Monday, September 8, 2014

A Familiar Face?

Dear Family and Friends,

We've had a good week here in Rapids. The weather is cooling down nicely and I'm getting excited to break out the sweaters and cardigans! We've been told the Farmer's Almanac is predicting this winter to be as bad or worse than it was last year here in Wisconsin so we'll be bundling up here pretty soon... brrrrr!

Interviews with President Cutler:
President Cutler came to our district meeting in Adams-Friendship this week to conduct interviews. Apparently we have personal interviews with the President every 3 months or so. It was nice to talk with him and receive counsel. Sister Christiansen and I were grateful we had the chance to talk with him about some of the specific concerns some of our investigators have. He helped guide and direct us and also answered some of the questions I'd been having about how to teach with the spirit. He gave us each a copy of a talk given by Elder Oaks titled, 'Teaching and Learning by the Spirit' which has helped a ton!

Community Special Needs Dance:
This week we had the opportunity to help out with an activity put on by the community for those with special needs! The community organized the event, but the ward here in Rapids supplied dinner before the dance so we got to help serve food! The Young Women came to help out as well and we had a great time providing service! It reminded me of helping set up the Kauri Sue Hamilton Prom in high school, but this time instead of Little Mermaid decorations there were Green Bay Packer decorations(: Ha it was so much fun to spend time with the Young Women and serve the community. Sister Christiansen and I were smiling the entire time! Seriously so much fun!

Who are these people?:
So apparently I have a super familiar face or something because this week two random ladies came over and struck up a conversation with me as if they knew me! I had no idea who they were, but they chatted with me as if we were long lost friends.. it was strange. I gave them cards.

The Gospel Blesses Families:
We've been trying to work with the members better and really help our investigators gain not only a spiritual conversion, but a social conversion as well. We want them to develop friendships with members of the ward so we've been setting up lots of member present lessons. This week we had one of our investigators come over to the home of one of the members she knows pretty well. We wanted to teach a lesson in an environment where the spirit could be felt. We'd planned to teach the Plan of Salvation, but the kids were really noisy so we ended up teaching the 10 Commandments where the kids could do the hand signals! Even though our investigators kids were a bit rowdy it ended up working out and the member's kids were great examples to their friends! I am grateful for how the gospel blesses families and helps parents teach their kids in love and righteousness!

Tracting Tales:
We did a lot of tracting this week. We struggled to find someone who would accept a copy of the Book of Mormon each day, but Heavenly Father always ended up leading us to where we needed to be so we could meet that goal! We talked with everyone and anyone we could find! It's funny because sometimes people open the door and look really scared of us! Ha I don't know why - I mean what's so scary about a couple of 19 year old girls in skirts knocking on your door? Ha we are doing our best to find those who are prepared!

Eating Alligator:
This week we were fed alligator at a member's home! Ha it tasted and was prepared just like a chicken nugget! Ha pretty random meal, but a fun mission experience!

Fasting and Prayer:
I had such a neat experience while fasting yesterday - I totally received an answer to my prayer while reading the scriptures! When we read about fasting in the scriptures it is always talked about with prayer. Prayer is an essential part of fasting. Check out Alma 5:45-46 and Alma 17:2-3, 9. I know Heavenly Father is mindful of each of us individually!

I love you guys and hope you all have a fantastic week!

Sister Kelley
Saying goodbye to Julia (a member of the ward who's husband is coming
back from Afghanistan and they are moving to Texas)
with our investigators June and Katelyn.

Helping serve food at the community special needs dance.

Trying alligator!


Alligator! Tastes like chicken (nuggets)!

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