This week I was out of Waynesville a lot. It started out with me going to Asheville on exchange with Sister Hovey! And then the next day was mission leadership conference in Farragut/Knoxville with Sister Trommlitz and the zone leaders. Poor Sister Draney has to go on exchanges all the time and take over Waynesville but she does awesome. The drive between Farragut and Waynesville is kinda rough, driving through The Gorge, I get carsick every time and we almost die every time. But I didn’t puke and it was worth it to see all my missionary friends!! Sis Lundberg and Sis Beckstead and Sis Mickelson were there and Sister Clark and other people I love.
Also at MLC we got our area book planner app!! So we won’t have the little white planners anymore….kinda sad….but there are a lot of cool things about the app, mostly that it will be easier to update our records and keep track of the people we teach and serve. We are transferring everything from our area book to the app and then we get to burn the area book!!
Thursday I didn’t feel good at all…..had carsick hangover……….but we still made it to our service at Haywood Christian Ministries and I felt a little better after that. Oh and I got to call Brother Bradney!!! The Bradney family are back in La Follette, they got baptized a little before I got there and then one of the daughters while I was there. Bro Bradney promised me he would go to church at least once a month for the rest of his life!! (which would be an improvement) and made me promise to call them more so I guess I better!
Friday we ran into a lot of negativity but in the end it was great because we got a lot of work done, had a member out with us for a few hours, and George took us out to a steak house for dinner!! blessings.
We got our transfer call Saturday and neither of us are leaving! So I think I have just 6 weeks left to build up the church in this area. This week we have scheduled appointments with everyone on the ward council. We want to find stories from gen conference or ensigns about their specific auxiliary, maybe how a group of young women helped reactivate someone, or an elders quorum did a service project that helped involve nonmembers and less active members, or things like that, to show them examples that will give them ideas and inspire them. SO y’alls assignment for the week (preferably at the beginning of the week since we start meeting with them tomorrow) is to send me any experiences, ideas, or stories that you have either lived or heard about! if you send them you will have blessings. and I will love you forever. victoria.hale @myldsmail.net is my email address 🙂
Last thing, Sunday was awesome! Allan and Rhonda came to church!! It was perfect. We invited more members to attend Gospel Principles class because it’s usually pretty small but we wanted them to get to know more members. At the beginning Bro Adler had everyone introduce themselves and how they had joined the church. About 8 out of 10 were converts from other Christian faiths and it was awesome to hear everyone’s testimonies, I think it really helped Allan and Rhonda feel comfortable as they are considering this change. When it got to Allan to introduce himself, he told how he had always wanted to learn more about the Church, so he ordered a book of mormon online, and that everything he is learning “about lines up with what I’ve always thought it should be. And I believe we’ll be back.” Wahooey! they are great. We had had a lesson on the Gospel of Jesus Christ the day before….faith, repentance, baptism, the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end, and the Sunday School lesson was on faith, so there were a lot of things that fit in perfect with what we’ve been teaching already. Something that made me happy!…during Sacrament meeting, one of the speakers referred to 2 nephi 2:27 and I looked over and Rhonda had found it in her Book of Mormon!…..which is significant because no one can find things unless we tell them the page number, unless they’ve been actually reading it on their own.
I want to share a quote from Elder Renlund:
“My invitation to all of us is to evaluate our lives, repent, and keep on trying. If we don’t try, we’re just latter-day sinners; if we don’t persevere, we’re latter-day quitters; and if we don’t allow others to try, we’re just latter-day hypocrites. As we try, persevere, and help others to do the same, we are true Latter-day Saints. As we change, we will find that God indeed cares a lot more about who we are and about who we are becoming than about who we once were.”
We listened to this talk last night as well as one by Elder Ringwood:
“The good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ is that the desires of our hearts can be transformed and our motives can be educated and refined. When we are baptized into the true fold of God, we begin the process of becoming new creatures (see 2 Corinthians 5:17; Mosiah 27:26). Each time we renew the covenant of baptism by partaking of the sacrament, we are one step closer to that ultimate goal. As we endure in that covenant, we access the strength to mourn with those who mourn and to comfort those who need comfort (see Mosiah 18:9). In that covenant, we find the grace that enables us to serve God and keep His commandments, including loving God with all our hearts and loving our neighbors as ourselves. In that covenant, God and Christ succor us so we can succor those who stand in need of our succor (see Mosiah 4:16; see also verses 11–15).”
I love both of those talks because they show what the ultimate goal of Christ’s gospel is. To repent, serve those around us, and renew the covenant we made at baptism as often as we can as a reminder that we need to repent and serve. That is the only way we will have peace within ourselves and escape natural sin and selfishness. Sin is real and it is selfish and stupid, if you think about it. It is just not the smart thing to do. Momentary gratification or selfish words and actions are not worth it, and the only way to get out of that is to look outward and help those around you and repent.
All righty this is long enough. Loved all the pictures from family camp! i wore my tshirt this week.
Remember to send me those stories!!:):)
– Sister Hale