Monday, October 20, 2014

Week 5

I finally figured out how to count the weeks.
Monday we taught a few lessons, and one was really cool.  we taught about temples to a recent convert, hopefully he can get a recommend to do baptisms soon.  it will be so cool to go with him.
Tuesday we had district meeting, and I learned something really powerful.  There is a difference between feeling the influence of the spirit, and having the holy ghost.  one is like a 30-day trial subscription, where you get access to some things, while the other is like having the full subscription.  It also occurred to me that someone has already paid for your subscription to the holy ghost, CHRIST.  you just have to accept him, and take his (user)name upon you (like the baptismal covenant) in order to be able to have the holy ghost with you always.  but if you don't keep that, you get logged out of having the Holy Ghost.  that was really cool to realize.  then we taught a lesson about the law of chastity, better than the district 1, and it was just a good day.
Wednesday we had a hard time teaching lessons, because a lot of people weren't home, but we did share a lot of scriptural thoughts with people.
Thursday we had weekly planning, and we updated the whole whiteboard we have. :)  then we went around trying to find people to teach.  we taught the person who was learning about the law of chastity again.  he read the whole pamphlet, and I was really sure we taught it well.  cause we did.  but there were still things he didn't understand, so we had to reteach it.  :P  it was kinda funny though.  Then the Sister Training Leaders (STLs) from Reno came down, and I went to Reno with Sister Boyak.  She was super nice, and funny.
Friday, I was in Reno all day.  They stay in an apartment, so that was cool.  in the morning some of their appointments fell through, so we just tried contacting some potentials.  they had correlation meeting, which was interesting, cause there are 4 sets of missionaries for their branch, instead of just 2 for our group.  it was also cool cause one companionship was a trio.  then we went back to teaching our lessons.  we had to explain tithing really forcefully.  tithing is important, but we cant just make the rules.  we have to follow them as they are given to us by the Lord.  we went to one lesson with a member that was really powerful.  she shared an amazing testimony about how she learned to delight in the scriptures.  she also shared that the book of Mormon is like a cake.  someone can tell you it takes good, or maybe they think it tastes bad.  they tell you to eat it or not.  BUT, YOU don't know what it tastes like unless you try it for yourself.  Its the same with everything in the gospel.  van a saber POR SI MISIMO, deben orar POR SI MISMO van a cambiar POR SI MISMO!!!  (will know, should pray, will change FOR THEMSELVES)  the STL said I was doing a great job, and that the spirit was helping me know exactly what to tell people, so that was awesome.  then I went back to Carson 
its weird here, all the missionaries eat together, in large groups.  one sister fed all 9 of us in Reno... o_O
Saturday we studied, then went to do service.  we cleaned the side of someone's yard for a little bit, then we all went to lunch.  after lunch we taught a few lessons, reading scriptures with a bunch of little kids, and a lot of inviting people to come to Noche De Hogar (monthly family home evening activity for the spanish group)  it was really cool to see all the people there. 
Sunday was interesting.  we went to sacrament meeting in english.  then later, we met with the spanish group.  we finally had a gospel principles class taught for our investigators and recent converts.  then, after relief society, the group met in the relief society room for spanish sacrament meeting.  one of the members asked if I could play the piano, but they picked super hard hymns, so that didn't go so well.  :P  then after the sacrament, I was also the first of 2 speakers.  I talked on perdon (forgiveness)  I found the talk by president uchtdorf on forgiveness, and judging others (the STOP IT one, the merciful obtain mercy, April 2012)  I quoted that a little, and basically explained three things, that we need to FORGIVE OTHERS of their misdeeds and wrongdoings against us, we need to FORGIVE OURSELVES of the things that we have done wrong (think Frozen: "the past is in the past") and we need to have the PURE LOVE OF CHRIST, no matter what anyone has done.  there was another story about a German holocaust survivor that had to forgive a Nazi soldier, and she almost couldn't, but she prayed for that pure love of Christ, so that she could just shake his hand, and she felt a peace in her heart.  it was a good talk.  After church, we taught one lesson that Hermana Simmons put me in charge of, and that was really hard, so I have to work on that this week.  but it was still a good lesson.
I learned a lot this week, and I hope to learn even more in the weeks to come! :)
until next week
~Hermana Riddle

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