"Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things; yea, behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever."
Alma 26:12


Leah's Mission Timeline

Leah's Mission Timeline

Thursday, July 23, 2015

7/20/2015: Another week in paradise :)

Good afternoon my family!

Man, this week was pretty rough and slow. But it happens. :) Gotta keep a smile on the face of course. :)

Tuesday we had a GREAT lesson with Demarce again! Gosh it was great. He had some questions for us when we began and that was cool. Everything that he asked it was like a direct scripture popped into our heads that answered the question perfectly. We were able to talk about some things like what the purpose of this life is.(Whenever that question comes up man I just think of you Mads. ;) hahaha) But we talked about how we need to have the right end goal. We need to have an eternal perspective. Without that eternal perspective or an idea of our potential which all requires us to really understand the plan of salvation, we can't achieve fully what we were meant to. 

We then read with him in 3 Nephi 11:1-11, when it talks about the voice that they hear. And that the voice 'did pierce them that did hear'. We talked about how sometimes when we are searching for answers we don't recognize them or we aren't prepared or listening for them. I have just always thought when reading this that that line of 'them that did hear' is so small but significant. Are we always a part of them that did hear? What causes us not to be a part of them? What do we need to start doing and what do we need to stop doing? We were looking in Preach My Gospel during studies under the faith section in Christlike attributes and we decided to write down the self-evaluation for the faith section for him to do which is at the end of the chapter. When we saw him at church yesterday he seemed different. Like this really helped him to see where he was at and where he can improve and strengthen the faith that he does have. It was a cool experience. :)

On Thursday, I had the opportunity to drive Sister Lewis, the Jamaican, my old companion a year ago in Cayman, to Kingston for her exit devotional. So Sister Robinson stayed in Hopeton with Sister Slater, who came to the mission with me. She's also from Jamaica. Kingston actually. But anyway, I got to actually go to the devotional with Sister Lewis, which was so crazy weird. haha. She needed a companion. So it was just her and another elder, the AP's and President and Sister Brown. We met at a really nice restaurant with a pool that you walk over a bridge to get to the tables which are lit by candlelight. Wow. It was cool man. And the discussion that we had was all about marriage. haha. Goodness gracious. The whole time I'm thinking, I know I'm gonna have to face this sometime but... just let me be a missionary still! hahaha. Wow it was really cool though. I learned A LOT. I just love listening to President and Sister Brown. They are so inspirational and they just care about everyone so deeply. So Sister Lewis is back home now in Sav. President Brown took her home on Saturday. The mission is different without her. 

Saturday I had the great opportunity to go on trade-offs with one of the District Leaders who is actually our District Leader, Sister Williams. She is from Northern California. Man is she powerful too!  She's in the same stake as Sister Garrett. But we had a cool experience. So we were searching for a less-active and calling out trying to find him but were unsuccessful. There was a small goat trail road that went up a hill that kind of looked like it went no where but I felt that we should attempt it. So we did. And as we were walking we just kinda laughed when we got to the top because there was just nothing. And then all of the sudden there was a male voice that said as we were walking back from where we came, 'you can't just pass and not stop and talk to me'. We were like, 'well, where are you?' haha. It came from a window in a house. So we walked through some bush and made it to the front of the house where a young guy came out and we began talking to him. His name is Kenute and he loves God and he talked about how he went through a crazy experience where he was held up at gun point and hit the guy and then ran and tried to jump a wall and ended up braking his ankles and the guy tried shooting at his head but it ended up hitting through is ear and in the side of his head. This happened 3 years ago. He is very humble and is still recovering from it so he turned to farming to make a living. Well we had a great lesson with him and invited him to church and he came yesterday! And he even said that he had been invited a long time ago by missionaries and was able to go twice but then stopped. He also said that he would be coming back next week as well! Man he is just so cool! And so prepared! I'm excited to see where it goes with him as the sisters teach him. :) We just had a really good day all together. 

We also had a funny experience yesterday. So we had our appointments all fall through so we decided to call a less active in our area to see if we could come see her. She directed us to where she lives and man was it far..... We drove for about an hour before we got to her home! So it's really hard for her to come to church because it's about a $500 round trip. She is originally a member from Spanish Town and so is her boyfriend and her two brothers who were there. She said that she really misses the church and wants to come back but has some setbacks. We were able to have a really spiritual lesson with her and she was very grateful that we were able to come by. Her name is Sheviene and she is just the sweetest lady ever! I want her to come back so badly! She says she is going to move back to Spanish Town hopefully soon if things line up. I hope and pray it happens. 

Well, I love you all. I hope you have a fantastic week! Be safe! Keep on keepin' on!


Sister Mouritsen

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