Monday, October 6, 2014

A Week of Teaching About the Atonement - October 6, 2014

Fam Fam :)

This week we had a really amazing District Meeting. The training that was given was really good! The Elder who spoke, talked about how every single talent and gift or even hobby we have truly stems from Christ. It was neat, and then our role-play after was amazing! The spirit was so strong, it was tangible! 5 of the missionaries actually taught together and the "investigator" (who was the Elder giving the training) was truly amazing! I left feeling so good! Just filled with the spirit! I love being a missionary and being able to have these type of experiences on a regular basis! 

We had a wonderful lesson with K. and J. this week!! We taught him the Plan of Salvation, but only ended up getting through half of it (just to the Atonement) because of the great discussion we were having! It was an awesome lesson! He has a lot of questions about where we came from, our purpose, how the Atonement applies to us and how we are able to use it, etc. We were able to answer all of those questions. He told us that no one has ever been able to do that concerning the Atonement for him, but we did! He feels like he understands now! :) I can't wait to go back this week and finish teaching him about the Plan!!

We also had a really great lesson with a less-active lady in our ward. Her husband is not a member, supportive of the church though. She hasn't been to church in YEARS!!! Her husband was out of town when we went to visit with her. We talked to her about the Atonement :) Boy, is the Atonement amazing! She really opened up and told us about when she had cancer and how she knows that Christ helped her through it! She was crying and the spirit was super strong! It just went super well :) I hope we are able to help her and strengthen her more and get her back to coming to church! 

So, we had dinner with Niki and Mike this week and we decided to make these famous Dirty Dr. Peppers we hear so much about! ;) They were ok... my guess is we just didn't do a very good job making them! haha! But it was fun and I was thinking about Max the whole time :)

Also, the Elders were really sweet and left us a gift at the church while we were there for weekly planning! It was really nice! One of them has been a bit of a knuckle- head lately, so I think it was his way of apologizing :) ha!

Now... General Conference :) Oh it was such a great conference! I love and am so grateful that we get to listen to the words of the Prophet and Apostles and leaders of the church! What a blessing that is! It was so fun to get to listen to Sister Esplin :) That was a treat! She did a great job!!!!!! 

There were so many talks that I LOVED LOVED LOVED!!!!! Por ejemplo... E. Christofferson, E. Uchtdorf, Tad Callister, Jorg Klebingat (he was my zone leader's mission president in Ukraine. he had to come to our mission because his got shut down because of the war going on), E. Holland (boy did my ward need to hear that talk!), E. Scott, Carlos Godoy, and then the fabulous E. Bednar!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wow oh wow oh wow! Their talks were all just amazing amazing amazing!  #ifisayit3timesitmeansmore :) 

It astounds me how loving these men are as they speak! I loved how much they talked about sustaining the Prophet, obeying him and not doing what the world says is ok, because it is very different than what God says, especially now a days! How important it is to keep the commandments! To work on becoming our best selves! And most importantly making sure our homes are filled with love and that we are teaching and learning the principles of the gospel there! Parenthood was talked about a lot! It is ESSENTIAL to teach with LOVE and to bring our families up in the Gospel. Man have I seen the importance of that on my mission! And how grateful I am that I was raised this way :) Thank you family!!! 

I love you all so so so much!!! Transfers are coming up this week... I find out Saturday night what will happen... if I stay... or go... Pray for me!!! :) 

Have the best week ever! I can't wait to hear from you all next week :) XOXOXOXO 

Con MUCHO amor :)

Hannah :)

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