Jul 18, 2016

Mosiah 8:18

I was able to go on exchanges with Sister Yancey this week and we were able to see so many miracles. I know that I say that all of the time, but as a missionary you really do see everything as a miracle because you realize that there is no way that you can do this work on your own. One miracle that happened was when we were trying a less active and saw a woman sitting on the bench smoking. We felt prompted to talk to her so we pulled the car over right then and walked up to the park. When we saw her we told her that we felt like God wanted us to talk to her and her response? "Ok. Take a seat." We ended up teaching her the Restoration and got a return appointment to see her again. Another miracle that happened was when we were tracting down a trail and saw a man and a woman sitting in their truck. We went up to them as well and told them the same thing: that God wanted us to talk to them. The man has learned about church before and actually has a copy of the Book of Mormon. He's very active in his own faith, but we came to find out that the woman he was with was having a really hard time in life right now. We taught them the Restoration as well and she just kept saying "I know that you were sent here to talk to me. This was just for me." She ended up taking a Book of Mormon and although we weren't able to get a return appointment with her, we could definitely tell that her heart was being softened. One day she will find the truth for herself.

Bennington has been one of the harder areas that I've been in because it's one of the richer areas in the mission. When that is the case, people aren't as open to listening to our message because they think that they have everything that they need in life, but I have definitely been able to learn a lot from it. I have learned how important it is to humble ourselves and realize that we can't do this life on our own and to make sure that we thank our Heavenly Father for all that He continues to bless us with everyday. It also has helped me realize how blessed we are to know that we don't have to do this on on our own. How comforting is that?

The Trail Center has been crazy, but that is to be expected in July. One exciting event: a tour of 150 polygamist came in. So that was fun. Life is definitely never dull around here. Other happy news: Eli and Christine had their baby! Aryannah Elizabeth Lukat was born on July 17. Also, it is so funny to look around and see people playing the new Pokemon game and know nothing about it. Such is the life of a missionary, I guess.

 Exchanges always make us a little loopy. 

 Please excuse the Ute shirt. We're working on it.

Miranda Sings, anyone?

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