It has been another amazing week. I love the pumpkin picture - my companion thought it was funny you were wearing Rex Kwando pants, Ben. haha.
Nice job Brooks and Braxton!! interception, two touch downs, two tackles and a safety? Brooks, you should be playing with Brooks Ellis on the Razorbacks and Braxton you could just take Kyle Van Hoy's place on BYU. :D I love the end of football season when it starts to get cooler & all the trees in Fayetteville change color. Ben, that'll be cool to have your last game on Halloween, too. They should use a pumpkin instead of a football just for fun. :)
& nice job Blake in debate! My companion says he'd vote for you if you ran for senator, even though he's from Minnesota.
This week was awesome. So many miracles happen every day. I left my journal at the apartment, but I will try to remember a couple to share with you. The families in this area are super nice. I am also amazed at how many people know how to play musical instruments. The Miller family has four kids and each play a string instrument and piano & love The Piano Guys. Most adult members in the ward also play piano (the Bishop and his wife play really well) and a couple Elders in my zone play. We get lots of opportunities to practice.
There is a big military base here, so a lot of members have served all around the world and know different languages. So it's also been fun to practice Portuguese when meeting with members.
A challenge that we often give to members is to share the Gospel with their friends. Brooks and Braxton, it's been fun to use you as an example when we make a challenge. Anyone who is under 10, I say "Hey I have a two brothers who are twins, that are close to your age! They are really good missionaries & even gave their friend Salvador a Book of Mormon with their testimony inside. Salvador goes to church with them on Wednesdays and they like to talk about the scriptures with him." When they hear that my brothers are already missionaries it makes them want to tell their friends why reading the scriptures makes them happy. The lesson in primary was about testimony and missionary work (Elder Payne and I like to join in & sing with primary) so it was perfect.
This past Tuesday, we were going to visit a family and we saw two guys moving out of their apartment. We asked them if they needed help and they said "Yes! Elders come in!" We assumed since they called us Elders that they were members. So we went in and helped them.
When we first started helping them, they talked to us & about the church a little mockingly, and told us some Mormon myths that I had never heard before, haha. We were a bit weirded out, but just kept showing interest in them and being kind. It turns out he was in the military for 23 years and has lots of awesome war stories. As we got to know them and served them, they began to be more friendly toward us. Toward the end of the visit, he said (paraphrasing), "You know what, I really need to come back to church. You Elders are very kind to come and help, how did you know I needed to see you? We're moving to the Lone Mountain area. Could you say a prayer with us? I'm a little worried our new ward won't welcome us." We assured him that they would love him to come back. He was near tears; it was a neat experience. We looked in the area book, and his records weren't even there. So we are trying to contact the Lone Mountain ward and make sure they are looked out for.
I've found that a lot of missionary work (and life in general) is just being in the right place at the right time doing the right thing. When we are "just [being] good girls and good boys" as Elder Bednar says, Heavenly Father will use us as tools in His hands to help out others. Act on every good thought.
Elder Payne & my verse of the week is D&C 58:27 "Verily I say...be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness."
Another verse I found that I love is in Jacob 3:1-2. In Jacob 2-4, Jacob gets on to the Nephites for being wicked. He leaves two verses, though, for those who are pure in heart.
"But behold, I Jacob, would speak unto you that are pure in heart. Look unto God with firmness of mind, and pray unto him with exceeding faith, and he will console you in our afflictions, and he will plead your cause, and send down justice upon those who seek your destruction.
O all ye that are pure in heart, lift up your heads and receive the pleasing word of God, and feast upon his love for ye may, if your minds are firm, forever."
Have a fun Halloween! *insert pumpkin emoticon here*