Monday, September 28, 2015

Moving trucks are like gold to missionaries....

 Hey fam,

Not a whole lot to report. We had zone conference this week but I was sick as a dog that day, which makes for a very long seven hours. 
     This week we had a lesson with Robbie feat. Lamont. He is such a missionary! He showed up to the lesson with a back back and pulled out not only his Book of Mormon, but his bible, Duty to God, articles of faith, his baptism program, True to the Faith, and all the missionary pamphlets and laid them on the table. Hahah. The topic happened to be baptism and confirmation. When we asked Lamont what his baptism day felt like he said "Like Christmas. No really, I was so happy." 
     Robbie is really struggling, he really wants to get baptized but his parents would not even be okay if they knew he was meeting with us. So now..... We wait. 
     Mom, Lamont wrote you a letter back last week, I still need to send it to you, but I need to make a copy of it for me before I send it to you. It was so awesome! 
     We finished painting Waltraub's farmhouse this week, she was so happy when she saw it, we restored it to the same way it was when her husband built it. And of course she had an apple pie ready for us at the end of the day.(: 
     So Monday night we were leaving from dinner at Ivan's and there was a family with a moving truck outside the house next door. Moving trucks are like gold to missionaries, hahaha. So the next morning we went back and helped them move. Same as the Speeds, it was just Sister Welch and I moving the house in. The family couldn't help. They are such a great family! Hiawattha, the dad moved here to start a ministry. His daughter Genevieve is adorable. She's all hugs all the time. She invited us back for a macaroni and cheese dinner Thursday nightSunday night we went and watched Meet the Mormons with them because they weren't able to make it to our movie night at the church Friday. They loved the movie! Their dad stopped the movie halfway through and started rapid firing questions at us. He explained how they are non- denominational Christian and that it didn't matter what religion you are as long as you accept Jesus Christ into your life. Then he said "Well, you aren't Catholics so you must be a Protestant church." When I explained how unlike any other church, we fall under neither, he was intrigued. We finished the movie and they all really enjoyed it. I know we never would have gotten in the house or gotten a chance without helping them move. (And who will say no to free labor, haha) and I got myself a cute new pen pal. Genevieve says she'll be writing me my whole mission! Haha. Service softens hearts! 
     There's a talk by Elder LeGrand Richards that's awesome, called "One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism." I wish I could read this talk to everyone I meet hahah. Read it!
     "Many years ago a learned man, a member of the Roman Catholic Church, came to Utah and spoke from the stand of the Salt Lake Tabernacle. I became well acquainted with him, and we conversed freely and frankly. A great scholar, with perhaps a dozen languages at his tongue’s end, he seemed to know all about theology, law, literature, science and philosophy. One day he said to me: ‘You Mormons are all ignoramuses. You don’t even know the strength of your own position. It is so strong that there is only one other tenable in the whole Christian world, and that is the position of the Catholic Church. The issue is between Catholicism and Mormonism. If we are right, you are wrong; if you are right, we are wrong; and that’s all there is to it. The Protestants haven’t a leg to stand on. For if we are wrong, they are wrong with us, since they were a part of us and went out from us; while if we are right, they are apostates whom we cut off long ago. If we have the apostolic succession from St. Peter, as we claim, there is no need of Joseph Smith and Mormonism; but if we have not that succession, then such a man as Joseph Smith was necessary, and Mormonism’s attitude is the only consistent one. It is either the perpetuation of the gospel from ancient times, or the restoration of the gospel in latter days.’” (A Marvelous Work and a Wonder, LeGrand Richards, Deseret Book Co., 1958, pp. 3–4.)
     Now if the members of these 697 different churches could realize the consistency of that statement, they would want to know by what authority their ministers are performing the ordinances in their churches, because if the statement of this prelate is true, they either must be Catholics or Mormons. Then I always add that the Catholics and the Bible can’t both be right because the Bible definitely proclaims an apostasy from the original church and a restoration in the latter days.
     How could the people of the world, if they love the Lord, hear such a message and then not want to know whether it is true or not?" 

I want to ask that last question to people all the time. Anyway, read the rest of that talk, (especially if you're a missionary, hahaha.) 

     So this week was my last produce to people. Man, I'm gonna miss this place. Im down to about a week and a half left in Butler.
     Friday night was our movie night, we watched 17 Miracles. That's a real tear jerker. We had a pretty good turn out! 
     Cynda is doing so awesome! She came to movie night and to the women's broadcast on Saturday night. Her member friend, the Piotrowski's are just blown away that she is so open to all of this, they have been so afraid of inviting her to anything for years. Right time right place I guess. After the broadcast she said she loved it, and felt like it was just for her. (Uchtdorf you the man.) 
     Sunday was my last week at church in the Butler ward, it was fast sunday. Ivan was at church, and I bore my testimony in Spanish for him. Ivan is one I'll miss. My "Hermano en fe." Brother in faith. 

Til next week. 
Hermana Sears💜

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