Thursday, May 1, 2014

Walk With Me In the Rain

Holla Familia,
Lots of interesting things happened this week.
We started off the week having dinner with Stake President Averett and his family and the Elders at a little Restaurant called Alejandro's - the food gave me brain fever/ made me really not feel to great. But the Averett family is awesome! They are so Missionary minded and they are going out and doing things. Their kids are so funny. They have three girls and three boys. The girls are all like little mothers to the younger brothers, it's kinda funny to watch them chase after their brothers and tell them to be quiet and such. Anywho, President Averett shared an awesome thought from D&C 100 3-8
 3  Behold, and lo, I have much people in this place, in the regions round about; and an effectual door shall be opened in the regions round about in this eastern land.
 Therefore, I, the Lord, have suffered you to come unto this place; for thus it was expedient in me for the salvation of souls.
 Therefore, verily I say unto you, lift up your voices unto this people; speak the thoughts that I shall put into your hearts, and you shall not be confounded before men;
 For it shall be given you in the very hour, yea, in the very moment, what ye shall say.
 But a commandment I give unto you, that ye shall declare whatsoever thing ye declare in my name, in solemnity of heart, in the spirit of meekness, in all things.
 And I give unto you this promise, that inasmuch as ye do this the Holy Ghost shall be shed forth in bearing record unto all things whatsoever ye shall say.
To start off we are in the Eastern land :) so the door has been opened for us. But his main focus on these scriptures was vs 7. Whatsoever thing ye declare in my name. When we declare something in Christs name, or state something with His name we invite the Spirit into what we are talking about. We are promising something - and if it isn't something that he would promise we wouldn't be able to promise it. It just wouldn't be possible. We are representatives of the Lord, and we have that authority and power to do all things, but sometimes we don't realize how much power and how much the Lord is putting into our hands. It was super cool.
So we brought our car into the shop this last Tuesday to get the dent fixed in our car from hitting a mailbox. It was such a silly thing to get fixed, but we had too. So we were without a car again for 3 days. AHHH!!! Lots of walking and tracting, but this time we were more bold about asking people for rides to places. So it wasn't that bad. We didn't get hit walking across the highway either. It was fun, I always enjoy walking... well if we were in a walking area. unfortunately we are in a relatively busy area that needs a car. but we survived. The Sisters did a Blitz with us in our area. Sister Whittaker and Maddox went in the car and Sister Richard and I were together - Sister Richards and I were able to talk about a few things. I'm just going to say how grateful I am to have Sister Richards as my STL and in my District and especially at this time on my mission. She is pretty awesome, just sayin. Anywho it was good.
We helped three families move this week! It was Crazy! The Reams family is moving out of the ward. The Smiths moved a few miles from their other house. And a new family moved into the Ward in Huckleberry Court. We helped clean the houses, and pack things up. The new family was a last minute thing so only the missionaries were there to help them move in. So we got to stay in normal clothes ALL day long because they all moved pretty much on the same day. So we were out helping from 9 till 6 or 7ish. It was crazy, but so much fun. It was good to get some energy out.
This week we tracted for 3 hours straight. because we had no investigators, and Elder Guthrie promised us that if we were diligent and did all that we could and prayed for the opportunity to meet people to teach. Well tracting was fun, we met some pretty cool people, but none of them were interested. After three hours of finding nothing. It was difficult. but after tracting, the Hallows gave us a ride to the car repair shop to pick up our car! So we decided to go and try some more "distant places". We went and tried a referral that we got. The Referral was this: There is a family just up the hill that have a really cute dog, they have a st. mary in their front yard so I think they are pretty religious, you should go try them. Sooo we did. I was a little worried when we first got there because we introduced ourselves and said that we had a message about Christ, and she was like "Come on in!" When people say that it is either one of two things: They are going to bash on you or they are Elect. In our case they were pretty Elect. Their names are Mary and Rob. They are looking for something more in their lives and they knew some Mormons that used to be their neighbors. They also asked some awesome questions. I was so happy to finally have someone! So we had a really good talk with them for about an hour or two, thus making us late for our dinner appointment with the Passics. Sister Passic called us like 5 times while we were talking with Mary and Rob, because she thought we still didn't have a car and that we were dead or lost trying to cross the highway. We felt so bad we made her worry so. but we found 2 new people!! yeah!!
Another thing we went to this weekend was "Love After Marriage" a fireside that the Passics were asked to speak at. The ward was encouraged to invite their friends... but no one did, so we were awkwardly there. It was still super good though haha. I kinda was putting it into perspective of having roommates/ a companion. Brother Passic started off talking about Independence and One-ness. you need each other, but at times it is good to have time on our own. The best way to have one-ness is having a relationship with God, it will last longer and it will give us a common goal to go towards in a marriage. As we Love the Lord, all will be well. We just need to Trust Him. Then Sister Passic talked about Communication - good and positive. We need to (1) Listen to each other. (2) Discuss challenges openly and calmly (3) Communicate openly and positively. We need to avoid getting angry or offended. They then talked about how we need to treat each other the way we want to be treated: courtesy, respect, and with Equality.     The next thing was that you need to tell each other that you Love Each Other Everyday. Your spouse, your parents, etc. There is "Assuming" that they know and "Telling" them. All of these things are important, and we all need to choose and desire to have this better life. Sometimes it requires us to change "Who we are" but "the Lord loves us just they way we are, but he loves us to much to let us stay that way". During this fireside I was thinking back on my roommates and on my previous companions. Thinking about what worked and what didn't and giving it another perspective.
It has been a pretty good week, lots of different things happened.
I loves you all, keep up the good work, be good, Live, Laugh, Love.
Sister Karen Call
"Your Heavenly Father knows that you will make mistakes. He knows that you will stumble—perhaps many times. This saddens Him, but He loves you. He does not wish to break your spirit. On the contrary, He desires that you rise up and become the person you were designed to be." ~ Dieter F. Uchtdorf

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