This week was a little rough for having lessons with our investigators because of Thanksgiving, but everything worked out for the best and it ended up being a great week! :)
We have been working with a few families that have just joined the church recently or that don't come to church as often. Zack & Darby Nelson are newly weds with a baby and Darby just joined the church about a year ago! We have been meeting with them to help them prepare to go to the temple and have their family sealed for time and all eternity! They are so much fun! They are both younger than Sister Kay & I so that was weird at the beginning, but now we are all super great friends and they are so excited about what they are learning about.
Thanksgiving was super fun! We went to the Sebra's in the ward and had a wonderful dinner and played games with their family and some of their friends they had invited came towards the end and it was super fun to meet them! After that we went to the Chambers family, who are just down right hilarious! hahaha they had some family in town and they were just cracking us up! Round two for our thanksgiving meal. I swear we gained some major poundage hahaha. We made our last stop at the Brunner's house! Brother Brunner is our new ward mission leader and they are so awesome! We visited with them and shared a spiritual message and they gave us some of their leftovers from Thanksgiving hahaha. It was awesome!
Friday we started handing out the new cards all of the missionaries got this week for the new video the Church put out, "He is the Gift". It seems to be quite a successful way to invite others to watch the video and have the true Spirit of Christmas in their homes! :) That night we helped the Chambers set up their Christmas tree! It was so much fun! These people have hundreds of ornaments so it took all of us to help for about an hour or more! hahaha so funny!
It was super fun! We helped split and stack Robert Miller's wood and it was a blast! I love doing service like that. A couple of men from the ward came over to help too and it was so good to see all of these guys work with Robert and get to know him. It's the best feeling to know that our investigators have true friends in the ward to lean on! :) Love love love it.
That evening we ate with one of our members and the wife is a super crazy work out woman! She is an instructor at some of the gyms in Bakersfield and other places and she was reading us "21 Ways to Burn More Fat" while Sister Kay and I were eating Klondike bars for dessert hahahahaha! I was dying inside, so hilarious.
Sunday was so good! Church went well! Alyssa, Robert, and Jeff came! :)
We went over to Jeff Evan's house and talked to him about the Priesthood and what he learned about it at church. He is progressing so well and learning so much! He is slowly but surely reading the scriptures and it is so good! We had dinner at Zack & Darby's and their baby was so hilarious I don't even know why, but it was cracking me up! We talked to them about the Plan of Salvation and about the temple! :) We stopped at the Millers that evening as well and talked to him about what he learned at church and he is definitely paying attention and has questions about everything and he is soaking it all in! He said he was never going to join the church, so that was kind of really depressing to hear. But I have faith that the Lord can prepare his heart to receive the answers he needs in order to know that this is the true church and that the Gospel of Jesus Christ HAS been restored. :) So time will tell and lots of prayers!
It's been an awesome week! Please, EVERYONE, share the "He is the Gift" video with your friends and family, it is short, sweet, and definitely moving. I love it so much. No matter how many times I watch it, I always get the chills and feel the spirit so strong each time. I love my Heavenly Father and my Savior, Jesus Christ so much. I know that He is the Christ. I know he came into this world to redeem us from our sins, and over came physical death, so that we can live with Him and Heavenly Father again. He is the greatest gift of love that God has given us, please discover Him, and embrace Him. I love what I am doing, I learn so much each and every day. The more I learn the more I KNOW without a shadow of a doubt that this is the true church and that the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored to its fulness in these last days.
Love you all so much!