Happy New Year!! I pray that y'all had a great time reviewing this past year and looking forward to the new one. :) Our New Year was pretty great! We visited a lot of people and had a lot of great moments/miracles.
Do y'all remember the referrals that we received from a member in our Ward? The ones where we did the living Christmas Card and they took a picture of us? Well, we got back in with them and the member was with us - it was so great! :) The member was totally persistent and bold; talk about not being ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ! Well as we were teaching her she said that she would like to learn more and come to Church, but that she felt an obligation to her older Sister to stay in her Sister's Church. Towards the end of our lesson she and her husband softened and it was all because of our combined efforts; both member and missionary. With our testimonies, boldness, and persistence their hearts were softened and at the end they said that they would come to church sometime and that she would come with us to our service opportunities at the assisted living center. I have no doubt that their hearts will be continually softened.
On Saturday morning we had a really good lesson with J, one of our investigators. We taught the Gospel of Jesus Christ with an awesome member present who has a powerful testimony. We both felt prompted to invite her to pray about baptism and she did. This time she was totally ready for it! We showed her the baptismal fount and she started planning her baptism! Say whaaaa??! Haha She's not on date yet, because she has to talk to a few members from different Wards to see when they have time available to speak at her baptism haha, but besides that we are very excited for her!
An update on V: We weren't able to visit her this week because she was busy with the holidays, but we'll see her again soon. She's still on date for , so please continue to keep her in your prayers. There are so many good things to look forward to in the coming weeks!
I've re-learned recently a principle that can be found in Preach My Gospel, "God’s whole purpose--His work and His glory--is to enable each of us to enjoy all His blessings....to find peace in this life and a fulness of joy..."(pg.48). I've come to learn from my experiences that as humans we are creatures of habit, or in other words we creat patterns/cycles. What I've discovered about the Gospel of Jesus Christ is that it breaks those cycles that are harmful to us, a couple examples are addiction, or mistakes we make over and over again.
Through Christ and His teachings, the gospel of Jesus Christ, we are literally given a second chance, a fresh start to break the harmful cycles and it all starts with faith in Jesus Christ which leads to change/repentance, which leads to a desire to make covenants/promises, which leads to the gift of the Spirit, which helps us endure and thus begins a new cycle in our lives. This is the way. Living the gospel of Jesus Christ is actively taking steps that lead us on the path of the Savior, the path that leads us home to our Heavenly Family. This life is a time for us to have joy; joy in our Savior, joy in our experiences and it's through the Savior and His Gospel that we do it. It's most definitely not always easy or joyful, but I've learned recently that every experience we have on this earth can be turned to good, even when we make a mistake. Our Heavenly Father and our Savior love us. That's why they gave us this opportunity to grow. They know us. Jesus Christ descended below it all so that He could perfectly understand all of our pain, sorrow, sin, heartache, you name it. He is our Savior and He wants us back home. Remember, y'all are always in my prayers. I love y'all soooo much-oooooooo!!!!!
Lots of Love (From your Favorite Sister Missionary),
Sister Megan Rice