This week has been pretty good! We had zone development yesterday. This is a new thing that President Brown has started in the mission. The second Monday of every transfer we have Zone Development which really in other word is a day of fun. We get together as a zone and just have fun. We played volleyball, did dizzy races, lunch and dinner, and had a talent show yesterday, hence why I am emailing on a Tuesday.
It was pretty fun. Sammy and especially Stuart are really progressing!!!! He is really working on quitting tea and has gone down from like 20 cups of tea a day to 3!!!! That is huge!!!! They came to the Lawsons with us for dinner this week and were at church yesterday which was just so great since it has been a while for them. One of the speakers spoke about Alma 32 and how we can grow our faith. I looked over at him and he was reading along in the Book of Mormon as she was reading. I asked him if he remembered reading that chapter because it was the first one we had him read. He said he did and I pointed out that he is going through that process right now to which he smiled and responded " I know." It is amazing that he is recognizing the growth and how far he has come since we first met them. I remember that night so clearly and one of the first things that came out of his mouth was..." I don't believe in God and I will never pray." Now he is praying daily, coming to church, reading and learning from the Book of Mormon, quitting smoking and tea, and inside he knows he needs to be baptized. It is amazing to see the change that the Spirit makes in someone as they plant that seed of faith that Alma talks about. I feel so blessed to be able to witness these beautiful changes that Christ brings into so many lives! It is such a privilege!
Amad is doing pretty good. He still just says he isn't ready to be baptized and wants to not rush it but he loves what we teach, keeps all his commitments and is coming to church and activities. He has made some friends in the ward which is so great!!!!!
We had exchanges this week with the Sister Training Leaders. I went to Irvine with Sister Jones and surprisingly they kept Sister Griffin here in Glasgow after only being here for a couple days but it was great. I wrote out a lot of directions for her to get around the city to our appointments and she handled it like a boss! She is so awesome!!!! I really love her! She is one of the most positive people I know and has taught me a lot already. Pierre is doing really well! He had his best friends wedding this weekend and stayed strong despite all the temptation and peer pressure. He recognized the strength that Heavenly Father has blessed him with and just continues to push on and seek more. Prayer has been such a huge thing that Pierre has taught me. Ever since day one when we committed him to pray about the Restoration and the Book of Mormon he has so earnestly prayed. His prayers are so sincere and have such conversation with his Heavenly Father. This is something that I have been studying a lot and trying to work on. I feel like sometimes I don't treat that time that I pray as special as I should. I learned so much about how I can change to be better this week. Probably the 2 main things that I got out of it was Ponder and Work. It is so important that we take the time to ponder what we are going to say and what the Lord is saying back and then after that it is so so so important that we get up off our knees and do something about what we are praying for. It is then that we will see our prayers answered and strength come. In the bible dictionary it talks about how in the Old Testament that prayer accompanied sacrifice. Back then it was a literal animal sacrifice but today our prayers should accompany sacrifice. We should be diligent in searching, working and sacrificing for what we are praying for. Fasting is a really good example of prayer and sacrifice coupled together. And in that time of fasting it is such a time of humility and dependance on the Lord. It is a time of pondering and reflection. A time of seeking and receiving guidance. A time of spiritual work. A time of sacrifice and prayer. This is something that I really want to work on not only in my fasts but in all of my prayers. The time spent in the utterance of a sincere and heart felt prayer is a a precious time shared between a child and their Heavenly Father. I love my Father in Heaven and my Savior, Jesus Christ. I love this work and I am so grateful to be able to witness the miracles and blessings that come.