January 25, 2016


Durham 1


Sister Workman

Well, this has been an interesting (and very exhausting...) week!

Well, this has been an interesting (and very exhausting...) week!

Tuesday was possibly one of the best days so far! We had a lesson with our investigator Earnest in a member's home. We taught him about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and led into temples. Earnest is looking for truth and a way to find more knowledge and understanding so temples were perfect for him! We read Alma 26:22 "Yea, he that repenteth and exerciseth faith, and bringeth forth good works, and prayeth continually without ceasing-unto such it is given to know the mysteries of God: yea, unto such it shall be given to reveal things which never have been revealed: yea, and it shall be given unto such to bring thousands of souls unto repentance, even as it has been given unto us to bring these our brethren unto repentance" and he was really interested in the promise of being able to know the mysteries of God. The members explained a little bit about temples and what they are and what they are for. The Spirit was so powerful as we were able to testify to Earnest that the answers he is seeking can be found in temples and in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We extended a baptismal invitation to Earnest for February 20 and he accepted! Most people when they accept are kind of casual about it, like 'oh sure I'll get baptized, why not?' but Earnest was so sincere in his acceptance. He understands what it means and the commitment it entails. I am so grateful to be able to play a small part in his conversion and journey closer to Christ. I know that the Spirit is the real teacher, I don't do much. It is incredible to see how the Spirit guides us to say exactly what people need to hear.

Wednesday was interesting, in a good way. We had zone training, where Sister Workman and I were instructing on how to find by the Spirit. It went pretty well, it is always a little stressful to teach, especially when I am so new and still trying to figure out what I am doing. There was a missionary broadcast that afternoon that was broadcast to all the missionaries worldwide. I love being able to learn from our leaders and hear things specifically about how to be a better missionary! I came away with lots to work on, which is wonderful! After the broadcast, we began exchanges. Twice a transfer (although we only did it once this transfer because one of the other sisters had the flu) we go on exchanges with our sister training leader. They last for 24 hours. It was strange to be in a different area with someone who isn't my companion. I felt like a brand new missionary all over again. Sister Park, the sister I was with, is also from Washington and went to BYU-I as well! We hadn't ever run into each other there, but it gave us plenty to talk about :) I learned a lot from her and got some good ideas for things to start doing in my area.

I'm sure you heard about the storm that hit the east coast. Lots of snow and ice. Which actually was pretty helpful for missionary work, since everyone was home :) We have been tracting. A lot. We were able to find 6 new investigators these past few days! We were finally able to see an investigator, Regina, who we had been thinking of dropping. She is always out taking people to class or running errands, so we hadn't seen her in almost a month. Due to the snow, she was actually home so were able to teach her! She has a baptismal date now too! Like Earnest, she has a great desire to find truth and come closer to God. (Fun fact, Earnest just lives 3 doors down from Regina. Maybe they can start carpooling to church :) ) It is amazing to see how Heavenly Father leads us to the people He has prepared to hear the gospel.
We also ended up tracting into members we hand't met yet. We were very surprised when they invited us in before we even introduced ourselves. It was a little disappointing to realize they were members, they would have been golden investigators :) They referred us to their friend Candace and we will hopefully be teaching her soon. Candace said she has lots of questions, which is great! I love questions!

Well, that's about it for this week! I am officially halfway through training as of yesterday, which is surreal. I feel like I have been here for longer than 6 weeks, but also like I just got here a week ago.

Love y'all,
Sister Pyper


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