I hope everyone had a wonderful week! This week has been full of crazy weather, a car accident, walking lots, and miracles. ( I am so sorry this letter is so long… forgive me )
On Wednesday I got my new amazing companion Sister Setoki! Oh my word how I love her. She is fantastic and it’s the best serving with her. We have lots of fun together everyday and see lots of miracles all because the Lord is with us.
Thursday was an interesting day…. so we started off by doing Weekly Planning, then we went and visited Nikki Reed! We read the Book of Mormon with her and she had planned to come to church with us yesterday but didn’t end up making it! It was a great lesson. On our way back we got in a car accident. I was driving going about 40 mph and I looked at Sister Setoki for what I felt was a quick second and before I knew it we had rear ended the car in front us. The air bags deployed. All is well. The people I hit were not injured and were very sweet. We are totally gonna go visit them as soon as we can! Our bodies are sore but we are so grateful that we are okay and came out of that accident with a few bruises and scratches. In the blessing I received from President McCuistion he said there were angels with us in that accident and I know that is so true! I’m grateful we were so protected! So we don’t have a car right now so we are walking everywhere so it is fun stuff!
We went over to Te’Andra’s ( she is the single mother with six children ) house the day after the accident and had an incredible experience. The night before Sister Setoki and I read Alma 7 before we went to bed and received a strong prompting to read this with her the next day! As we read this chapter with her the Spirit was so strong. She read verses 11-15 which say, ” 11 And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people. 12 And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities. 13 Now the Spirit knoweth all things; nevertheless the Son of God suffereth according to the flesh that he might take upon him the sins of his people, that he might blot out their transgressions according to the power of his deliverance; and now behold, this is the testimony which is in me. 14 Now I say unto you that ye must repent, and be born again; for the Spirit saith if ye are not born again ye cannot inherit the kingdom of heaven; therefore come and be baptized unto repentance, that ye may be washed from your sins, that ye may have faith on the Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world, who is mighty to save and to cleanse from all unrighteousness. 15 Yea, I say unto you come and fear not, and lay aside every sin, which easily doth beset you, which doth bind you down to destruction, yea, come and go forth, and show unto your God that ye are willing to repent of your sins and enter into a covenant with him to keep his commandments, and witness it unto him this day by going into the waters of baptism. ” After reading those verses we invited her to be baptized by someone holding the priesthood power of God on August 12th and she said yes! After that we taught her the commandments and talked more about the things God wants us to do before we are baptized! Te’Andra and her children have truly been prepared by the Lord. THEN THEN! The next day we went back and we showed her kids a video of Jesus Christ being baptized and her eight year old son, KJ looked at us and said, ” I want to be baptized “ we asked him why he wanted to be baptized and he said, ” I want to live with God again and be clean from my sins ” MY HEART! My eyes were filled with tears. It was such a tender moment. Oh my goodness. What a miracle that was. The Spirit is the TRUE and the GREATEST teacher. Te’Andra and all her kids came with us to church. They were all so good during sacrament meeting because my wonderful mother sent them coloring books and cool toys! KJ was so reverent while the sacrament was being passed and it just warmed my heart.
Yesterday morning we received a call from the Topeka Zone Leaders telling us one of their investigators had moved to our area and wanted to come to church with us! We got so excited and got her number and called her! Her name is Kelly and her boyfriend ‘s name is Dennis and they both came to church yesterday with us. They could only stay for sacrament but they loved it. We texted her later and set up a church tour for today at 6pm! Kelly is so sweet and some of her family was baptized in Topeka so she is excited to learn more and we feel honored to be able to teach Kelly and Dennis!
As the month of July comes to a close I was able to finish studying the Book of Matthew in the Bible. I had the wonderful opportunity to come closer to my Savior as I read about Him, His Teachings, His Sacrifice, His love, and His Life. Yesterday I read Matthew chapter 28 which is all about Christ’s Resurrection. It was perfect to read this on the sabbath day right after being able to partake of the sacrament. I was reading in the institute manual and came across this quote by Jospeh B. Wirthlin ( a member of the quorum of the twelve apostles back in the day ), ” I think of how dark that Friday was when Christ was lifted up on the cross… I think that of all the days since the beginning of this world’s history, that Friday was the darkest. But the doom of that day did not endure. The despair did not linger because on Sunday, the resurrected Lord burst the bonds of death. He ascended from the grave and appeared gloriously triumphant as the Savior of all mankind… Each of us will have our own Fridays–those days when the universe itself seems shattered and the shards of our world lie littered about us in pieces. We all will experience those broken times when it seems we can never be put together again. We will all have our Fridays. But I testify to you in the name of the One who conquered death–Sunday will come. In the darkness of our sorrow, Sunday will come.” I would just like to add my testimony as a disciple of Jesus Christ that we all have had many of our own Friday’s where hope didn’t seem possible and faith was absent but Because of Jesus Christ we can have hope and faith to know He walked a lonely path so we don’t have to. He conquered all and fulfilled the Law of Moses and made the greatest the sacrifice. Death has no sting, the grave no victory. Christ’s Atonement made it possible so we all may live again with our Loving Father in Heaven. Jesus Christ is our Savior, Redeemer, and our Elder Brother and my heart is so full of gratitude for Him and this precious opportunity he has given me to be in Kansas with Him and see not only other precious people change but myself change through his Atonement and his Gospel. I know this Gospel is true and no matter how far from God we may feel… we are never alone. There is one person who can truly say they know EXACTLY how we are feeling that is our Savior, Jesus Christ and I leave this testimony with you in the name of Jesus Christ Amen.
Have a good week everyone! I love you all!
- Hey Kansas we love ya! Me & Sister Setoki ️
- We do this amazing work rain or shine. We got complete soaked AND it was beautiful! It was 100 degrees then there was a giant thunder storm and it dropped to 76 degrees!
- What do you do when you get in a car accident? You walk all day in the heat with your battle scars! We are so thankful to all the wonderful people who saw us and gave us rides and water. THANK YOU! You rescued us!
- Was in this lovely trio all day Saturday!
- I LOVE TOPEKA! I miss it everyday.
- Sister Adams from the Andover ward! I love her. We are now best friends