Monday, October 30, 2017
Fall is Here...
Let me tell you something, Florida is great. But this week we hit a cold snap and today it's supposed to be in the 50s. I'm such a baby now that when the temperature dips below 70 I pretty much shiver to death. I'm not sure how I'm going to do coming back to a Utah winter...I love Florida and all of the people here so much!
Last week we got a Mormon Helping Hands request to help an older woman clean up her property. We went with the ward on Saturday, then went back with the Wellington sisters on Wednesday and cleared more branches and brush. Mary (the woman we were helping) has a farm with all rescued animals, so we were surrounded by an odd assortment of pigs, goats, bulls (yup), and 3 legged dogs. It made me more than a little nervous to carry a pile of branches part the bulls for fear that I would accidentally clip one with a branch and incur its wrath. Luckily it was all fine and a really cool experience! It meant so much to Mary that we called her and asked to come help. She asked us if we would come back, "not to work, but to teach [her] more about this church stuff." We can do that!
This week we spent some time street contacting and inviting people to our ward Halloween party. We invited one guy at the park and were surprised when he actually came! His name is Zeke and he's a 25 year old art student. We were showing him around the chapel when he suddenly started telling us that he met with missionaries in Ft. Lauderdale 5 years ago and attended church several times. I know the Lord is aware of this young man and led us to be in the park at the time he was there to invite him to come back and learn more. It's funny how God is preparing people you'd never expect!
On Saturday we had a tropical storm. Members and the people we knocked into were telling us to go home and expressing complete shock that we would be out in the weather. We just told them, "The Lord's work never stops!" When it rains like that we just get excited because it should mean more people will be at home. I love being a missionary and sharing the gospel.
I also got to see the Mogni family and Sister Christiansen at the ward party. Sister Christiansen (the mom of my recent convert, Julian) and her family just moved into the ward! So I get to visit them again. #holla
I've been studying about Samuel the Lamanite this week. Samuel the Lamanite is one of my favorite people in the Book of Mormon. We don't know much about him. He sort of comes out of the blue, preaches, and leaves again, but I'm grateful for his powerful example. I love when he is rejected by the people, begins to leave, and is told to turn back. We are told that the people wouldn't let him in the city, so he got upon the wall. Literally nothing was going to stop him from delivering his message. He did something crazy, radical, and frankly dangerous to share the word of the Lord and warn his brothers and sisters. If Samuel can do that, then why should we be scared to tell someone about what we believe? Or knock in a gated community? Or share the Book of Mormon with a preacher? Samuel teaches us that when we are on the errand of the Lord there is nothing to fear.
I hope I'm not too frozen to email again next week. I love you all so much!