Monday, December 28, 2015

November 30, 2015- What a wonderful week!

Tuesday we were going about trying to find people to see and teach and we were not having a lot of success. It was about 2 in the afternoon and yet again no one was opening their doors. We saw a girl down the street putting up some Christmas decorations, so we went and asked her if she needed any help. She let us help her wrap some ribbon around their light post. We talked to her and got to know her a little better, and learned about how much she loves decorating! She said, "You wanna see the decorations inside the house?"
So we went inside, and saw all her amazing decorations. She is really good! Her name is Jeanette. :) We shared the Restoration with her and she loved it! She said that she would be baptized if she knew it were true. Wow!
We went and saw Krystal again and talked about the Book of Mormon. She is really unsure about everything, still, but said she would be willing to read and try it out.
We saw Kristin that night - she has read just a little bit of the Book of Mormon. She says it's really interesting! We're excited for her to read more and to learn more. The Book of Mormon is so special. I know that as I read it I feel closer to my Savior. My love for Him grows! I want to learn more about Him, His life, and what He wants me to do. I feel happy. So I am so excited for other people to have that experience as well!
Wednesday was a packed day. We had so much to do that we ate lunch on the run.We saw Patricia. She said that she wants to be baptized. She prayed about a day, and felt like January 30th is the day she should be baptized! Wow! She said that she knows this is what she should do, and that she is going to move forward in faith.
We saw Dee. She says that she doesn't feel ready to make the decision to be baptized right now. :( She is so wonderful and understood and believes all the things we shared with her. She is just afraid of change. I wish oh I wish a member had been there to tell her about their experience. But maybe now is just not the right time...
We picked up Rachel and away we went on a whirlwind adventure! We ventured down to Suffolk to see Zi again. It was an odd lesson, though. His mother was really exhausted so she went to sleep and left the three of us with Zi and his sister Keke, and then two other adults who I am not sure how they are related...?
we started teaching Zi and Keke, we invited the two other people but they declined, they said they'd listen from there. Zi did not seem very interested in the lesson at all and I was like "well...this is just not going to go very well."
But, somehow, as the Spirit came into the lesson, one of the people came over and joined us, and at the lesson, helped us teach Zi how to pray. We invited all three of them to pray with us, right then, and they did! It was so cool. We committed Zi and Keke to pray that night. There was no way that we could have brought the lesson around in that way. This work is led and guided by the Spirit of God, I know it!
So, super cool, on Tuesday Sister Lundquist and I were practicing for lessons and we practiced teaching with Sister F in mind. We have never met her, but we were hoping to see her Tuesday. We didn't end up doing that. However, on Wednesday, with Rachel, we went by her place and she was there! She let us in and we shared a lesson with her. How amazing is that? The Spirit guides us as we prepare!
We taught Tiffany again, Wednesday night. She read 1 Nephi 1-7! Wow! And she had questions about it. It was amazing! She and her mom were there, and they both want to be baptized. They both want to learn a little more, though, first. So cool! Please, pray for them both to continue to learn and grow and prepare for baptism.
Thursday was Thanksgiving! We had our weekly planning like normal and then went to the Harvey's for dinner. They are so cool. They just moved in, and Brother Harvey loves to cook. Sister Harvey is a cosmetologist like Sister Lundquist. They have the cutest two girls. Addie, who is 2, and Rosie (with bright red hair!) who is 6 months.
I am so grateful to be a missionary! I am so grateful to be serving the Lord. I am grateful for the Holy Ghost who guides and leads this work. I am grateful for Jesus Christ, and all that He has done for all of us!

Friday we had district meeting, and then we saw the Flippos, and then we went to the edge of the earth! AKA Windsor, Virginia.
It is really far away and requires lots of miles. We had the miles to spare and we really wanted to go, so we made it a "Windsor day". We went out and saw as many people as we could. The first person we met wasn't interested, so we went down the street and knocked at a door and they let us right in. We shared the message of the Restoration of the gospel and James asked, "Why doesn't everyone know about this?" Great question, James, great question. That's why there are missionaries! So everyone can know and receive the opportunity to ask if it's true! And if it's true, what then? They have the opportunity to act on the knowledge that they receive.
We met this amazing lady named Sister B. She has not come to church for a while and has had a rough life lately. She was baptized only 5 or so years ago but knows a lot about the church. We had an amazing lesson with her and her boyfriend. She is wonderful. I know that if she really decided to, that she'd come back in a flash. We are hoping to go and see them again!
We visited all the active members in Windsor, because we don't know them as well. They are all wonderful people. :) We discovered that Sister P has a 3D printer! That was so fun. Sister T has had a really hard year. :( Sister W is Sister B's visiting teacher (she goes and visits her every month and makes sure she's doing okay). We expressed Sister B's thanks for all that Sister W does. I really love getting to know the people!
Saturday was so crazy amazing!
So we had another appointment with Jeanette, so we were going to see people who lived nearby right before. We made a return appointment with one lady (also named Tiffany), and we were walking down the street when we saw a couple and a little girl working on putting out Christmas decorations. We asked if we could help, and they declined. We told them who we are and what we do. "We serve ya'll, so if you need your lawn mowed or help with dishes or anything..." I said.
"Wait wait wait -" said the man. "So you're telling me if I said yes, you would mow my lawn in dresses and flats?"
"Yes," Sister Lundquist and I said simultaneously.
He was dumbstruck by that. He started asking us all these questions, and after a while we offered to share our message with him. "Do you want to know why we do what we do?"
We shared the Restoration with them, and he was intently listening. We gave him a Book of Mormon and he said "I'm going to read this, from cover to cover!" "I've never seen an index like this..." It was so cool! His name is Matthew and his wife's name is Ashley, and we're going to be dropping back by this week!

We taught Jeanette and her mother, Anna about the Book of Mormon. It was so cool! We told them about how it takes place here, and Jeanette got so excited. She was looking at the pictures and she was like "this is Mexico!"
We invited Anna to pray at the end, and she prayed in Spanish and it was so powerful. :) Wow! I am so excited for them! They said they were going to come to church, but they didn't :(
We saw the Fountains that night and shared a thought with them. They have so many friends they want to share the gospel with! We're excited to help them!
There were some other things that happened this week but mostly that's everything. This is literally the Lord's work, "to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man" (Moses 1:9) and I am so grateful to be here, and to be an instrument in His hands in helping those around me.
I love ya'll!
Sister Moore

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