Week 31- 5 out of 13 Transfers Gone!

Lots of different and amazing things happened this week. We traveled again this week. Monday night we drove up to Erie, PA which is 2 hours north of us. We stayed until Tuesday night and the exchange went really well. I went with Sister Anderson and we had a ton of fun. We did service for a member of their ward in his vineyard. It was super cool. I had never seen a vineyard before nor have I worked in one. On top of that we worked in the rain. We just walked up and down all the rows and made sure all the vines were standing up off of the ground. The member also had a chicken that just had chicks. I got to hold one. It was so cute and tiny!
Wednesday we were able to do some really cool things. We did service for a member at the Butler Farm show. It was really fun to see all the different animals… we even saw a leopard! Pretty sweet 🙂 The same member that we helped at the farm show invited us to come see chickens be butchered. What? Yeah super cool! Of course we said yes, when was I going to ever see chickens be butchered again? So we went over to their house later that night. We had proselyting clothes on so we didn’t get to help; we just watched. I was really nervous that I wouldn’t be able to eat chicken again… Don’t worry I ate chicken two days later. We watched them kill and skin the chickens. Let it be noted that chickens are still very active after their heads are cut off. I am SO grateful that I don’t have to go through that process in order to have a chicken to eat. I am very grateful that I live in a country that I can go to the store and buy a chicken ready to cook. It was an interesting process to watch, but again grateful I don’t have to do that.
Thursday we had a lesson with a less-active family that we are teaching, a mom and her two daughters. Before the lesson started Brandi, her oldest daughter, excitedly told us about her reading of the Book of Mormon. She told us that she wasn’t feeling good one morning and couldn’t go back to sleep so she decided to read the Book of Mormon (which she hasn’t done in a while). She just flipped open the book and started reading. Brandi really liked what she read and she said that she really wants to study more about belief. It was so awesome to see the progress that she is making. She wasn’t very open with us at first and she was stand-offish about the church. Brandi is starting to develop a testimony of her own and I am so grateful that I am here to see it grow.
After our lesson with them we drove to Pittsburgh for our Missionary Leadership Council Meeting that we had on Friday. All of the Sister Training Leaders got permission to stay at the mission home. It was a really cool experience. We all were able to talk to each other and get to know each other. I was pretty excited about the fact that I got to sleep in the mission home. My first night in Pa I stayed at senior couple’s apartment. The MLC meeting was a lot of fun. We talked about family history and how President Johnson wants to use it more to get nonmembers interested in the church. I am super excited about this because I know that it is going to helpful in finding new investigators and helping people learn about the church.
Sister Thomas and I have been working really hard to find new investigators. We have been praying for to see opportunities to share the gospel and find people that are prepared to accept the gospel in their lives. Things have been looking up for us this week! We got a text for our less-active Kristin that we have been teaching. She text us saying that her brother’s girlfriend wants to sit in on our next lesson! We are super excited about this because this is a potential investigator and Kristin’s excuse for not coming to church is that she doesn’t want to go alone. If he brother’s girlfriend goes with her she won’t have an excuse not to come!
We had an amazing lesson with our investigator Angie last night. It was another testament to me of the power of having member’s at lessons. Raphaela, a member from our ward, offered to help us with our lesson. She went above and beyond and took a twenty minute drive out o Chicora to pick up Angie, bring her back to her house, and then after the lesson took Angie back home. It was so great getting Angie out her house, away from her crazy grandkids, and in an environment where she could feel the spirit. We talked about the pre-earth life and about the purpose of this life. I could feel the spirit so strong. I bore testimony to Angie that I knew that Heavenly Father sent us to Angie for a reason. He wanted to have this knowledge, He wanted her to have the blessings of the gospel. We talked about the feelings that come from the spirit. Angie told us that she felt good whenever she me with us and she really liked it. I told her that she could have a good feeling from the spirit all the time if she were baptized and received the gift of the Holy Ghost. I asked her to be baptized and she paused for a moment. All I could do was say a prayer in m heart that she would say yes. She looked up and said yes! We have asked her before but she has never given us a definite answer. We must have looked shocked or something because after she answered she asked if Sister Thomas and I were okay. It was such an amazing feeling to see the power that the spirit can have in helping people make the right decision. We set her with September 27th, the day after my birthday! I am super excited for her and the decision that she is making. Having Raphaela really helped Angie see the blessings that come from bringing the gospel into your life, just by the sincere testimony that she bore throughout the lesson. Angie does have to stop smoking but we told her that we would help her the whole way and help her be prepared. I told her that we can only do so much, but the majority of it is up to her. She has to find out if this is true for herself, she has to have the will power to quit, she had to read, pray, and go to church.
This week was just a good week all around. Transfers are tomorrow and both Sister Thomas and I are staying in Butler! I am super excited to see what happens within these next six weeks. I am loving my mission and I am loving the people. My testimony is being strengthened and my understanding of the gospel is growing everyday. I am learning so much about myself and about the person that Heavenly Father knows I can be. I hope to one day achieve it. I am so gratefulf or the gospel in my life. I know that it brings me so much peace and happiness that I couldn’t find anywhere. I would search and never be satisfied. I see it all day long out here. People are truly searching for happiness and truth, but they know not where to find it.
I love you all and I hope you have a fantastic week!
Love,
Sister Jones

The vineyard we worked in up in Erie

The vineyard we worked in up in Erie

 Leopard at the farm show

Leopard at the farm show

My finished painting... don't judge. I know I am no Monte.

My finished painting… don’t judge. I know I am no Monte.

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