Hey-oh, team!! It has been the GREATTTTEST week- so many miracles to report, man oh man!! Lately I've just been feeling so dang grateful to be a missionary, to have the joy that only comes from this incredible work...it's the best! In my gratitude journal this morn (I can practically see the sustained eye roll from all my past comps, haha), there was quote about the peace that comes as we choose to be grateful, a quiet joy that pervades our lives- and I totally feel that in my life. My joy is complete and life is meaningful...I simply adore being a missionary!!
And also, before we settle too deep into the weekly email, I've got a glorious scripture to share with you- such a missionary, lol. I read it just this morning during personal studies and it pierced me to the very core- it's just the truth! It's Alma 58:11, and it says, "Yea, and it came to pas that the Lord our God did visit us with assurances that he would deliver us ; yea, insomuch that he did speak peace to our souls, and did grant unto us great faith, and did cause us that we should hope for our deliverance in him". Beautiful, no? I'm mildly obsessed, because my mission and this very week has been defined by peace spoken to my soul and the granting of great faith. Because I have been visited by the Lord in my afflictions and been given the hope of deliverance. Because, as we live the gospel, this scripture becomes a reality- this I know to be true! I'm living the Alma 58:11 life, my friends!
But anyway, let me tell you about our week!! It's been such a good one! We kicked it off with Zone Conference last Monday, where the super fly and amazing Elder Martino of the Seventy taught us how to get referrals and work with members and baptize nations- exactly what I needed! It was a beautiful time! We got two referrals just from Elder Martino chatting it up with the ladies from our ward serving lunch- he's the real MVP of life!!
We spent our Monday evening making a post- Zone Conference game plan of how to implement all the crazy and inspired training and trying the masses- such a good Monday!!
We pday'd away on Tuesday- best pday of life, man oh man!! We did all the usual things, went out to CHIPPPPOTLE with the Elders for lunch, RODE THE FERRRRRIS WHEEL, and explored an adorable downtown Fargo store...AND BOUGHT SOME PRIME NORTH DAKOTA EARRINGS, AHHHHHHH!!!! MY LIFE IS OFFICIALLY COMPLETE!!! I'm wearing them as we chat, of course, because they're maybe the best thing that has ever happened to me in all my days...AHHHHHH!!!!! I HAVE NORTH DAKOTA EARRINGS THAT FIT PERFECTLY ON MY LOBES AND LIFE IS JUST TOO GOOD!!!
We also ran by Bro. Daudier's following this most beautiful lesson and gave him a Word of Wisdom pamphlet- prepping up for our Thursday lesson in the Cook's home, yahooooo!!!
Wednesday was a beautiful day- we kicked it off with a glorious Sis. Shell lesson about conversion and the Book of Mormon... ANNNND, SHE COMMITTED TO COME TO INSTITUTE NEXT WEEK, YAHOOOOO!!! PARRRRTAY!! Our new life goal is to get EVERYONE to come, because the Ralieghs are beautiful people and everyone needs to know them. And also, because institute. Haha. BUUUT, she's coming! She also said she would read from the Book of Mormon on the daily, and I just adore her so much! She's the best!!
We also taught Bro. Friederichs on Wednesday- such a beautiful lesson!! We met him at the Boatman's, and we chatted about the Book of Mormon and read 3 Nephi 14 with him...it was sweet! We committed him to start reading the BoM again, this time with his wife- I am so jazzed for him! His answer is going to come...I CAN FEEL IT IN MY BONES!!!!
SUCH a good Wednesday! Between our morning Sis. Shell times and our evening spent with Bro. Friederichs, we scheduled an appointment with Sis. Moore, visited with our dear Sis. Billings, left a note for a potential from the Elders, tried a few less actives, took a media hour, and continued to plan Zone Conference implementation...busy day, man oh man! On our way back home for the day, we got a text for a media referral named Tina...who we immediately called and landed and appointment with, yahoo!! Michael, the potential we left a note for, also called us up and we scheduled a time to meet with him on Thursday...and he's NOW ON DATE FOR THE 25th OF JUNE, YAHOOOOO!!!! TENDER MERCIES OF THE LOOOOORD!!! We taught him the Restoration and he knew it all already because he's met with missionaries for a few years...and so, naturally, we chatted about baptism...YAHOOOOOOO!!!
I think Michael was the highlight of our Thursday- he adorably brought chairs out into the hallway of his apartment building so we could meet with him, haha! The best!! We also planned away on Thursday, had lunch with our dear Sis. Bighetty, chatted with the Zone Leaders about Zone Conference, planned a little more, and ran off to dinner with Sis. Dresser- such a beautiful day!!
Sis. Dresser invited her nonmember friend Deb over for dinner, and we ended up teaching her the Restoration over Chinese food- THE DREAAAAAM!!!! Sis. Dresser taught most of the lesson and I thought my heart might burst outta pure joy and elation- Sis. Dresser is the BEST!!!! We also got the grand tour of the Dresser home, complete with a MOVIE THEATER in their basement- Dad would've died, man oh man!! It was glorious!!! All their DVDs are displayed in fancy bookshelves that light up when you open them, and there's fancy twinkling lights all around...man, it was a beautiful time. I just love Sis. Dresser SO MUCH!!!!
We ended our most glorious Thursday by teaching Bro. Daudier... IN THE COOK'S HOME, AHHHHH!!!! ALL MY DREAMS ARE COMING TRUE!!! We were planning on teaching him the Word of Wisdom, but we ended up reviewing the Plan of Salvation and focusing on the three kingdoms- it was perfection! The Cooks are the GREATESTTTT!!! I'm loving lately watching our investigators be astonished by the members, Alma 12:1 style...it's the best thing ever!! The members are truly the ones who astonish the investigators- we're just here to keep the convo on track, haha! It was simply amazing, and Bro. Daudier came to understand the Plan of Salvation in a way that he never would've been able to even in his own home- teaching in the homes of members is truly the DREAAAAAM!!!!
And then, suddenly, it was Friday- fastest week of all time!! We kicked it off early with a Sis. Moore lesson about missionary work- it was so sweet! We committed her to pray and give a Book of Mormon away, and to begin reading the BoM again...she's the best! We lunch dated away with the Sisters after that, and then finished up weekly planning- thank goodness for district meeting-less Fridays, haha!
Once done with planning away, we tried the masses and checked out the local food pantry for volunteer options...and dined away with the Dimas clan! We taught them Plan of Salvation and headed back out into the night to try more peeps- and we ended up with our dear Cudneys, yahooooo!!! I LOVE THEM SO MUCH!!!! We chatted about family history and Sis. Cudney told us all about her crazy cool Coca Cola collection...which I totally should've taken a picture of but honestly didn't think about until this very moment, haha. It was the best! I just love that family oodles, and I am so grateful to be working with them- we've gotta get them back to church! They're just the coooolest!!!!
Saturday was also beautiful- it was a party all around! The highlight of the Saturday life was the time we took Bro. Roberts, our dear ward mission leader, out teaching to Bro. Kranto...AND IT WAS AN PERFECT TIME, AHHHH!!! Bro. Kranto randomly met a member at work, who chatted with him about the gospel, and now he's totally committed- whatta tender mercy!! We taught him about the priesthood and following the prophet, and he said that having a prophet on earth today is "beautiful"- I love him so MUCHHH!!!! Bro. Roberts cranked it out hardcore and it SUCH an awesome missionary- we're officially resolved to take him everywhere with us!! It was the best!!
We also saw our dear Sis. Koon on Saturday, and ate more chicken feet with her on Sunday...it's becoming a regular thing, haha! AND, we made a glorious appearance at the graduation party of Sis. Lien's son Dillon...WHERE WE FINALLY MET MAMA LIEN, AHHHH!!!! It was a blessed time- she's the cutest 80 year old around!! We're totally going to start teaching her- stay tuned for more in the coming weeks!!
We had a perfect Sabbath as well, during which we dined with the wonderful Odegards and taught them the Gospel- in total ward missionary unity, yahoooo!! I equate it absolutely with our newfound pday lunches and blossoming bestie relationship- I have such profound charity for the Elders in our ward!!! It's my fervent prayer that nothing too crazy happens as transfer times come around...we're truly the team dream!!!
We also taught Sis. Juliana on Sunday- I love her so much!! She was pretty tired, so we just reviewed the Restoration and focused on the priesthood- it was sweet!! We committed her to pray about Joseph Smith, and we chatted for a bit about how we receive answers to our prayers- such a beautiful lesson!!!! She is the greatest!! ANNNND, Bro. Daudier, Sis. Dresser, Sis. Moore, and a rogue potential Matali came to church yesterday- the dreaaaam!! Matali just came with a friend and was totally rocking some green lipstick- we're going to start teaching her, YAHOOOOO!!!! Such a good week!!!
Man oh man, whatta beautiful time! So much joy to be found in the Fargo life!!! I hope you all have a glorious week- I love you all so much!!! Thank you for all you dooooo!!!
A cute selfie. :)