Hello all, November 19th 2012
This week has been kind of difficult in trying to find people to teach. We had a couple of investigators drop us for no reason but it happens. A couple of the less-actives we have been working with aren't doing so well and it's so hard and sad because you have taught them everything they need to know and asked them to do certain things to help build their testimony and they don't do it and then they get frustrated and we have no idea how to help them because we have told them everything we can! It can be so disappointing and just makes my heart hurt for them. There is definitely a time and a place for all things and that can be difficult in just turning it over to the Lord, But that is all you can do when that happens. Things will work out how they need to and even if they don't find the truth out now, they will be lead back to it. We had a district training meeting on Friday morning that was just amazing! It was all about the Book of Mormon and the role that it plays in our conversions to the Gospel and also our investigators. And I know that that is true. That is where my conversion came from the Gospel! The Book of Mormon is amazing and sets our church apart from all the others as it contains everything we need to make it back to our Heavenly Father. If you want to know if the Church is true or not, read the Book of Mormon and pray about it! That is when true conversion happens. It has been made very clear to me this week, how simple and beautiful the Gospel really is, and the difference that it can make in our day to day lives. There is a saying in a talk that I read this week that says" Life before joining the church isn't easy, neither while you are joining nor after you have joined." I just love it. Life isn't easy, but with the Gospel, it makes it possible.
I think today was, "Come out, all unique people day." We met some...interesting people today. One guy was "King of Planet Love." yep, you read right. That was fun conversation. He kind of dressed like a hippie and had a wooden flute something and he played us the song of love. He was really nice but just had weird ideas. He told us that he believed we already lived on planet love and didn't need to die to find it and that we(Sister Mix and I) were queens of planet love and that we are trying to save people and that is just great. My favorite thing he said was "When you give away things you grow, that is love." I have no idea what that means but it was great! He grows 5 trees everyday and showed us a picture of him catching a white shark with his bare hands and a knife and he feed 200 people of that shark. Made our Walgreens trip very entertaining. Earlier this week, we were behind a Budwiser truck with it's blinker signaling left but he turned right! We got a kick out of it and also backed off just incase! :) We have a less active that is working on going back to the temple!!! We are so stinking excited for her and she is the best. She is the only member in all her family and just has really struggled but has a beautiful and strong testimony and has a desire to be there and we are so proud of her! I love the area of Chatsworth! There are great and wonderful people here. The ward members are just wonderful and we love getting to work with them. It is a beautiful work and a work of our Heavenly Father and our Savior.
This is my last week with my Trainer, and it is going to be a great week but also a sad one when it gets close to the end. Sometimes it hits me she is leaving and I will be the one that is supposed to "know" the area! It is going to be great though no matter what and there is so much work and potential here in Chatsworth. I am so glad I get to stay for a while longer. We have had so many invites for thanksgiving but we are going to the Bishop's home and that will be great! This week will be great for finding new investigators because everybody will be home!!!! My back and neck are doing better going to the Dr. helps there is a Chiropractor here that is a member of the church that helps missionaries. He doesn't charge for them and made a promise to the Lord that he would take care of his missionaries! Kind of neat and he is wonderful. I am feeling better which is good. Still sore every once in a while. Thanks again for the love and support! HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO EVERYONE !!!! Love you Sister Haws