Monday, September 28, 2015

The Field is White and Ready to Harvest

Sis Botts and Sis Decker
Hello, hello there! haha
This past week was crazy, crazy!  While trying to move the rest of our stuff from our old apartment, we also had to pack Sister Olsen up and get ready for her to leave... well sad flipping days! But we managed to get it done!  Tuesday was crazy! We had to go say goodbye to some people, pick up some more boxes from the old place, and then fill up with petrol so we could head out to the Springs... all before 9 am!!
I freaking love the drive to the Springs! So pretty!
Then by the time we got there our car was nasty and covered in bugs....

Now something you must know... Sisters may deny it, but we all want to look just a little extra nice for transfer meetings... because people take so many pictures there that you just need to look good! haha
Not dressed for Transfer Meeting :)

So picture us looking slightly nicer than usual... all dressed up.. Now we have to go wash our car... drive through?  Oh no! We have a bike rack and a bike on the back of our car that would just take forever to take off, so we are smart... we pull into one of these prepay wash it yourself with giant spray hoses and soapy brooms!
We are so dignified!   Probably the poshest car washers ever.  But our car was super shiny... for like 6 hours, and then we drove back through all the bugs! hahah

My companion now is Sister Decker! She goes home in 5 weeks which is kinda sad, but at the same time, at least I know that I get to stay here for at least this transfer and the next! I like this area, so that makes me excited!

Wednesday was a blur! We taught the man in the Veteran's Center the first lesson, and, at 81 years old, he is getting baptised on October 24th!!!!!!  We also taught the other man I talked about last week (with the tattoos) on that same day. It was sketchy. We brought 2 Priesthood holders with us.  What an amazing lesson we had with him and his wife!  I would never look at these two people and think that we could sit in their trailer living room crying with them as we felt the Spirit! It was so amazing!!   We will teach them this week again!

As we were waiting for this guy to come home we spoke to some of his neighbours... didn't think we'd hear from them again... well guess who was at church yesterday?... His neighbour! He asked a member of the bishopric to give us his contact details, and to call him because he would like us to come and teach him!  Sweeet!! So we have an appointment with him this week too!!  Wonderful, wonderful!

I've also been able to see this week how sometimes missionaries are sent to an area at the right time for the right people.  We got to teach a less active sister who had been visited before, but only as home teaching, ( we go with an older Brother in the ward who has no companion) and so I was skeptical of where it would go.  But we taught the lesson and the Spirit was so strong there. We have a good relationship with this sister now. We've been in contact throughout the week since we visited on Wednesday night! We will start to visit her and her family more!

Thursday we got to go to Creede... most beautiful little town ever!
Creede, Colorado
We were supposed to be manning a "Just Serve" booth at a Rural Philanthropist Day's function there... So we sat there for like 20 minutes and spoke to about 12 people, and then they all went into meetings... so we had nothing to do.  After about 10 minutes of sitting at a desk that says 'just serve'... we got up to see how we could serve haha.  We ended up moving tables and chairs, and cleaning the kitchen in the Community Center, and then... made me so, so happy... we got to prepare food with one of the town's chefs!! It was so great!! So while everyone was in the meetings, we got to do some really awesome service!! It was so fun!!
At the Creede Community Center

The rest of the week was pretty good...

Saturday during studies we get a text from our Mission President's wife... they were in town and she wanted to spend the afternoon with us coming to our lessons....  Maybe I died a little of a heart attack!
But we had some really good lessons that day!
And then we had dinner at the chapel before the broadcast of the General Womens' Conference!! It was cool!

I stress out so freaking much when I think people are watching me haha!!!   I'm sure I burned a hole in my stomach from stress that day! But it was a good day!!  It's been a good week! A little slow because we live here in the farms, and so everyone is very busy with harvest... but that's ok! We do what we can!!   This next week is going to be exciting too, I think!!!  We shall see!

Harvest in Colorado

I have been thinking a lot about this recently

In Alma 7:11-13 in the Book of Mormon it talks about how Jesus Christ went through all our pains.

 11 And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people.

 12 And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities.

 13 Now the Spirit knoweth all things; nevertheless the Son of God suffereth according to the flesh that he might take upon him the sins of his people, that he might blot out their transgressions according to the power of his deliverance; and now behold, this is the testimony which is in me.

In v 13 it says that 'the Spirit knoweth all things' but that Jesus chose to suffer in the flesh...  So he could very well have received, through revelation from the Spirit, the story of our lives and known what we have gone through... but instead he chose to not just know but to actually feel all of that!

He chose Empathy over Sympathy.  He chose to feel our feelings, not just to know them!

Well... the time is up!!   Hope you all have a wonderful week!

 I love you!!!

Sister Botts.

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