Monday, November 9, 2015

"It's a nerdy hobbit of mine" Jakosberg Week 14

Walking home from the bus stop, talking about weird habits and Syster Crawford accidentally replaced Habit with Hobbit, but it was too perfect!

We spent so much time with members this week! I absolutely love members! They have taught me so much and helped me through hard times and, oh I could just talk about members for hours. We need them, they need us, it is just too perfect!

-We did Family Home Evening with a family this week and talked about keeping the Sabbath Day Holy with their kids, plus made chocolate chip cookies :)
-Cleaned the church with a single lady in the ward and listened to General Conference over the speaker system as we did so. We then taught her the Restoration as practice. It was really spectacular.
-Visited a member and talked about God's love. Going back this week to do Family Home Evening with her family :)
-Visited another single member and talked about our missionary work and how she can help
-Met with a less active for the first time. Wow, he has the Spirit with him! His relationship with God is so strong!
-Taught our new convert and were able to answer questions and help her understand the Restoration even better.
-Had dinner with a member and discussed how every time we talk about the Gospel, we plant seeds that can grow and flourish later.
-Visited a couple and talked about giving our burdens to the Lord (Matthew 11:28-30)
-Taught a less active about the Restoration

And all of that was just things that we did with members. Here is the weekly investigator report:
-We taught our guy from Sierra Leone (that just showed up at church last week and wants to be baptized) the Restoration. Invited him to pray and ask if Joseph Smith was a prophet and read and pray about the Book of Mormon, but he responded, "I already know that it is true!" He was really excited when we talked about having a living prophet today :)
-Taught an investigator from Congo about keeping the Sabbath Day Holy and partaking of the Sacrament. He has promised to come to Church since we first met him 3 months ago, but still has not, time for a little break.
-Met with an investigator that was taught about a year ago and taught the Plan of Salvation. She really liked it and I know that she felt the Spirit!
-An investigator from Africa came to church for the first time yesterday. He really felt the Spirit and says that it feels different in our church than in any other Christian church he has been to, so he wants to prepare to be baptized! It was just too perfect! The Primary Program was yesterday (where the kids sing and give talks for our main worship service). It was so precious and, as usual, had its fair share of kid-quirks (like the one girl that found a microphone on the side of the stand and started making noises and talking as one of the other kids was giving a talk at the pulpit, priceless!) The Elders had an investigator from China come and he loved it too. We had Fika after and he and I talked for a while about why it feels different in our church, how we receive answers to prayers, what God thinks about families, and many more things. Really cool guy, really deep thinker!

One thing that I have just always loved about being a member of the Church is having a huge family all over the world. That is something that many of our investigators and less actives have mentioned about our Church. You come and feel welcomed and loved and accepted. It feels like home! And to me, it really is home. The Church members are just an extension of my family, literally all around the world. If you have never been or have not been in a while, just give it a try! Come and see what we are all about, you have nothing to lose, but absolutely everything to gain. Greater happiness awaits, you just have to take that first step. 

Love you all and praying for you,
Syster Griffes

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