Sep 21, 2015

Lead Me, Guide Me

This week we were able to meet with Mary Ann. She is an investigator that we have been seeing for the last month or so and she is set to be baptized on the 26th! We are hoping and praying that she will be able to make that date. I have to be honest, I wasn't quite sure what to think of her when I first met her, but she really does have a sweet spirit. She has been trying her very hardest to quit smoking and drinking coffee and has been keeping the commitments we give. We are excited for her!

We also were able to find and meet with a new investigator this week. Her name is Denise and she is a single mom of nine kids, so her life is pretty crazy. She was actually a referral to us from a member in our ward and Denise told us that she has been trying to research and find a belief that she can hold on to. She has gone through a lot in her life, and we were able to have an incredible lesson with her on the Plan of Salvation and about how Christ is always there for her. We could all feel the spirit so strongly and she seemed really excited about what we were teaching her. She is such a miracle!

This weekend we had stake conference and we were visited by Elder Rulon Stacey of the Seventy. It honestly was one of the most amazing conferences I have been to. During the Saturday session, Elder Stacey talked to us about how we can know we are in the right place in our lives. That is a question that I have been asking for a while: How can we know we are where our Heavenly Father wants and needs us to be? Elder Stacey's answer was simple. If you are doing the things that you are supposed to do, then our Heavenly Father won't let you make a wrong decision. But we have to do our part and make sure that we are following His commandments and doing what He has asked of us. Elder Stacey also talked about how God gives us commandments so that He can give us blessings. We can't just expect Him to give us blessings for the fun of it, as much as He wants to. We need to earn them and we can do that by being obedient. "Rules" aren't there to be a burden, they are there so that we can have the opportunity to receive all that our Heavenly Father is so eager to give us. How amazing is that? Our Father in Heaven really does love us so much more than we could ever know.

I love you all and hope you have a great week!  
 How cute is this gazebo we found?

 Sometimes we try looking cute...

And then sometimes we go a little crazy.

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