Thursday, May 21, 2015
Go get me some baptisms boys!
Hey guys it's finally P-day! And tomorrow will be 3 months! Less than a month until Mother's Day! President Francis says we all need to unstring our bows so they don't break like Nephi's did. We must have a foundation on Christ! If you look at the solution to our problems the answer always ends up being the same! Look at that talk that Elder Holland gave last week called where justice, love, and mercy meet. I always read the words to primary songs (because Elder Bednar said every truth of the Gospel and everything we need to know can be learned the the primary songs) and the last phrase to one of the songs is "have faith, have hope, live like His Son. Help others on their way. What does He ask? live like His Son!" I think that is so true and we need to remember what it's really all about! And for those who have a testimony and a stronger knowledge of Christ's role in our lives need to sometimes take a step back for a minute and cut out something from our own life so we can make time to help another person. Cutting out something small in our lives could mean being the piece that fit into somebody else's life! But let's not get discouraged and hopeless, be OPTIMISTIC! We are a believing PEOPLE! "We believe all things, we hope all things!" -Articles of Faith and one of my favorites from Elder Holland "FIRST, AND FOREVER, FAN THE FLAME OF YOUR FAITH. BECAUSE ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE TO THEM THAT BELIEVE." P-day was awesome this last week we got a lot done and we played ultimate Frisbee with most of our zone. Tuesday we went to Northgate and a man came and played the piano at the request of all the residents. He sounded just like Louis Armstrong! I knew all the old songs, I'm such a nerd. Haha And I seriously need to learn how to play the piano! A B (one of our texting investigators) texted us asking questions like he usually does. He loves the Scriptures and is such a golden investigator I teared up when he called us and said that he read D&C and is now following the word of wisdom, and he says he feels happier! When Elder Willis and I taught him it was one of the best lessons that I have ever had! And then the rest of the afternoon was filled with more discouraging finding activities! It rained all day Wednesday and Elder Rushton and I walked in it hahaha. We were so soaking wet and now I have a cold from it. But I'm doing better:) we went to Bishop's house for dinner that night all the way up in Wilson. They have the cutest little family and I love how they help their kids develop testimonies. They encourage them on their answers to questions and always try to stay positive. One thing that stuckout to me was when bishop said to his five-year-old son "do you WANT to say the prayer? "And he sat and thought, and then with a smile nodded his head yes. I want a family like that! Thursday I woke up with aches and pains and everything that comes with a bad cold so we slept in and I was knocked out! We went to lunch with Sister C in our ward and her friend, then came back and slept some more! M fixed us dinner and we confirmed some appointments for the weekend. The Lord truly blessed me by providing meals when I was sick. :) And S called us and had an awesome experience with prayer where she was able to find J ID and a random $300 check in he trash! She was like "power of prayer!" The Lord really knows our needs and wants to help us! Friday was dusty! We did service for the North Tonawanda museum. They had a ton of really cool artifacts and history! We mostly lifted heavy cabinets up to the third story. S daughter J came and helped too! We left before her and while we were gone she was organizing books and guess what the first book she picked up was? The Book of Mormon! She told her mom she thinks it's a sign, and she came to church on Sunday! I'm telling you we can baptize again between J and A! I know the Lord is helping us so much and we just need things to fall into place. Elder Rushton and I talked a lot about what he has learned on his mission so far. After a lot of finishing details, rides, old missionaries flying in, and preparation M was finally ready to go to the temple! A lot of people from our ward were there and all the missionaries that had taught M (which I saw bear their last testimonies when they left, and have gotten to know pretty well) they are awesome! They had lots of good advice for how to keep at it, and reassuring us that our efforts aren't in vain:) Sister K was in the session! She says in the Celestial room "There's my boys!" She always says "go get me some baptisms boys!" Haha we love Sister Kennedy! We decided to head home with the H! On the way home we stopped for dinner with them and had a blast just laughing about dumb things and just talking simple. We got on the topic of tithing and how you always pay your tithing first and how crazy blessings come from it the usual. Well Brother H told a story I will never forget! He said that he was offered a job which consisted of combining the pipe organs from two churches into one and he would get a huge payment from it! J N (who just left on his mission) was doing chores for them said he didn't know how he was going to pay for his mission. So Brother H made a promise to him that if we would work for him as his organ apprentice full time, he would pay for his whole mission! J was so happy and could not believe this opportunity had come...but then the next day the big deal fell through. So Brother H was in a bind he didn't have the money he thought he would anymore and he had made this promise to J! So long story short Brother H. Was working on an old piano that one of his client's just bought and had not touched yet. While working on the player piano one of the belts broke and out fell an envelope with $9,600 dollars in it!!! CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT!? He figured out that it didn't belong to anyone and the owner of the piano only took $300 of it! So the money was cashed into the Bishop a couple of months ago and J left for his mission on Wednesday! As he told us that story he started crying and we all ended up shedding a couple of tears in the restaurant. The spirit was strong! :,) "27 Now when our hearts were depressed, and we were about to turn back, behold, the Lord comforted us, and said: Go amongst thy brethren, the Lamanites, and bear with patience thine afflictions, and I will give unto you success. 28 And now behold, we have come, and been forth amongst them; and we have been patient in our sufferings, and we have suffered every privation; yea, we have traveled from house to house, relying upon the mercies of the world--not upon the mercies of the world alone but upon the mercies of God." -Alma 26:27-28 Relying on the Lord! Elder Crowley