So, remember the past couple of months how I've been teaching people who speak Korean and Chinese? Well, this last week Sister Aldridge and I have been finding people all over the place who speak Vietnamese.
Last Tuesday we got to do a training for all of our ward mission leaders and ward missionaries, and it went really well!! Sister Santos and I talked with our high councilman about it back in October, so I was pretty excited to finally do it. It was basically the things our mission president talked about in our last zone conference, but the short version. Our goal was to help everybody get motivated and to help them have faith that there are people who are prepared to hear the message of the Restoration in each of their wards right now. Sister Aldridge and I make a great team, she is an awesome missionary and a hard worker. We have a lot of fun together, and we have been trying our hardest to do everything that's required of us.
Wednesday was mission leadership council, and this time the district leaders were invited. Our focus this month as a mission is the message of the Restoration, it's the most important message that we can declare, and it brings the Spirit so strongly to everyone who is open to hearing it. It's the first thing we tell people about when we meet them, and there's a power that everyone can feel when they listen.
I know that God loves us, and because He loves us, the Church that Jesus Christ established when He was here, after centuries of being lost, is back on the earth today. It's been restored in it's entirety through the prophet Joseph Smith. We have a prophet on the earth today that guides us, his name is Thomas S Monson. All are invited to gain a witness of this for themselves. We will each have a confirmation from the Holy Ghost as we study the Book of Mormon, sincerely pray and ask if it's true, and listen in our hearts and minds for the promptings of the Spirit. The Holy Ghost is God's messenger, and speaks to everyone in different ways, some feel Him physically, some feel chills, a warmth in their heart, or they start to get emotional. Others recognize His promptings as feelings, like peace, joy, and calmness, or enlightenment. Regardless of how you feel Him, you'll know in your heart and mind what the answer is, and you'll be shown in a way you can recognize. It doesn't always come at once, but in the way you need it, it WILL come.
Thursday we had a zone meeting, and to demonstrate something Sister Aldridge had to get me to try a nasty thing she found at Harmon's that I think is gross and she loves. It was a grape leaf rice thing? In oil? I don't really remember. Anyways, it smelled like formaldehyde and I had to run out of the room to spit it in a trash can. So that was kind of exciting I guess.
On Friday we went on exchanges with Sister Snyder and her new companion, Sister Malifau. Sister Malifau came here with me, and Sister Aldridge went up the the River Ridge stake. It was a great experience. That morning I had read something that talked about how before an exchange we should pray and ask Heavenly Father to put us in situations where we can demonstrate correct principles and teach the other missionary, so I did. Later that day, we were parked out front of a house, about to go in, when we saw all the way down at the end of the street a man standing outside of his truck. We're asked to talk to everyone, which can be pretty scary sometimes, but we knew we needed to do it, so we ended up driving down the street past him, across the road onto another street, turning around on the that street because it was wider and going back and parking right in front of the man's truck. We hopped out and started talking to him and it turns out he's from New Jersey and he's been thinking about coming back to church because he left when he was a teenager. When we asked him if he lived near by, he said "no, I just decided to stop here to have a smoke on my way to my friend's house". He just felt like stopping there. I have such a testimony that God puts each of us in different people's paths every day for a reason. God is in the details of our lives, whether we realize it or not. There were all kinds of amazing things that happened when we were on exchanges, but that was just my favorite that day.
I love you! Be happy!