Monday, March 25

# 63

This week has been a little more slow than usual.  Sister Brady and I have been a little sick, but things are getting better, so hopefully this week (which, let me remind you, is her LAST) will go well and we can get in to see more people.  :)  

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.  :)  
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-Sister B.

Monday, March 18

# 62

Alright, super short on time, so this week you get to see pictures.

1- Sister Brady, Grandma Fergot, and I, celebrating St. Patrick's Day.  :)
2- Sister Trowbridge (a member.  She and her husband have been helping us with rides.)  We are at Ihop.  But that's not why we are so angry...
3- Cotton Candy in a tortilla.  One of the other volunteers decided to make them for us.  :D  





 4- Weekly Planning.  Every Thursday.  
5- This is the snow from a nearby parking lot.  We finally found a mountain in Wisconsin.  ;)  (By the way, it's still snowing here.)
6- The sun is coming out though, so I've found a new way to spend lunch. 




7- We also got to try on hats at the aforementioned Grandma Fergot's.  She collects old hats.
8- And I inherited a new curling iron.  And burned myself with it.  Of course.  (Some things never change.)
9- Never fear, though, I did do missionary work this week.  We were just too absentminded to take pictures of the people we got to teach this week.




Anyways, have a good week!  
Weekly Challenge: Think about what the Lord has done in your life so that you could be "sufficiently humble" (Alma 32) and try to come up with a way that you can be more humble this week.  :)


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-Sister B.

Monday, March 11

# 61


What-ho!?
We awoke to about 4-6 inches of thick, wet snow, so this morning's exercise was spent shoveling.  I guess this is what I get for the other night's attitude:
Sister Black: "It's been so beautiful!  We were able to chop up all the thick ice on our driveway."
Native Wisconsinite: "Yes, it's been very warm."
Sister Black: "It's like spring is finally here!  
Native Wisconsinite: *laughs condescendingly* "Well, now, don't get too excited..."
But it has been very warm.  And I'll take the fact that today's snow is already slushy and thick as encouragement.  ;)  I got to wear my light coat today!  :D  
Anyways, it's been a good week.  We have a small family we are teaching, and we've set baptismal dates with each of them, so that is exciting!  We've been able to hand out several copies of the Book of Mormon this week as well.  

We also should have our car back this week, so that's exciting.  ;)

Uh... yep.  Kinda short today.  I have pictures though! 
Weekly Challenge: Take a moment this week to read over Joseph Smith History... at least the first part up to the first vision.  Read it aloud to yourself.  Pray to renew your testimony of his call as a prophet.  :)  You can't really do this too many times.
Love you all!  
I'm allowed to email family as well as friends now, so if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email me at: beth.black@myldsmail.net




-- 
-Sister B.

Monday, March 4

# 60


Please forgive me for this short rambly email.  I had a lot of important "internet errands" to run today, so I have only a short time.  I just want you all to know how awesome missionary work is.  I love it here.  My companion, Sister Brady, just got her flight plans in the mail.  It's really thrown me for a loop, because that means in a few months I'll be getting mine.  It's got me thinking- what am I doing?!  Have I been using my time efficiently?  Have I accomplished what the Lord has for me to do!? 
 
(I feel like there are a few country songs about how life would be different if you were dying tomorrow.  I need to write one about the last few transfers of the mission!) 
 
Anyways, sorry to freak out at you.  All is well here.  :)  We had a broadcast stake conference yesterday for the midwest.  Elder Oaks spoke, as well as some of the other general authorities and auxilliaries.  It was wonderful!  It is always amazing when they answer questions I didn't realize I have and give comfort I don't realize I need until it comes.  Truly they are inspired of God! 
 
Everyone we are teaching is doing relatively well.  We are still struggling to help people commit to be baptized.  But we've, again, found some new people to teach.  I'm trying to put forth my best, and that includes talking to everyone we pass when we are out walking.  I'm slowly gaining confidence.  :) 
 
Anyways, love you all!  Please be safe and happy and LOVE LIFE because you shouted for joy before you actually got here, so don't make it too big of a stretch to remember why you were so excited!  :D 
 
Weekly Challenge: Go on your mormon.org profile (you have one, right? ;) and answer three of the "personal stories" questions.  :) 
Love you, and good luck with this week's challenges!
-- 
-Sister B.