Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Boys Were Baptized

So Sister Bambrough and I after this incredibly exciting week, decided that we needed to hashtag all of the excitement.... so enjoy :)
This week was fantastic!!!! Will and Artie and Malichi were all baptized!!!!! And confirmed. Their baptism was awesome!! Their dad, who just started investigating the church last week got up at the end of the baptism and bore his testimony on how much it meant to him that his boys were baptized and how much it touched him to hear his boys pray! Bill actually came to church on Sunday (got it off work to see his boys confirmed!!) and has been reading the Book of Mormon. Things are going so well with this family!!! We are so excited for their family to prepare to go to the temple together!!!!!
Doris is doing fantastic as usual!! She passed her interview :) So things are in high gear for her baptism this Saturday! She is just fantastic! I wish I could give every companionship around the world an investigator just like Doris. She is so prepared and while not every commitment has been easy for her to accept, she has accepted them with full faith that the Lord will provide a way for her to keep all of his commandments! She told us this week that she just cant wait to have a calling so that she can serve the members around her and so that she can be more a part of the ward. She is just wonderful!!
Sister Bambrough and I are looking forward to a week full of finding new investigators!!! I guess having most of your progressing investigators get baptized is a pretty good problem to have :)
Thank you for your prayers and your continued love and support!!!
Sarah <3

Sarah and Sister Bambrough at Ward movie night.

AND I am a terrible person and forgot my camera in all of the hubbub of emailing not on preparation day with the holiday... so baptism pictures next week!!!!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Whoot! Whoot! We're gonna have a baptism or three

This week was CRAZY!!!!!!!!!! Zone conference, GOING TO THE TEMPLE!!!, an exchange and a baptismal interview!!!! PLUS we also met our goal of 21 lessons and had 11 member presents!!!!

Best news of the week: Malichi, Will and Artie all passed their baptismal interview!!!!!!!! SO EXCITING!!! So next week these boys are getting baptized!! Their mom was so proud to announce their baptism to everyone in Relief Society! We had told a boy in the ward that they were coming, so he could invite them to class. Right after sacrament meeting was over, he ran up and snatched them and made sure they all ended up where they were suppose to go!! Best part was they all LOVED church! These boys have grown so much in the gospel. All of them now read everyday, and they are to the point now where they don't even have to be reminded! It is neat to see how much joy the gospel has brought to their lives and how they are able to recognize that joy!! Heavenly Father truly prepared a plan of happiness for all of His Children!

Doris is just doing fantastic as well! She is as excited about the gospel as ever. Her situation with her husband right now is a little tricky. He is basically anti- religion. At first he was not excited at all that she was meeting with us and coming to church and such. Doris has been praying that her husband would see the change in her and that he would be more receptive and that her church attendance would have his approval. Yesterday her told her that he can tell that this really makes her happy and that he wants her to keep going, so she can be happy. We are so proud of Doris, she is so strong!! There is nothing that will stop her!

When I had the opportunity to call home, I was reminded by my family that my nick-name is most often "chatter-box." Well at zone conference during lunch, President Cleveland sat down and chatted for a few minutes with me and my companion. I had had just a couple bits of lunch and Sister Bambrough's was already gone! Presidents' first comment to us was "Boy we can sure see who does the talking in this companionship" we laughed. It’s probably true.

I hope you all have a wonderful week!! And I can't wait to send picture of the baptism next week :)

 Sarah with her companion Sister Bambrough in their "summer car"  doesn't hurt to dream right?

 Sarah wit h Sister Navarro who gave up over 24 hours and drove almost 1,000 miles to get these girls to the temple.
All the sister missionaries at the temple in Lexington, KY.  Its just liek the Apex temple so Sarah felt right at home.

Best friends and lawn mowers

I have a new companion!!! It is Sister Bambrough! Sorry we have been lame and not taken a picture together, but I love her :) We actually LIVED together in Warsaw. She is wonderful! It is fun to actually be companions now! This is her first transfer as a sister trainer leader... so I guess I am suppose to show her the ropes or something like that :) We are excited for an awesome transfer... with hopefully 4 baptisms ;) that is at least ;) hahah
The biggest miracle this week was Malichi. Malichi is Will and Artie's best friend and next door neighbor.... for some background, also an 11 year old boy :). Will and Artie have been telling Malichi about every thing they learn and he actually came to church last Sunday. We sat down and invited him to learn more. That lesson we were teaching some of the commandments and going over the interview questions. At the end of the lesson Malichi announced that he would like to be baptized as well!!!!! So right now we are working on getting permission from the bishop! But hopefully Malichi will have the opportunity to be baptized with Will and Artie. Sadly they were not able to come to church on Sunday. So now their baptismal date will be the 24th-- makes for a pretty memorable memorial day weekend :) I am grateful for Will and Artie's excitement about the gospel and for their willingness to share it with their best friend!!
Doris is doing fantastic!!! She came to church this week and LOVED it!! She asked lots of questions in gospel principles class and got to say hello to all of her friends. I just love how fired up she is about the gospel and how willing she is to share everything that she has learned. Doris live on about 3 acres of land that is mostly grass. So we went and helped her mow on Saturday!! Her riding lawn mower was REALLY FUN.... and it was fun to serve her :) She is reading everyday and just loving the gospel! It is so exciting to see the change in her countenance- and the joy that she is now experiencing!
We were also able to meet with Theresa this week- which I told you about last week- the one who came and asked us to learn more when we were parked outside of her house! Well she is also just loving the gospel! She is reading the Book of Mormon. We were able to teach the entire restoration lesson to her last week.... it took a few lessons, she is a talker :) She said she loves it because it just makes sense :) She was raised in another religion but doesn't agree with most of it.  She said she isn't excited to wear a dress to church but that she is excited to sit on cushioned pews! So next week she should be there! It is amazing how the Lord has prepared all of these people for us to teach!!
We are keeping REALLY BUSY!!! I love it!!! There is hardly time to even think about what we are doing next!! This week we have zone conference and then on Friday we are going to the temple! It is going to be so exciting!!
Thank you for your love and prayers!!!
<3 Sarah

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Inspired Parking

Now I know you are all just dying to know... so here is the transfer verdict! I am staying in Franklin (yay!) and Sister Bowen is leaving (boo). Bu,t I will get another fantastic sister who will be a Sister Trainer Leader with me. It shall be an adventure. One of the perks of this assignment is you always get a super solid companion!!!
So this week was amazing!! As usual :) We were able to extend baptismal dates to a few more investigators and we also found some fun new investigators!! So many good things are going on in Franklin right now!!
Doris is doing fantastic!! She is reading from the Book of Mormon still and she is doing all of the other "assignments" that we give her as well! She loves it! She is going through quite a bit with her husband right now- she is not sure if he will ever be able to come home again and if he did come home if she would be able to take care of him. He is beginning to decline mentally also and she is having to make a really tough decisions that aren't making him too happy. We were able to have lessons with her this week in the Wilde's and in the Oliver's homes. Which was wonderful because they love her and she loves them!! Doris said that she has noticed a change in herself since she has started meeting with us, that she feels happier and that she has more peace. She said that her challenges seems so much easier to handle now. It is amazing what the gospel does for us, the changes that it brings about in individuals. It is amazing!! Sadly she wasn't able to make it to church this week cause she caught a bug on Sunday:(
Then there is Will and Artie!! They are 10 and 11 year old brothers. There mom has been less active for years, but just finished the Book of Mormon and has been back at church for almost 2 months now. On Wednesday, we invited Will and Artie to be baptized!! They both said YES!!! They will be baptized on May 17th! We are so excited for them :) We talked quite a bit about Joseph Smith with them this week and they loved him. We asked after we talked about the first vision how they felt and what they were thinking. Their responses were "peace and happiness" and "faith". I just love how excited this family is about the gospel!
We met with Jeanine a few times this week and she is progressing... wasn't able to make it to church due to back pain, but I am pretty sure she will come soon. Yesterday, she made us a cake just because. I love how much love this woman has for all of those people in her life. She will do anything for her family!!! She is truly amazing. This week we are going to help her begin the process of giving up smoking.... it should be an adventure!!
So now here is the best story of all for this week. It was Saturday afternoon and Sister Bowen and I had a ton of phone calls to make. We had about an hour and a half before dinner and we had a bunch of potential investigators that we felt like we neeed to go check up on too. So we went to a neighborhood where we knew we could stay busy, but we decided that first we should make some of the phone calls that we needed to. We were in our car for about 45 minutes and the people in the house closest to where we parked kept going in and out of their house. We didn't think too much of it.  We thougth they might think we looked a little bit  like creeps. We were wrapping things up, getting ready to get out of the car when the woman from the house we were parked by backed out and then rolled over to where we were and rolled down her window. The conversation went a little bit like this:
"Are you girls alright?"
"Yes we are fine"
"You are not lost or anything are you?"
"No we aren't, but that you for asking, we are just making a few calls."
"Oh gotcha, well are you relators then?"
"No, haha we are actually Missionaries!"
"Oh No WAY! Does that mean you get to go to other countries and help and stuff?
"Haha that would be fun, but no- we are Misisonaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. So basically we teach people about Christ and how to come closer to him."
"No- way, I was looking for a church!" .........
We ended up talking to Theresa for 20 more minutes, car to car and then we had an appointment with her Sundaymorning. She is fantastic!! She has a lot of questions, but she is looking for more in her life right now. She is excited to read the Book of Mormon. She told us yesterday that she is not sure if she wants to convert, but that she wants to learn more for sure! So now the big joke is that the people we teach come find us ;) that and inspired parking!
We that is all for this week
!! There are just so many exciting things happening right now in Franklin! I am sad Sister Bowen is leaving- so grateful for the time I have had with her and the many adventures :)
All of my love from Indiana
<3 Sarah
oh and for service this week we bottle fed puppies :)