I love this work! I love every minute. Its so wonderful to help people change their lives! I am helping these people come to Jesus Christ, my Savior! There is no place I would rather be right now. I know without a doubt that THIS is the place I was supposed to serve! And NOW is the time I was supposed to serve! I am meeting people that I need to help! Its so wonderful. The members in our ward and out here are so involved in the work. When members help, the work goes exceedingly better because that investigator automatically has a friend to sit by and answer questions when missionaries arent there! I'm so grateful to serve where the members love and support us missionaries!
We get fed dinners every night. :) Its so wonderful. Watching 17 Miracles last week was so sad. I cried through the whole thing. Happy Halloween to me. Sat on a couch and thought about those amazing pioneers.
You know whats interesting about Utah? Everyone knows their neighbors! We go door to door and ask people if they know who the next door people are and nobody does! Its really sad! How could you have never met your next door neighbor?? Also, I am REALLY seeing the effects of the economy. We meet very humble people out here every day who cant seem to find work. We have a new investigator who has been praying to get this job at the Dollar Tree around the corner. He's 30. No schooling, no girlfriend. I am so grateful for the schooling Ive been able to have and that Ive always had income!
We had a zone picture last week. Dont even worry, they put the sisters in the front row....uhh.....Sister Wilson CANT be on the front row! It was a massive problem. I can see over the heads of ALL the other sisters I serve with. The average for sisters is 5'4". It was so awkward for me, though, because the short elders who were standing behind me couldnt see. yay! Ive never been in the front row of a picture before! What a great and rare opportunity for me. hahaha.
You know what Im thankful for? Jehovah's Witnesses. Who would want to join a church that doesnt even celebrate Birthdays? Or a church that has already "chosen" their 144,000 who make it to heaven and the rest of us dont get in? Our church invites ALL to come unto Christ and everybody has opportunity to live with God again. It just makes more sense that way! Why would our loving Heavenly Father limit the amount of souls who returned to live with him? He wouldnt. :) Thats what I love about this gospel. It just makes so much sense. And when I meet people I am able to tell them that they CAN make it back to Him and they CAN celebrate all Holidays and Birthdays. Hahaha. Its a benefit to us to have such crazy opposition.
I saw a miracle this week. We have an investigator who has been taking lessons for SEVEN MONTHS. She's been struggling with quitting smoking. Ashlee set up a baptismal date goal once and wasnt able to be baptized that day even though she wanted to because she slipped again on her addictions. She has a testimony and comes to church each week. We set up a new baptismal day for her and she is going to start Nicotine patches to help her stop. Only problem is: they can't afford them. Come to find out (I didnt know this) Nicotine Patches cost about $80 for a 2 week supply. And Ashlee and her husband BOTH need patches. So here's what happened: She was waiting for a check to come in but in order to be baptized on her chosen day, she would have to have that check by the 12th, and even then, they were going to split a box and do the rest cold turkey. Here's the miracle. We had an anonymous donor give us a $100 donation to give to Ashlee! Sister Williams and I cried all the way to her house when we gave it to her. She was shocked and went to buy the patches that day! YAY! And now she's super excited to be baptized! She's so ready! Now more determined than ever because she knows someone sacrificed for her to be able to do this! Its such a great miracle that someone would be willing and giving enough to do such a thing. It means all the world to her soul (quite literally!).
I am doing well my family and friends. Just out doing the work of my Lord and Savior every day. I'm so happy and free. I cant believe Ive been on my mission for 3 months! I'm already sad that so much time has passed because I love it so much!
Love, Sister WinkNo more eating squirrel for me. That was a one time thing. Promise.