Monday, December 8, 2014

Week 19

Hello Friends and Family!!
So this week has been pretty crazy.  We have a LOT of investigators now because we combined two sectors that already had a lot of investigators in each!! So it is a lot of pressure and, to be honest, it has been a lot of stress for me!  That is one thing that I am going to have to learn pretty quick here is how to manage everything so that we don't have too much stress.  And we have three heads to try to figure everything out that we need to which means lots of ideas!! :) Haha We have been running from appointment to appointment all week in order to get everything done but along the way we have had some really fun times!  We had a competition on Friday to see who could ask for the most references in one day so we had some pretty funny moments of chasing people down to ask to share a quick message with them and ask them for a reference and in doing this we received four references from people on the street!! It was super fun!!  
My companions are Hermana Smoot, who I have been with since the CCM and Hermana Bretón from the Dominican Republic.  Hermana Bretón is amazing :) She is a very hard worker and is VERY obedient :) She is an amazing example to me and it is so much fun to work with her and Hermana Smoot!!
Hermana Smoot is a singer/actress and she is really good at it!! So we had a little fun having a singing class last night with her and it was super duper fun! haha I tried acting and singing the song "These are a few of my favorite things." Haha I'm not an actress... Or a singer... so it was really fun :)  
We have this new family that we are teaching in our sector and they are incredible!! We taught a lesson on the Book of Mormon and what it is and why it is important and they were really interested and are already reading it!! All three of them (mother, 17 year-old daughter, and 6 year-old daughter) came to church on Sunday and it was so great to see them there!! We had testimony meeting so the spirit was super strong in Sacrament meeting and then we had a great class in Gospel Principles (a class that we have on Sundays to learn the basics of the gospel of Jesus Christ for people recently baptized, who are visiting, or who have not gone to church in a long time) about the signs of the second coming.  She said that she had to leave after that because she had to prepare lunch for her family but then they stayed anyway! And she told her daughter that they would prepare lunch ahead of time for NEXT WEEK!!! Ahhh!! That was so exciting to hear because that means that she is really interested in continuing going to church and learning more!! And her daughter didn't want to leave and even went to seminary graduation with the other youth in the ward!! Ahhh!! So exciting!!
Another amazing thing that happened today was that Ivonne has been having some trouble believing that the Book of Mormon is the word or God and in the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ but we explained again the Restoration and how it is the church of JESUS CHRIST with HIS authority to perform sacred ordinances and that it is only through the authority of Jesus Christ that we can run HIS church.  At the end of the lesson she said "Okay, now I understand the importance of having the authority of Christ." She gets it now!! It is only with and through the authority of Christ given through him to the apostles and prophets which he calls to lead the church today that we can receive all of the blessings that are possible through his teachings!!  Just like Jesus Christ went to someone with the authority to perform sacred ordinances (John the baptist), not just any man, we must go to those who have been called of God to lead his church and perform these ordinances!!
So many miracles are headed our way!!
Pictures aren't working again.... :/ Sorry!!
I love you all so much!!
--Hermana Harvey

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