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,
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
December 11th. Get. Ready.
We got our transfer calls last night. Sister Bruner and I are glad to be staying in Liberty Lake! This is an incredible area and we still have SO much to do here. The whole District came in on Saturday to help us contact people and we have a lot of return appointments with people who want to know more! I think it has really set us up for a good transfer. Our District is wonderful. They’re a good group of elders and we are even more blessed because there were actually no changes made to our District. The only thing that changed was the AP’s are not in our District anymore. They will be missed. We got to help Eric plan the program for his baptism. It was so fun. It let me think back on my baptism: how it felt, what I thought, what made me decide to make those promises with God, the blessing it’s been in my life etc. He is such a stellar young man. He keeps telling us that he’s been “trying to slowly make the thing [we] are teaching a part of his life”. His biggest fear about baptism is having a desire to share the Gospel with his family and jumping the gun, introducing them too quickly. I think that’s a fear that a lot of us have as members of the church. Loving two things so much, wanting them so much to be together and then messing it up by moving too fast and making them resent it. He answers his parents’ questions with the scriptures and has decided to start the daunting process of cleaning out his music collection. What feels best about being able to see my first baptism is knowing that I don’t have to worry about him at all. When I leave, it won’t matter, because it has nothing to do with me. He is rock solid and completely self sufficient in his testimony. (Helaman 5) Another one of our investigators wants to hear EVERYTHING about EVERYTHING before settling on an answer. But, he is keeping commitments and recognizes that there is truth in what we are sharing with him, so we are going to continue teaching him the lessons and hope that our time together will stick out in his mind as he attempts to look for truth elsewhere. Sister Bruner and I often feel that teaching him is more for those that attend the lessons than it is for him. We’ve been bringing a good friend of his, who is going into the MTC on the 9th of December. It has been very cool to have him teach his friend and then we also have a young girl come with us. She is soft spoken and unenthusiastic about church and the R.S. president has been worried about her. As she has come to the lessons she has opened up more, to everything: to us, to the gospel, to bearing her testimony. It has been really cool to see her gain more confidence in the things she has been taught all her life. Sister Bruner and I have high hopes to this next coming transfer. Today we are field tripping out to target with a member to get some sweaters and other needed items. It’s going to be so fun. The members here are so great. They feed us food, get our hair done, drive us places and give us free make up. They are all getting excited about missionary work too. We could not ask for better Wards.
I still love this Gospel and I still Love this work! Sister Bailey
A thought from the Bible Dictionary: Faith is kindled by hearing the testimony of those who have faith. (Romans 10:14-17)