Monday, January 28, 2013

Sister Melanie Sews Seeds for Future Missionaries

Hello Family!

Love you!

Last night we were able to set one of our investigators for baptism. It felt so good because it has been a couple of weeks since we have had anyone that was set. Her name is Lindsay. She was set for baptism back in October, but a week before her baptism, she texted us and said, "I don't think I can be baptized any more." Then she disappeared for a couple of months and we were not able to get a hold of her. When we finally did, she explained that her parents were not very supportive of her decision to be baptized, which is why she called of the baptism. She still said that she wanted to baptized, but was obviously still hesitant. We have only been able to teach her lately by dropping by and sharing something quick, but our lessons have been really disjointed. Finally last night, we were able to teach her a real lesson (the first in a while) and invited her to be baptized. She has really been thinking about it this last week while she was at the Mayo Clinic last week (she has abdominal migraines) and said that she is ready. We still have somewhat of a barrier with her parents, but I have great faith that everything will work out. She is working towards being baptized on March 2.

Things are going great. I feel like lately, the ward has been showing more and more confidence in us and we have been able to work a lot more closely with them. I think that the secret of our success has been using our team-up calendar and largely having an attitude that we are there to help the Ward Council and ward members in THEIR missionary efforts. In EMV's, we commit families to do things that they are asked to do in the Ward Mission Plan. Thanks to our WML, we will soon be starting to have a missionary focused Sunday block every other month where we/the WML/ward missionaries will teach in the classes and then give talks in sacrament. It is going to be great! It only makes me sad that I am leaving soon and will not get to participate in all of the awesome things that are happening, but it has been fun to be a part of the process of getting it all started. I think that is just my role lately- coming up with ideas and then letting other people carry them out. I am ok with that though.

Yeah. I don't know what has been going on lately, other than our less active members have been appearing out of the woodwork. We have a long list of less-active that we are teaching; now we just need to find some fresh investigators. :) But, it’s good. Life is good. Lately, we saying that all of our investigators need to see the Joseph Smith movie and come to the Trail Center, so we are planning some Joseph Smith movie marathons. So far, we had a less-active named Scott watch the JS movie on Thursday and then another LA, Memoire, come take a tour with her three daughters (they were CRAZY) but we still had fun. Tonight, an investigator- Felicia- is coming. And then we also want to get Holly and the Buetows (our recent converts) to come as well.

OK.  Love you!

Sister Melly

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