Ok, first off, that awkward moment when you're in a lesson and your investigator tells your member present that their favorite part about our church is how we don't pay tithing...we will be getting to that very soon.
We had a combined ward/branch Halloween party (trunk or treat) on Saturday morning. We invited a bunch of investigators, and were just praying we would have members there, because sometimes people don't come to activities in the morning. It turns out when you have free breakfast and free candy, you also have the kids on your side pushing their parents to come. We had a bunch of members and less active families show up, as well as a few investigators! We even had a member family bring a whole non-member family whom we didn't know about before. Everyone felt very welcomed and it was a nice environment to introduce people to the members in a casual way and help them to see how normal the church really is. We also had the best Halloween costumes (see pictures)
IT SNOWED!! My first Minnesota snow and first snow of the year. I can't believe how cold it is already here (it has the stereotype for a reason I guess), and we're bundling up. I've also been really sick with this cold that's been going around, so it really is starting to feel like winter is coming. It's been hard, not feeling very productive because there's not a whole lot you can do when you can't leave the house besides trying to contact by phone or messenger to set up appointments, but we have seen blessings, and been able to have video call appointments and still fulfill our purpose even if my physical health hasn't been up to par.
So we have been having trouble meeting with our recent convert, Jesus, recently. We had an appointment with him for Friday, but I was really sick then too. So Hna Hanson went on splits with a returned sister from the English Ward who speaks Spanish, and I went to the Sister Training Leaders Apartment to have them as my companions and take a nap. We thought it was going to be lesson with Jesus to talk about the Aaronic Priesthood to prepare him to receive it. But plot twist, after we met up with them again, Hermana Hanson and the other sister were dying laughing, because in the lesson, the Elders Quorum president had come too, and apparently Jesus had already received the Aaronic Priesthood, and no one had told us about it. Then, plot twist again, yesterday we asked our Branch President about it, and it turns out, no, he actually doesn't have the Aaronic priesthood. Haha, we're going to work on having better communication with our branch priesthood leaders now.
Yesterday in Sunday School, we had a lesson about family history work, so during personal study I was reading in D&C 138. I really loved verse 30
"But behold, from among the righteous, the organized his forces and appointed messengers, clothed with power and authority, and commissioned them to go forth and carry the light of the gospel to them that were in darkness, even to all the spirits of men and thus was the gospel preached to the dead."
This section is talking about the work done in preaching the gospel in the spirit world, but I thought it was so cool how it applies to missionary work right now! We are messengers of LIGHT! Members and missionaries alike. Under the authority of the restored priesthood the power and authority of God on the earth, we take the message of light to those who feel their lives are being lived in darkness. Christ commissioned his disciples on earth to share the gospel just as he did in Heaven. I love the metaphor comparing the gospel to light, because that is truly what it is. Missionary work is so hard, but it is so worth it, because the gospel makes life better. Simple as that. It brings a light into our lives that can only be found through Christ.
Have a good week! And a safe and happy Halloween!