My investigators are doing pretty good. We have 2 progressing investigators right now!!! WOOP!! We are stoked about that. Zero baptism dates but we are working on that. Our investigator Nicole is doing very good and can feel the peace our message brings. She has been telling us that things have been going more smoothly in her life since we've been meeting with her.
We had our investigators Angela and her daughter come to the Sunday afternoon session of General Conference. That was amazing. A couple of the members are fellowshipping her and it is amazing the difference that makes. When members are involved in missionary work it truly skyrockets. They are essential!! I am committing you right now, if you have a desire to serve God and Jesus Christ more in your life, ask the missionaries what you can do for THEM. What could you do to help them in their missionary efforts? You could be the perfect person to form a friendship with someone they are teaching. You may already be friends with someone that could use the gospel in their life. Use the missionaries!! They are not there to just come over for dinner, they are there to bring others to Christ and the best way for them to do that is through the efforts of the members. Find out from the missionaries if the ward has a "ward mission plan". Then, go to work.
Funny spiritual experiences from the week:
1) Wednesday morning we helped at Less-active named Sister John water her garden. I have mentioned said garden in previous emails and commented on how it looks like the Garden of Eden. With the blaring sun drying up the plants we offered to help her. So of course she said yes and we did. It was awesome. Doing service truly helps you feel God's love for you and for his children. So on our way home from this service we drove passed a pepper field...we actually drive passed this field a lot. It is about 15 minutes away from our house. We were almost home when me and my companion started talking about a lady that we saw in that garden. After a few minutes of contemplation we decided to turn around, go back to the pepper field, and talk to the lady. You are probably thinking the same thoughts I was..."we are going to look insane." Did we? Of course, but we followed the promptings of the spirit and met two new people from doing it. Lesson learned: Always follow the promptings of the spirit. It shows your willingness to follow the guidance given to you. In return, you will be trusted with more promptings in the future.
2) I received the additional promptings from the spirit on Sunday. Almost all of our appointments, as usual, had fallen through. So we decided to go visit an investigator named Mary. As we were walking down the street I turned and looked at a house on my left. In my head I thought, "that sounds fun. They must be having a good time." There was laughter coming from inside. After I turned away I had the distinct thought run through my mind, "Well what are you doing? You need to go talk to them." I kept walking since we had already passes the house and a second thought came.. It was a very urgent ,"GO! And don't forget a Book of Mormon". So, after learning my lesson and remembering to act on the promptings I said we need to go back and get some Books. We met the nicest lady inside that house. Her name was Elizabeth. She is a Catholic. She let us share a message with her so we had a lesson right there on her porch. The energy and excitement coming from my companion and I was very apparent and Elizabeth was getting excited as well. We ended with the song, "I know that my redeemer lives". I learned a lesson that night as well. When the spirit prompts you, do not delay!!! Act on the prompting and move immediately.
Conference was such a blessing. What a blessing we have in our lives to hear from the Prophet and the Apostles.
One point that stood out to me was: "You can have what you want, or you can have something better!" That was a comment from Donald L. Hallstrom's talk. What a powerful and true statement. The truth of it can be seen as we make choices in life. I have learned a lot about agency on my mission. Yes, I will continue to learn more as well. Depending on the choices we make we can receive temporary enjoyment or we can receive lasting happiness. You truly can have what you want, but as you humble yourselves and allow God to work through you the choices you make lead you to what you need and guide you to something better.
Another thing I learned was: Differences can promote tolerance and learning. When you are around someone who is different than yourself you have the opportunity to work on those aspects.
I have been around many people that are different than me during the past 8 months. Sometimes it can be difficult. Living with someone different than yourself and being with them 24/7 was not meant to be easy!! It is a learning opportunity, and one I am truly grateful for. When you find yourself in a situation when contention seems to be rising make it a learning situation. Have a humble and loving attitude. "Blessed are they who humble themselves without being compelled to be humble."
Oh, and did anyone notice who gave the opening prayer at the afternoon session on Saturday. I do believe it was Elder Martinez :) Hmmm...That was pretty awesome. :):)
I love and miss you! I hope you have a fantastic week filled with many great experiences.
Love you long time!!
Sister Breana Stewart