(That's basically 'good day' in german)
I hope everyone has had a wonderful week, I know that I have. The sun is shining, the flowers are popping out of the ground and I am in the best mission ever!
It's a little odd to have spring in early February, but I like it. We have put away the winter jackets and boots and the colors are coming back out! It's so funny to serve in a mission of all sisters, they get really happy when we can pack up the tights.
More than that, the warmer weather brings a lot more people onto the square, everyone says that January and February are the slowest months of the year, how blessed are we that that hasn't even happened. There are enough people to keep all of us busy all day long.
If you couldn't tell, this week I was able to spend a lot of time outside, which was wonderful! A lot of miracles and tender mercies happened. I was on exchanges a lot because my companion has actually been sick so she stayed at home for a few days.
There are two in particular that really made my week, the first was an appointment we had with one of our investigators. We had just met two Fridays ago, so we haven't been teaching her for a long time but we invited her to be baptized during the first lesson and she said yes. Well the miracle comes that the local missionaries were able to get in contact with her in less than a week (that never happens!) and they were able to recognize just how prepared she was and they put her on date during their first lesson! Yay! When we called her after church this last Sunday she was so excited to tell us that she was getting baptized, even more amazing the date that the local missionaries extended to her was the same date that we were going to extend if the LM hadn't during their lesson with her. Our Father is just so good at what He does! I love it when I am able to get a little glimpse of how the spirit works on individuals and not just missionaries, I know that this individual was prepared way before we met her. I now that our ancestors we working hard on the other side.
Another experience I had was when I was on exchanges with my district leader. We were on the desk in the North Visitor Center talking with people when a man walked in and walked right past us without even making eye contact, he walked in and went straight up to the Statue of Christ. When our assignment was up we both felt prompted that we should go and try to find him. Well we found him and we had a wonderful conversation with him that was filled and guided by the spirit. He's a member but was going through a rough time. At one point while we were talking with him we asked him to walk with us and we walked up to stand right in front of the Statue of Christ, right underneath the gaze of Christ. It was such a testimony building experience. We were able to testify of the love that our Father has for each of us and the love that our Savior has. How grateful I am that we have the gospel and know who we are and that we are loved by someone far greater. We prayed with him before going and after the prayer his entire countenance had changed from when we first started talking with him. Prayer is a miracle in itself, and it really does change people.
I have a lot of favorite hymns but I love #140. "Oh, how praying rests the weary! Prayer will change the night to day. So, when life gets dark and dreary, don't forget to pray."
The conversation we had with this man was another testimony building experience, but I know that nothing that we sharing really helped him, it was the spirit that he felt and the prayer and he said that lifted his spirits and gave him the strength that he needed in that moment.
Today, for p-day we just ran to Walmart and got some fruit and then after we leave the computers we are heading home to sleep! Missionary work is exhausting, who knew. But I love it, each day it just keeps getting better and better. Being at Temple Square, right next to the temple just makes it 10x better. The temple has been closed the last few weeks which has been sad but it will only be that much sweeter when it opens up again. Today when we were walking past the west end of the temple, one of the large doors were open! That was exciting, you could kind of see inside, but all you could see was drapes. We think they might be repainting some parts of the temple or something.
Well I love you all! I hope you are having fun and making memories :D
Thank you for all the prayers, it really does help.