This past week has been a pretty normal week. Nothing too exciting
happened. We did, however, receive a referral that seems to be very
promising! So this lady was referred to us from one of her long time
friends, who is a member of the church. We went over to meet her and
she opened her door up to us right away! We had a really nice visit
with her and she told us about how she had been friends with these
people for almost 40 years, and had talked about the church with them
frequently throughout the years. However, she never attended church
with them, and she said that she never felt pressured by her friends
to learn more about the church. But because of these friends, this
woman has a very good view of the church, and now she said that she
feels like she's ready to learn more! President Gordon B. Hinckley
said, "So many of us look upon missionary work as simply tracting.
Everyone who is familiar with this work knows there is a better way.
That way is through the members of the Church. Whenever there is a
member who introduces an investigator, there is an immediate support
system. The member bears testimony of the truth of the work. He is
anxious for the happiness of his investigator friend. He becomes
excited as that friend makes progress in learning the gospel. The
full-time missionaries may do the actual teaching, but the member,
wherever possible, will back up that teaching with the offering of his
home to carry on this missionary service. He will bear sincere
testimony of the divinity of the work. He will be there to answer
questions when the missionaries are not around. He will be a friend to
the convert who is making a big and often difficult change. … The
process of bringing new people into the Church is not the
responsibility alone of the missionaries. They succeed best when
members become the source from which new investigators are found.”
Members of the church have a HUGE influence upon their friends! And
the work succeeds best when the members are involved in the
So yesterday, Sister Hartvigsen and I had the opportunity to perform a
musical number in sacrament meeting. Sister Hart sang and I
accompanied her on the violin to 'Come Thou Fount.' I'm so grateful
for the opportunities that God has given me to play the violin while
being on my mission! Being here has helped me to better appreciate the
talents that God has blessed me with.
So I can't remember if I shared this scripture last week or not, but
I'm sharing it again anyways!
1 Peter 3:15 - But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready
always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the
hope that is in you... . I love that! Always be prepared to tell
people why the gospel makes you happy! And if you don't know why, I
encourage you to pray about it!
Also! If you haven't seen the church's new Easter video, repent and do
so now! Haha, but for reals, it's a good one, as they always are. And
take time this Easter season to ponder on the Savior and the wonderful
gift of His Atonement. You can view the video at FollowHim.mormon.org.
Or if you google #HALLELUJAH I'm sure you will find it.
I know the Savior lives and I know that He loves each and every one of us!
Our tiny district
We played Quidditch on Pday. Some of us had brooms, some mops and one had a hockey stick. But pretty much every one of us broke something on our stick, lol. Oh, I also got laid out by an Elder, knocked flat on my stomach! LOL!