Monday, July 10, 2017

Hello 7-9-17

Hi family! Well today I am sick with Strep Throat, so I will be quick while I am contagious! This week was AMAZING!!! We had Zone Conference, and it was amazing. I am always blown away that whatever is talked about seems to feel like it's just for me, my companion, and our investigators! We had a great 4th, all the SR couples are from America, so they got sparklers, and we went outside the back of the VC, and lit them and sang the National Anthem, I am proud to be an American! 

This week WAS UNREAL with miracles. We had a lesson with Vicki, who the one who is set for baptism with her son Zaid, on August 12. When we went for the lesson she shared how she already sent in the divorce papers and they should come quickly, and she talked with her partner, who we are teaching separately because they are separated, and they want to be baptized as a family unit. She told us that the Divorce papers will take about 3 weeks, and then they would like to get married, and baptized, as soon as possible, she asked if we could move it sooner than August 12. We then set Kevin, and His Son Noah for baptism also, and now a WHOLE family is getting baptized, but that is not all, in one year they can be sealed in the temple. They are amazing, and they each came to church on Sunday. It's been such a blessing to truly see the spirit work in their lives, even in the short 4 weeks that I have known them, I have seen a HUGE change, it's true that true doctrine understood changes behavior faster than a study of behavior changes behavior. I am so grateful that they have come to understand true doctrine. 

Zone Conference was amazing, President Cummings talked about a quote "being worthy when an opportunity arises, is a lesson it's taken me my whole life to understand, but I have come to see that it's what having a good life is all about." I truly love this. I remember that someone from general conference spoke about how we should learn to love being worthy. Of course, it will be something new for us, we are not all worthy all the time. BUT we can be as we come to follow Jesus Christ. I truly have come to see that NO MATTER what steps you have to take to become worthy, DO THEM, it's what having a good life is all about, it's what having a free life is all about. I know this from my own experience, and I can really testify that we never know what opportunities will arise. Remember, a Saint is a sinner who keeps trying, and Heavenly Father doesn't expect us to be perfect, just perfect at trying. 

Yesterday, an amazing thing happened. We had a lesson with a Former Investigator named Marcia Kingi, we felt prompted to see her, and when we did she was quite sick and wanted rest, so we set a return appointment, when we went back she was still quite sick, and told us how she has kidney failure, and lose of eye sight, she asked if there was anything we could do and we asked if she would like a priesthood blessing, we called the Zone Leaders,  and they came and gave the most beautiful blessing, afterwards they left, and we were able to talk with her, and she said, "I have never in my life felt the peace I feel now, I feel like a whole weight has been carried off my shoulders, I know this is the true gospel." The spirit was so strong, and we testified to her that indeed it was, and felt prompted to set her for baptism. We are looking forward to it, and she asked if it could be in exactly 3 weeks, because she cannot deny what she felt. I LOVE THE PRIESTHOOD. It's such a blessing that Heavenly Father loves us enough to continually allow his authority on Earth. I seriously have the strongest testimony of the power of the priesthood. I love being a missionary, it's such a blessing that Heavenly Father would allow someone so imperfect as myself, to share his happy message. I read a scripture this week, and it really stood out to me.. The scripture is in Ecclesiastes 3:1-4
1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

Elder Peterson sent me this about our Savior, and I want you to read it. "He did not personally experience a broken marriage, but He felt the pain and consequence of those who do. He did not personally experience rape or schizophrenia or cancer or the loss of a child, but He felt the pain and consequence of those who do, and so on and on through the litany of life’s burdens and broken hearts.That view of how the Atonement works suggests the only divine example of empathy the world has ever known. Obviously no word does justice to the universe’s most consequential act, but I don’t have a better substitute so I will use it.

Empathy is defined as “the action of understanding … and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another of either the past or present.” As already noted, that is actually a reasonably good statement of the atoning process, especially if we add “future” to “past” and “present.” To feel what He felt, to walk where He walked, to face what He faced and care the way He cared is the only kind of discipleship I understand. May we strive to be such disciples."

I love you family, I am so excited for this week, and the weeks to come to continue to serve my Saviour Jesus Christ, I love this sacred calling. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!! 

Sister DeLoach 

sorry I didn't take many pics this week

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