Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Separation Anxiety

Haha okay that email title is a little dramatic, but we had to go on 2 exchanges with other sisters this week and it just made the week so long!
And Sister Johns and I hate being apart haha. #besties

But I realized that last week I didn't tell you much about my new companion!
 Sister Johns is 21 and from Sammamish, Washington! This is her last transfer!
 But we're kind of the same person.
 We both love to play the guitar and sing so we have little jam sessions every night before bed. :)
  Its the life. 

This week was great though! We saw so many miracles.

We had a few lessons with our investigator Austin this week! On Monday we taught him about the temple and about family history (my favorite). He loved the idea of temple marriage and that relationships can be eternal. The last thing he was struggling to give up was his little electronic cigarette, so we committed him to throw it away and at least get the refill that has no nicotine, just flavor. Then next lesson he plopped the new one down and was totally committed to living the Word of Wisdom.
 So happy :) 

Then on Thursday a member of the branch invited Austin and us over to have dinner and a lesson. It was awesome. We had a lesson on the priesthood and serving in the church and he is so excited to have a calling. :) 

We also new that Austin would need to be interviewed by someone in the mission presidency, not just an elder, so we set up his interview with President Sackett yesterday morning. He was super nervous for the interview and we were just hoping it would go well. So we decided to fast yesterday and guess what. He passed! Yay!
 He was just glowing after the interview and said he felt like a huge weight had been lifted off of his shoulders.
 Fasting is so real and so powerful!
 So he is all set to be baptized this Saturday at 7:00!
Pray that everything goes well!

We also saw a huge miracle with our investigator Cris on Tuesday. We were on exchanges so Sister Johns wasn't there, but we asked him about his reading and he loved it. He read Alma 32 and said that he could feel the Spirit as he read. Then we taught him about the Plan of Salvation and he was a bit overwhelmed by all the information, but he said he felt like he was just starting his spiritual journey and had a long way to go. He said he has lots of things in his past that he regrets and as he was talking
I just felt this huge prompting to tell him how much God loves him.
 Its so weird, as a missionary you get this strange ability to feel of God's love for other people.
 I've never experienced anything like it.
 But I just told him how much I knew Heavenly Father loved him and I just started to cry.
 The Spirit was so strong.
 We had set him on date for July 25th previously, but he had to work this Sunday and couldn't come to church, so at the end of the lesson we all knelt down and said a prayer and Cris prayed that he would know what day he needed to be baptized on.
 When he said "amen" he was a little emotional, it was so happy.
 I love seeing the Spirit work in other people. We are meeting with him tonight and hopefully he'll have his answer! 

We also had a great lesson with a recent convert named David this week. We've been working with him a lot. He got baptized about 2 years ago and has been trying to decide whether or not to serve a mission. So we just had this super powerful lesson with him about acting on our faith and how our missions have blessed our lives. By the end he pretty much said he knew he needed to serve and wants to start his papers. :) 
I'll say it til the day I die, missions are the best! 

We also found a new investigator this week named Kyle! Get this. He also used to work at Books-A-Million just like Austin did! We joke and say that we are going to convert the whole store and turn it into Mormons-A-Million :) He is cool though. He struggles with his relationship with God, so we've just been teaching him about prayer and how Heavenly Father always wants to hear from us, even when we think we're not worthy. He was going to come to church yesterday but fell asleep.... smh. Haha but he is coming to FHE tonight! 

Overall its been a great week.
 I hope everything is going great with y'all
 Pray for Austin and Cris and Kyle!

Thanks for all the love and support!
XOXO, Sister Fowers

ps. here are some pics of us and Austin, he's on the left :)

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