the foundation of the world; and this he made known unto them according to their faith and repentance and their holy works."
Got an awesome week ahead of me, and hope you all do too!! Can't wait to hear from you each week, and by the way Mother's Day is in a week from Sunday. I have church from 7am-4pm (9am-6pm your time) how should we plan Skype? :D
- Sister Shumway