Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Week 57 - Pizza!!!!!!!!!!!!! and Transfers

We have been working out, running, walking, doing yoga on the beach in the morning :)

Hello!...Big stuff this week! 

Last Monday was super fun, Stephanie took us to the Nubble lighthouse. Unfortunately most of the pictures are blurry :(:( but it was still fun!

We had MLC Mission Leadership Council....... 

And we also had ZLC Zone Leadership Councils.....

...and interviews this week, so that was crazy. But good! 

We have had some wonderful miracles this week, so it makes it hard to be leaving this area. It's funny, if 3 months ago I heard myself say that I would have been floored. But I have tried and tried and I have gotten to see the Lord bless this area with some amazing things....We passed off Mike and two other people to the Somersworth Elders officially and had a bit of a drop fest to start the next transfer fresh with the people who are actually progressing which decreased our teaching pool a lot.

We have been doing some great work with the ward. John Wood (recent convert) has come to lessons with us and it is awesome! We also have some youth lined up to come with us this next week which will be great! 

Tom is back! We had a lesson and we used the "Elder Bennet method" to identify and resolve concerns. We asked what concerns he had and he said, it was a big change. And we said okay, what are your other concerns. And he couldn't think of any. Haha! So we asked if we were understanding right and that the only thing holding him back is that it is a big change. And he said yes. So I hope that helps him take a leap of faith!!! 

Okay, BIGGEST MIRACLE I HAVE HAD ON MY MISSION! We were introduced to a man named Brian by a ward member, and this last week we had a pizza dinner/ lesson with him. Brian has been studying the church on his own for 6 YEARS!!!!!!!! He has read I don't know how may books. He ordered himself a quad, he loves the articles of faith, he has listened to some conference talks. Really it was an incredible lesson. We asked if he would like to be baptized and he said ," Of course, that is the next step, I just want to go to church first". WHAT! It was incredible, we testified to him, and he basically testified back. The spirit was so strong and it was so cool. I am really sad I won't be here to teach him, but honestly there probably isn't too terribly much he needs to be taught, it was amazing!

We made a miracle video afterwords to send to our zone- and in it we are telling them all about what happened and then I say, "...and he gave us..." and I reached into the backseat of the car to grab this Deseret Book book about Joseph Smith that he gave us, and as I'm grabbing it Sister Tobler yells, "Pizza!!!" and holds up the pizza box! hahah! She finished my sentence, just not in the right way - haha! So the elders made a funny remix of it. I will try to send them! 

Okay... so get this. Usually transfer calls come after 9:30 at night. So we are finishing a dinner appointment at 7:30 and the members are showing us there cute yard and then our phone starts ringing...... and it is President Blair!......We didn't really realize until he called, but we had honestly thought that there wasn't going to be changes with Portsmouth. But obviously that wasn't the case..... 

Sister Tobler will be staying here and receive Sister Parker who will be a new STL. President told us a little about Sister Parker and then gave me very short transfer news: I will be going to Bedford, NH with Sister Holmes and he said that I'd "work closely with Sister Blair and I" and be the new STLT (Sister Training Leader Trainer). Which probably doesn't mean much to anyone at home....But the easiest way to describe it is that we will be the Sister Assistants to the President. 

We'll be over all the other Sister Training Leaders in the mission and over all the Sisters in the mission. We will go on many exchanges, present training at zone conferences, and who knows what else! I will let you know! It will be busy, and it will be stressful! Haha!

We were surprisingly surprised about this transfer news. I have grown to love this area and the people and I have made lasting friendships here. It is hard to leave right when I feel like we are finally on the cusp of some big things!! But I will go where I am called. 
I read a scripture this morning that is kind of my theme right now, it is 2 Nephi 4:34-35:

   34 O Lord, I have trusted in thee, and I will trust in thee forever. I will not put my trust in the arm of flesh; for I know that cursed is he that putteth his trust in the arm of flesh. Yea, cursed is he that putteth his trust in man or maketh flesh his arm.

  35 Yea, I know that God will give liberally to him that asketh. Yea, my God will give me, if I ask not amiss; therefore I will lift up my voice unto thee; yea, I will cry unto thee, my God, the rock of my righteousness. Behold, my voice shall forever ascend up unto thee, my rock and mine everlasting God. Amen.

Love you all!!!!!

Have a fantastic week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Love, Sister Brady

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