Hello my dear family and friends,
...Okay, fine. I'll tell you!
My hair has been chopped off. It's gone. About 12 inches of it. Now it's SHORT!
...Evidence to come.
And that wasn't even the beginning of what I was going to tell you!
Guess what else?
We are teaching HIPPIES! Real, live, hippies! Ohhh yeahhh! :D
I'll tell you the miracle of how that came to be. ;)
Yesterday, we had three back to back appointments, and we had an awesome teamup with us! We were so excited for them! But all three fell through. But instead of getting discouraged and giving up, we kept going! We knew that there were a few potentials in the area, so we decided to go knock on their doors. Shortly thereafter, we concluded a good lesson with our two new investigators (who happen to be the hippies I talked about earlier)! They are so awesome and one of them, A, has read parts of the Book of Mormon before and HE ASKED US for a copy! We hadn't even offered one yet! It was so awesome!! We are going to teach them this Wednesday, so please pray for them. They are amazing and have so much potential! We are so excited to teach them and help them come closer to Christ!
(Can you tell I'm in a good mood? ;))
Into a more spiritual note...
I've been thinking a lot about the Savior's hands lately. (Shout-out to Sister Leyba for that one!) He did so much for us. His hands were what lifted the weary, healed the blind, healed the ear that was cut off, broke the bread, and ultimately, were nailed to a cross. One of my favorite verses in the Book of Mormon says, "He doeth not anything save it be for the benefit of the world, for he loveth the world, even that he layeth down his own life that he may draw all men to him." (2 Nephi 26:24)
Our Savior did everything FOR US. His hands did not injure. They did not abuse. They lifted. They carried. They healed. What our Savior did FOR US was out of a beautiful expression of His love. His sacrifice and the life that He lived was FOR US. He loves us. He wants us to turn to Him and apply His Atonement in our lives.
Elder Bednar once said,
.… The Atonement provides help for us to overcome and avoid bad and to do and become good.
...It is … through the grace of the Lord that individuals … receive strength and assistance to do good works that they otherwise would not be able to [do]. … This grace is an enabling power …or heavenly help each of us desperately needs to qualify for [God's] kingdom.”
This week, as you seek to become more like the Savior and be a better person, think about the Savior. That is my invitation to you. Apply His Atonement, His divine sacrifice, in your life. Repent. Stop rationalizing your behavior and turn to Him. He will bring you into His embrace and He will give you the comfort that you need. He will help you to overcome your weaknesses, your imperfections, and your frustrations. He will give you the strength you need to become like Him and ultimately return to our loving Father in heaven!
Keep smiling and remember that you are loved!
Have a blessed week,
Exchanges! With the Sharpsburg sisters!
Oh hey, now you can know what my new companion looks like, haha! (sorry, the computer hasn't been letting me put pictures on it yet so I have to use Sister Dean's camera)
From left to right:
Sister Dean (my new companion!)
Sister Maughan (from England!)
The sign outside our library! I absolutely love the South! :D
Check out this EPIC graffiti! We were out knocking and found it! SO COOL! The art is amazing! And there is more like it at the town square. We have a historic town square that is full of old buildings and alleys and it is so cool! I love it here!