This has been a great week :) So many good things are happening!
Today, we had a Watson Wagon and went to the
and the Walking Bridge
in downtown Omaha, which connects Nebraska and .
It was fun. I don't know what else to say other than that. Iowa
Now to the really exciting stuff. Last Tuesday, we had a mission tour with Elder Nash of the 70. The
and Papillion zones met together to
hear from him. (President has been packing a lot of missionaries into these
zones lately, so there were a lot of us there- probably around 60 missionaries
covering 2 stakes. That might be a little low). We were in the chapel. The
first thing that we did was Elder Nash, his wife, and the Westons stood at the
back of the room and one row at a time, we went to greet them. I shook Elder
Nash's hand and he complimented me on my strong handshake, ha-ha, and then
looked at me for a second and said "You have a beautiful spirit." I
thought that was pretty nice compliment from a General Authority. After we all
greeted them, the meeting started. Previous to the meeting, President had all
the missionaries prepare 3-five minute talks on subjects that he had assigned.
Then, 3 missionaries (one for each subject) were asked to present their talks.
I was called up to give the first talk, on working with members. When the
assistants announced my name, my heart didn't skip a beat and I calmly walked
up to the stand, gave my talk like there was nothing to it, and then went to
sit back down. For me, it was just a neat reminder of how much I had changed. Giving
a talk in front of a group of fellow missionaries and a member of the 70 was no
big deal, even if I didn't think that I knew very much on the subject. The rest
of the meeting was great. Elder Nash spoke about the atonement and gave us a
couple of hours at the end to ask him questions. Omaha
The little girl is Julie’s granddaughter, Madison. I mentioned her a couple of weeks ago. We still haven’t been able to see her again.
Let’s see, other really awesome thing that happened this week was that
was baptized on Saturday! Sister Belka and I left our companions at the TC and
headed out together, just like old times :) The baptism was good. A priest in
the ward was able to baptize her, which I am sure her family thought was really
weird. Our bishop boldly invited all of Madison 's
extended family members to come to church next Sunday for her confirmation and
to look more into the church. Madison
was excited to see us and we were really glad to be able to go. What was really
amazing was all of the miracles that happened surrounding the baptism. Madison 's mom, Kate was
there. I talked to her afterwards and she talked about how much Madison has
changed in the last few months since she has been coming to church (Madison struggled
with depression and bipolar disorder) now, she is no longer taking any
medication or having any therapy. I reminded Kate that those same blessings are
available to her as well and she said that she and Madison have been talking
about that. I think that Kate will get baptized within the next few years, at
least. But Kate wasn't the only one who has noticed the difference in Madison . One of her
grandmas was there and slipped in to the chapel after the service, where she
sat in the dark for half an hour. When she came out, she was crying and
overcome with emotion. She is not religious, but Sister Belka and I talked to
her and shared scriptures from the Book of Mormon and she gave sister Belka her
phone number so that she can stay in contact with her. Another set of Madison ’s grandparents were
also there and it turns out that they know the bishop, who is a patient in the
medical clinic where she works. They talked to both Bishop Applegarth and Brother
Jensen for quite a while. Madison 's
best friend and her dad were also there as well as some other grandparents and
an aunt and uncle. It was a good turn out. Madison
We had stake conference on Sunday. Sister Brown and I sang in the choir. We sang a song called "Refuge and Rest" that someone in the stake wrote a few years ago for the Bicentennial. It was good. Elder Deschler of the Seventy was the speaker. He had all the full time missionaries in the stake come up to the front and had us all sing the first verse of Called to Serve. Then, he talked about the power of missionaries. He said that the power of missionaries is great, but it is greater when they have the support of the members. He then had everyone stand up and sing the second verse of Called to Serve. It was really powerful.
Ah! I need more time! I haven't even said anything about our investigators yet but they are doing great! We have a lot that are progressing and 2 set for baptism in October, with more to come! Great things are happening!
Love you! Have a great week!
Love, Sister Melly