Saturday, December 3, 2016

Fountainbleau November 14, 2016


Hope it has been a great week for everyone! It has been a great week here! 

We had a super awesome Zone Training this week about how to teach at the doorstep, and it helped us to be able to find 5 new investigators in our area this week! None of them came to church, so we will be starting over again this week, but that's ok! We are planting seeds!

This week I got to go on an exchange with the STL's, so I got to work in the area of Riverside for 24 hours. Riverside has TONS of Spanish, and it honestly feels like another country. It was super cool. We were able to teach lots of lessons, and we saw a couple of miracles that day. One of the miracles was that we were trying to get into an apartment building to teach an investigator, but it was locked. We ended up having to go back to the apartment building 4 times in order to meet with this person, and miraculously, each time, someone was either leaving or going in, so they unlocked the door for us! 

One cool experience we had this week was with a Recent Convert named Mari. She was baptized about 3 weeks before I got here. She suffers from a disease that gives her lots of pain in her legs, so sometimes it is hard for her to stand for very long. She has a 13 yr old and 5 yr old twins. One day we felt like we needed to go and visit her, and we were so glad that we did. When we got to her house she was trying to clean, and she was just crying. She said she was in a lot of pain, but she was sick of not being able to cook or clean or do the things she needs to do. We sat down with her, talked, and watched President Nelson's talk from this last general conference about finding joy. She really enjoyed it. After that we helped her put her kids to bed and clean her house so that she could rest. When we left you could tell that she was feeling much better, and that the Spirit was in her house. We were so glad for the opportunity to serve her when she needed it!

Another cool thing was that we had a community service project this week and all the missionaries in our zone went. We were weeding out and then re-planting a community garden at Senior living center. It was super fun! There were lots of Spanish ward members there, so we got to talk to them for a while. Also, we spent about twenty minutes trying to rescue a lizard from a nearby pond because one of the Elders had accidentally flinged (not sure if that is a word?) him in there. It was pretty funny, but we saved the lizard! By the end we were dripping with sweat, and we smelled like cow mulch, but the garden looked really good!

Nothing else too exciting. Pretty much we are biking like crazy, knocking doors, and looking for people to teach. 

Something I read this week in Moroni 7: 4-5. "And now my brethen, I judge these things of you because of your peaceable walk with the children of men. For I remember the word of God which saith by their works ye shall know them; for if their works be good, then they are good also." 

The phrase "peaceable walk" stood out to me, so then I went on a scripture referencing spree trying to find an answer about how to have a peaceable walk. Well, 30 minutes, and lots of scriptures later, I discovered that in order to have a "peaceable walk" we have to take the yolk of Christ upon us. Which, in essence, means that we are going to walk AS He walked. We are going to do what He would do in every situation. We are going to go about doing good, and blessing the lives of the people around us. Sometimes it doesn't make sense that if we stop thinking about ourselves we will find more happiness, but that is something that I am learning. The only way TO find happiness and peace is by continually doing what the Savior would do and serving those around us!

I hope it is a great week! I love you all!
Hermana Monson

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