March 26th, 2012
I hope you all had a good week. Its been a pretty good week this last week. It rained for like 5 days straight this last week. It was crazy, but kinda fun, it made our drive home lots of fun with the water over the bridge and the muddy hill. This week we visited one family like 4 different times. It was really interesting to be with them, but nice. We are teaching the daughter and mom, and the dad in a sense. This family is less-active, the daughters are not baptized, and the mother is working on coming back into the church, and the husband....well we are not really sure if he is wanting to come back to church or not. So that is still to be determined, but we will see what happens. Its really nice to see them make improvements. They have done everything we have asked and started to do family prayers and they are working on reading their scriptures together. Its really fun, actually yesterday in testimony meeting the little girl we are teaching got up to share her testimony, it was so sweet to see her do that. She was so touching and had everyone tearing up. She talked about how before her mom went to lots of Church's, and now her mom found this church and her mom is happy, and she is happy, and she likes this church. It was WAY CUTE! loved it! We also some some really great improvements in other members in the branch. There are two wonderful ladies who have started to do a weekly scripture study together. One of them got up to share her testimony yesterday and she was so happy, and so vibrant, and just excited to share the fact that she knows this is true, and she has seen it change her life. You can just look at her and know she really feels it. She grew up in such a hard life, and struggles with her kids, but she is so strong now, its just great! i love it! Another really cool thing happened this week. For a while a member of the branch has been telling us that she has a friend that wants to hear about the church, but we haven't been able to meet her. Well we finally met her and her friend/roommate. We were so excited, they were both so eager and ready to listen and learn, we are going over to their house tonight to teach them! i cant wait, it will be great. They both went to church yesterday and one of them....who is not a member.....got up and shared her testimony and how god has always taken care of her, and how thankful she is for the members that introduced her to the church. It was so cool, that's a first in my mission seeing a non-member get up and share their testimony.....it was way cool!
It was way fun this week we also had Pres. and Sister Keyes come up to Chillimo to have lunch with us. We went to this really good place, little hometown cafe, that was soooo goood! we loved it! I was thankful to get to spend some good time with them. They are so sweet, we went and showed them a little about chillicothe and then our church building. It was lots of fun to have time with them. They are such great spirits. And i love having them as our mission president and wife! We also found out some really really great news with his visit. He wrote to the mission office in salt lake and got us approved for 600 more miles a month!!! which is HUGE....because before we only had 900 miles a month, which is about 30 miles a day.....with our HUGE area, it just doesn't cut it! So we are super thankful and blessed to have those extra miles to be able to truly work our area completely!!! We also went on exchanges this week, which was fun. Sister Larson went to Liberty, and sister Bingham came to Chillicothe. It was fun to show her around the town, and have her meet some of our members and help with the work here. She has a really positive attitude. It was fun to be with her for a day! and you pretty much know all about our Sunday. It was such a touching Sunday to hear the people we have been working with share their testimony and see them grow so strong. I really love seeing this branch just grow and grow stronger. Its such a special experience. I am getting more and more excited for the temple open house, not this Friday, but next Friday kicks off our FIRST day working at the temple. Things are going to get all sorts of crazy busy...and so much FUN!!! I cant wait! It will be such a good experience. I cant wait to be a part of that. I am so thankful that our mission will have a temple, i really miss going to the temple, so i hope i can go soon when it s finally dedicated!!!
Well i really don't have that much to update you on other than that. I hope you are all doing well. Love you.