Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Service, the Holy Ghost, and Polarized Sun Glasses

Alrighty right well this week was great too! (All the weeks are great.) First things first, I love my companion. She is the sweetest and I just want you all to know that.
Cutest note from the Bowler girls. "Dear Sisters, Thank you for coming over. You are the best. You are so nice to our family. We like you guys so much. I am so glad that you guys could come over for dinner."
This is me (she even got my double chin!). I helped her with the skirt and shirt part but she did the rest. Not pictured: the toes that were added on later.

Second things second, we did 10 hours of service and actually had to restrict ourselves because we are only allotted 10 hours every week. There were two families moving this week and a lot of work to be done to help them! And it was finals for college and everyone was crazy busy so we helped out a ton. It was really good and really needed for us to be able to strengthen a few relationships. It always feels so good to serve, maybe that's why I'm so happy today!! :) yayayay!

Polarized sun glasses ....

Something cool was that last year Hna Moore and Hna Lewis taught this guy who's name I can't remember. They only taught him a few times and he wasn't very receptive, so they dropped him. Okay and then back in like February Hna Moore and I were riding our bikes around the town and we were exhausted and didn't know what to do with the last 30ish minutes of our day so we decided we were going to ride our bikes to the wifi spot and assume that whoever is outside is ready to hear the gospel. So we got ridin and there was this lady outside named Clara who is really nice and speaks Spanish and we are currently teaching her occasionally. BUT at the beginning of the week we went to go visit Clara and I felt SO strongly that we needed to knock on the door across the street. So we did and it was the nicest older woman who was really receptive to the gospel and was really kind and accepted a date for baptism only on the condition that she knows the gospel is true-it was so cool. So then as we were leaving we were like "hey can we get your number" (I'm getting really smooth at that haha) and she gave it to us but it was already in our phone!! So we checked in our area book and it turns out she is the spouse of the man who Hna Moore and Hna Lewis taught last summer! Unfortunately he has passed away, but the lessons left a good impression on her and planted a little seed that we are praying will be able to grow really quickly! Sorry that was a long story, hope it made sense.
Unplanned awkward missionary hands. Tried to dip her. Lol.

We did so much service this week there's not much else to report on!

I think the theme of the week is definitely the Holy Ghost. We were asked to teach the Gospel Principles class on Sunday and the lesson was on the Holy Ghost and it made me reflect on all the experiences we had during the week in which it was necessary for Hna Brown and I to 1. Have the gift of the Holy Ghost 2. Be worthy of it 3. Be willing to follow it 4. Be comforted by it and 5. To create situations in which the Holy Ghost can testify to those we teach and interact with.

Following the Spirit is not easy and I don't think it ever will be. But it is ALWAYS ALWAYS worth it! I have learned a lot about Elder Bednar's (and many others') perspective on "don't worry about it" (referring to if it is the Spirit you are feeling or your own thoughts or Satan or whatever). I have learned that it really is true, the Holy Ghost will only tell you good things to do. We had a lesson this week that we both felt like we needed to leave and it wasn't worth "pushing through" the lesson. But we were determined and pushed through anyway, with no success. It would have been much better had we followed the promptings we felt and left her with a scripture and an invitation to keep reading. In retrospect we can see how that was DEFINITELY the Spirit saying "come on it's time to go." But in the moment I knew it was the Spirit but had enough doubt that it kept us there. Does that make sense? But then after that lesson we felt super bummed and stuff but we said a prayer and asked for forgiveness and happiness and we then followed a prompting and had one of the best lessons we have ever had together. We taught Autumn (who is the coolest and nicest and genuinist) about the priesthood and how important it is and it was just really great.

It's hot already ....

Oh yeah, also yesterday we got blessings from Presidente Hernandez (branch president) and he invited us to do something as we work with the members. He asked us as we go around visiting with them to pick a Christ-like attribute and a scripture and invite them to ponderize (remember from conference?) that scripture with their family and work on that attribute for the month or next two weeks or something. We did it twice yesterday and have plans to do it a lot this week and it's really great! So yeah you should do that. The scripture that has come to mind for every family we have planned for is on faith, Hebrews 11:1. (It's really short and easy to memorize but also it's beautiful and really powerful and I think it's so awesome.) The more I think about faith the more I realize how complex it really is, but still so simple for children to understand and exercise their faith. Cool, right? Here it is: Heb 11:1 "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Change substance to assurance as it says in the JST. WHAT? SO COOL. :) I love it.

I think that's all for now! Your prayers are felt and appreciated. I'm excited for Mother's Day because I have the best mom in the world. And also it's Emma's birthday and I have the best sister in the world. I'M SO BLESSED AND I LOVE ARKANSAS.

(Also shout out to Sister Wiggington who is sitting next to me doing family history work. And her cutest son Elijah who has the curliest hair.)

Hermana Macfarlane

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