Monday, April 10th 2017
Woozah! What a week!!! It rained and it poured! But there were a couple beautiful days too!
Tuesday, Sister Crowther & I went on exchanges in the Rocklin 1st & 5th wards! We had a BLAST!! It was so fun to be her companion again, even if it was just for the day. We did lots of finding and got a few return appointments. We met with a man who wanted to bash but at the same time didn't want to be rude. You could physically see him trying his best to hold back haha. It was interesting to watch. He isn't a fan of the Book of Mormon and doesn't see the point of Temples. He asked loaded questions and we couldn't say much because the Spirit wasn't there and I wasn't about to Bible bash with this guy because "contention is of the devil." So we bore our testimonies and left.
Wednesday was great! Well kind of. I was exhausted and had the jitters all day and couldn't put my finger on why. But I finally got to meet the C’s! They are a hoot! They are friends with some members in Auburn that I knew and are interested in learning more about the church!! We got to know them and shared the Prince of Peace video with them! We asked them what Christ means to them and Pat said,"Refuge." How beautiful is that? Christ rescues us and He loves us so much!!
Thursday was MLC!! It was so fun to be back in Gridley and to see friends and learn from President & Sister Marston! We talked about the restoration and the Easter video! The first miracle is Christ's Atonement and the second is the Restoration of the Gospel! So we learned the importance of always teaching and testifying of the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ!! We practice taught with the Zone Leaders and it felt so good!! It felt so good to testify of my Savior and the Book of Mormon, even if it was a pretend lesson, the Spirit was so real! We drove home and then met with A! She is friends with the K’s, members in our ward and Brother K. is in the mission presidency! Anyways, she is from Germany and grew up Catholic. She loves talking about God and has a lot of good questions about Mormons! She is a super busy woman but wants to keep learning more!
Friday morning we did service with a lady named Joy! She has a non profit organization called Baby Bliss Essentials! She collects and donates baby items to moms who are expecting who are in difficult circumstances. We sorted and folded baby clothes, I felt like I was back at Kid2Kid! Haha She took us to Subway and we had a great discussion about Gods love and how he has a plan for all of us! She loves how family oriented the gospel is so we gave her a Family Proclamation!! She loved it just by skimming over it!!
Saturday we brought J. to a baptism for the YSA Ward! Unfortunately we missed the actual baptism, but we made it for testimonies and the spirit was still SO strong!! We had an awesome lesson with her afterwards! She told us that she was having a really rough morning so she read the Book of Mormon!! How cool is that?!?! She already has a testimony of the Book of Mormon and that it will help her in her life!! She is SO awesome!!
We were finally able to see James!! It had been like two weeks!! We shared the Prince of Peace video with and talked to him about coming to church!! We were super bold and told him if he wants answers he needs to act on his faith!! He has a testimony; he just needs to act on it!
We visited with the R's and Sister R is the cutest! We shared the Prince of Peace video (SO GOOD) and talked about Christ's Atonement and love! He is always reaching out to us; we just need to reach back! She shared that her favorite story of Christ. It's the story of the woman with the issue of blood. She had so much faith that she didn't need him to touch her to believe she would be healed, she knew if she just touched his clothes she would be made whole. What an act of faith, to reach out to the Savior with full faith. That is how we are made whole, when we act on the faith that we already have, or even want to have!
So that is my invitation to you, pray and ask God to give you the courage and strength to act on your faith! I know that He hears each of us individually and answers us as we individually need it!!
I love y'all SO much!
Sister Emily Gore