Monday, August 15, 2016

She had a beard. And it felt weird.

Hi family!
I'll explain the subject line at the end, but there's a reason for it, I promise!

We were able to get 6 new investigators this week! We're working with some really cool people. I don't know what I've said about Morgan, but I love her a lot. Her boyfriend was baptized in Haiti when he was 9 and forgot he even joined until they were looking for a church to go to as a family (they have an adorable 2 month old named Corbin). Densky referred himself online and BOOM. We met Morgan. Guys, she is so ready for the gospel. We've taught her the Restoration and the Plan of Salvation and she keeps saying it makes sense. She misses going to church and learning more about how to understand the bible so we whipped out the Book of Mormon and got her started. We told her she has to get married to Densky to be baptized and she said she'd been thinking about it since we met. We told her about the temple and she's super pumped! So we're praying super hard that she can get Densky on board.

We've been working with a less active man named David, and he's totally coming back to church! He and his wife have raised their grandson and he's 8 and wants to be baptized. David is so excited and he loves having us over to visit. He keeps saying he's back for good now! Holla holla, David. 

This week one of my very favorite members spoke in sacrament meeting. Brother Cano talked about Ephesians 6 and putting on the armor of God. He started talking about how the commandments have almost become suggestions to some people. "Thou shalt honor thy mother and thy father...unless they tell you something you really don't want to do. Thou shalt not kill...unless they haven't been born yet." Brother Cano is pretty much the Jeffery R. Holland of the Palm Beach ward. He started talking about the different pieces of armor. I was especially struck by his words about the shield. Your shield of faith has to be strong, or one fiery dart is enough to knock you over. If your faith isn't planted solidly, one person contradicting you will make you question what you know. Don't forget that this is the time for man to prepare to meet God. Don't try to put on all the armor at once or by yourself. Take it one piece at a time and ask for help if you can't lift if. You've got this!

Now on to the subject line:
The other day the Elders Quorum president asked us to go visit a lady who is moving. Her sister is a member in Georgia but she is not, so I guess they want us to help her sister so she'll come back to church? I dunno. Anyway, we went to go see her to get the scope on how many boxes we'll need to pack us all her knick-knacks. The experience is best summed up by the song Sister Garlick and I wrote (sung to the tune of "I Love My Lips" by Larry the Cucumber):

On the day that we had planned
we went to see our brand new friend.
She had a beard.
And it was weird.

Went inside her house today
looked around and couldn't stay.
It was so gross. 
I plugged my nose.

On the day we helped her move
we packed her things up like brand-new.
She had knick-knacks.
Like, stacks and stacks.

That's it folks. Creativity + hours of knocking = this glorious song that we've been singing for days. She really did have a beard! Not just whiskers but a full beard and mustache. Maybe if we help her move I'll get a picture with her. Florida is wild, I tell you!

I love you all so much! Thank you for your emails and prayers. Don't tell the other missionaries, but I have the best support system EVAH! Muah!

Sister Peterson

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