Hi Friends and Fam!
Sorry, Yesterday, the Library was closed, so no opportunity to email till today.
This week has been really good here in Belleville! We have tripled our lessons this week from last week! Its been real great to be teaching a bunch of people, just need to help them get on the road to Baptism and Confirmation.
Mimi, Shakira, and Jermaine have been excelling a lot this week. This last Sunday, which was fast Sunday, they were able to get a lot more out of the meetings; they love coming to church, because they know its the place they need to be. Sister Wilson, who is their grandma, is such a sweet and wonderful person. She has little to no money, and a few weeks ago, she had us over for dinner twice that week, and fed us pizza, not cheap pizza. She had gotten the money from a friend who owed her money, to feed us that night. Not a coincidence… What a wonderful experience that Heavenly Father looks out for his children. She knows that she is blessed because she is a faithful tithe payer.
Being in a mission is just freaking fantastic!!! I am absolutely loving it here. I had always wanted to serve a mission, but its a difference between thinking of it, and actually doing it. I have no regrets here. I am so excited to hear many friends and family going on missions here (if not already) and its makes me soooo happy to know that the work is coming forth to the Whole World.
This week I’ve been trying to developing my love for the people and area. Its hard to be able to help if you can’t do this. Think of the level that the Savior has for each one of us. Missionaries are representatives of Jesus Christ, I love feeling that love for those around me, especially when we think of their eternal potential – which is limitless! Which means the love our Savior has for each individual spirit son or daughter, is limitless. We cannot begin to comprehend what endless or eternal is. The love I have for my friends and family really has been crossing over into my work this week, and I feel a increased love for my Savior in doing so.
We had a great opportunity to have a lesson with a man named David Hampel this week. He is a big man, very strong, with lots of tattoos. He is a less active member, and over the years feel away and consumed his life to drinking, drugs, tobacco, and the whole works. Brother Johnson, our Elders Quorum President made really good friends with him, by inviting him over for dinner, going hunting, etc. They became really good friends. And since then, he brought up the idea of Church. And David starting coming back to Church, and has been for the last 4 weeks. He is a really remarkable guy. Me and Elder Peterson call him “a man” because is is “a man”…. His wife is not a member, she actually knows little to nothing about God, raised Buddhist or of the sorts. It was really nice to go over to Brother Johnson’s house and have dinner with his family and David and his Wife, and then to have a lesson. We talked about God, Faith, Prayer, and how the message of the Gospel can change lives. Sharease, is David’s wife’s name, said she even noticed a difference in David when he started coming back to Church. What a blessing it is when members reach out to those who are struggling and bring them back into the fold. The thing with David and his wife is to keep them committed and going the right things; the primary answers, because believe it or not, those are the things that will save you. Praying, reading the scriptures, going to Church, etc. What a great family!
I’ve been thinking a lot about the Sacrifice the Savior did for us this week. What a remarkable gift he did for us; central to our return to live with our Heavenly Father. Christ knew from the very beginning, that he would make overcoming sin and spiritual death possible. What a Joy to know that!
3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
If you want more information about how with Christ, we can overcome our sins, visit https://www.mormon.org/beliefs/jesus-christ
Thank you for all the prayers and email’s this week! I love hearing about it and seeing pictures!
Have a Wonderful Week.
Go, Say, Do!
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