Okay okay, It was a really good week and I have so many thoughts but not enough time today. I'll do my best.
A couple highlights of the week: I sharpened my pencil with a pocket knife.
Our mission president tried to subtly quote Elf. I called him out though. I have seen that movie five thousand times, nothing gets by me!
Our ward does "game night" where you can invite friends, investigators, whoever, to come and play games and get to know people in a non-intimidating environment. We played Clue and crushed it.
A member showed us their chocolate factory they have in their garage. It's legit, it's fancy chocolate and we scored a bar. Pic included. Wait, I forgot to take a pic of the chocolate bar. Next week, lol.
We built a fort (take that mom) to weekly plan because sometimes you have to make things interesting to survive. We also cleaned our whiteboard with peanut butter because Sister K heard that works. We were OCD and desperate. In the end we used Comet and it worked wonders.
But the highlight was teaching our investigator Luke. His questions naturally led to us teaching the Plan of Salvation. It was interesting because he showed us this video he saw once and if you have ever been to primary or seminary or whatever, you have heard of this. In the video, a man was speaking to a group of people. He had a LONG rope that represents our entire existence and a little red mark on it that represents our life on earth. It really put into perspective how SHORT our earthly lives are, and how important the decisions we make here are as well because they effect the rest of forever! Eternity ya know? The interesting thing was, the red mark on this rope was just on one end of the rope. When we noticed that, Sister Knaphus and I, basically simultaneously asked him to stop the video to explain something. We explained to him that when we have seen this lesson with the rope before, the red mark was in the MIDDLE of the rope, not just on the end because we believe that we lived with God before this life as well. When Luke heard this, we saw his eyes lighten up because this is something he has never considered before. I know that we all lived with our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ before this life. They knew us and loved us and created a perfect plan for us to come to earth to gain experience, learn and progress, and have joy so that we can one day return to live with them again. We never want anyone to take our word for it, so we invited him to pray to know the truthfulness of this message for himself. At the end of the lesson, he said he had a lot to think and pray about. We are so excited!
Can we just talk about General Conference for a second?! It was so good! It's too hard to pick a favorite (I also forgot my notes) but this is a quote I loved!
… We cannot control all that happens to us, but we have absolute control over how we respond to the changes in our lives. This does not imply that the challenges and trials we face are of no consequence and easily handled or dealt with. It does not imply that we will be free from pain or heartache. But it does mean that there is cause for hope and that due to the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we can move forward and find better days—even days full of joy, light, and happiness. …
Whatever change in life’s circumstance may come our way, and whatever unexpected path we may have to travel, how we respond is a choice. Turning to the Savior and grasping His outstretched arm is always our best option.
We also had Zone Conference this week annnnd I'm sad because I forgot my notes for that too so I can fill ya in next week, but the biggest takeaway was to create your own success!