Last Monday we got to go to City of Rocks, it was so fun to get together with other missionaries to go hike and enjoy the beauty of nature! It was such a pretty day too, super warm but super windy. Mom, you would have a heart attack if you saw how high up we were, I'll have to send you some pictures. It's basically like a mini Moab, lots of little hikes and GIANT rocks! I'll make sure to include some pictures below. We also went to visit some of the young women in one of our wards, the Mortensen family own the old abandoned college in Albion and they turn it every October into a GIANT haunted house. They are working on setting it up, they even hire a full cast to man the haunted house! Their daughter took us through it and even with lights on it's SUPER creepy! The tour goes through 5 different buildings each with their own theme. Everyone in the community gets together to help out and run the buildings. apparently they get people from ALL over the west coast to go through it, it's a really big deal around here. So cool! I'll also include the pictures of some awesome zombies!
Well, unfortunately I don't have very much to report lesson wise. We have had a really slow week, harvest season is picking up fast, it's getting colder so everyone is in a hurry to get crops down and off the fields. This area will be interesting to work with during the harvest season, we already have a hard enough time finding people, I don't know what we are going to do when everyone is at work! That's okay though, we can all ways PUSH--Pray Until Something Happens. I think that's been our motto here this week.
Out of all those prayers we saw a miracle! We got extra miles this month! We only have 1600 miles per month to cover all 6 of our areas, we go through those miles SO fast, even with the help of members but we received 441 extra this month! We were so excited because it allowed us to just take the car and knock on every single door in an area! Out of that we met 3 new people that we made appointments with for this week--I just pray that the harvest doesn't get in the way.
We are realizing that as we teach with the spirit we are able to show our investigators the importance of the gospel. Often times we meet with people who are simply curious or just being nice (cause hardly anyone out here turns you downs, seriously... it's annoying sometimes cause you really know they aren't interested) and we can turn that curiosity into a desire if we are armed with the Spirit. Like the Juarez family, they KNOW the importance of church, they have a firm faith in Christ and they KNOW that the gospel is true, all this came from lessons that were centered around THEIR needs. It has really helped me see how wonderful the gospel is, how applicable it is in every-day life. I think sometimes when we are busy with work, school, and other activities it's hard to remember that we have a Father in Heaven that Loves us. That sent his only Begotten Son to die for our mistakes, our heartaches and to make up for what we cannot do. As we make Christ and His atonement the center of our everyday lives, our perspectives shift. We no longer see an individual down the hall or in the grocery store as just another person, we see them as what they are- a child of god, and what they can be.
I have really loved learning about the life of Christ. I have taken this week to start reading through the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) and boy what a change it has made in my life. There were many that criticized Jesus for being among those who were looked down upon, but he simply replied "they that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick". How true that is! We are all "sick" in one way or another, whether it be spiritually or physically, we NEED the atonement in our lives--EVERY DAY.
I pray that you may learn to recognize this week how much we truly need our Savior. I know that without Him I could not have the opportunity to grow from my mistakes. Just like He healed the woman with an issue of blood, or like he raised Jairus' daughter from death, He too can heal us--if we let Him.
I love you all, I loved hearing from all of you! Have a wonderful week!