Monday, April 24, 2017

{ the church is true, the book is blue }

"The importance of having a firm and sure testimony of the Book of Mormon cannot be overstated." - President Thomas S. Monson

I cannot even begin to tell you how true this is.

And the promised blessings of this from our Prophet as we read it: "We will be in a position to hear the voice of the Spirit, to resist temptation, to overcome doubt and fear, and to receive heaven’s help in our lives"
Those promises were definitely fulfilled this week.

But first, a little opposition:

No, I'm not talking about that car full of sorority girls who cut us off in the institute parking lot and stole our spot.
We ended up turning our annoyance into positivity and a chance to share the gospel.

I'm talking about Samuel.
Remember Miracle Sam? Phone call right after his Grandma died, Samuel?
We met with him again.
It didn't go well.
At all.
We had started teaching the Plan of Salvation since we figured it probs fit since his Grandma has recently passed away, right?
He had a huuuuuuge issue with it the second time we met with him.
So much so, he said as he left, "That was very interesting, I'll have to ask my Pastor about it."
Okay bye! See you never!

e. walton sums up our feelings perfectly in that moment: why. sam, why?

Can honestly say, it was my worst lesson on my mission.
At one point during the lesson...
Member we brought with us: "So like... outer darkness..."
Me: *gets up from chair* *walks out door* *walks out of Indiana* *walks out of life*

After Samuel, we had to book it from the institute building to the stake center for another lesson. We literally had 2 minutes to call out to the elders on the way out, "THAT WAS TRASH!" before we had to go to...

We met Kevin at this creepy, ghetto, auto-repair shop when we were there getting our Tiwi system installed in our car.
Kevin's the sweetest. We LOVE him.
He owns the shop and I guess has been working with the church for years, going around and installing all the Tiwis in the mission cars.
Well we got to talkin.
Taught him about the restoration of the beautiful gospel of Jesus Christ.
Gave him a Book of Mormon.
Set up a teaching appointment.
Him: "Elder Summers has been trying to get me to go to church for years. I'll have to call him and tell him. He'll be so excited."
Well, WE were!
Honestly, you guys. THE best lesson I've ever had on my mission.
Funny how that works, huh?
We taught only about The Book of Mormon and tried this new way of teaching it that Brother Donaldson from the Worldwide Mission Board had shown us when he visited our mission a couple of months ago.
I know that nothing and nobody's perfect (you just gotta work it lol)
That lesson was perfect.
Best part?
Closing prayer by the member: "Please bless that the sisters won't get any more aggressive drivings or check your speeds."
Did our Tiwi break and we've been free ever since?
Why yes, the Lord DOES answer prayers.

Fast forward to Samuel later this week.
We figured, you know, we haven't even taught about the restoration yet, but we gonna try this whole Book of Mormon thing as our dying attempt with Samuel.
So we (miraculously) set up another appointment with him and taught all about The Book of Mormon.
Best. Lesson. Ever. (well, close second)
At the end, Samuel goes: "I was really contemplating not meeting with you guys again. But I'm excited about this!"
*angels sing*

Us at the end of this blessed week:

It really has been an amazing week. The flowers are still out and Purdue campus is still
G O R G E O U S:

And to top off the week, we went to an activity with the ward this weekend at a member's house.
They have a swing.
Not an ordinary swing.
But a massive swing that's incredibly high and shoots you through the forest behind their house.
Ohmygosh I had to.
Skirt and all.

melon face, happy face.

Thanks for reading! Tune in next time to see more of

Sis A and Sis S

Sincerely, Sister Soloa'i

P.S. happy 14 months!

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