Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Foothills YSA: February 23-29

Hello all!

We've had an awesome week! Dena is progressing really well. She's reading in the Isaiah chapters in 2 Nephi and she texts us with all of her questions. We are so excited for her! 

Last Monday a guy in our ward brought a friend to FHE. Her name is Talia and she's a Buddhist from Vietnam. She's really excited to learn more and said she would be baptized! We'll be teaching her again tonight. The ward members here are amazing! They're not shy at all about inviting their friends to come to church and activities. 

We're also teaching a girl named Shawna. She loves coming to church but her parents aren't fans of it. She's progressing well and she's one of the nicest people I've ever met!

We decided as a ward council that we would have a huge push for missionary work. On a Friday that they have a ward temple night planned, the whole ward will fast for missionary work and then they'll go to the temple. The next day we'll have something called a missionary blitz, where all of the missionaries in the zone will come to one area and we'll have a ton of members to go on splits with them so we can have 22 companionships (we have 22 missionaries in our zone, + 22 members that will be companions with each missionary during the blitz) working in one area. It will be awesome! 

We had a really neat experience on Saturday. We didn't have a single appointment, despite our constant efforts to plan lessons on that day. We planned really well and were able to go exactly where Heavenly Father needed us! We went to an apartment complex and right before we got out of the car, we got a call from one of our district leaders, which took a few minutes. Then we met a couple sitting outside and had a really good lesson with them about Easter. Right after that lesson, we saw a guy walking down a sidewalk and went over to talk with him. His name is Caine. He's had a crazy life and survived getting shot nine times. He told us he felt like there was something missing from his life but he didn't know what it was. As we taught him, I knew that the Spirit was speaking through us because what we said to him was so individualized. As Sister Gier was teaching, I knew exactly what she was going to say. It was amazing! There's one thing in particular that particularly stands out to me: we showed him the index of the Book of Mormon and told him he could look up any topic he wanted to read about, and then we both felt like we should invite him to study hope. He's excited to read from the Book of Mormon and we can't wait to go back and teach him!

It's been a great week of listening to the Spirit so we can be instruments in the Lord's hands! I love you all and I hope you have a great week!

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