Monday, June 6, 2016

Family History

Wow, this week has been super busy! We've seen so many miracles, I don't even know where to begin! Oh, so I forgot to write about this the last two weeks, but I finally finished training!!! I'm really excited! Anyway, we had a zone council last Friday in Kingston, and it was a really good meeting. We learned a lot about how we can help increase member missionary work in our area. Afterwards, the senior missionaries took our district out to lunch at Wendy's, and it was super fun! After we finished lunch, they bought us Dilly bars at Dairy Queen. ;)

We've been learning a lot about the importance of following promptings from the Spirit. One night, we went to drop by and see returning member, and we saw a lady walking by with her dog. I really felt like we should go talk to her, but I didn't listen and we just went and dropped by the returning member. When we were walking back to our car, we saw the same lady walking again, and I really felt like we should go talk to her. This time, we listened, and we went and introduced ourselves and had a really nice conversation with her. She wasn't interested in meeting with us yet, but we planted the seed! :)

So our mission is putting a really big emphasis on family history and temple work right now, so Sister Hunter and I are learning how to help people with their family history. On Wednesday night, we came to the family history center, and we had a family history consultant show us how to use family search a little bit. Sister Hunter and I both started tracing our lines back just to see how far we could go, and the lines just kept going and going and going! I started hitting names from the Bible like Levi, Nathan, King David, Boaz and Ruth, Jacob and Leah, Isaac and Rebekah, Abraham and Sara, Joseph and Mary, Enos, Seth, and ADAM AND EVE!!!! We were both so excited when we found Adam and Eve that we might have screamed a little. It was such a powerful experience and it really built my testimony of the importance of doing family history! 

Sister Hunter and I set a goal to find three new investigators this week. We tried our best to talk with everyone, we prayed a lot, and we tried to set time aside each day to go and open our mouths. We were able to find three new! On Saturday, we were walking around a neighborhood, and Sister Hunter really felt like we should knock on a door. She wasn't sure about it at first, but she decided to obey. We knocked on the door, and this sweet old lady from Holland (Marguerite) opened the door, AND SHE INVITED US IN!!! That's the first time on my mission that's ever happened! We talked to her about her family, she had me play some hymns for her, and then we talked to her about the Book of Mormon. She told us that we can come back this week to teach her more about it! After we left Marguerite's house, we stopped to talk to a guy named Christ, and he said we can come teach him and his family as well. If Sister Hunter hadn't listened to the prompting to knock on Marguerite's door, we would have missed the opportunity to talk to Christ too. This experience really taught me the importance of following the promptings of the Spirit and talking to everyone, because you never know who the Lord is preparing! 

I love you all, and I hope you have a great week! 
This is Marvin. He's an older guy in our branch, and he's super funny!

These are our senior missionaries the Hatch's! They're so awesome!

These are our old sister training leaders, Hermana Mousley and Hermana Smith.

We had a celebration because I finished training!


We had a picnic with some members at Brown's Bay. The mosquitoes were horrible, but it was really pretty!

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