Hermana Knight and Hermana Hull
Double zone P-day!
Tuesday we went to days for girls! I love doing that service project. I wish we did it more than just once a month! We also had language study at the Garcia's house that day. One of the nice things about this new schedule and flexibility is that we can now study at member's houses! It was super helpful. We also had a lesson with a new investigator (WE HAVE 7 NEW INVESTIGATORS THIS WEEK), named Edmundo, and we brought Rosa with us! She did SO great! She was so good at connecting with him, and teaching simply and powerfully. We also heard an amazing story from one of our less active families about when their daughter had a brain tumor! They had so much faith holy cow. The little girl was only 8 at the time, and ended up having to learn how to walk and talk all over again in a children's hospital for 2 months afterward. The first thing she said when she started talking again was a prayer! Gah she is just adorable and perfect.
I had a really cool experience in my studies on Wednesday. I was reading in Jesus The Christ (which is an AMAZING book by the way if you haven't read it) and found this beautiful part about why the Savior used parables in his teaching. It's interesting because he used to speak plainly and clearly at the beginning of his ministry (example: Sermon on the Mount) but then after that He started using a lot of parables. He used them out of love, because if someone was in a spiritual and mental place to be able to receive those deeper doctrines and principles, they would be able to understand, but someone who wasn't ready wouldn't be able to understand, therefore would not be responsible for keeping those principles if they were ignorant of them. Everything He did was just so loving. It's amazing. Wednesday was also super icy and snowy! It was gross. The rest of the week was pretty nice though! Like 40-50 degrees. Except for now today it's back in the 30s and snowing again :(
Thursday was another great day. We had district council in the morning which was pretty good, and then that evening we got to finally have a lesson with Miguel, the Reina's nephew. He's lived with them for about 5-6 years now and has gone to church a couple of times but has never really learned much about the gospel, so we asked him if he'd be interested in learning more and he said "sure!" He loved the message of the restoration and seems to be picking up on everything pretty well!
Helping out at the blue and gold banquet on Thursday
Friday we met an awesome kid named Manuel. He's 14 and his English is really good, so we were surprised when he said he's only been in the states for a year! We taught his whole family the restoration and they really liked it too. They said it just makes sense that God wouldn't want just people in Jerusalem to know about His son! Of course he would call ancient prophets over here, too! After our lesson with them we went to the Reina's to watch a movie with Miguel. It was great. He's a visual learner so it helped a lot.
We also had Interviews with President and Sister Lewis that day! It was so great. Crazy though because it was my last interview with them before my departing interview! Also President informed me that I will be giving my departing testimony at Zone Conference tomorrow! GAH! That's just crazy. Sister Lewis gave a great thought about the 4 characteristics of Christ's love.
1- His love was non-restrictive and not exclusive. Love is not something we should be stingy with or keep track of.
2- His love was given without being asked for. He never asked, "Let me know if there's anything I can do for you!" He just filled unspoken needs.
3-He gave tender attention to people and feelings before things and events. "Why is it that we usually choose the thing over the person even when we know that the thing (like cleaning the house or making it to the concert on time) is temporary and the person is forever?"-Sis. Lewis.
4- He loved mankind in particular, not just in general. Yes, He overall loved mankind, but He also loved every single person individually that makes up mankind.
ALSO on Friday I got to see Sandra Atkinson!!! (Sister Atkinson who used to live here but went home). It was so awesome and I was not expecting it at all!
Some sister missionaries with Sandra!
Hermana Knight and Sandra
Saturday morning was good because we had a district breakfast together after we played basketball, but the rest of the day was not the best for me. I was having a really hard time with my perfectionism. I was just so grateful for my companion though, because she's not usually a talker but she's so good at helping me and talking me through problems. We had a pretty good member dinner that night with the Robertson's! They have two little kids that are SO CUTE! Holy cow!
Sunday was really good. Especially to be able to be so spiritually uplifted and be able to take the sacrament. It boosted my confidence back up quite a bit! Sacrament meeting was especially good because first of all, I had an amazing realization during Sister Warren's talk - that Heavenly Father is the most intentional parent ever. Literally all He ever does is be a parent. Isn't that deep? Like, Heavenly Father doesn't have a career, a house to clean, a TV show to catch up on, nothing! His kids are His everything. And also because there was a beautiful musical number of a family - a mom, dad, and son. The mom played piano and the dad and son played a violin duet. It was so cute and I really felt the spirit. We also had a great lesson last night with one of our less-active families and it helped us all feel better. 3 Nephi chapter 11 is SO GOOD everyone should read it.
Hermana Tolliver and Rosa
Hermana Knight with the Hernandez family
a bunch of mail we got this week!
Well that's it for this week folks!
Love and miss you all