Monday, September 29, 2014

Wait a Second. We are Supposed to Do That?

Holla Familia,
This week has been like a rollercoaster in some ways. But none the less it has been pretty fun.
On Monday we went and saw Zach again. We watched Our Daily Bread with him. After watching the videos with him, we talked about Daily Scripture Study and also Daily Prayer. Sister Sullivan asked him a good question: How did you explain Prayer on your mission? He then told us how when he was on a mission, that everything were memorized lessons, that he didn't really think or apply it into his life. I just thought at that moment, how true is that in our lives. We can all be going through the motions so easily. We are going to church, reading our scriptures, praying. But sometimes it loses the reason Why? That was a big thing that stuck out to me during the Women's General Broadcast, President Uchtdorfs talk. How he mentioned that sometimes we can loose the Why of the things that we do. They are still important, and it is nice that we do them. But when we forget the Why, we don't get any blessings from serving the Lord with a grateful attitude. Those who are willing to go out and do, are the ones who have the light about them. That happiness inside of them. When people remember Why, and are Willing. Then they acquire the light and happiness.     Well... Zach hasn't really learned Why he needs to pray or in a very real sense How to pray. There is the very basic outline of prayer and what we ask people to pray for, but prayer isn't just that easy. There is Faith and Hope that must run along with the Prayer, because if we are just talking to God, not believing that he will answer anything because how could he, or that He won't change his Will because his will is set in stone; then we do not understand. We need to come to an understanding of what God's will is; because perhaps we are the ones who do not completely understand what God wants us to do.
I enjoy talking to Zach. He makes me think, and be grateful that I am striving to understand what I need to do in this life.
On Tuesday we went on Exchanges with the Fairmont Sisters. Sister Whitaker and Myers. I went to Fairmont with Sister Whitaker, and Sister Myers came here to Morgantown to be with Sister Sullivan. I always enjoy going on exchanges. I love learning from other missionaries. I wouldn't say I would like to go on an exchange every week like the STL's do... but I do enjoy the once a transfer learning experience.
I met some pretty cool people with Sister Whitaker. They are teaching this Lady named Crystal. She is African American. I didn't catch where she was from, but she was AWESOME! Black people are so cool! I really haven't been around very many Black people on my mission...because the south has a tendency to be.. racist. Then again, I have had a lot of Black people be racist to me... So it's a strange world we live in. Anywho, Crystal was so open minded. We talked about baptism with her, and she brought up that she had already been baptized. We then started talking about the importance of the Priesthood, and she said that it made sense that you would need that authority. WHY can't other people see that??
Anywho, We had a lot of cool things happen, Inviting people to learn was so easy and the evening just flew by. It didn't feel like we had spent a whole day together but we had.  
There was a Homecoming Parade on Wednesday for the High School. We also found out that day that the Senior couple serving here in Morgantown were going home, because of their son's health. The B's son went to Africa and got Malaria! He has been in the hospital for a few weeks, and they told the B's that he won't die, but it will be a very long recovery. It was hard on them and their son's family, because their son Never got sick. So it was a new thing for the family. We went and had dinner with the B's at Panera Bread before they left. It was a sad moment.
On Friday, we had Friday Forum and the President of WVU came. His name is Gordan Gee, and he happens to be a member of the church! Unfortunately he is not active. He has a good testimony, he just needs to go back to church and get back into the lifestyle of it.
So something interesting that happened on Friday. We went tracting for a little while in the afternoon, and as we were tracting we knocked on a Muslim families door. The Husband talked to us on the porch for like 15 minutes, and then his wife was like 'should we invite them in?, it's hot'. So we went in. Well, I would say that they were interested in our message, but in all reality they talked about converting to Islamic faith. He showed us a video, He talked about how it brings us closer to Alah, and then he promised us blessings. He also had his daughter bear testimony on how she knew the Islamic faith was true. It was so interesting! As well as very strange! They gave us Qur'ans and other reading material on how to know that their religion was true. Hey!! Wait a Second.... We are supposed to do that! We go around and share the gospel, promise blessings, and bear testimony. It was an interesting experience to go through. Don't worry, I'm not going to convert to Islam, because there are holes in their beliefs and understandings... But it was neat to talk to them, they kinda feel like we feel. Rejected by most of the world, because of certain things. Most of the reasons are different, but there were a few similarities... Sort of. Anywho, it was really neat talking to them.
Well This week has been pretty fun. Lots of craziness happened. Got sick one day; was tracting for a few hours the next day. The life of a missionary! YEAH! Life is good.
Well I love you all and I hope you are having a great week!
Sister Karen Call

"Each of you is in a unique place in your journey to eternal life. Some have years of experience, and others are early in their mortal discipleship. Each is unique in her personal history and her challenges. But all of you are sisters and beloved daughters of our Heavenly Father, who knows and watches over each of you."
~Henry B. Eyring
Went Fishing Today (picture)

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