Literally 3 times this week people have specifically said, "ya'll have swag about the way you walk" and literally I was so confused because we definitely just walk normal- but it wasn't until the third person said, "you just GLOW" and I realized that what they saw as swag was LITERALLY THE HOLY GHOST. We are teaching a couple right now, Joseph & Angie, and this week their 14 year old son F I N A L L Y came and sat in on our lesson. At the end of the lesson we turned to him and asked if he wanted to continue to learn more to which he said yes. Angie turned to him and said, "now you can't be lying to these girls, they're holy people" lol and he said, "I know, I can see it." I LOVE that people clearly recognize the Holy Ghost in us and desire it for themselves.
We put a guy on date for baptism this week named Edward and he is balling in so hard it's AWESOME. He came to church on Sunday and our ward treated him like he was literally their CELEBRITY CRUSH- they were so good. I stand in awe with how much God places us in the paths of those who are prepared to hear our special message.
Something that stood out to me a lot this week was how much we are lead by the Spirit to know what to say and where to go. We were teaching a lesson to this man we have been trying to invite to be baptized and the first half of the lesson went so well & the spirit was so strong but by the last half, the spirit for some reason wasn't there. Sister Carroll and I jumbled like crazy on our words and literally could not think of what to say. It was so strange because I'm so used to following the spirit and relying on it and when I felt like it wasn't there giving me the words and thoughts I needed, I struggled HARD. Granted, the guy we were teaching was high out of his mind (probably because it was 4:20 for real) and wasn't in the right place anymore to hear the sacred message we were sharing. I learned that I'm weak with out the Spirit in my life and that receiving promptings from the Holy Ghost as much as I do now is something I truly want for the rest of my life- and honestly I've learned that the best way to achieve that is through obedience in ALL things.
CFM update- we did Come Follow Me at our Bishops home and this week I did my homework, I read almost all of the 4 gospels so I wouldn't be such an idiot this go around lol. We were watching the Nativity scene, learning more about the Saviors birth and the only thing our bishop had to say was, "Most people don't realize that angels have a british accent" and I said "thanks for bringing in the spirit"
SPIRITUAL THOUGHT- today I'm especially grateful for the Plan of Salvation. I'm so grateful for the knowledge that we have of knowing where we are going after this life. I love knowing the purpose why I'm here on Earth and I want to continue to try my hardest to become more Christlike each day. I know that Heavenly Father has a very specific plan for each of us and I know that each trial and hard time we go through is what we accepted before we came to earth. I know with a surety that hard times make us more like Christ and that they help turn us to become the person Heavenly Father needs us to be. I know that one day we will be encircled with Christ's love and the love of those who are waiting for us to return Home.
Alma 40:11 Behold, it has been made known unto me by an angel, that the spirits of all men, as soon as they are departed from this mortal body, yea, the spirits of all men, whether they be good or evil, are taken home to that God who gave them life.
All my love, plus some more
Pic 1: LAMBERTS (its famous look it up)
Pic 2: dead cotton field Pic 3: district
Pic 4: after service
Pic 5: classic sikeston move
Pic 6: best taffy in the world