Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Mama Rika Weekly Pic & Missionary Update

Short and Sweet Kid Pic Update...

Love Bug wanted to hold his brother's hand in order to go to sleep.  :)
Reading the following missionary update makes me want to eat fresh picked blueberries and black raspberries.  I also want to meet some of the fun people my son is getting to know.  :)

Missionary Update...

It was a pretty sweet week this week. I feel like I say something like that every week, but every week it keeps being true!
We ended up taking a decent chunk out of our P-day to help out Sis. H with some girls camp stuff. She'll be gone all week with the girls and needed help packing up supplies for the trip. 
After we finished our normal P-day routine (email, shopping, write letters, play a few games) we had dinner with a member, and helped out a family with their FHE (Family Home Evening) night.  Needless to say, I'm very grateful that Mom and dad have given me ample opportunity to teach FHE lessons, the experience came in handy.
We helped out with the food pantry, after which we had a good lesson with some less active members and their non-member granddaughter. We read Mormon Chapter 8 with them, and I was amazed at the love that God really has for his children. It reminded me of another scripture Moses 7:28 which points out that God loves us so much that He weeps when His children do evil.
 "And it came to pass that the God of heaven looked upon the aresidue of the people, and he wept; and Enoch bore record of it, saying: How is it that the heavens weep, and shed forth their tears as the rain upon the mountains?"
I think there are many profound lessons we can learn about God and his infinite love from the Scriptures.
Later that evening we helped one of the members split some wood from the tree we chopped down last week. I learned really quickly that dry wood is infinitely more desirable for chopping than wet wood. Both E. Stoven and I really enjoyed the work.
We saw Bro. E, an older gentleman in the branch. He's 84, and has had a few strokes, so he doesn't always remember things very well. He'll normally repeat the same things he's said in previous conversations we've had with him. On Wednesday he surprised us a little with a response he had. I asked him if he ever used his grabber tool (I'm not sure if this is the official name it's the thing you use to pick up garbage so you don't have to bend down so far. You pull the trigger, and the grabber grabs.). With a completely straight face he responded, "only to hit people with!" after seeing our surprised looks he busted up laughing and we followed shortly afterward.
We had a great lesson with R. He'd gone the extra mile and read through the Restoration pamphlet we had given him, and also done the additional study in the back of the pamphlet. We helped him answer questions he had about authority, and gave him a Plan of Salvation pamphlet for next time.
We helped cut grass for a member and afterwards we were amply rewarded with some of their fresh picked black raspberries and blueberries. They were delicious on my cereal the next morning.
We had dinner with a less active member and her non-member husband, after which, we helped them out with an FHE lesson with their 4 year old.
Later in the evening we found a very promising new investigator! Hopefully I'll have more to write about her next week.
We had a district meeting out in Bluefield after which we had exchanges with the Bluefield elders. Elder Dayley came to Richlands with me, and E. Stoven stayed in Bluefield with E. Sargent.
E. Dayley and I had a a great couple lessons. One of them, we invited D to live the word of wisdom, and she committed to it. Then she gave us her cigarettes so we could throw them away. Also in the same lesson, her husband Ra committed to baptism, and We hope to see both of them baptized together in a couple weeks!
After a few unsuccessful stops at different investigators, E. Dayley grabbed a quick lunch and headed back to Bluefield so we could exchange back. On our way home, E. Stoven and I dropped by D and Ra again, and went over the "Stop Smoking Workshop" with them. (A workshop designed specifically for missionaries to help investigators quit smoking).
Later that evening we had dinner with the C Family.
Unfortunately we had no investigators at church. :( We did have a farewell for one of the families who are leaving. Unfortunately for them, only the mother and one of the sons were able to make it since the rest of the family was at home sick.
Love ya!
Elder Brayden Connole

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