Friday, December 23, 2016

Inspirada & Madeira Canyon: December 8-14

Hello all!

I had an AMAZING week! Today is the first week of the new transfer and I am assigned as a Sister Training Leader for the Anthem/Warm Springs zone. So I'm basically the sister equivalent of a zone leader and I get to go on exchanges with all of the sisters in the zone (yay!) and I give trainings at zone conferences and zone training conferences with my new companion, Sister Sandoval! I'm pretty excited :)

This week was actually pretty slow, but yesterday made up for it! We were sitting at only 3 new investigators on Saturday, so we asked our zone leaders to come do a blitz in our area (a blitz is when you have multiple companionships working in the same area) on Sunday evening. Miracles always happen during blitzes! Also, earlier that day, both Sister Robinson and I were fasting to have success--I don't know what the specifics of hers were. but I was fasting to be in the right place at the right time to find people who are ready for the missionaries and that fast was answered! We didn't coordinate our fasts or anything but found out at the end of the day. Fasting brings miracles!

The day begins the night before, when we plan for what we are going to do the next day. On Saturday evening, I got to plan with Sister Robinson's last companion who was having the medical problems at the mission home during Sister Robinson's exit interview with President Snow because she's finishing her mission this week. We felt impressed to spend our time during 3:00 on Sunday in a specific part of our area. We subdivide our area into colored sections so we can be effective with our allotted miles, and we both felt like we should be in green at 3:00. So 3:00 on Sunday came and we went to Dave's address. It turns out that Dave doesn't live there any more, but the family that does is amazing and invited us in immediately! It's a single mom named Agie and her two daughters, ages 9 and 7, named Maran and Astou. Agie's husband died very unexpectedly about two years and she's spent her life since then wondering if God actually cares about her. Her faith is pretty strong though, and shes doing great! Her religious background isn't Christian but she's ready to make a change. Her daughters are amazing! They know so much!

The other STL was spending the day with us after church and she felt like we should go visit someone named Dustin whom she had met before, so we did, and he's awesome! His house has the most impressive array of Christmas decorations I've ever seen. He told us we couldn't have come at a better time, despite the fact that he was about to leave with his family to go to dinner. Dustin asked us to come back, so hopefully next week there will be an update on Dustin!

We met another awesome guy named Grant. We knocked on his door looking for his wife, Cathy. Cathy wasn't home. Grant knows a ton of random things about Mormons! He was just listing them off: Christian, restored by Joseph Smith, tithing, family home evening on Monday, pioneers, and even how the Church is always the same no matter where you go in the world! We asked him if he knew any LDS people and he said everything he learned was from his own studies. We asked him why he studied what we believe and he said "I find it fascinating because it's true". Holy cow! Where has this guy been for the past months missionaries have been in the area?! I'm really excited to teach him! I just hope we can focus on the primary questions of the gospel rather than the secondary ones, because you can know all of the secondary points like Grant does and not have a testimony but as soon as you know the primary points you know it's true. Primary questions are: Is there a God and does He love me? Is Jesus Christ my Savior and the Savior of the world? Did Joseph Smith restore the Church of Christ? Is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints the restored church once again on the earth? Questions like that. Secondary questions are trivial facts, like when the pioneers reached Salt Lake or how many members of the Church there are.

I love you all! I hope you've all seen the short video "A Savior Is Born"! If you haven't, go to and watch it!


Sister Bedont

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