Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Week 50

Hello Everyone!!

This past week and a half has been crazy, so I will start at the beginning.  Monday we had the opportunity to meet at the church building next to our mission office for a Specialized Training for the sisters.  It was so good!!!  I we talked about being happy in the moment.  We sisters need that a lot because we feel guilty about the past and we worry about the future, and never enjoy the in between.  So it was really good.  We also talked about having the courage to talk to people and just to do the scary parts of missionary work.  But, we did say "Here am I, send me."  As sisters, we can say that, because the Elders are already volunteered.  It was just a cool conference, and it was fun to see the sisters serving in the valley.  On Tuesday we were able to visit a lady from our ward whose husband isn't a member, and it was just good.  We are hoping that we will be able to get in with that family and start teaching him, but he has been pretty not interested in the past, but recently has been coming to church almost every week.  Then Tuesday night we were able to go with our Recent converts to the Mesa Temple and we watched them perform proxy baptisms.  One of our converts, Patsy, was able to be baptized for her mom and her mom's mom.  Then another convert was baptized for Patsy's dad and her mom's dad.  It was such a wonderful experience, I was so grateful that I had that opportunity to be there!  Then Wednesday we taught Travis and Katie a review on the Word of Wisdom, and set up a time for tomorrow to teach them the 15-step stop smoking program for them to quit smoking.  So, hopefully all goes well with that!  They weren't able to come to church because they had food poisoning, so that was sad, but they are coming to the temple with us tonight so that should be good!  Then Saturday was super busy.  Saturday morning we were able to participate in a neighborhood day of service project.  We helped scrape grass in between the sidewalk, and were able to help sweep the sidewalks because they mowed just about every lawn on our street.  It was just fun to work with the members to serve our neighborhood!  Then we were able to meet with a recent convert that night after not being able to see her for a while because she had been in the hospital.  She seemed fine, but now she is missing, so we are praying that she is safe and unharmed, because no one knows where she could be.  Anyway, then Sunday we just had church and other meetings, but our sacrament meeting went really well.  We had a couple speak who just returned from their mission in Uruguay!!  They are such a sweet couple and I'm really excited to work with them.  They gave great talks, then Sister Rudy was asked to bear her testimony since she was going to leave on Monday.  She bore a great testimony, it was just a really spiritual meeting.  Then Monday was great.  I was with Sister Walesby who came out with me, went home for medical reasons, then came back out almost three weeks ago!!!!  I was soo happy to hear that she was back and that I was going to work with her.  We were able to meet with the Johnsons and turns out that he has quit smoking and she is on the path to the temple after  her year mark in December!  So that was good news, we just have to make sure that we keep them on that path!  Then we had a really cool street contact which started with me asking a man about the apartment complex because we were going to tract there and needed apartment numbers, but there didn't seem to be any..... But it started there and lead to him asking about missions, then he asked about our beliefs so we taught him a mini lesson on the Restoration, then we gave him our number and he said he would talk to his wife, when his wife drove into their driveway.  She seemed interested, and I am super hopeful that we will be able to work with this family!  At the very least, it was a really good street contact and they now have some answers about our church!  Then yesterday I got my new companion.  Her name is Sister Crowther and she is from Clearfield, Utah.  She is 24 years old and has been serving for 14 months.  She is great and I am very excited to serve with her.  It's been just a great week and a half and I will email again in just a few days!  I hope you all have a great week! 

Sister Zimmerman
 Sister Rudy - just finished her mission and is heading home :D
It's my new companion!!  Sister Crowther!!  She's a sweetheart!

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