It was soooo good to see y'all on Christmas! It's kind of crazy that I'll see y'all again soon and I can't wait! :) Though, like y'all have expressed I have a great work to do here; His work, and I'm super pumped to do it! Now's the time to finish strong! :) Sometimes the weeks and days just kind of blur together and well this week, just like the past few weeks have been doing exactly that; zooming past in a blur. Besides the wonderful highlight of Skype-ing with y'all on Christmas Day another highlight occurred yesterday when we visited a less-active member who has concerns about the Word of Wisdom. It had been a little while since we had met with him because we knew the Elders had been meeting with him every week and we didn't want to push him away with tons of visits. Well when we started talking with him he opened up a lot and by the end we invited/challenged him to fast. At first he was a little hesitant and then we said that we would fast with him and gave him a lot of encouragement. By the end he accepted the invitation and we promised him that the moment he fasted he would be given the strength to overcome any and all temptations that he has. He also said that he'll be coming to Church this Sunday, which will be great since we know he can come to Church now since it starts at starting next Sunday. It will be great to see how everything goes on Sunday when we fast together and he comes to Church!
Besides that awesome miracle, we've been getting rides from members and walking A LOT! Five week months are always hard because usually by the end we run out of miles....all I can say is this...the struggle is real haha. :) On the plus side we've been getting good work outs and have been having tender mercies with members and rides. :) One such tender mercy happened after we walked for an hour and a half (about 2.8 miles) haha. We were visiting a less-active part-member’s home and having a really good lesson with them when they discovered that we had walked there and didn't have a dinner that night haha. They immediately took us out to get food and then drove us home afterwards - talk about a tender mercy!
Oh! And I just remembered another cool tender mercy of the week! It was the night before Christmas Eve and we were eating dinner with the Stake President, his family, a couple members from the Ward, and a member's non-member wife. We knew that this particular member was going to be there and so we tailored our lesson around that fact. When Elder Holland was here he talked about leaving people with spiritual earthquakes when we teach. Well that night as we shared a message about the Savior and His gospel there was definitely a spiritual earthquake and by the end you could tell that everyone was touched by it. What was even cooler was that we could tell that we had gained the trust of the Stake President because he gave us two referrals without us even asking!
It just goes to show that when you put your trust in the Lord everything will work out and to me that's one of the greatest lessons I've learned on my mission; trust Him and everything will work out. All in all its been a pretty good week and I can't wait to see what happens this upcoming week. Remember that y'all are always in my prayers. I love y'all soooooo much-oooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!
Lots of Love (from your favorite Sister Missionary),
Sister Megan Rice