Monday, May 4, 2015

Elder Holland... say what?!

Dear Family and Friends,                                                               5-04-15

Sadly this is going to be a lot shorter then I wanted it to be due to the fact we have to cut our email time short so that we can give the Bel Aire Sisters a ride to a doctors appointment (they got their car parked for going over their allotted miles last month, haha). 

So the big news of the week was that Elder Holland came to Wichita and spoke to the entire mission! Just  Elder Holland and us, it was crazy and such a cool experience! He is such a personable and relate able man. He was walking around the front of the chapel and since my companion was in the special mission choir we were on the front row, which was entertaining and cool being so close. He said that his mission meant everything thing to him and everything that has shaped the last "50 years 2 months and 7 days, but who's counting?" He then lunged forward grabbed my companion by the face, stuck his face right in hers and said passionately "Are YOU COUNTING?!" "NO!" She was so red in the face and Sister Bell said my expression as this was happening was quite entertaining.  I was squashed right next to my companion on a very full bench. There was so much that was shared in that meeting that I wish I had the time to write, but sadly we are low on time. 
Some key things:
  • We have to serve with all our heart all 18 (or 24) months we are out, not just some of the months.
  • Investigators can be anyone anywhere as proven by John 3 and 4, which go from first, the highest Jewish Leader in the area, second in 3, Nicodemus,  then the Samaritan woman of ill-repute in chapter 4. We can't judge anyone.
  • Be passionate about your mission
  • Even when you go home and take off the badge, you cannot ever go back to who you were before, or we will break the heart of God Himself
  • A mission is the best thing that we can or will ever do.
  • Being a parent or any church calling is just at extension of missionary work.  
We also had the miracle of finding a new investigator and her husband this week! They are so cool, and she is one of the most sincere searchers of the truth, that I have ever met, it is so neat to be teaching her!

There were many other miracles this week, but I lack the time or ability to write them.
I love you all so much!

Thanks for all of the support! 

Sister Blood :) 

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