Monday, May 30, 2016

Perfect love casteth out fear

Hey y'all!!!
Time is short today, with big plans for our p-day but I am still excited to talk to y'all!!! Plus
this week was awesome!

Well here is a quick rundown of the week:
Monday during our P-day time we actually went and saw B. (the nice lady from a few weeks ago whose husband didn't want us teaching her) at the iHop she works at so that was fun! In the evening we were able to teach a great lesson to an older lady named L.

Tuesday we had our district meeting where we have been focusing on faith. Then had a good lesson with R. and sang at Golden Age! In the evening we went with our Ward mission leader (Brother Baker) to go see a part member family that he's actually really good friends with. He invited them to hear the lessons and they said yes! Obviously we were really excited about that! Mainly it is the mom and her unbaptized 14 year old son that we will be working with. :)  Member missionary work is truly the BEST! 

Wednesday we volunteered at the Soup Kitchen again! I have a special friend there named B. who i always really look forward to seeing! Then we had our companionship exchanges!! I stayed in Inman and Sister Bird came and joined me! I had a lot of fun and we worked hard :) In the evening we were able to have a lesson with B. before going to our weekly Ward missionary meeting!

Thursday we had yoga day with J. (who we are teaching and working with) which is always a highlight! Then we unexchanged and I got sister Staheli back!! Wahoo!!!! Then we sang at Golden Age! Then in the evening we met a family who had been working with the Spartanburg 1st Ward sisters but just moved into our Ward boundaries! They seem really awesome! Then we had a lesson with K., the new convert, about the Articles of Faith!

Friday we started with weekly planning! Then we saw a lady named A.! In the evening we had a really good lesson with J. about 1 Nephi 7. We talked about how Nephi asked to be delivered according to his faith and that as he asked for deliverance from his brothers, he asked God to strengthen him so he could take care of the problem. We talked about how praying in faith means that we pray with trust in the Lord and with a willingness to act. We shared the quote from Elder Bednar “Nephi is an example of one who knew and understood and relied upon the enabling power of the Savior. … Please note Nephi’s prayer in verse 17: ‘O Lord, according to my faith which is in thee, wilt thou deliver me from the hands of my brethren; yea, even give me strength that I may burst these bands with which I am bound’.“… It is especially interesting to me that Nephi did not pray … to have his circumstances changed. Rather, he prayed for the strength to change his circumstances. And may I suggest that he prayed in this manner precisely because he knew and understood and had experienced the enabling power of the Atonement of the Savior” We shared our testimony that God answers prayers according to our faith and how in Nephi's situation, God answered his prayer almost immediately. However, prayers are not always answered this way. Heavenly Father answers prayers in His own time, in His own way, and according to His will. So it was a great night with J.

Saturday was a great day!! In the morning we saw Sis K.! We made a craft with her and taught her a lesson. Then in the afternoon we tried to contact some people we are reaching out to. We saw a 16 year old less active named D. It was great to be able to visit with him! Afterwards we had a Ward party! It was awesome because we had invited D. to come to the ward party and then he did!! Hooray!! It was funny because at the party they had water balloons for the kids and the missionaries became quite the target! I had a magical power of all the water balloons bouncing right off me without popping. Sister Staheli did not have that power. Hahaha! After the party we saw S. and S. and were able to teach them a great lesson!

Sunday we had church! The M. family And J. came (B. is out of town). We are always excited as missionaries when those we are teaching come to church! After church we had 5 lessons that day with Brother K., a new potential named D., the M. family at Brother Rush's house, a less active named R., and then with J. and K.!

So it was another awesome and busy week here in the fantastic South Carolina, Columbia Mission!!

My quick Spiritual thought for the day:
"There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear” (1 John 4:18)
When we are focusing on our love towards God and the love that He has for us then we are able to overcome and work through any type of fear that may come to us in our lives!!

I love y'all so much!! I hope you have a great Memorial Day and a blessed week!!! We are off to have a Memorial Day barbecue with the wonderful M family!!! Also I did good taking pictures this week, but with the library being closed today we don't have computers so I am unable
to send pictures :(

 Sister Amy Bennett :)