Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Week 67/68 - Feast or Famine!

Hellllooo everyone!

So sorry I didn't write a weekly last week! I honestly totally forgot until I had about 2 minutes left.

But I have a lot of pictures to make up for it!

Wow, it has been a big week!

We had a lot of good Light the World/ Sister Holmes goodbye visits. Some fun finding and running around town inviting people to Christmas parties, and all the other usual fun missionary stuff. Sister Holmes was just soaking in every minute of it. Lots of high and low emotions for her as she said her good-byes. 

She has grown some amazing relationships here and has changed a lot of lives....including mine! Linda wrote her the sweetest card that was not only full of gratitude, but full of testimony! 

When I brought my new companion Sister Ross over to meet Linda, we taught the Restoration and then Linda just testified of all that she has learned...about prophets, authority, and baptism. Seriously so amazing!

I am so glad that Sister Ross is here! She is an incredible missionary and so fun to find and teach with! 

We have seen so many miracles already! Our first day together was transfer meeting day and was really crazy. We then went finding for 2 hours and nobody said yes. It was unusual for the patterns lately. We met a lot of cool people and had a lot of cool conversations, but it just didn't happen and they didn't want return appointments. I was getting pretty discouraged and wondered what was wrong.

The next day there was a local parade. Our participation almost didn't happen and then we pulled together a float last minute. We were hoping to pull together a hot chocolate stand. I put so much work into planning it and trying to figure out all the logistics. But, we didn't know our way around the city very well and the other missionaries didn't get the chance to select a spot for us. We had all these jugs of hot water that we had spent all morning boiling.....

....then the car we were in made a wrong turn where the city had blocked off the road for the parade... so our booth failed.... and I was pretty bummed. I felt a lot of personal responsibility for it even though I know I tried my best. I tried so hard to put on a happy face and just contact people. We ended up running up the parade route and found our float and got to walk beside it....so that was fun!

BUT!...the next couple days the miracles just rolled in for Sister Ross and I! We found 13 incredible people! God's timing is so good. Alissa, Bo, Kayla, John, Lindsay, Lindsey, Luis, Meme, Patricia, Pete and Sabrina. Three of those people have said they have been looking for a church. I am so grateful for the opportunity to go out and talk to God's children each day.

On Sunday, Stake conference was really hard for our people to get too - even Linda. But we had a lesson with her and re-taught the Restoration from the new-member lessons and she testified to us about prophets, the priesthood, and baptism - Amazing!

We have tried a lot of contacts with members present - it worked okay last week but I want it to be better.....which is another ball I am trying to juggle and stay on top of!

Sister Ross is really calm and helpful! I am grateful for her. 

I am striving to keep us both on the same page. I don't want her to feel overwhelmed with her new responsibilities and I don't want to take over. I am praying and working for a good balance. I know we will see amazing things!!!

I am very grateful for the miracles we have seen. Although I have had to teach Sister Ross a lot about her new calling - I feel like I have been able to focus my heart and thoughts and study on those people we are teaching even more. I am striving to be open and honest about my weaknesses - especially to the Lord, so He can help me. Right now I feel like He is helping me stay on top of it.

ALSO...........HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

I am simply so grateful for my relationship with Christ and I know that no matter what we are going through, good or bad, He will never leave us alone.

Sister Brady

OH!....And my Parents got to see both Sister Holmes AND Sister Anderson at Sister Holme's missionary homecoming!!!

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