Hello again, familia! Yes, it has been another week. :)
We had a nice cool weekend that stayed mostly in the 70s! On Saturday we had a little bit of rain in the morning- how I love it! It was super windy and reminded me of my first area in Taylor. We had to make a stop back at home so Sister Carambelas could change her skirt, hoping that a longer one would stay down a little better :) The rain didn't last but it's been a bit cooler that last few days! But I heard it's supposed to go back up to 95 this Saturday and it'll only get hotter from there. I pray I'll be able to handle the summer! Maybe I won't have to sweat it out in the valley though....
This week we were able to see Brenda! It was only for a few minutes, to give her a large print copy of the Book of Mormon. She hasn't been to church in a while, and didn't come yesterday. She told us that she wants to meet with the Bishop before she has another lesson with us. Luckily our Bishop is awesome and we're trying to get her in as soon as possible! We just have to coordinate their schedules. She hasn't progressed too much in the last 5 months or so that we've been working with her, but she has definitely been worked on for years by other missionaries and member friends. Her road may just be one that we can not yet see the end to. But we know that if she softens her heart she will come unto Christ and be baptized a member of His church!
Adam came to church though! We are working on resolving his concerns one and one, and trying to get him involved in the single ward. But we were able to meet his mom! She is super nice and is open to learning about what her son has been learning. Yay!
We had a lesson with an inactive member named David who we have met before but haven't been able to sit down and talk because he is single and we needed another female. We asked a great young returning missionary who was recently married to come with us, and she was AMAZING and we had a great lesson with him! But he doesn't believe in the church and doesn't see the need for it in his life. But he says he will always welcome the missionaries! Yay for people who are nice! We're going to try to get the Elder's Quorum involved and invite him to any service projects we might have.
We were both very sad to leave. The Spirit was so strong in our lesson, especially when David read a few verses out of the Book of Mormon out loud. We want so badly for him to find the ONLY THING that will bring TRUE and LASTING HAPPINESS-- the Gospel of Jesus Christ!!!! But he doesn't even know what he is missing right now, which is sad. The good news is, his parents are active and will always make sure the church knows where he is so members and missionaries can visit him! And maybe his time isn't now- the Lord is still working on him!
It is really difficult to know with all your heart and mind that something is true, and to know that it makes people happy and you just want to share it and have everyone be happy! and then people don't want it. They don't know that it will make them happy! But we are trying to show and tell people everywhere about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Like it says in chapter one of Preach my Gospel...
President Ezra Taft Benson taught: “We are commanded by God to take this gospel to all the world. That is the cause that must unite us today. Only the gospel will save the world from the calamity of its own self destruction. Only the gospel will unite men of all races and nationalities in peace. Only the gospel will bring joy, happiness, and salvation to the human family” (The Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson , 167).
I love you all so much! You are all AMAZING and LOVED!! Be safe, be happy, and share the word of God!!!
Love, Sister Hailey Brown
Photo- more fun at the zoo!!!!