Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Go Forth...

"Go forth with pow'r to tell the world, the gospel is restored,
That all may gain eternal life, thru Jesus Christ our Lord.
Go forth to preach his glorious truths of peace, of joy, and love,
That all who heed his holy word may praise the Lord above."
Hymn #263
Santiago South Zone

This was a little different week than normal. Tuesday we had our quarterly Zone Conference and then Friday, Sister Mat and I got to split up so she could renew her visa in Manila. Friday and Saturday I got to have splits with another sister who's companion had to do the same thing. It was really fun getting to experience being companions with another American. We definitely had even more odd stares and strange looks than ever those two days. We especially got some laughs after we taught one sister. She didn't have any furniture in the house, so we taught sitting on the floor. By the end Sister Nicoll's foot was asleep and my whole left leg was numb. All I could feel was pins and needles shooting through my leg. We stood up, about to leave, but I couldn't move my leg as I wanted to. I started turning in circles as if I had two left feet. The sister that lived at the house just laughed at us. It amazes me at how long people can squat and sit in strange positions without their limbs going numb or falling asleep! How do they do it? and How come I can't??

We also got to teach a couple of her investigators that were preparing for baptism later that Saturday. We came to visit them Saturday morning and the kids were jumping up an down saying "Mama and (her son) are getting baptized today!" over and over again. They all were just so excited. It is always so inspiring to see the true happiness that this gospel brings to the lives of the people and how supportive this family was of each other.   

(Erin's photo's she sent this week didn't download correctly but I did snag some photos from the zone conference on the Mission Blog that Sister Ralfe posted)

I spy a cute face... ; )

At the Zone Conference, it was awesome to hear from our mission president and his wife. Their talks were just so powerful and the spirit was just so present. The theme of the conference was the Apostasy and Restoration. One of the things that really struck me was the example of Hyrum Smith. He was an example of having compassion and understanding, he was quick to act, and he was a true example of being your brother's keeper. He stood at Joseph's side all throughout his life up until they both died in Carthage. Our families are one of the best gifts that we receive during this lifetime. We must also remember to support each other and love one another, after all, we have them for eternity. We are each other's keeper. 

Sister K

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