September 14, 2015
Dear Family & Friends,
September is going to be a great month! Elder Ross and I are already seeing some amazing things happening here in our area. We are getting along really well and it is so easy to teach together. It's always cool when you have companion unity in teaching right off the bat. It's probably one of the hardest things to figure out and I feel like we have already built a good pattern. We have had some really powerful lessons recently. It's been so cool.
Video of Elder Ross passed out on the couch
right after planning the other night. Hah
We have been really focusing on getting the members involved in the work. We are receiving so many blessings from it. Something else that we are doing is making sure to give thanks to our Heavenly Father as much as we can throughout the day. It is so simple but the blessings have been incredible. I personally feel more trust from my savior just from recognizing his hand in all things. It allows him to pour even more blessings on us as we do this work. Here is an example from yesterday. We tried to visit a couple of referrals and didn't have any luck. We had a few more names to stop by and before we got out of the car we decided to say a prayer of gratitude. After the prayer we got out of the car and spotted this guy across the street walking out of his garage. We walked over and started to talk with him. He was young probably in his 20's. We got to know him a little bit and then he really started to open up to us. He had been going through a lot lately. His grandma was dying of cancer and we could tell he had a lot of other things weighing down on him. We shared some scriptures out of the Book of Mormon and testified that Heavenly Father loved him. And also that he would be with his grandmother again. The spirit was there so strong as we handed him a copy of the Book of Mormon and he promised that he would read it. We said a prayer for him and got his number so we are excited to give him a call this week to visit again. Then we got in the car and said another prayer of gratitude for guiding us to him. Then we started driving down the street and I spotted an investigator that we found when I first got to Carmichael. We waved to her and she recognized us and ran out to the road to stop us. We pulled over and got out to talk to her. She told us how it really was a miracle that we ran into her because she was thinking about us recently. It was funny too because we tried to go see her earlier that day and she had moved out. We talked to her and she was going through a lot as well. She asked us to pray for her and then gave us her number so we could set up another time to visit. It kind of stinks that we have to hand her off the the YSA ward but that's ok. We got in the car and said another prayer of thanks haha. It was such a testimony builder to me to see the miracles that happened to us just by doing something as simple as telling God thanks for everything. He really is in the details of our lives and guides us when we do what he asks.
Our investigators are all taking steps forward and progressing. Kimberly is still on track to be baptized on the 26th! Remember Remember is progressing forward slowly but surely. Jeff and Courtney are praying about being baptized! Marci is reading from the Book of Mormon. So things are going great here. I'm loving every second of my time out here. It's truly changing my life and it's a privilege to see the lives of others change around me as well.
Love you all!