I hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving this week:) It was a great day up here in North Dakota:) Our week went pretty good this last week! We got to have our thanksgiving with a family that lives about 30 minutes out of Minot. The members from our ward are newlyweds who were throwing the family party this year so we got to meet their whole family too! They were so fun! I love family gatherings:) we got to all share what we are grateful for and we all had a good time getting to catch up and meet new people:)
Aimee was out of town this week for Thanksgiving so we didn't get to see her, but once she got home we were seeing when she was going to be back and she responded :
"I am back, and ready to be baptized!" so I am pretty sure she is still really excited for this weekend and to get baptized. She is probably the most solid investigator I have ever met in my life:) We are all looking forward to that this coming weekend!
Our Sunday was so good yesterday! We had some really amazing talks on how we all can become converted to the Lord and how its a process not so much an event. Our speakers were converts to the church so that was super cool to hear their perspectives. Brother Wagner taught us about how its important that we don't cut our selves off from progression by saying "that's just the way I am" but that we can change and we have to leave those doors open so that when we are ready we can step through them. Because what good is a door that you wont ever go through? I loved his story and how he came to be a member. We also learned a lot about Unity in our ward here even though its a really transient ward. We all need to come together so that we can all be strengthened and in essence become Zion! Which went super perfectly with my scripture studies the last couple days!
I was studying Jacob 5! It is probably my favorite chapter in the Book Of Mormon right now. I read it a couple times with different Ideas in mind. The first time was with a focus on how the olive tree could be ourselves and the branches our qualities (Thanks to Sister Caitlyn Clegg for that idea). The second time I was trying to just focus on the timeline aspect of it. It WAS AWESOME! It talks about the past and how the Lord has worked with his people and how He will prune his vineyard one last time with the help of his servants (missionaries) and then how the good with be gathered together and trimmed so that any bad is taken away and the vineyard will be burned...which is just a really scary way to say that we will then be finished with all of this earthly stuff and finally get to be with our Father again. But the point of telling you all of this is because it puts a lot of emphasis on the whole " being "one" or "Zion" idea of the good in the vineyard, before He comes and divides the good and the bad. I really think that we all need to come together as the church so that we can be strong "for [His] Purposes" I am so excited to see how this will unfold in our lives.
Its just a great idea... I mean the Nephites would also gather to Zarahemla when the Lamanites were being crazy and mean and because they were together in one body they not only withstood the attacks, but overtook the Lamanites. Imagine what we could do in our churches and our faith if we all banded together against the evils of the world! Not only would we withstand and overtake the devil and his evilness (excuse my great grammar) but we could save so many of our brothers and sisters who are looking for protection "but know not where to find it"!
I love you all and I hope that we all can look for more ways to be unified in our families and wards all around. Have a wonderful beginning to your Christmas Season:)
If you haven't seen this video, Watch it! It is so good and maybe you could brighten someone else's days by sharing it:)
Love Tay Sister A
Eric and I were so lucky to meet this fabulous couple this weekend as they traveled from Hurricane back to North Dakota. These amazing folks take such good care of all the missionaries that come their way and Taylor has been especially blessed to get to know them and get spoiled by them. Maren and Caden Elwess you are the BEST!!!!!! Misty:)