Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Greeley Letter #9

Beautiful Colorado sky
Puzzle time with fellow missionaries.
Killing time at the hospital...

R is doing great. He was listening to the Book of Mormon on CD when we showed up randomly.That made my day :) He wasn't able to get to church this Sunday due to sickness so that's still our main focus. I know he'll love it, we just have to get him there. He is so sensitive to the spirit I know he'll be able to feel how powerful the spirit is in the chapel. We just need to get him there.
Tuesday was absolutely insane. I was with another Sister Training Leader all day and just handled a lot of crazy sister stuff...... companion issues, seizures, hospital, missing companions.... that doesn't even put a dent into all that went on. Somehow it all happened on the same day. What the heck. Needless to say, I was just really excited to do missionary work again on Wednesday. Sister Jarvis and I's companions (both brand new) managed to cover all of our appointments for the day. I couldn't be more impressed with them.
We took T out to lunch for her birthday and she invited a bunch of her non-member friends. So we were able to meet and talk with all of them for an hour. It was great! I had been asked to give a training at our zone meeting today. I had been praying on what I should talk on and finally this morning, with only 10 more minutes to study, it came to me. I had about 3 sentences written down and one scripture I wanted to discuss.... I really don't know how it happened, but it went better than I could have ever expected. I led a discussion about change. Change that comes whether we like it or not. Change that we bring about. Then I focused on the fact that we are all always changing and we have been given the power to choose which direction we are changing in. People mentioned that that was one of the most revelatory meetings they've had on the mission so far. I attribute it wholly to the spirit. It is always an amazing (and very humbling) experience to be able to be an instrument for the spirit to help others.
Thursday we helped out at the Habitat for Humanity build. I love A, he's the guy in charge and is hilarious. I found out today that he is a less-active member. We got to talking about a couple things and I was able to answer a few questions he had and clear up a few misconceptions. I invited him to church and he laughed, but I personally think he is one step closer to activity. Later we went to the food bank to volunteer and a sister in the zone said, "You want to know how much I love you?" I said sure. She continued, "I only have a few people taped in my Book of Mormon. My sister, my brother, and that's it. Well.... now you're in it." I seriously love these people. Missionaries and non-missionaries. I can't get over how special I feel everyday. Thanks for your prayers. I can feel them all the time through other people and letters and the spirit. It's incredible.
Saturday Sister Jarvis and I went to Fort Morgan. A set of sisters was brought out there to start a new area and have had a hard time getting a teaching pool going. So we all worked there for the day. We went tracting and in an hour and a half found 6 potential investigators (4 with set return appointments), passed out 2 Book of Mormons, and found a new investigator that we were able to teach on the spot. It was seriously a miracle. We hardly were told no. I had been praying for a miracle to help lift these sisters spirits and here it was. I shouldn't be surprised when things like this happen but I always am. Heavenly Father loves us so much. I've felt that a lot lately. I was even able to do a little Spanish tracting and extended some invitations to church. It was so cool. One man answered the door and was just intrigued by us. He said he could see an energy around us like none other. I might have encouraged him a little bit and asked what it looked like, ha-ha. He said that a green, a vivid green surrounded me and that he just saw peace around my companion. What does peace look like? I'm not really sure.
I've really seen the importance of being ourselves and being happy. If we do that and are alligning our will with God's, everything works out. Miracles one right after another. Sister Jarvis and I drove back to Greeley. It was overall the most successful exchange we've been on. And I loved the road trip!! Even if it was just an hour there and an hour back.
Sunday was a day of miracles for our area. N texted (the one that moved to Denver) and said she'd be in town for two hours and asked if we could stop by. YES!!! It was so cool to see her. It was almost like seeing family. We taught her and let her know that missionaries in Denver should be in contact with her soon. We have 3 new investigators!!! One we found tracting. The other two are the grandchildren of the less-active grandparents. The lesson went great and the grandparents even helped us to teach them. It was really neat. I'm excited to see what happens with both kids and grandparents.
We have so much planned for this week. We're having family home evening with our recent converts tonight. I made brownies last night to surprise the kids with :) and Sister Jarvis and I are trying to get to the temple this Saturday!!!! Sorry this got so long all the sudden. Well, the spirit is real and Heavenly Father guides us and this work.
Love, Sister Rashauna Hoer

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