Mar 7, 2016

The Magic of the Gospel (sent by Savannah on Feb. 29th)

Story time: On Wednesday night, it started snowing. Again. Sister Fronk and I are sick of the cold weather, so we decided to get some hot chocolate. After I filled up my cup, I sipped to taste it and what was it? It was coffee. Don't worry, I have repented. Sometimes I just like to bring out my rebellious side without doing it on purpose.

Friday night was one of the best nights we have had in a long time. We had a lesson with Danielle and it went so well! She is a new investigator of a few weeks and as we were talking about the Plan of Salvation, we also talked with her more about the Atonement of Jesus Christ and how she can apply it in her life. We explained that the Atonement can take away any pain or guilt we might feel when we sin, and she asked us, "Does it also take away guilt we might feel even if it's not from sin?" I think that one of my favorite parts about being a missionary is the ability to teach others about how they can access the Atonement and how it literally covers everything. She actually started crying as we talked with her about how Jesus Christ can strengthen and comfort her. You know you're doing you're job right as a missionary when somebody cries. It was amazing! It is times like those when I wish I could be a missionary forever.

We were also able to see Sister Checkett. She is a less active member who just recently received her Patriarchal blessing and she wanted to talk to us about some of the blessings that were in there. We obviously didn't go into depth, but we were able to talk about how Heavenly Father has so many blessings in store for us and as long as we do our part, they will come. She told us how there were so many things that the Patriarch said that nobody could have known and we could tell that she knew how much her Heavenly Father loved her and is aware of her. She also told us that she feels like the next step she should take is to receive her endowments and go to the temple. I couldn't take the smile off of my face and Sister Checkett was just glowing with the Spirit. It really is amazing to see the change that people can have as they come closer to Christ.

We were talking this week about how when we're young, we find magic in everything: Christmas, toys, even the box that the refrigerator came in. Then as we get older, that magic fades and everything just becomes ordinary. That box that was a rocket or a ship is now just a box. The same can go for the gospel. As time goes on, we sometimes lose the magic that gospel truly does hold. We forget how that Spirit felt when we learn something new or when we've needed the comfort of our Heavenly Father. I have been able to see this week that the magic is always there, we just have to look for it and believe in it.
 Sometimes we take engagement photos. That's normal, right?

 I promise we didn't get coffee.

 We had another musical fireside that went so well! President Gardner's grandson even came. Meet "little Buddy", everyone!

Our band. We're pretty cute.

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