Sunday, August 6, 2017

Spirit and Snickerdoodles

July 10,

Hello, all! Guess what? It is transfer week yet again. And, for the first time since December...no change for me! Sister Durrant and I are both staying here in Apollo Beach.

On Wednesday we had district meeting and then had an appointment with a less active Sister Valdez. Well, she was running late getting home, but her mother-in-law was there and allowed us to share a little message with her. That night we were able to talk to Emily and Kaylin's mom and she was absolutely fine with us teaching them, but said she would have to consider further about them being baptized. They are such a cool family!

Thursday night we taught Ms. Williams who we had been trying to meet with for awhile. She is really cool. Then we met with Tammy and Neil. After that, we were deciding what to do next because another appointment fell through and I had an idea to go stop by a woman named Toni we had met on Monday. Well, we did! She was outside with her dog again and said she had actually just been thinking about us. She had read some of the pamphlet and was considering calling us. So we set up an appointment which will be tomorrow! We are excited to see how it goes.

On Friday we stopped by Nina's house because we hadn't been able to get in contact with her. Her mom came out and told us Nina had moved to Clearwater, which she had mentioned might happen. We talked with her for awhile and she said she wanted to come to church and she would bring her other daughter. They didn't come, but hopefully we can continue to help them strengthen their faith.

On Saturday we had dinner at the Mancis with John. It was delicious! John seems to be regressing a little, though. He has turned back to his old doubts and questions. After that we rushed off to Wesley Chapel to meet with President Cooper at the mission home. I always love going there; it is so beautiful. While Sister Durrant was in her interview, I got to help Sister Cooper make snickerdoodles! What a fun privilege.

Yesterday church was amazing. It had a focus on sacrifice and work, which applied to me specifically right now. After church we had 4 or 5 back to back appointments planned in the same neighborhood and only one happened. But it went well! It was with a woman named Nicole and her daughter Nya. It was Nya's birthday so Nicole was cooking in the kitchen but still listened and asked questions. They seemed to enjoy it and said they would pray about being baptized and read the Book of Mormon. After dinner we had an appointment with a less active family who recently moved back into the ward. Sister Oncher and her daughters Brinlee and Kaylee are super cool! Sister Oncher told us that Brinlee has not been baptized and would like to be. We showed them a video about baptism and Brinlee was really excited! We set a baptism date for August 19, the day after her birthday. It was an awesome miracle where God just put the puzzle pieces together for us. All we had to do was be there and follow the Spirit. :)

I love you all and hope you have a wonderful week! Here are some scriptures that really touched me this week. They talk about crying unto the Lord and trusting in Him.

Alma 37

36 Yea, and cry unto God for all thy support; yea, let all thy doings be unto the Lord, and whithersoever thou goest let it be in the Lord; yea, let all thy thoughts be directed unto the Lord; yea, let the affections of thy heart be placed upon the Lord forever.

37 Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good; yea, when thou liest down at night lie down unto the Lord, that he may watch over you in your sleep; and when thou risest in the morning let thy heart be full of thanks unto God; and if ye do these things, ye shall be lifted up at the last day.

Alma 38

5 And now my son, Shiblon, I would that ye should remember, that as much as ye shall put your trust in God even so much ye shall be delivered out of your trials, and your troubles, and your afflictions, and ye shall be lifted up at the last day.

8 And it came to pass that I was three days and three nights in the most bitter pain and anguish of soul; and never, until I did cry out unto the Lord Jesus Christ for mercy, did I receive a remission of my sins. But behold, I did cry unto him and I did find peace to my soul.

9 And now, my son, I have told you this that ye may learn wisdom, that ye may learn of me that there is no other way or means whereby man can be saved, only in and through Christ. Behold, he is the life and the light of the world. Behold, he is the word of truth and righteousness.


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