Monday, March 3, 2014

If you work it easy- it's hard, and if you work it hard- it's easy 3/3/14‏

Dear All,

What a fantastic week! I feel like every week just gets better and better. My new saying is: if you work it easy- it’s hard, and if you work it hard- it’s easy. So it is with everything in life.
I feel like I am totally in the swing of things now and I don’t really stress anything but being on time…..I hate being late and missionary schedules cause you to be late a lot. I just always breathe and try not to care. So next Sunday I am doing a special musical number with my companion in church. We have been struggling to get people to come to church with us and we are soaking this for everything its worth. It has become a PACK THE CHURCH opportunity. I literally invite everyone I know to come hear us perform because coming to church is so important. I invite less actives, investigators, and even random people at the gas station. Good thing God made me fearless in that aspect. I will talk to anyone and invite all to come learn of Christ. So far lots of people have responded in a positive manner and say they will come. Cross your fingers and check back next week for an update

We had some amazing lessons and really moved our investigators towards baptism this week. I am getting so excited as we get closer and closer to someone taking that step and choosing to be baptized. We started the week with zero baptismal dates and now we have 2 going on 3. Best feeling ever. They are still going to take some time and work but it’s a huge step for them to say yes and pick a date. I has been so great to ask them if they would be baptized and then to testify of what it will do in their lives. I know the invitation to be baptized is so much more than just the event. I am literally inviting people to come unto Christ. What a powerful question. I try and remember that so I want to invite everyone and not get scared.

One miracle happened last night as we picked up another investigator. The story begins last week when I went on exchanges. I was not in my area but serving in the singles ward for the day. We went to visit a new move in to the singles ward and it happened to be a mix up and was a couple that lived in my ward! We talked with them and the women gave me a referral for a former that had been taught three years ago. She couldn't remember his last name and told me to look for an Andy in my area book. I went home after exchanges and looked through every single former. There was only one Andy and it wasn't where she said he had lived. Me and Sister Grover decided to stop by anyway. It turns out it is a man and his wife and 6 year old daughter. They were taught by the sisters 3 years ago and welcomed us in. They love the missionaries and were so excited to see sisters. We gave them a Book of Mormon and taught a lesson. We are going back later this week to start teaching them. I just know that God had His hand in directing us to these people. So many things happened just right for us to decide to visit them. I have a testimony of this work and the power of the spirit in directing my efforts. I love being a missionary more and more every day and I feel so grateful and blessed to be serving in this area that I love so much.

We lost a dear dear investigator this week. It was a hard blow but I know that she will keep in contact and we will be friends for a long time. I hope that in a couple of months she will be ready to learn again. I know she will eventually join this church and I am just glad I got to be a part of the journey, even if it wasn’t the end we wanted. I do know that God loves her and also is aware our companionships love for her. He has given us more people to teach as we turned around from her dropping us and worked harder. Bottom line is: You have to just be determined and willing to do everything you don’t want to do. If you have the attitude of working on God’s time, you will be willing to keep going and you will see God trust you with His miracles. I love the song: It is well with my soul. I listen to that a lot and I feel the power of the words because I know that all is well and that God has His hand in everything.

I got to go to the temple! Such a wonderful day. So California is going through a terrible drought right now and needs rain. We have all been praying and fasting for it. God answered those prayers on temple day…….it was pouring and the wind was incredibly strong. We had a blast getting pictures and not being blown away. One day I will go and get pictures in front of the “Mormon castle” with a sunny sky. Everyone loves our temple around here. I got to be part of a sealing and it made me so grateful for forever families and the grace of God.

1st Nephi 17:13- And I will also be your alight in the wilderness; and I will prepare the way before you, if it so be that ye shall keep my commandments; wherefore, inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments ye shall be led towards the promised land; and ye shall know that it is by me that ye are led.

I know we all have a personal wilderness that we must pass through in this life. I also know that we can be led by a perfect being who loves us unconditionally and is willing to be with us always. I take comfort in the last line that says we will know it is by Him that we are led. Follow Him and let His light direct your life.

Love ya’ll forever,
Sister Huber