That is something I love about the gospel. It creates a family for you wherever you go. You can feel the spirit and share your testimonies about the same things and know that they understand. I am so grateful that the church is world wide and that I am able to see it here in the south as well!
Something funny that happened this week as Sister Jones and I were out tracting, was in this one neighborhood in a small subdivision. All the houses we walked up to had a pamphlet stuck in the door...we pulled it out to see what it was. Well it was from the Jehovah's Witnesses who go around talking and tracting also, which kind of makes it tough for us Mormons, haha. A lot of people ask us if we are JW and we say no. But we are often confused with them. Each door we went to had this little pamphlet in it...and I am not going to disclose whether or not we left the pamphlets in the door...but we didn't want there to be litter laying around in case they fell out... ;)
At our district meeting we went through our church building and did a mock-church tour. That was really neat because I have only ever been to one and that was back in my home ward in Washington. I loved being reminded how a church tour can be a great tool in showing people around the church in an unprofessional way and allow them to go at their own pace and be comfortable. Sister McDonald (our sen. missionary) taught me so many things about the different paintings that I want to use in any church tours we have coming up. We were supposed to have one with an investigator this week, but they cancelled. That's alright! It happens!
Some things worth mentioning:
So this week my personal studies were all really good! I would love to share some of that with you. First I learned that the word “Perfect” can be translated into the word complete or finished; fully developed. We don't need to compare ourselves to the standards of the world. Or what we think perfect actually is. Our Savior is the only perfect being we know, and we can continually look to Him for that example.
Being busy is not the same as being worthy, and being worthy does not require perfection.
Why does the Lord allow the evil speaking to chase after the good? One reason is that opposition against the things of God sends seekers of truth to their knees for answers.
When we are firm in keeping our covenants and living true to the light we have, the Lord will bless our lives and give us inspiration.
When the Lord wants to teach us he will often do it by giving us a question to ponder. Answers come by being faithful to our covenants and serving others as we study, because that is the pathway to having personal experiences that over time provide the answers to all questions.
I miss everyone back home!!