Week 40- Another week closer to a BAPTISM!!

How yins guys doin’?
Life in PA has been going great. The leaves are changing and so is the temperature. It is so beautiful here. I can’t wait for all of the leaves to change. I can do without the cold weather, but at least it hasn’t gotten too cold.
This week we had Zone Training. We learned about how to use Family History as a way to find, teach, and reactivate. Family History is so exciting and the First Presidency is pushing all of us to start working on it. Family History work and Missionary work go hand in hand. They are both furthering the Lord’s work.
While at Zone Training we also had the opportunity to watch the movie “Meet the Mormons”… TWICE!! I haven’t sat down and watched a movie for that long, but it was sooo good. I hope you all had the chance to see it and if not GO see it! It is so touching and I know it will open others eyes to what it is really like to be Mormon… which is NORMAL!! haha. I love how they took people from all different walks of life, from all ages, from different places of the world. I think it is going to change how people view us 🙂
We had exchanges this week and it was awesome! I stayed in Butler with a brand new sister. Her name is Sister Bennett and she has only been out for three weeks. She is super sweet and very quiet, but she started to open up as the exchange went on. It was really cool to be able to do training with her in the morning. It felt like going back to when I was training Sister Zaugg. It is so much fun being a Sister Training Leader! I don’t want it to ever end!
I love having family home evening with members. We had FHE with a less-active family that we have been working with. It was so much fun. We talked about the importance of reading our scriptures and why we should do it daily. We then made little canvases that would remind us to read each day. They girls loved it! I have come to see how important FHE really is. It brings families together and allows them to bond and grow in the gospel. It is such a divinely inspired activity.
We had two lessons with Tiny this week. We have to have two a week in order to have him be ready to be baptized on the 25th! He is doing so awesome. Tiny is such a different person than when I first met him. He was so reserved and not happy. Ever since he has let the Spirit in his whole demeanor has changed. It’s Tiny, but it’s not, if that makes any since. He smiles more, he laughs more, and he shares his thoughts and feelings more. He cries more… just like me 🙂 Seeing this has been a HUGE testament to me that the gospel really does change lives. At the end of our lesson on Saturday Tiny prayed out loud in public for the first time! It was so awesome! He was nervous as all get out, but he got through it and he felt so much better afterwards. It is something that he is still working on in order to be comfortable praying in public. He’ll get there 🙂 Tiny also came to church yesterday. This was the first time he has ever come to all three hours. He has gone to sacrament before and he never knew what went on the last two hours. He absolutely loved it! Tiny doesn’t like big crowds of people, but he did so awesome and the ward was great in introducing themselves to him. He got all dressed up and it was the first time I’ve seen him dressed up. He kept smiling the whole time. Tiny is working so hard to be ready on the 25th! I am so excited for him!! Missionary work is the greatest. He always tells us that we were the ones that he was waiting for. He told us that when Sister Thomas and I were put together that the spirit was so strong between us that it hit Tiny hard. He told us that the power between us is overwhelming. I know that Heavenly Father placed Sister Thomas and I in Butler together for a reason. I know that it was inspired by God.
So the craziest thing happened last night. We had a lesson with our investigator Shana on Saturday and committed her to a baptismal date in December. Well during our lesson last night we were thrown for a loop. We asked her if she talked to her parents about getting baptized and she told us that she was already planning on getting baptized at the Baptist church is attending, this SUNDAY! I had no idea what to do. Do I congratulate her? Do I tell her not to? Do I not say anything? I have never had this happen before. All I could say was that was awesome and bear my testimony about the Restoration of Christ’s church. Talk about caught off guard. She still wants to meet with us so we are meeting with her this Saturday and are really going to try to help her understand the Restoration.
We have a really cool opportunity on November 1st to go on team-ups with a General Authority’s wife. Elder Renlund is coming to our Stake Conference and his wife asked to go out with sisters for a couple of hours. President Johnson asked if we would like to go out with her. We said yes! I am looking forward to that. Hopefully all goes well that day.
The PA Pixburgh Mission rocks! I love it so much 🙂 The gospel is true and this church is true. I know that nothing will stop this work from progressing!
Have a great week.
Love,
Sister Jones

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Our FHE activity with Brandi, Hope, and Patty

Our FHE activity with Brandi, Hope, and Patty

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