Monday, October 31, 2016

That we might not shrink!

Hey y'all!!!

How are y'all doing today? I am doing Fantastic!! This week has been awesome, but also crazy (as usual).  What are y'all dressing up as for Halloween tonight? I decided to be really creative this year and dress up as a sister missionary haha ;) 

Well here is a sampling of my week:

Monday: We hung out with the other sisters in our district for p-day! So that was awesome! In our district we have 4 sets of sisters and 1 set of elders! So it's super fun to have sisters in my district! This is my first district with more than one set of Sisters.  Yay!! In the evening we saw J. and S. who are recent converts. We did some family history with them to help them prepare to go and do baptisms at the temple. 

Tuesday: We had our district meeting! I played a musical number at it. I rearranged the "Savior Redeemer of my Soul" that I played at the last ZTM so I could perform it by myself instead of the four we were able to perform together at Zone Conference. It went really well! In the afternoon we saw C. and it was super exciting because her husband N. came and sat in for the lesson! We taught the Plan of Salvation and it was such a good lesson! I just love knowing that God  has a plan for all of us and then being able to share that plan with other people! In the evening we saw J. ( a less active) and B. (her unbaptized son). That went really well! We read 2 Nephi 1:15 with them and talked about God's love for each of us. Then we had our branch missionary meeting.

On Wednesday we went and did service for a sister in the ward whose husband died about a month ago. We were helping her sort through some of his stuff and organize her house. It was helpful to know the Plan of Salvation and to be able to talk and share our love for that while we sorted.  Then we had a lesson with J. and S. where we actually talked more about family history work! In the evening we taught a guy named R. Sister Pickett had met him once before and he is a really cool guy. We were talking to him more about the Book of Mormon and why it is so important and the keystone to our religion! 

Thursday: We went out and tried a few people and spread the love of the Lord with any one and everyone we saw! Then we did service for a man who owns a boxing gym. We helped him clean the equipment and mop the floors. His name is J. It was almost like being  back at yoga day with J. (since that was at a martial arts studio). But the marshall arts studio was much bigger than this boxing studio. It was still fun ha,ha! In the evening we had a dinner with a family who the husband is less active.  So it was another great day!

Friday: We went and did service at We Care packing up food boxes for those in need.  What a great way to meet people in the community!  I just love doing service! It is awesome!! Then we planned for our upcoming week which is always good! In the evening we saw M. and P. again. They are still doing so good. They are so cool! We watched a Mormon message called "The Hope of God's Light." Which is really good and talked about God supporting us in our lives. 

Saturday: In the morning we saw a ward member named P. With her we talked a lot about prayer and the importance of praying and turning to our Heavenly Father in all things. So it was good! In the afternoon we saw W. (recent convert) and shared a video called "Good things to share" and talked about missionary work!! My favorite! Then we had a Trunk or Treat activity! It was combined with the Dutch Fork and Irmo Ward and it was a ton of fun!! J. and her family came and also M. and P. came!! The Young Men have been really good about fellowshipping P. and he even helped run one of the stations with them! It was a super fun activity. When the actual Trunk or Treat part happened I unashamedly went around "trunk or treating" with P.  ha, ha! It was a blast :) In the evening we saw a less active couple named Z. and B. We had a really good lesson with them about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

Sunday was great! We had church! M. and P. came! Wahoo!!! Then the rest of the day was spent going out and trying people and spreading gospel love! 

So it was another fantastic and blessed week :) 

My Spiritual thought: This morning I was reading a CES devotional from 2013 titled "That We Might 'Not... Shrink' " by Elder Bednar. In it he quotes Elder Maxwell from the October 1997 general conference saying, "As we confront our own... trials and tribulations, we too can plead with the Father, just as Jesus did, that we 'might not... shrink' -- meaning to retreat or to recoil. Not shrinking is much more important than surviving! Moreover, partaking of a bitter cup without becoming bitter is likewise part of the emulation of Jesus." 

I know this Gospel is true. I know Christ lives and is my Savior and your Savior. I know His Atonement is real and can and should be applied daily. 
I love y'all so much and I hope y'all have a blessed week and a Happy Halloween!!!

 Love always,

Sister Amy Bennett :)
Sister Bennett with her brother-in-law's cousin!  Small world!
 Trunk or treat fun!
Sister Bennett and Sister Pickett

Ward Trunk-or-treat Party!