Monday, September 21, 2015

Getting in the House

Dear fam and friends.

This week it was Sister Payne's 10 month mark and all she's been talking about for the last week and a half we've been together is about how much she loves cinnamon rolls and how she could really use
one. SO... I made up a cinnamon roll recipe thing and went for it! Ha they weren't even half bad! We had fun delivering them to people(:

3 Important Things:
So in Preach My Gospel there's this quote from President Hinckley about three important things a recent convert (and I think it applies to anyone in the church!) needs: 1) a friend in the church 2) a responsibility, a calling 3) nourishment by the word of God. It's been about a month and a half now since Jamie and Lori were baptized so we've made it our focus to make sure they are getting these three things. This week Lori was set apart to help out with family history and a calling was extended to Jamie! They have both made good friends in the ward and are keeping up with their scripture study. It has been such an incredible opportunity to see them learn and grow these past few months! It's fun to see how much they have changed as they've applied the Atonement of Jesus Christ. This week we were talking with Lori about all the changes she's made since learning about the church
and it suprised me when she said she had seen me grown and change during this time as well. Sometimes it is hard to see our own growth, but as we do our best to consistently follow the Savior we are changed!

Porch Prayer:
We stopped by to see Ashley this week, but she wasn't home. Instead her husband Gabriel answered the door and we were able to have a great conversation with him and even pray with him on their porch! It is such a blessing he is so supportive of Ashley, but we really hope we can help him see how the gospel can change his life as well! Obviously we want them to be an eternal family!(:

Getting Through the Door:
This week we had dinner with the Clark family and all the Elders. It was super fun to share mission experiences and hear more about Brother Clark's mission. He was giving us some pointers on how to go from just teaching lessons on the doorstep to teaching lessons in people's homes. It was super funny and the next day when we were out tracting we tried it and actually got into someone's home! Ha it was super great and now we have this solid new investigator mom and son.

Quick Overview:
All in all it was a decent week - we had a birthday party for a less active in a member's home, organized youth fellowshipping at volleyball, got in contact with a less active guy (who had been MIA) because Sister Payne understands Ham radio, got soaking wet when we forgot our umbrellas out tracting, sneakily stopped by at a member's when their non-member daughter-in-law was visiting, set a solid baptismal date with Mariah, ya know the usual missionary stuff(: Honestly I was having a bit of a hard time, but it's amazing what scripture study and prayer can do for a person! Ha I am feeling humbled and more motivated about life so things are good(: Also we had a miracle moment when this less active we have been working with for forever, came to church unexpectedly! Her visiting teacher sat with her and helped her feel comfortable and loved, it was so perfect!

We've been loving the changing fall leaves and the slightly cooler weather - hope you're enjoying it too(: It was super fun to hear you were able to help Kendall out with family history stuff - I love her!
I am so grateful for the chance I had to meet her in Madison, missions are the best! I am so grateful for the chance to be a little part of this great work! LOVE YOU!!!

Sister Kelley(:

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