Friday, July 28, 2017

"Thus they went out of the world rejoicing" (July 17, 2017

"I'm not throwing away my shot"

Happy Moon Launch Day yesterday!! 

I told Hermana Bryson my fun fact that 48 years ago yesterday Apollo 11 launched, and that on the 20 it will have been 48 years since they landed on the moon. (Well I'm like 80% sure about those dates. I can't double check on google so I'm just guessing) and then yesterday when things weren't all going as well as we hoped she said "I shouldn't be that stressed, at least I'm not going to the moon in four days" Missionary work can be hard, but we keep going and we keep pushing through. I also became the designated driver this week, and let me tell you after 5 months of not driving, that was a little scary for a few days there, but I think I'm getting back into the hang of it now. 

So we had a lot of cool miracles this week. We met George, the son of a member here. He just got out of prison a few weeks ago after 20 years. He had never seen a smartphone and there's a lot of new things he is still adjusting too. And it is truly inspiring how excited he is to be alive and how he appreciates everything little thing about the world. Being able to wake up and go to work, and even how green the trees are. We are so blessed to live in the beautiful world in which we live, and sometimes we need a little wake up call to do that. 

I also met an incredible less-active on exchanges this week, Andrew. He is in his early twenties, and his wife is just about to have a baby, and hearing him talk about being a father and the things he's learning and his fears, and all the things he has gone through to get to this point was incredible. His wife isn't a member, but he has a strong testimony of the church, and he has told her he knows that someday that will be sealed in the temple as an eternal family, and he has already began to see her heart soften and seen her feel the spirit as they get closer and closer to becoming parents. 

Orlando wasn't at church yesterday, and so we were a little concerned, and stopped by after church. It turns out he was in the hospital 4 months ago for a week for a health problem, some really bad swelling his cheek that was very painful that they never got to figure out, and it started happening again yesterday. He was in a lot of pain, and just crying. We asked if there was anything we could do for him and he asked "You could pray for me?" And my heart just melted. So please keep Orlando in your prayers and that he will be able to recover and the doctors will be able to figure out what is going on. 

This week in my studies I was impressed by Alma 46:39 "And it came to pass that there were many who died, firmly believing that their souls were redeemed by the Lord Jesus Christ; thus they went out of the world rejoicing." Death is a pretty universal fear, and one of the greatest fears there is. But through Christ, we can overcome that. Through Christ we can overcome all fears. The knowledge of the gospel gives us an eternal understanding, and helps us understand those difficulties and challenges and fears that we face.

Have a lovely week!!

The Baptism of Ahmed last Monday -
Someone Hna Bryson taught in Minneapolis 
Exchanges with Sister Benson

FYI on July 11, if you dress like a cow and go to Chik-fil-a
you get free chicken. And where there is free food there are missionaries

When the other Hermanas are staying over at your house for
zone conference and low-key stalk us through the window

Chalking! The Plan of Salvation

 "Well, if it isn't Aaron Burr, sir"

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