On Wednesday we got to move furniture into a new apartment for the Elders that will arrive with the new transfer. One way they are using the new expanded missionary force is to put multiple sets of missionaries in each area-particularly out here in the midwest, I guess! So soon Wausau will have two sets of English speaking missionaries and a set of Hmong. CRAZY. The Elders have new desks and swivel chairs. Sister Brady and I want to break back in to their apartment and switch them out for the old hotel-chairs we are using. We are still debating about it.
I'm a little worried to see how it will work with two sets of missionaries. From what I've heard, they will just split up the area between the two of us. I'm a little reluctant to pass over some of the people we are teaching. ;) But, of course, it's all according to Heavenly Father's plan, and we will do whatever we are asked! It's exciting to think of the implications here--there must be enough work for 6 missionaries in this area! The Lord is hastening his work. :)
Hmm. Every day I draw a sun in my planner to remind me it's March... because I still feel like it's January. I mean, it feels like January. Haha. The sun changes it's expression every day, and when I flip through my planner the sun moves around and makes faces. I'm still as easily entertained as you might remember. :)
Our biggest struggle right now (as always, I think) is helping people understand how important it is to come to church each week--and to make it a priority. A woman we are teaching works all night as a nurse and still makes it to church Sunday morning! She is an incredible lady. :) You can just tell that she has a testimony of church, and she is doing what is required to become converted to the gospel. :) She wants to go to the temple with her husband. It's so exciting!
We are also delivering family history packets to those who have signed up for them. It's so fun to see how excited people get when they look at a pedigree chart of their ancestors. One older gentleman commended us for being involved in family history at such a young age. I was able to testify to him that being involved in family history is one of the ways we can protect ourselves from temptation--especially the younger generations of the church. He loved that idea. :) He also accepted a Book of Mormon and said he would read it, so we'll see how things go this week.
Weekly Challenge: Set aside some time this week to work of family history. You can index (https://familysearch.org/volunteer/indexing) or go into a family history center near where you live and get started if you aren't already, or you can interview a grandparent or parent about their lives, etc. We are promised by Elder Ballard:
"Do you young people want a sure way to eliminate the influence of the adversary in your life? Immerse yourself in searching for your ancestors, prepare their names for the sacred vicarious ordinances available in the temple, and then go to the temple to stand as proxy for them to receive the ordinances of baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost. As you grow older, you will be able to participate in receiving the other ordinances as well. I can think of no greater protection from the influence of the adversary in your life. "
I love you all! Have a wonderful week, do good work, and always do those things that nourish your faith in Christ. :)--