This Blog was started while I was serving a mission for the Chruch of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Nauvoo, Illinois and Spokane, Washington from March 18, 2009-September 22, 2010. My mom posted my weekly emails to my family on this blog. For a bit I used it to throw out some thoughts, but then decided to keep it as Sister Bailey's Blog and start a new one,
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Our friend is back in town. We’re teaching her tonight and we will be teaching her the gospel of Jesus Christ in the Nebeker’s home. We’re looking forward to seeing her. It’s kind of a mini miracle too. She hasn’t been feeling well. At all. We were praying so hard to be able to meet with her. And when we called last night she said the she was feeling much better and that she was looking forward to the lesson tonight!! I have such a testimony of prayer. I know Heavenly Father Loves and hears His Children and that when we align our wills with His MIRACLES happen.
One of our favorite families fed us this past week. We were planning on teaching a lesson but shehad to go because she made plans with her mom for the night. So, at the end of dinner it was just us, the kids and Dad while she ran around trying to get ready to go. It worked out really well though, We got to talk to him more about reading his patriarchal blessing and about his testimony and history with the church. It was a real eye opener. We talked about him taking the lessons and talked about the effort that would need to be put forth. No other church really feels right to him, but he feels like the church asks a lot of people. (It does. It asks for our whole selves. Christ gave His whole Self for us, why should we expect to give Him any less?) So we committed him to read his blessing again, this time starting with a prayer and a question. He said he would. We’re seeing them again this week.
We taughtthe less active we started teaching last week again. We taught her the first half of the plan of salvation. She loved it and was disappointed when we had to leave, but after we talked about it a little she was completely on board. Her reading of Ether 12 went perfectly. She did it and said that it was a really spiritual experience for her and that Heavenly Father DID answer her question. She talked about the doubts she had and how they were completely blown away when she read. We also went to dinner with her and the girl we wanted her to meet on Saturday to Palenques. We all had a lot of fun. When the food came they brought me the wrong dish so the guy let me keep the dish and then brought out the one I ordered too! I have a lot of leftovers. I’m not complaining though. It’s good food.We talked about Alma 30 when Korihor is brought before the Chief judge for “Destroying the people’s happiness”. Korihor asks for a sign that God exists. Demands one actually. Alma bears a beautiful testimony of God’s existence, that “All things denote that there is a God”. Korihor does receive his sign; he is struck dumb and then confesses that he always knew there was a God and that he was doing the devil’s work among men. He is cast out and run down by the next group of people he meets. His story stands as an example and a testimony that the Devil will not support his servants.Both girls committed to take 30 minutes out of their day to sit and recognize the “signs” that God has given us as a reminder of His existence and love. I think I am going to do it too. It’s been a long time since I’ve done that.
We taught the woman who has been coming to church for the past two months last week! It went great. We talked to her about baptism and the spirit was really strong. We also talk to her about switching wards and she seemed really nervous about it but on Sunday she was telling everyone about it and how she’ll eventually switch over and how her son went to church with her neighbor so he could start off going to the right ward. IT was awesome. She just needed sometime to sit on. She seemed all for it. We told her that if she felt more comfortable with sisters that we could keep on teaching her.
We’re also going to start teaching a family that we absolutely love. They have every kind of person you could thing of in that family. Some one who use to be a member, someone who is active in the church, someone who is less active in the church, someone who wants to be a member, but has something holding them back and someone who is not a member and not interested in being one. (at this point.) We have gotten so close to them while we’ve been here and can’t wait to teach them! I’m so sad I’ll only be able to teach two lessons.
The new guy we met last week is facing some really difficult trials in his life. We prayed with him this past week and we’re hoping to teach him this week. He really is so prepared. I love him. He’s one of the kindest people I’ve met.
On the other hand we met a man this week and taught him. He’s the most arrogant person I have ever met. I wonder how long we will teach him for and sometimes how wise it even is to keep him very long. There is a weird feeling there when we meet with him.
We met up with a less active who is hard to get a hold of this week and asked him how his reading of the Book of Mormon went. He said he loved it and that he’s now reading a chapter a night. The light in his eyes told me he was telling the truth. It’s little moments like that that make this work so sweet. I know this gospel is true and that the priesthood has been restored to the earth and that if anyone is wanting a stronger relationship with their Father in Heaven, all they have to do is ask and then seek for it. The Book of Mormon is the word of God. I know it with all of my heart.
We are so looking forward to General Conference this weekend. Don’t miss it!