This week was so busy! And it flew by so fast. But a lot of the busyness was meetings, lessons and temple trips. We had an awesome zone conference on Tuesday and learned all about making our lessons simple and pure doctrine but also the importance of testifying. We also talked a lot about rising up and magnifying our calling. Our mission has a theme of ARISE this year. That night we went and taught a mutual group about Preach My Gospel and how to use it to prepare for a mission.
On Wednesday morning we took a temple trip as a companionship. I
am so grateful to be in this mission and be able to go to the temple twice a
month. The temple has become a really special place for me. I always go with
questions in mind. This time I was focusing on how to help the area continue
progressing. I think what we need to do is work harder on what we already have.
We have a teaching pool of over 30 people all we need to do is work harder with
those people, see them more often and get them progressing because why would The
Lord give us more if we aren't working with what we already have. Wednesday
night was a good night for lessons. We have this one family who the two girls
are totally ready for baptism but their in-active dad doesn't want them getting
themselves into a covenant they aren't ready for. So next time we teach them we
are going to focus on the covenants and commitments we make at baptism. It's
really important that everyone understand that they are making a life long
commitment when we enter into the waters of baptism.
On Thursday we had
district training meeting, like we do every Thursday. We did a role play on
teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I love watching and listening to other
missionaries teach because it show me what I can do better. Thursday night was
crazy! Our first set appointment was at 4:00 and from there it just got busy. We
had two appointments at 6:00 and when 7:00 rolled around we remembered another
lesson that we had scheduled that night so we ran and dropped Sister Jones off
at one of the appointments with a member and me and Sister Horne ran and taught
another lesson. We read 1 Nephi 8 in our lesson with some less actives and we
asked them where they were in the vision, where they are now, and where they
want to be, they noticed that in order to get where they want they must hold to
the iron rod, the word of God. They have not been very good at reading their
scriptures everyday but they now see the importance. Then we had to run and pick
up Sister Jones and run to one last lesson for the night.
Friday we went
to the temple as a district. Afterwards we decided to go to Panda Express for
lunch and we had someone pay for our meals. I know that it is such a simple act
of service but those little things make my day. Then we had weekly planning.
Friday night we taught a less active woman from another area but she requested
sisters and so since we are the only English speaking sisters in all of Spanish
Fork, we got to teach her. But by the end of the lesson we convinced her to have
the elders over. So we got to make the elders day by giving them one more person
to work with.
Saturday was kind of a slow day because Sister Jones was
sick. But we still went to dinner and then after dinner we had a baptism. For
dinner we went and ate with one of the ward mission leaders and his wife and
grandma. It was such a fancy dinner. It was a 3 course meal. For an appetizer we
had shrimp cocktail and it was so funny watching Sister Jones try and choke it
down because she doesn't like fish, even though she hasn't eaten it ever. The
the dinner part was good but the best part was the dessert. It was a cake with
fruits and stuff. So good!
The baptism was the cutest baptism I have ever
seen. It was for a lady who is in her 30's. Her husband was less active for a
long time but he worked with the bishop and got worthy to be the one the baptize
his wife. It was so cute when she came out of the water and gave him a big hug
with a huge smile on her face.
This week I also hit my 11 month mark for
being on my mission and my year mark for being endowed. So it was really neat to
be able to spend two days in the temple this week.
As you can tell I have had
an eventful enough week that I actually had a lot to write about this week. Only
one full week left in the transfer and I am so anxious for next Monday to find
out what is going to happen.
Love Sister Harrison