So this week has been pretty crazy busy, which is just so awesome!!!! On Monday we had to finish some a AUF's (address unknown file) so it is members that no one has heard anything from for a while. We go chap their door and then 10 doors on each side. We didn't have enough time to finish both sides because on the first side 8 of the 10 doors people answered and 5 of them accepted a return appointment with was just way way awesome!!!! We also chapped into the mom of one of our investigators that had just dropped off the face of the planet and we found out that he was in prison (which we had suspected) but it was good to find out where he actually was and she said he had told her a bit about what we had been teaching him and she wants to learn more so that was awesome!
We also went to the farm this week. It was kinda of sad because we had to help this cow that was having a hard time giving birth and the calf ended up dying so that was way sad and way hard for Billy. He kept asking why God would let things like this happen but he felt a lot better after our lesson.
We also received a referral this week from a lady in our ward that said she had run into this lady after not seeing her or a while and just felt like she should pass it on to us. She tried to ask this lady where she lived and just got the street name so we told her we would go chap the street. We asked a couple people if they knew where she lived and someone told us they thought she lived upstairs but we weren't able to get a hold of anyone upstairs so we just kept chapping the street. 5 doors later we chap this door and literally before we are even able to say anything this lady just opened the door and said, "Come in!" So we go in and start talking to her a bit and we figure out it is her! We only had like 10 minutes with her because we needed to be home on time but we had such an awesome conversation about her and the Book of Mormon and we got a return appointment with her! Such a miracle that we were able to find her and she is so prepared!
This week I have been studying Christlike attributes a lot and just qualities that I am trying to develop. Also about our divine potential as children of our Heavenly Father because at times I feel like I just have so far to go and it can be overwhelming and seem impossible...which it is not! We are children of a Heavenly Father and our Savior, Jesus Christ, performed the atonement to help us change and overcome mistakes and weaknesses. I found this really great quote by Gene R. Cook. It says:
"One of the greatest processes you go through in life is to discover yourself, to find those gifts and capacities God has given you. He has given you great talents, the smallest part of which you have just begun to utilize. Trust the Lord to assist you in unlocking the door to those gifts. Some of us have created imaginary limits in our minds. There is literally a genius locked up inside each of us. Don't ever let anyone convince you otherwise."
I just love this so much! And seriously if each of Heavenly Fathers children knew how important and precious they are and how much potential they have! It hurts my heart to see people that don't know and that feel like there is no hope. There is always hope because of Christ. Yes, sometimes it is hard to see what good comes from really hard situations but truly they are what shape us. Neal A. Maxwell said,
" One's life...cannot be both faith-filled and stress-free...Therefore, how can you and I really expect to glide naively through life, as if to say, 'Lord, give me experience but not grief, not sorrow, not pain, not opposition, not betrayal, and certainly not to be forsaken. Keep from me, Lord, all these experiences which made thee what thou art! Then let me come dwell with thee and fully share thy joy!'...Real faith...is required to endure this necessary but painful developmental process."
We are so blessed with our knowledge of the gospel. We experience the blessings everyday as we allow it to shape us. And through that process it is so important that we share it with those around us. The hope and change of the gospel is for everyone! And I love it!