Funny story of the week come to you courtesy of Hermana McCracken. We were doing laundry last p-day, and we went to go get our stuff out of the dyers, and she noticed her clothes were still wet, so she put them in for another cycle. Once they started though, she realized there was a big sign on the front of the machine that said 'washer' and once it started we couldn't unlock it, so her clothes got washed three times, but we've learned our lessons now and are very careful about checking the signs wherever we go.
One of the Elders mom's sent our district a package of 50 kazoos this week, so you can probably guess what district has been the most popular with the teachers this week. Elder Ferguson also knows a lot about classical music, and actually used to play in Utah Youth, so during our breaks we'll play classical music on our kazoos and it's really awesome. Yesterday's feature was "Jupiter: Bringer of Jollity" from the Planets
Being Branch music coordinator was a really fun calling for a week, but I got released on Sunday because Hermana McCracken and I got called to be the Zone Sister Training Leaders. This means we attend Branch Council on Sunday morning, and have meetings with the district sister training leaders to help make sure all the Hermana's are doing well and getting everything they need. We also are in charge of orientation on Wednesday nights when new districts come into our zone, as well as overall moral support and providing snacks whenever anyone needs them. It's going to be busy on top of our already crazy days, but we're really excited to get to serve.
Being a missionary has given me an entirely new perspective on prayer, and I feel so blessed to have the knowledge that we have about prayer with the restoration of the gospel. Most every prayer you say as a missionary is on your knees, and we're practicing trying to encourage our investigators to prayer on their knees as well. I've never really thought about it that much, and throughout most of my life I've never really seen the importance or necessity of praying on your knees rather than standing or sitting. Hermana McCracken and I were trying to explain to one of our investigators this week how our conception of prayer is that Heavenly Father is listening to us individually and answers our prayers individually. I told her that she could think of it like when she closes her eyes to pray, she could imagine that Heavenly Father is standing right there in front of her listening patiently to whatever she has to say, because it's that personal. And I know that thought came from the Spirit, because it made me realize that if you were actually standing in the presence of God, you would be on your knees, bowing your head instinctively out of respect for Him. We get to talk to God, and we should show as much respect about it as we can. I know that when we pray with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, all things can be made known unto us.
I still can't hold much of a conversation in Spanish about anything except for the Restoration, as well as bear testimony and say prayers. But we're surviving on that for now. We may not be able to tell you what we ate for lunch, but we can tell you that Joseph Smith had a question, and because of his faith to act on the answer he received, we have the truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ on the earth today, and you can know too, by doing the same thing Joseph Smith did, and ask.
"Therefore, ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you; for he that asketh, receiveth; and unto him that knocketh, it shall be opened." 3 Nephi 27:29