This week has been pretty interesting. Just when you feel like you're getting used to missionary work, something happens to throw you in a tailspin. Then, when you don't think you can handle any more, Heavenly Father takes you by the hand and helps you calm down. It's comforting to know that he is on our side.
I know that Heavenly Father is constantly aware of us and what we need. He knows each of his children perfectly, and loves us infinitely. He loves us more than we are ever aware of. I have seen that a lot this week.
I have learned a lot about humility this week. I realize that I can't do it on my own, and if I want to touch peoples lives, I have to constantly have the spirit with me. I know that I myself can't convince people of the truth, but when I teach with the Holy Ghost, they will have a sure witness from him. This lesson came to me when we were teaching a lesson to someone else.
We had been contacting in a park, and I just felt off. No one wanted to talk to us, and I was getting discouraged. I wanted to leave, but I felt like we needed to stay. I asked Sister Blair if we could pray so I wouldn't feel discouraged and so we could find someone to teach. After we prayed, we both felt prompted to walk back the way we had come from. We saw a woman sitting on a bench, and went to talk to her. She had time, and was willing to let us teach her! It was awesome! After so many people saying no, it was amazing to have someone say yes. So we sat on the bench with her and began teaching. About five minutes in, I realized that I was just going through the points of the first lesson. I was worrying about what I was going to say, rather than listening to the spirit, and trying to discern her needs. I stopped for a minute, and just said a little prayer to help me and Sister Blair be in tune with the spirit. We then had this awesome lesson about families and baptism. We are teaching her tomorrow and are so excited! :D
That is pretty much the highlight of my week. I love seeing the light in people's eyes when they feel the spirit confirm the truth of something to them. It's so amazing.
We have also been able to work with a lot of LAs this week, helping them come back to church and overcome their difficulties. I love hearing people bear their testimony. It's almost like watching a baby horse walk. It's a little bit wobbly at first, but slowly they get more confident and more sure of themselves and what they believe. Then they have that desire to come back to the Savior and feel the power of their own testimony. It's truly amazing to see the Lord's hand in our lives.
We had the ward Trunk or Treat on Saturday, and a crazy amount of people showed up. People who apparently haven't been active for months were there. It was cool being able to talk to them and get to know more people in the ward. Hopefully we will be able to meet with some of them in these next few weeks.
I love this ward and everyone that I'm meeting. I love seeing the gospel change people's lives for the better. I want you all to know that I love my Savior and I know that as we try to draw closer to him, he will draw closer to us. He is always knocking at our door, but it's our choice whether or not we're going to let him in.
I love you all. :)
Love, Sister Wood
P.S. What do missionaries do on Halloween?
Trick or Tracting!!
P.P.S. I made that joke up myself during a meeting and I totally lost it because I thought I was so funny. I literally started crying because I was laughing so hard. The Elders and Sister Blair thought I was nuts, but I thought it was hilarious. :D Yup, I know I'm funny. ;)
Have a great week!