Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Sweet Sister Moore is headed to Memphis!

Love these girls.

Today is crazy = hopefully a short email.

The puppies are growing.

"With God on your side, one is always the majority." -President Wakolo

Last Monday was super awesome. After p-day dinner we went teaching with Scarlett. We went to the house of the cutest young couple who we have been sort of working with. They are very very active in their church and have a lot of knowledge so it's fun to teach them because they understand scripture really well and will actually read when we leave them a commitment! Anyway, they had read the introduction to the Book of Mormon and we got talking about the need for the Book of Mormon and the Bible together. A lot was said but my favorite thing was at the end Scarlett brought up a very logical point that if God is the same yesterday today and forever, we need to have a continuation of the word. We have the Bible, the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, Pearl of Great Price, and modern day prophets and apostles who continue to give us the word of God-it just makes sense! I was so grateful for her testimony which helped me have clarity. They promised to ponder on that and look for the ways that the Book of Mormon and the Bible complement each other. (Also it was cool and again it was inspired that we brought Scarlett with us because she had been learning about Isaiah in her institute class and was able to explain a few of their questions!)
Preach the Gospel
Sherrie Collins is the best

I have been learning a lot about the Book of Mormon and why we need it. I kept trying to study about how to prove and confound using Bible cross references and deep scripture. But I got a firm but loving reminder from the Spirit that what I was looking for was not there, hence why we have the Book of Mormon! (This was a big "a-ha" moment for me.) I was asking Hermana Moore about it and trying to figure out how to testify boldly of the Book of Mormon using logic and simplicity. We talked about the introduction to the Book of Mormon and how at the end it says "...will also come to know by the same power that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, that Joseph Smith is His revelator and prophet in these last days, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord’s kingdom once again established on the earth, preparatory to the Second Coming of the Messiah." I also love in Chapter 5 of Preach My Gospel, Ezra Taft Benson explains why the Book of Mormon is the keystone of our religion, he gives three reasons. It is a witness of Christ, it has the fullness of the doctrine, and it is a foundation of testimony. It is so simple, yet so profound! We don't need to know the ins and outs of the Book of Mormon and the Bible and all the deep doctrine, at least not right now. But we do need to recognize that it testifies of Jesus Christ and of the Restoration of the gospel and if those things and the Book of Mormon are true, this is Christ's true church and you probably really want to be a part of it!!! So cool. I love the Book of Mormon and the pure power it holds. I'm grateful for my testimony of it and for the sacrifice it was so that we can have it in our day. What a blessing!
Zoney Zone
First Sunburn

I'm also very grateful for Hermana Moore. I am sad to say that she is going to Memphis! She has spent her entire mission here, minus the one transfer in Danville with me. It's cool how God knows what we need when we need it and we needed each other!! She is a very smart and obedient missionary and I will miss her a lot, a lot! But I'm excited because Hermana Reed (who has been in Memphis) is coming to Russellville with me this evening!
Elders brought us Ice Cream after a hard day

We had kind of a cool experience Tuesday morning. Every Tuesday we go with Hermana Roque to teach in Spanish. We had a few people in mind but she said she felt like no matter what our plans were, we needed to go see this lady who is not coming to church. So we drove all the way out to her house and Siri took us somewhere relatively close but it wasn't the right spot so we almost missed her house! We decided to just try the one we thought it was, just to be sure. Sure enough it was her! She let us in and we had a great talk  about church and her conversion story. She is the nicest lady who is taking care of her mom so she can't leave very often, and not long enough to come to church. But she said they are working on hiring someone for Sundays so she can come more frequently. It was just really neat to see that she was in need and Hermana Roque, the relief society president, received inspiration that there was a specific sister and her family in need of a visit and someone to turn to. Also it turns out she had been praying for missionaries to come by, so that was awesome too!!
This is the Carnathan's daughter and she is the best obviously.

Beautiful bonfire at the Carnathan's

This week was very sad because Hermana Moore had an incredible amount of tooth pain that for some reason got worse whenever she sat or laid down. So for two nights in a row she not only didn't sleep but didn't even sit down! My testimony of prayer was strengthened as we knelt in prayer together fervently praying for her to have peace and rest not only for her sake but for the sake of the people we needed to teach the next day. Eventually she was able to get some rest and went to the dentist! Huge shout out to sister Davis for sitting with Hna Moore at her dentist appointment while I went teaching with Sister Watts (also huge shout out) and for all the people in the ward that gave us rides and prayers and love this week!!! If you're going to have a tooth problem as a missionary, the Russellville ward is the place to do it! But also it was the funniest and saddest thing because at 3:15 am, the second sleepless night, Hna Moore asked me if we could find another solution for the pain. There was nothing we could do and she finally found a decent position to give a little bit of rest, kind of a kneeling prayer thing. She was rocking back and forth telling me that she loves rocking chairs and "at least there's not an ornery grandma behind it..." ... ... ... ... She was so delusional hahaha it made no sense and it was so funny but also so sad. I'm just grateful she is doing well now!

I'm so grateful for my testimony of the Book of Mormon and the restoration of the gospel and Christ's true church on the earth. Thank you for your love and support!

First Sunburn

Greek Chicken Pita on transfer day
Hermana Macfarlane

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