Dear Family and Friends,
This week has been good! Everyday is a blessing as a missionary.
We had a church tour with Angie this past week, and it went so well. The spirit was so strong. We took her through the church and showed her all of the pictures of Christ. The dear Sister Ramptan, 80's, from our ward was there to bear her testimony throughout the tour--it was so neat!
We had exchanges this week too!! I spent all day Tuesday with the sweet, little Sister Low from Singapore. We had a blast together even though we spent the whole day in the hot sun going from door to door--I was so sweaty, but honestly you reach a point where being covered in sweat all the time is a normal and almost expected occurrence. We tracted into the Gomez family who just moved here from Texas and want to find a church centered on Jesus Christ AND families! ... Sister Low and I got so excited, "Our church is focused on both of those things!!" We also invited them to church and left them with a Book of Mormon. I will let you all know how it goes--fingers crossed!
On Saturday, we did service at the Cashin's--a family from our ward who are awesome member missionaries. I helped Sister Cashin pick peaches, potatoes, and tomatoes :) It was so fun!!! I felt like a little farm girl ;) haha But the best part was being able to physically see the fruits of our labors--Sister Bradshaw and I have gone over there often these past two months to weed, dig, and water their crops.
**Taking care of a garden relates to missionary work. Let me explain. Some days are planting days--spreading gospel seeds of faith. Some are dunging and weeding days--those tough and heavy days with investigators. Some are watering days--days full of incredible teaching appointments where investigators fully take in and absorb everything. Some are days of simple sunshine--where investigators take time on their own to read and pray about the Book of Mormon. Some are harvesting days--when people come unto Christ with a broken heart & a contrite spirit and have grown their personal seeds of faith into strong, beautiful trees. "The field is white already to harvest" (D&C 4) Week of Harvesting>>>>
Scott (50's): we started teaching him this week at a members home. He agreed to start reading the Book of Mormon and to pray about it. We are so excited to see him and follow up with him about his experiences.
Larissa (12): we taught her about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and at the end of the lesson we asked her if she wanted to be baptized. And she said YES! I am so happy for her. She has truly been prepared--Heavenly Father has held her and has protected her in the palms of his hands. What an incredible little girl! [baptismal date: August 23]!!
Ana (40's): we have been teaching her for a while now and have extended her many invitations to be baptized, but she hasn't felt ready to fully commit to a set day of baptism yet. We took her to see an actual baptism on Saturday hoping that it would help her imagine her own baptism, it did because she said that she totally LOVED it! After the baptism, we all went to the bathroom and... guess what, Sister Bradshaw & I committed, turned to her and asked her to commit to baptism right there next to all of the latrines!!! This one is definitely one for the books!.. [baptismal date: August 30]!!
The church is true! Have a good week! "Not my will, but thine be done."And don't forget to "nourish" your own seeds of faith. MUAH!! Love, Sister Timothy P.s. Thank you for all of your letters and packages! It means a lot. I will try my best to respond back to you all :)
Peter Dale Wimbrow Sr.
When you get what you want in your struggle for self
And the world makes you king for a day
Just go to the mirror and look at yourself
And see what that man has to say.
For it isn't your father, or mother, or wife
Whose judgment upon you must pass
The fellow whose verdict counts most in your life
Is the one staring back from the glass.
He’s the fellow to please – never mind all the rest
For he’s with you, clear to the end
And you've passed your most difficult, dangerous test
If the man in the glass is your friend.
You may fool the whole world down the pathway of years
And get pats on the back as you pass
But your final reward will be heartache and tears
If you've cheated the man in the glass.
P.S. I LOVE YOU MOMMY, ALWAYS AND FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!