Hello everyone!!! How are you?!?! GOOD! Things are going well! It is sooo cold here we couldn’t help but laugh at how cold it was when we were out it was funny haha! it was like -10 and -24 with windchill so it was SUUUUPER COLD! But we are fine! no damage! Also we don’t ride bikes in the snow because 1) Ohio has a thing against sidewalks because they have like none, even in the city, and 2) WHEN THEY DO, they aren’t cleared. So it makes it hard to ride so we just walk! haha We had a really good lesson last night with a less active family. During the lesson we were able to discover the family’s real concern. When they first joined the church they were in a lot of financial trouble and the ward helped them out a ton, so they expressed to us that they didn’t feel worthy to come to church and that if they did come that they would think that people there would not want them there because they were not able to give back. After they expressed this to us, Elder Gardner related the story of the Prodigal Son to them and it helped them understand the importance of making a change and coming back, that people would be overjoyed that they were there and not be worried about the past. Which we feel would be true, every Sunday at least one member of the ward asks us where this family is and why they aren’t there. So they are definitely missed! We invited them to pray everyday until church next Sunday asking for the strength to over come this fear and to attend church. But it was probably one of the most powerful lessons I have been in. I felt nothing but love and concern for this family and I wanted to help them with ever fiber of my being! One of our biggest concern is being able to find some people to teach but it will come. Saturday during studies we were getting frustrated because we weren’t finding anyone and as I was studying “patience” I came across D&C 5:34 which reads,
“34 Yea, for this cause I have said: Stop, and stand still until I
command thee, and I will provide means whereby thou
mayest accomplish the thing which I have commanded thee.”
and I immediately got the thought, “Hold on, keep doing what you are doing, I am still preparing someone.” and then this was instantly followed by the spirit. It was the craziest thing ever! So awesome. So we are just renaming faithful and being still! Which is weird for a missionary but we are! We are being still NOT idle. haha My advice for Katia and anyone is to learn to love the Book of Mormon. Pray to God EVERYTIME you read it asking him if it is true! And EVERY TIME he will tell you it is true! I promise you that! The Apostles do it and so should we! SPEAKING OF APOSTLES MARION IS BECOMING A WARD SO ELDER PERRY IS COMING AT THE END OF THE MONTH FOR THAT! I AM SO EXCITED!! THEY ARE FINALLY BECOMING A WARD! HAPPY DAY! Elder Perry served there when HE was a missionary that’s why he is coming! But it is so cool! Anyways I love you all and Hope all is well!