Tuesday morning we had to go to the doctors. Sister Stauffer has had a cold but her cough had been getting worse and so we went to get it checked out. They took some X-rays and told her she had walking pneumonia! Not good at all! Then we went to district meeting and had interviews with President Bennion. I gave a training on how to help our investigators recognize the spirit. We have a lot of new missionaries in our district who had a lot of great insight. It was awesome! After the meeting and interviews we went to dinner with Sister Stone. That night we had an awesome lesson with Jarree who is an investigator in Loganville. Her husband is a member and she is so sweet. We talked with her about fasting and also her baptism. She is on date to be baptized on the 13th but starting to feel a little nervous. We made a plan to all fast together. It was a great lesson!
Wednesday morning was a little crazy! Sister Stauffer was super sick so a member stayed here with her while I went out with another member and taught lessons. We stopped by the t-shirt shop and helped Debi for a bit and then shared a message with her. Then we had a great lesson with Tavaris. We taught him the gospel of Jesus Christ and it went really well. He shared a lot of cool experiences with us and has such a strong testimony. After that we went to meet a referral named Janelle. She was so sweet and loved the Restoration. We taught her how to pray and the spirit was so strong. She said she knew it was true and was excited to read from the BoM. Sister Stauffer joined me and we went to teach Katie. (Kierens twin sister) We taught her the PoS and answered more of her questions. She loved and said it made so much sense. They were answers she had been searching for for a long time. She is so humble and teachable, it's amazing. That night we had correlation and Kenny had his baptismal interview.
Thursday Sister Christensen came down from UGA and we were companions for the day. Oh my goodness y'all! She is so incredible and such an amazing missionary. She is such a fantastic teacher and has such a strong testimony. Her love for the Lord and the work show through her loving smile. It was a terrific day! We had the most wonderful lesson with Julie. Sister Carter came with us and it was so amazing. The spirit was so strong and it was one of the very best of my mission. Teaching with Sister Christensen was such a cool experience. We taught Julie about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and she loved it. I feel like usually the most spirit filled lessons are when we teach the Restoration or Plan of Salvation but this was with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and it was awesome. Julie was so into it and asked such great questions. She was so happy to hear that the Savior will forgive us as many times as we repent. She couldn't stop smiling and we were all crying at one point or another. She said her very first verbal prayer and just said how warm she felt inside. Starting our day off like that was wonderful. That afternoon we did some service for Sister Canchola and sang her a song. Then we taught the Bureau family and it went well! That night we had an awesome lesson with Adam and Andrea. We read Mormon 9 because that is where the spirit led us and we all got something out of it. I love the BoM!
Friday we did weekly planning which was great! Then we went to visit Katie and taught her the Restoration. She is doing so well and has changed so much even in these last couple weeks. She asked great questions and always is just so ready to learn. That night Sister Stone came out with me which was so fun! She has been an amazing companion to me these past few days! We had a great lesson with Tommy and then an awesome last lesson with Kenny before he was baptized. We watched The Hope Of Gods Light and talked about how God needs him on his side. He is so strong and I'm so proud of him. I feel so blessed to have been able to teach him and watch him progress since day one. After that we went to see Myra and met her sweet son Josh. He is deaf and I was able to sign with him for a bit which was so cool. We showed Myra the Mountains to Climb video and she loved it. It brought her a lot of peace and comfort. It was an awesome day!
The highlight of Saturday was definitely Kenny's baptism. The spirit was so strong and he was so happy. Most of the priests came to see him and it was so awesome to see so much love and support. The talks were amazing and the bishop gave him some incredible advice. For a 17 year old who is the only member of his family. Brother Stratford talked about how it's cool to be good! Something is cool because it's hard to do. Just like the olympics everyone loves to watch it because they are doing things that not everyone can do. They are hard. Being good is not easy therefore it is cool because not everyone can do it. Then the bishop talked about how important it is so stand in holy places and not just physically. It was an awesome meeting.
Sunday we had a spectacular testimony meeting. We also had a wonderful Sunday school class and Relief Society lesson. The spirit was so strong and I felt so renewed. We talked lots about service and not giving up! I kept thinking about the Mormon message called My Burden was made light and I didn't know why. We were going to see the Muehlheauser's and weren't sure what to share so we decided to share it. I'm so glad! It was just what they needed to hear and the spirit was so strong! I'm so grateful for the gift of the Holy Ghost and those little inspired thoughts that come to our head. That night we went to the Carter's and had dinner with the Polston Family. The home teachers came by and we had an awesome discussion on eternal marriage and families. I was able to learn so much and it was really neat. Dinner went so well and the Polstons had so much fun! I made some cookies while Sister Stauffer rested and then we went and delivered them. We stopped by Sister Noyes (Jeremiah's mom) and she is getting surgery on Tuesday. Please keep her in your prayers. Then we went to see Kieren and it was so good to finally see her. She has been sick and going through a hard time. She was doing so well but fell into a bit of a rough patch and wouldn't see us. We just showed our love to her and said no matter what we would always love her. That we know falling is part of life and we were here for her. That we would rather her talk to us and let us help then just hide from us. On the way home I just realized how this is how our Savior and Heavenly Father feel. They will always love us no matter what and would rather us talk to them and ask for help then hide. It's crazy to me to try to even imagine the love that they have for us. I'm so grateful for this time I have to be a missionary and just feel a piece of that love. To be able to see a little peek of the potential they have. I know the atonement is real. It covers everything for everyone and I'm so grateful for it. My testimony grows of it everyday. I know Heavenly Father loves you and that whatever you may be going through it will get better. He has a plan for you! I love y'all so much! Have a blessed week!
Xoxo Love, Sister Hosman
|Pictures from Kenny's baptism 8.6.16|