It has been a beautiful week here is Herriman. Miracles are happening every where. The weather has been a wonderful temperature of 55 degrees. Yes, it is January. The Stake Split has finally happened, and it makes life so much easier. I am really sad because we have been working hard with so many families and individuals and they have made so much progress. So I'm really sad, but I know that the Elders will take good care of them.
Another miracle that happened is that we reached the standards of excellence! Yes it finally happened. I remember a letter that my brother Micah wrote me while he was on his mission. He told me that if we really wanted something we needed to fast and or pray and study and ponder and pray some more and then we needed to go out and work. Well that is what we did. We prayed a lot this week and we studied and prayed some more about who we could see. After we prayed we acted on the promptings we received. And we picked up four new investigators this week. (Thats a big deal). I know that when we trust in the Lord and we use our faith He blesses us. So yesterday, church was done by 12 because we had stake conference, and one of our investigators who was on date didn't come to church so she fell off date. We were like okay, now what, should we give up or keep going. We said a prayer and kept going. So we went to a family who said that we could come back and we picked them up as new investigators and then after dinner we said a prayer because we still needed somebody to be on date. We got the impression that we should go to a home. We went to this home and everyone in the house was baptized except the one brother. So we asked if we could talk to him and he is very strong Christian, but we talked to him and he agreed to read the Book of Mormon and I asked him to be baptized if he knew if was true. He said yes! It was a miracle. I know that the Lord wants us to succeed! He really does, so if we put our trust in Him and do our part He Will provide a way!
As for stake conference we had an awesome conference! Elder Hamula of the seventy came. He told us that the days of being a cultural member are over and we need to stand on our own two feet and not live on borrowed light. We need to gain our own testimonies brothers and sisters! When those times come when our testimony is tried and tested we will be able to stand because we did the work to gain our testimonies. It's not a one time deal, we need to always build our testimonies.
I love you all so very very much and I can't wait to see you!
Love, Sister Swain
P.S. Miracles happen, we just need to look for them.