Tuesday, March 31, 2015

"Go big or go home......or go home big!"

Fatty for liiiiiiiiife! Oh my goodness. We had 5 meals yesterday!! It was ridiculous!! People just looooove feeding the missionaries. Especially when one of us is leaving. We had breakfast, then district meeting lunch [which included a birthday cake..], then Cierra surprised us with hamburgers, then we had dinner at the Bisseggers, then Robinta wanted to take us out to Mongollian Grill after that.... So. Fat. 
Anyways, I'm sure you weren't looking forward all week to hearing about my horrible eating habits. Guess what, I'm staying in St. Marys!!! I am really hoping I can stay for the rest of my mission. But that just might be too good to be true. I can't wait to find out who my new companion is tomorrow!!
Well, the Sam Saga continues and is still as amazing as ever. [If not more amazing!] Last Monday night we met with him (after the amazing sacrament meeting) and you will never guess what happened!! We started out by asking him if he had any questions from church and he said that he actually did, just one. He said how not drinking coffee was brought up quite a bit [just in one talk] and he knew that Mormons didn't drink coffee but didn't know the reason or doctrine behind it. We weren't planning on teaching the Word of Wisdom that night, but ended up doing so. HOWEVER, before we even taught it Sam goes, "I love coffee, A LOT. Probably more than anything. We have been talking a lot about acting on our faith though and how that will help me to receive an answer and so I think I am going to stop drinking coffee and see if that helps." ..............WHO IS THIS KID?!?!?!?!? I am telling you, he is BEYOND prepared!! We had an awesome word of wisdom lesson afterwards as well as talking about General Conference and he is pumped to watch it!! We are really banking on him getting his answer there. "You can count on the prophet!" He came to church again this week and loved it all. The topic in Sacrament meeting was personal revelation again, the gospel principles lesson was on talents, and the combined lesson was on being better teachers. Afterwards he said how he felt like everything taught was directed just for him. (He is a band teacher.) It was so great!! Plus we had SO MANY people at church yesterday!! There were 3 Marshallese families!! It was such a perfect last Sunday for Sister Thomas :) 
There is this super cute less active girl we have been working with since before I even got here and her name is Cierra. Every single time we visit her we invite her to read the Book of Mormon and every single time we go back she never has. Well, Saturday we invited her to the General Women's Broadcast and she was actually able to come!! [Along with her little baby boy Liam and two hamsters....]But she made it! So it was great! Unfortunately she had to leave early because Liam was being so crazy. She wanted us to take really good notes and come over the next day though so that she could get caught up. In the morning we got a call from her asking if the broadcast was online so she could watch it. Wow.....awesome! Then a little bit later we get a text from her saying that she wants to talk about Mosiah with us when we come over that night. Then a little later she texts us saying, "I don't know why I didn't read before! The scriptures are so powerful. You guys chose a great book for me to read!" Well yeah!! It's only the greatest book in the world!! Finally! Finally it clicked!! Our lesson with her that night was incredible. She was so so happy and bubbly and fired up about the gospel!! She had taken pages of notes and had only read Mosiah 1! It was amazing!! She talked about how she has this plan to be able to come back to church [work is what is in the way] and how she wants to share the gospel with her boyfriend [who also happens to be our maintenance man! Such a small world here in St. Marys :)] and about how she wants a temple wedding. Just goes to show the power of the Book of Mormon.
We have LOVED getting to share the #BecauseHeLives video with everyone this week. It is so powerful and personal. If you haven't seen it yet, go watch it. If you have already seen it, go watch it again and share it with someone. It is the perfect way to spread Easter Cheer!! [That's a thing...right?]
Happy Easter to all and to all a good night!
Sister Amber Olds

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