This week was full of adventures! We got to see the wonderful people of little Searchlight Nevada! Our STLs decided to go with us to Searchlight so we could try and get some more work there and hopefully be able to send missionaries down there more often! It's amazing how many people are searching for the truth and it's so hard for us to get down there and teach them. Searchlight is seriously one of my favorite places and I hope to be able to see the people there more often.
|Chris and his family at church! That was the first day he had ever worn a white shirt and tie in his life! And he looked so good!!|
|My twin Eliza and me :)|
(she calls me her twin)
|Sister Hunt and I had got hot
chocolate the |
other day because it is FREEZING here!
|Someone gave us leftover thanksgiving food for dinner last night so we have a little mini thanksgiving in our apartment|
And the most exciting news of the week...... CHRIS GOT BAPTIZED!! We are so proud of him! Before his baptism we went to go check the water for him and it was nice and warm! But by the time he actually got in it was cold! But just like Chris usually does he was smiling when he got out! Just like the rest of us! This family has changed so much in the last year. They have made huge changes and have done whatever they needed to do and have been asked to do to come closer to their Father in Heaven.
When Eliza was interested in the church her grandma Trish sat inon the lessons just to supervise the things Eliza was getting involved in. It wasn't long until Trish was asking questions and becoming interested herself. In January Eliza decided to make the decision to be baptized. The missionaries continued to come by and teach Eliza the new member lessons and to teach Trish. Trish decided to make the decision to be baptized in April. Around that time Chris was moving around a lot and eventually came back to live with Trish and Eliza and became interested himself and was baptized on Saturday. It's amazing the influence a twelve year old girl can have on an entire family! And she continues to share with them the things she learns in church and at mutual. Trish refers to her as a sponge and loves hearing her go on about the things she has learned. I have grown to love this family so so much. They really are amazing!
We are continuing to try and find people to teach here in little Boulder City and to serve as much as we can!
And good news! Transfers are this week and I get to stay! Sadly,
Sister Hunt is leaving and going back to Henderson. But I am getting Sister Foulke! She's from Oregon! I can't remember exactly where.. but OREGON! YAY! I haven't been around her much but I know a lot of people who have and they all love her and say she is hilarious! So I'm excited!
Sister Hunt wanted to go say goodbye to some of our favorite young women and have them sign her transfer journal so we went outside and swung on their swing hammock things while we waited :)
I was given an awesome opportunity to give a talk in Sacrament meeting yesterday and wanted to share a little bit of it with you!
I used two talks that I love for my talk:
"To Whom Shall We Go?" By M. Russell Ballard and "Yes, Lord, I Will Follow Thee" by Elder Eduardo Gavarret.
I talked a lot about keeping our faith strong and supporting those who are struggling. Most of my mission I have worked with a lot of less active members of the church and it's been an amazing experience to help these people remember how they felt when they were first converted to the gospel. I have seen so many people change their lives not only by stepping into the waters of baptism but by just stepping back into a church building and partaking of the sacrament. It's such an amazing thing to be apart of! :)
A few quotes from the talks that I love:
"For some, Christ’s invitation to believe and remain continues to be hard--or difficult to accept. Some disciples struggle to understand a specific Church policy or teaching. Others find concerns in our history or in the imperfections of some members and leaders, past and present. Still others find it difficult to live a religion that requires so much. Finally, some have become “weary in well-doing.” For these and other reasons, some Church members vacillate in their faith, wondering if perhaps they should follow those who “went back, and walked no more” with Jesus."
Where will you go to:
- find others who share your belief in personal, loving Heavenly Parents, who teach us how to return to Their eternal presence?
- be taught about a Savior who is your best friend, who not only suffered for your sins but who also suffered “pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind” so “that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities,” including, I believe, the infirmity of loss of faith?
- learn more about Heavenly Father’s plan for our eternal happiness and peace, a plan that is filled with wondrous possibilities, teachings, and guidance for our mortal and eternal lives? Remember, the plan of salvation gives mortal life meaning, purpose, and direction.
- find a detailed and inspired Church organizational structure through which you are taught and supported by men and women who are deeply committed to serving the Lord by serving you and your family?
- find living prophets and apostles, who are called by God to give you another resource for counsel, understanding, comfort, and inspiration for the challenges of our day?
- find people who live by a prescribed set of values and standards that you share and want to pass along to your children and grandchildren?
- experience the joy that comes through the saving ordinances and covenants of the temple?
"My heartfelt plea is that we will encourage, accept, understand, and love those who are struggling with their faith. We must never neglect any of our brothers and sisters. We are all at different places on the path, and we need to minister to one another accordingly."
It was the year 1975, and I was serving in the Uruguay-Paraguay Mission as a young missionary. During my first month in the mission, the zone leaders held an activity to demonstrate a gospel principle. Each missionary in the zone was blindfolded, and we were told that we were to follow a path leading to the cultural hall. We were to follow the voice of one particular leader, a voice we heard before starting to walk. However, we were warned that during the journey, we would hear several voices that would try to confuse us and get us to stray from the path.
After some minutes of hearing noises, talking, and--in the midst of it all--a voice that said, “Follow me,” I felt confident I was following the right voice. When we arrived at the cultural hall of the chapel, we were asked to take off our blindfolds. When I did so, I realized that there were two groups and that I was in the group that had followed the wrong voice. “It sounded so much like the right one,” I said to myself.
That experience of 39 years ago had a lasting effect on me. I told myself, “Never, ever again follow the wrong voice.” Then I told myself, “Yes, Lord, I will follow Thee.”
“I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep. …
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.”
What steps can we take today to “walk with Him”?
- Feed the desire to be a better follower of Christ.
- Pray for this desire that your faith in Him may grow.
- Obtain knowledge from the scriptures, lighting the way and strengthening your desire to change.
- Make the decision today to act and say, "Yes, Lord, I will follow Thee!" Simply knowing the truth will not change your world unless you turn knowledge into action.
- Persevere in the decision you have made by exercising these principles daily.
I hope someone is able to get something out of what I'm sharing.
I love you all so much and hope you have a great week!!
I love you all so much and hope you have a great week!!
Love,Sister Eliza Hopper