Monday, September 1, 2014

Hello Family!
So I am still here in the Sandy, YSA stake! Woohoo! The only down side is that the side the elders took had our 3 investigators and all the Less actives we were teaching. It's like we are white washing, because the side the elders are on included all of lessons we were teaching that kept us pretty busy. This side we didn't do as much work in the last transfer. So we are in the finding mode.  There are lots of people to teach here. It's just reminding them that they need the gospel is the hard part. My mission president describes my area very well. He said, "Sisters, you have sheep who don't like fences." And he is so right! After transfer calls its been a week of knocking on doors, visiting bishops and lighting the missionary fire with the members. We did find a less active that wants to take the lessons so that was pretty great. And then we asked him what we could help him with and he said that he needed help finding a date for this weekend. We told him that we would keep our eye out.(#ysaproblems) Other than that, it's been a lot different than last transfer. In a way that we need to get others excited about missionary work. So our goal is to just teach, because I believe that if we are teaching and inviting even active members to change, that the Lord will put someone in our path who is ready for the gospel and as we invite everyone to better their lives they'll want to share this happiness with others.

So this morning in my personal study I was reading in Mosiah. And I came across chapter 2:41
" 41 And moreover, would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state othose that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, bottemporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaventhat thereby they may dwell with God in state of never-ending happiness. remember, remember that these thingare true; for the Lord God hath spoken it."

In my last area there was a recent convert and we were teaching her the commandments and she said something interesting. She said, "Have you ever met anyone who was unhappy because they were living the 10 commandments?" ....No. We are naturally happier when we are keeping the commandments of the Lord. I was teaching a girl who for a week didn't read her scriptures or pray and she came back and told us that she was angry and annoyed and she just had a bad week. Then when she started reading and praying, she was happy again.

I just love how King Benjamin puts it. Think about those who keep the commandments,are they happy? Yes, there are people who keep the commandments who aren't happy, but thats because they don't understand the blessings that come even after this life! So remember, that this is true and continue to build your testimonies! 

Sister Swain

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