Sunday, September 25, 2016

A Birthday Surprise and Blessings in Disguise!

Last week was my 20th birthday, and we were able to teach a lot of
people that day! It was a birthday miracle. Really the only gift a
missionary wants is to see their investigators progress- but that's
not always realistic haha. We had coordination with our bishop that
night (or what was supposedly "coordination") which turned out to be a
surprise party! My sweet and wonderful parents set the whole thing was such an awesome night! The next night we taught a lesson
at mutual, where there was another surprise party from the youth! They
all sang and signed a card and gave us cake! Literally we have enough
cake to last us through winter- 3 other members have given us cake the
past 2 days! I love the ward so much- they're so good to us!

Our investigators are causing us a liiiitle bit of stress- probably
because none of them will CALL US BACK. Or answer the door. Or get in
contact us. It's kinda frustrating...especially because we'd been
blessed so much to find these people! So our week has been spent
mostly teaching less-active members and recent converts. Which
actually has been awesome! We went out to see a man named Vern (who
hasn't been to church since he was 12) with his non-member wife, and
it was SWEET! For one, he owns a pony farm. For two, they're super
great! He's so funny and your typical back-woodsy dad-joke trucker.
She's hecka spunky. It's the perfect combo. We're going back this week
to teach her and hopefully start the process of re-activating him! We
would have never gone out to see Vern if we'd been able to teach our
other investigators, so it was a total blessing in disguise! (But if
we could also contact our other gators in the next few days that would
be great too).  BUT Aaron and Taylor came to church yesterday! It was

We had zone P-day last week and spent the day at the lake (admiring
it, not physically getting in it!) The weather was perfect! We did a
less exciting version of the olympics, complete with matching uniforms
for each companionship. #swaggy Afterwards all 18 elders got super
sick- probably because they all slept in the same dirty boy's
apartment and readily admit they don't wash their ever.

Little spiritual thought! In life we're expected to deal with trials.
With trials come temptations, and sometimes we give in to those
temptations. It can be really disheartening when we keep making
mistakes in life! When we sin, a lot of times we feel like there's no
way we can ever overcome those tendencies and get forgiveness for our
past. But Heavenly Father with His perfect foreknowledge knew that
would happen. That's exactly why He gave us a Savior! Jesus Christ
wasn't our backup in case we messed up- it was already a known fact
that we would sin. Forgiveness isn't just PART of the plan, it IS the
plan. The Atonement of Jesus Christ is central to God's plan of
happiness, and we can all be partakers of his mercy and love- no
strings attached!

3 Listen to him who is the advocate with the Father, who is pleading
your cause before him--
4 Saying: Father, behold the sufferings and death of him who did no
sin, in whom thou wast well pleased; behold the blood of thy Son which was shed, the blood of him whom thou gavest that thyself might be
5 Wherefore, Father, spare these my brethren that believe on my name,
that they may come unto me and have everlasting life. (D&C 45)

Love, Sister Brett 5 Wherefore, Father, spare these my brethren that believe on my name,
that they may come unto me and have everlasting life. (D&C 45)

Love, Sister Brett

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