Happy Fourth of July! I can hardly believe it’s already summer, for some reason I get so excited for holidays especially in the south because they go all out. I especially love how patriotic everything is haha.
This week was the start of a new transfer with Elder Merritt. Everything has been awesome, it felt like such a long week because we were constantly moving and going from one thing to the next. Elder Merritt is a work horse and I love it! He and I are getting along so well and have already started to make a lot of changes to the Fort Yargo Area.
It’s going to be a great transfer. (: Just a little bit about him he’s from Washington state, he’s awesome, and he can play a little bit of guitar. I don’t know what else needs to be said.
While we were knocking doors this week we were able to get in and teach quite a few people and get return appointments which was sweet! I love it! We stopped by Eleanora to see how she was doing and if she was back in town and her daughter was home and answered. We asked if her mom was still interested in our message and she told us her mom actually wanted to join the church… so we are hyped for that, the hard part is getting back in with her. But we will keep trying!
On another note we went and saw George and his wife got home during the lesson so we invited her to sit in and hear the message we share and she surprisingly accepted! By the end of it she told us we weren’t going to start working on her to but in reality when we left she has a a Book of Mormon in her hand and was going to read it because she had Cherokee Indian in her bloodline.
She is also making a list of questions for us to answer next time we came by. (: So that was a miracle to see because she has never shown interest in the gospel and would never sit in the lessons with us! It’s all just baby steps and planting seeds!
On Sunday I bore my testimony on sacrifice and how this time of year we remember the sacrifice the men and women made who served or are serving now for our country and how grateful we are for them, but the topic was then led to Jesus Christ and his sacrifice for us when He preformed the Atonement.
His sacrifice was Eternal, it was something that opened a lot of gateways for us which allow us to live with our Father in Heaven again and to be forgiven of our sins. And that is something I am truly grateful for and have come to appreciate and love so much on my mission.
I wanted to leave you with a scripture that describes what all Christ went through and why. It’s found in Alma 7:11-13:
11. And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people.
12. And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities.
13. Now the Spirit knoweth all things; nevertheless the Son of God suffereth according to the flesh that he might take upon him the sins of his people, that he might blot out their transgressions according to the power of his deliverance; and now behold, this is the testimony which is in me.
I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe Fourth of July! I love you so much!