Saturday, January 31, 2015

January 26, 2015 - Kennesaw

 I'm so excited for the family history work that has been done!! That is seriously exciting!!! I can't wait to hear even more about the great treasures that are being uncovered with our family history! Keep up the AH-mazing work!! :D Also! I am super jelly that ya'll are meeting together in April! It sounds like a ton of fun!! Ya'll will have to have a blast for me and take lots of pictures! I don't want to miss a moment of it. :) This past week has been great! My companion and I had an amazing opportunity to be on a religious panel in one of the college classes here on campus. It was a little scary at first but as the class progressed it became a very comfortable and non-threatening environment. There were three Muslims, a Catholic, a soon-to-be Baptist Preacher, and a non-denominational Christian Ministry Leader there and besides the Preachers preaching it didn't really become a heated discussion. In fact it was a very enjoyable experience. It felt really good being able to clear up some misconceptions to a class of about 30 students and bear witness of our Savior. Towards the end of the panel most of the questions were directed towards us and when the class was over we were both wishing that the students didn't have to rush to their next classes so that they could come up to us and ask us more questions.
     We now have four investigators on date to be baptized for the 14th and 21st of February and the 7th and 14th of March. So basically we're going to be baptizing every week for a month!! It's so exciting! Last transfer we were given a promise from our Mission President. He said that the last two weeks of the transfer would be a golden time of finding and he promised us that if we focused on finding that we would find people ready to be baptized. Well the last two weeks of the transfer we worked really hard and were honestly a little disappointed when we weren't seeing any of the fruits of our labors, but then this new transfer hit and...boom! Tons of people to baptize! It's incredible to see D&C 82:10 be fulfilled. "I, the Lord, am bound when ye do what I say; but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise." This is the Lord's work and it is only because of Him that all of this was even possible. I am incredibly humbled and grateful for this opportunity to be a part of His work.      So this past week A, one of our investigators, challenged us to read D&C 88 because he had read it and thought it was like the best thing ever and so we decided that we would read it together as part of our comp study and let me just really is like the best thing ever! :)  We've only had one comp study on it so far and we've read up until verse 32 because we've been diving so deep into this chapter. It's amazing!      Here's some brief thoughts that we discussed after reading verses 3 and 4. It reads, "3) Wherefore, I now send upon you another Comforter, even upon you my friends, that it may abide in your hearts, even the Holy Spirit of promise; which other Comforter is the same that I promised unto my disciples, as is recorded in the testimony of John. 4) This Comforter is the promise which I give unto you of eternal life, even the glory of the celestial kingdom;".     In Preach My Gospel it states that the Gift of the Holy Ghost is "a foretaste of eternal life" and in these verses we see that it's not only a foretaste of eternal life but a foretaste of the Celestial Kingdom, in other words our home where we lived with our Father in Heaven. The reason we're so happy whenever we feel the Spirit is because it reminds our Spirits of our home. Not our earthly homes, but our Heavenly home.      We also realized that there's a reason we don't feel the Spirit super strong all the time and that's because our bodies can't physically handle it. We came to the conclusion that the reason we would have to be glorified in order to enter into the presence of God is so that our bodies can be capable of feeling the Spirit incredibly strong all.the.time.     Overall D&C 88 is an amazing chapter with so many deeper meanings. It's been a lot of fun to study!      Remember: 1. ya'll are always in my prayers and 2. I love ya'll sooooo much-oooooooooo!!!! I hope that ya'll have a blessed week!
Lots of love (from your favorite Sister Missionary),
Sister Megan Rice

The pictures above are about Sister G. She was a missionary that left the Kennesaw area this past transfer and those pictures were from our friends at the Methodist Food Pantry! :) We help them every time they do the food pantry and it's a lot of fun! Every time a Sister Missionary is transferred they take us to lunch/dinner and give us a special gift. And they also give us leftover food from the pantry. They really take care of us big time. They're the best!

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