Monday, August 31, 2015

"Word of the month: Patience"

This week was long but good. 

We've done a looottttt of finding. Find, find, find! That was this week haha. :) We've found a few solid people though, so good things are happening. 

We had a lesson with a guy named Jack the other day. We met him in downtown Fredericksburg because he is a street guitarist! Ya know, like the people who sit and play for money. So we stopped and talked to him and he said he is Catholic but that he'd be down to meet with us! So we met with him on Friday and had an interesting lesson... everything seemed to be going good and he accepted the baptism invite at the end readily! But then he said he wasn't sure if he would meet with us again. So that was a bummer. But he said he had lots of LDS friends growing up and he seemed really interested in the activites in the branch. So pray for him!

We met this other guy named JR too. We had an appointment with the gangster named Monster, remember him? Hahaha :) Well he didn't show to our lesson, but we found some other people instead including JR! He is 19 and when we were talking to him and his friends he just kept asking us tons of questions about who we were and what missionaries did. He kept saying how awesome it was that we were so devoted to our faith and that he's always wondered what Mormons believe. So he was super sincere, so we gave him a pamphlet and told him to read it before we came back. We have an appointment with him this week, so we'll see how it goes. 

There's a church downtown that has a little message board outside and we walked past the other day and it said, "Word of the Month: Patience".
 I said a little, "mmhmm, amen." haha :) Because it is true! 
The topical guide to the scriptures says patience is
"Calm endurance; the ability to endure affliction, insult, or injury without complaint or retaliation."

Those months when the work slows down you can either become impatient and ungrateful, or you can trust in the Lord and His timing.
 Sometimes I don't understand everything that happens, but I always try to remind myself that He loves us. So His timing is the best timing for me. 

I love Hebrews 10:37 that says, "For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise." So even when things don't happen when we want them to, if we seek His will, we will be blessed with all that we have been promised. I love that.

Then on Saturday we had another day of service! Our stake is doing this "Day to Serve" thing and our branch decided to go gleaning for it! Don't know what gleaning is?
 Don't worry, neither did I hahaha. 

Its in the scriptures though! 

Leviticus 23:22 "And when ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not make clean riddance of the corners of thy field when thou reapest, neither shalt thou gather any gleaning of thy harvest:
 thou shalt leave them unto the poor, and to the stranger: I am the Lord your God."

Basically its when you go to a field that has already been harvested and pick all of the crops that the farmer missed. Then you take those crops and give them to the needy. So we went and gleaned a corn field in Colonial Beach :) it was a fun little change of pace. We even ate some of the sweet corn right there in the field, it was so good. But the people told us we picked 5,300 lbs of corn that will go to the food bank! So that was awesome. 

Then on Saturday night we got to go down to Richmond because two of Sister Nordstrom's investigators were being baptized! It was a great baptism and I will just never get tired of baptisms. It is the happiest thing in the world. I love seeing the gospel spread and move forward and it amazes me that it just never stops. That's how you know this is His work. It keeps going and going and going. I'm so grateful to be a witness of it and a small instrument in His hands. 

Oh! And funny story of the week!

Last week a member took us out to dinner to get sushi :) and the girl he is dating came with us, Abbi. So we get our sushi and if you've never really had sushi, it comes with ginger and a big blob of wasabi on the plate. So Abbi hadn't ever had sushi, so she got a roll with avocado in it, not fish. So we get our food and all of the sudden we just hear Abbi say, "Oh no...." and it turns out she had stuck the whole chunk of wasabi in her mouth thinking it was avacado! Hahaha it was sad, but really funny. She had to drink a lot of water after that.
So don't do that when you get sushi everyone hahaha :) 

Also! School here at Mary Washington University started today! Yay! It's a closed campus, so we don't get to proselyte there every day, but we can go every Thursday. We were there visiting a recent convert last night and saw a cool miracle though! There was this girl that walked by but she was too far away to talk to, but later we gave this other guy a card and as we were talking to him she walked by again and he turned to her and said, "Hey! Aren't you mormon?" and she was like "Yes I am." and it turns out she got baptized 4 years ago and is super inactive, but came up to us and asked for a Book of Mormon and told us she went to stake conference yesterday just because she felt like she should! So we set up an appointment with her and she seems like she wants to come back, so that was a cool miracle. :) 

The Lord works in mysterious ways! I hope you all have a wonderful week. 

Thank for all the love and support!
XOXO, Sister Fowers
Day to Serve

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