Dearest friends and FAMILY!
WHAT'S UP! Sorry for the delay on writing you.....we were a little busy yesterday and couldn't write, so we had to write today....so don't worry. ha. Anyway, I'm glad to hear that you are enjoying Powell! Why does something always go wrong when you're at Powell, but it's always the time of your life?? Funny how that happens! haha.
Soo, I don't have a whole lot of time right now so this letter may be a little shorter than the others...just an fyi. But anyway, this week was one of those tougher ones where you try and try and try but nothing seems to go super well, but it's ok, because those weeks always have to come and that's normally when we learn the most! We had a few super cool investigators who were progressing a TON....actually, one day we were going to visit one of the families that we are teaching and when we got there we see part of the family reading in the Book of Mormon together.....WHAT! that was super cool.....but then in the same week, we went back to visit them and they told us that they didn't want us to visit them anymore....NOOOO! I honestly couldn't believe it. It was a little hard to hear that, but I know that we need to continue looking for the people who are ready to accept the gospel in their lives and to live it!
I've learned something through all these experiences.....that every single one of us is going to be put up against the wall of faith and then when we are there, make our decision. Pres Ezra Taft Benson gave a talk about that and until being here on the mission and really living it, I never really realized how true it is! We are all going to have things happen in our lives to really see if we believe what we say we believe! I was thinking about how after my mission, I'm going to have to face real life and when that day comes, put in practice everything that I have learned here in the mission out there in the real world. So I have come to the conclusion that Heavenly Father loves us enough to gives us these "tests" of faith, so that we can grow.....even though it hurts Him to see us suffer, He knows the final result if we endure it well! So thats what we are going to do here, is endure, keep fighting and keep looking for those special people who are waiting for us! love it.
I love you all....go have fun at the lake!