Monday, September 14, 2015

Right on Rebecca Way...

Couldn't pass up the opportunity for a
 photo on 'Rebecca Way'

Hola mi familia y mi amigos!

This week has been another week of Tender Mercies and Miracles.

First though.....updates. It's still hot. I am in the 'real' desert...and I LOVE missionary work! 
So, now that you are all caught up, I would love to share some 'moments' from this week. 

Study Moment:
This week I started reviewing all the conference talks from the April edition. This morning's talk was the Music of the Gospel. I thought it was such a good parallel to teaching the gospel on a mission....but also for all of us in our daily lives.

A lot of times when we teach people they will tell us that they have felt something missing in their lives....or even that they have learned lots of things with the missionaries but still lack something. The answer is the HOLY GHOST. We can give them piles upon piles of gospel knowledge and information, but when the earthquakes come and try to shake us....those rocks will all scatter. The Spirit is the concrete that holds it all together!!!!!! Without the spirit, none of our efforts to share the gospel will stick. 

In his talk he mentioned some things we can do to help people not just 'know' the dance steps...but also 'hear' the music. In other can we help people feel the spirit and not just know the principles. 1) We ourselves must have the spirit in our lives---we do that by studying the scriptures....specifically the Book of Mormon, praying, going to church to partake of the sacrament and be taught, and striving to be worthy of the spirit always!!!! That means eliminate contention and all ill feelings of yourself and others!!!!!

2) Live the gospel (even if it looks people singing in the car. Others may not be able to hear the music....but they should be able to see your example) He also said.... "It does little good to scold the darkness. We must DISPLACE the darkness with light". .....translation..... help them feel the spirit by filling their lives with good wholesome things. 
This applies to EVERYONE, not just children and family members......this applies to anyone who wants to share the gospel with ANYONE!!!!! You can do this! Missionaries need the help of the's the MOST EFFECTIVE way to do it. I invite all of you this week to 1) get to know the missionaries in your wards, stakes, or areas and then 2) Set a date in the near future when you can find someone for the missionaries to teach in your homes with you. If you set a specific date and pray sincerely and will help bring another of Heavenly Father's children back into his arms!!!!!! We are to be the people that help lead the sheep back to  our shepherd....don't walk by people and not share what we have. That is like walking right by the lost sheep that we are so desperately looking for as missionaries. 

Miracle Moment:

This week gave me new perspective, as many of our appointments fell through.  I began to feel a little down and upset. It took a little while for me to realize that sometimes that is how Heavenly Father directs us to the people we need to talk to. One particular day when all of our plans were falling through, we went to go see an inactive lady (our only scheduled appointment left), we knocked 3 times with no answer. We tried one last times with hopes that she hadn't heard us before (we may have also awkwardly peered through the window to see any signs of life). Soon after, someone answered the door, not the member. So, we told her who we were and that we wanted to give her something. So I gave her a Book of Mormon. As soon as we handed it to her, she told us that she had always wondered about the difference between it and the Bible. She said she knew she needed to answer the door because something told her! So we sat down with her and taught her the Restoration. She said yes she would be baptized....we couldn't quite get her a date.....but still awesome! She is the coolest!!!!!!!!!!! She was literally taking notes the Whole time in her pamphlet.....and when we got to the first vision......she was SHOCKED!!!!!!! I mean...I have never seen anyone act like that....she was in shock and awe! She was so excited that she started asking about scriptures in the bible that testify of the Book of Mormon that could help her when she tells her friends and family. SO COOL!!!!!

Another Miracle Moment:

We were nightly planning one night when decided to call and confirm our dinner appointment for the next day. Sister Clarke called the member and confirmed....soon after I looked down and realized she had called the wrong member, one that hadn't even signed up to feed us at all!!!! So we didn't really know what to do except cancel the original dinner we had planned and keep the new one. When we went over to the house we ate and talked, but the mom had to go. She left us with her 2 teenage daughters, one who just graduated from high school who is not a member. We showed them the video 'Because HE lives' and then just talked about their relationship with Jesus Christ and what it means to them. They both really opened up to us. I ended up asking if she was interested in talking with us more about the Book of Mormon and what we believe and she was super on board!!!!! It was way cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
As a side note...I am sure I told you before that in the past we have been teaching MANY single men......and we gave them to the we kind of started from square one, but with more of a focus on FAMILIES. We have been praying to find families....and we have found families and mothers this week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thank you for all you do !!!!!  Thank you for your support and prayers!
I hope you all have a great week!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Yo y Hermana Clarke

Hermana Wright

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