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Monday, September 30, 2013

What a week!!!

It has been a great week. I was able to go on exchanges with elder Vernon. Which I loved. That guy is a boss. I really like him a lot and he makes everything fun yet we really are busy and get a lot done at the same time. He’s so great. I love getting that change and being able to have that change in a companion after so long and or area as well. It’s nice. So while elder Vernon was here we were doing our daily planning session at the end of the night and we sat down and we were planning on how many new investigators we wanted to try and get the next day. I though it was possible to get one. Elder Vernon looked at me and said I think we can get six. I was like whoa! That’s a lot but I agreed. And when we knelt down to pray we specifically asked our heavenly father for six people that would be receptive and willing. the next day before we exchanged back we went out and knocked on 3 doors on those three doors we came in contact with a family of 5 and two other girls that wanted to hear what we had to say and were really open to listening and learning. it was so great that right then and there our prayers were answered he didn’t let us down as he really never does he’s always there and always going to answer our prayers if we ask in faith he will be there for us to always depend on. 

 It was cool because we had planned on meeting with our investigator Kim Reese this last week but she was having people come over and redo her basement so things were way hectic at her house and she ended up canceling on us the night before. So then we decided that we would go tracting and while we were tracting lo and behold Kim Reese pulls up and offers us a ride. She wanted to take us out to lunch so we were able to get some food and even though we thought that we wouldn’t be able to this week we were able to teach her and make contact with her. It was so great. She told us that she was glad she saw us because she had really been stressed out with the renovation and we really helped calm her down and she said she just felt something so different the second we got in the car. It was really awesome to hear her say that.

So every Tuesday we go and volunteer our services at ivy creek assisted living home for the senior citizens. We help with their craft hour. It is so great to hear all the stories from all their lives. They really are so great. Plus they are always commenting on how cute I am so of course I love going there. I love hearing the truth! But anyway this last week they were talking about marriage and a bunch of the old ladies started getting very sad and teary eyed. Their husbands had just passed away recently for most of them. So one of the staff members noticed and quickly changed the subject by having us missionaries tell a little bit about ourselves and why we're here. Usually we aren’t allowed to really talk too much about it without getting kicked out so it was a surprise to me. But we talked about ourselves and our purpose. And these little old ladies loved it. After that they spent the next half hour or so asking us questions and us answering those questions. They were all so sweet and by the end of it nearly every single one of them had told us that they had no clue all we sacrifice to be here and that they had been told things about the "Mormons" but after what we said they found out that those rumors they had heard were false. They were so interested in our message. and a couple of them even started asking us more about our church and wanted to know more about it so it was so great and we were able to plant that seed in some of them and really help them come closer to their savior Jesus Christ. After that one of the ladies her name is Barbra asked us to come to her room so she could show us something. She had received an email from her friend a video of a news clipping.

This video was a news clipping from 2007 about a girl in Tennessee who was going through cancer. She was going through all the treatments and found out that the Mormon tabernacle choir was performing in her city on their tour. She really wanted to go but was unable to do to her treatments. One of her family members wrote to them asking if a few members of the choir could come and see her. They never heard back. But one day they went on a little walk outside the hospital and when this little girl walked back into the hospital the ENTIRE Mormon tabernacle choir was there waiting for her. They sang all of her favorite songs just for her. It was so amazing to be Abe to feel the spirit from that. and to really see how that made that girls life so happy at that moment that even though she was going through one of the hardest times of her life those simple songs helped her forget and just be as happy as she could be. It was so great. The spirit was so strong. And Barbra knew that’s what she was feeling. In getting Goosebumps just writing about it.

 Well thank you so much for all you do I love you

Love elder Ross

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