Monday, May 5, 2014

Week 10 weekly rundown

Hello everyone! This was another great week! 

Monday: Last P-day was super fun...who am I kidding? P-day is always fun!! I LOVE playing basketball and volleyball with the other missionaries. AMERICA. We had some great lasagna, so that was good. Sister Stocking and I made a rap for our make-shift mother in our ward! HAHA she loved it

Tuesday: We visited some great people today :) I LOVE  the scriptures!! I love searching for scriptures to share with peeps! We drove out to Mercersburg today, and visited some people which was great! Sorry not much to say about today besides AWESOME DAY!

Wednesday: We went on exchanges today!! I was FREAKING out. I was going to be in my area with the Sister Training Leader from Gettysburg...which means I was put in charge! I was soooo nervous, but guess what?? I was fine. Lolz. It was a really neat experience. I was able to observe how other missionaries do the work, and I was able to build confidence in myself! I think I lean so much on my trainer, I forget the Lord gave me certain talents that I need to use to invite people to come unto Christ! 
The STL also fit into the washer and dryer....and the washer doesn't work now hahaha. AND she made me lock toes with her hahaha gross. 

Thursday: We exchanged back today, so I'm back with my wonderful companion! We had a great dinner once again! I've been really trying not to eat sweets, but then every family just has to whip up some delicious cake thing, and I give in EVERY TIME. Tonight my weakness was chocolate chip cookies. HAHA what would I do if I was serving a foreign mission? We learned a lot about family history work today from the family history specialist in our ward. Family Search is such a cool website! How amazing is it that we have the ability to help with the salvation of souls by performing saving ordinances for the dead? So cool! I miss going to the temple! 

Friday: We were able to see one of our favorite ladies today! She's leaving for the summer, so we will miss her, but before she leaves we've challenged her to read the Book of Mormon (start to at least) with a specific topic in mind. This is such a great activity to do! Everyone should do it! You can receive great insights as you focus on a certain topic. Pray for inspiration! 

Also, I ate another mushroom tonight. 

Saturday: Today was pretty lame honestly. NO ONE answered their door. It's Saturday...come on! It was a really long day of trying a lot of people and getting no answer. It was pretty discouraging, but it's okay! As long as we were trying our best, that's okay, right? I still feel like a successful missionary :) We drove to Timbuktu for our dinner appointment, and I knitted on the way there. I have a new love for knitting! 

Sunday: I love Sundays so much! Today was Fast Sunday. I love having the opportunity to fast. It increases our ability to feel the Spirit. When coupled with prayer, fasting can bring great miracles! Our investigators came to church again!!!! A couple of people who are less-active came to church as well! We were definitely blessed today. The testimonies that were shared were absolutely beautiful. I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the church Christ set up when He was on the earth. It is run by Jesus Christ through a loving prophet and apostles. How did I come to know this? I read the Book of Mormon! When we receive a witness from the Holy Ghost that the Book of Mormon is true, we also can know Joseph Smith was a prophet and Jesus Christ's church has been restored to the earth. 
Funny story: as I was walking into the little pew at church, I accidentally ripped off the little wood things that hold the Hymn books HAHAH. The wood hit the floor in a embarrassing! My ward thinks I'm a freak!

Just a few highlights for you! A lot of our appointments cancelled this week, so that was pretty hard, but that's okay :) I'm doing great! I wanted to leave you with a scripture! Alma 37:37 "Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good..." I love this scripture! Our faith in Him grows when we pray, everyone. Remember to offer kneeling prayers when you arise and retire and often in between!  I promise the Lord will direct you!! I have felt direction come when I pray. Prayer changes things! ANNND that's all folks! Love you!

Sister Sparks

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